Ok, so I'm a day early for Dia De Los Muertos but this was what I was inspired to create today. I've never done anything like this. I freehanded the skull and it's kinda wonky but at least it's obvious what it's supposed to be. I used Kuretake Brush Writer pens for the coloring. I really like them. I end up using them like watercolors blending the colors with waterbrushes. I really enjoy the effect. Anyway, Happy Halloween!!
I'm not giving up on this face/people sketching thing. There's a teacher in Sketchbook Skool who has a great and simple style of drawing people. I'm hoping that following his example will help me develop my skills. Again, I'm not going for realism, just likeness. I don't know if you can tell the likeness of the person in this picture...I've got more practice to do but I like this one better than the last two people drawings/sketches I've done this past week. It's Marilyn Monroe, BTW.
Oh, this pumpkin project has generated so much frustration for me. I've had this pumpkin for two weeks, at least. I don't care for carving pumpkins so I knew I'd paint it but I just could not seem to come up with a good idea. Inspiration was quite fleeting. I was originally planning to do this for my husband to take to his work Halloween party but I just could not get started on it so I opted to just paint it to put on our front porch. I had an idea to paint branches with fall leaves so I painted the entire pumpkin white with acrylic paint. That took 2 coats. Then I painted on the branches and they looked horrible! I was ready to chuck it at that point but then I decided to just paint it again in black. Once that was done, my husband suggested I paint a skull. But my inner critic put the kai-bosh on that idea, especially since I've had so much trouble drawing people. But then this morning I thought maybe I could do a skull but perhaps start with just a simple design. So, as I was looking through some reference images I saw one of Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas, which is one of my favorite movies! My first idea was to put Jack's face on this pumpkin, then I thought I'd do Jack and Sally's faces together. So, I sketched a couple of ideas but just couldn't work it quite to my satisfaction. Then I thought maybe I'd do the moon with the mountain cliff with Jack and Sally on top (an iconic image from the movie). But again, I couldn't get it sketched to my satisfaction. Then it hit me...ZERO! I love Zero! The image on the left shows the early stages...along with a huge area right in the middle where an air-bubble popped, ruining my paint job. ARGH!!! I was so frustrated that I was going to have Oscar take it out to the trash this evening. But, after dinner, I reconsidered and decided to fix it as best I could and finish it. I'm happy with how it turned out, all things considered! I love my Zero o'lantern!
Argh...I'm so sick of making crappy sketches of people. I really want to be able to quickly sketch people and at least get their essence (but not super real likenesses) but I feel like I have so far to go to get there. I keep trying, though, so I guess that's what matters, right? I'm not brave enough yet to venture out and sketch people in real life (don't want to piss people off with crappy sketches of them) so I found a picture in a magazine to work from. This is the result. I do actually like the face a little bit. I think I got the basic features down in quick scribbles but I definitely need more practice!
I'm just over 5 months into this endeavor. I really have no idea when it will end. I know lots of people have been doing year-long projects and I get how that makes sense. I might do that but I'm not sure yet. It's definitely still helping me to produce something each day but I definitely need to push myself even more. I'm starting to think I might want to start having themed weeks. I'm really enjoying working in my sketchbook but I would like to start producing works I can potentially show and sell and it would be really helpful to have series of works for this. I think I'm going to start with the ink drawings on the watercolor backgrounds. I just need to figure out what to draw!
I decided today to prep some watercolor paper for some ink drawings on a colorful watercolor background a la my bicycle sketchbook drawing last week. The pink/purple/blue page is 9"x12" and the yellow/blue/green page is 6"x8". I like how they turned out...now I just need to figure out what I'm going to draw on each of them...
Just a simple offering tonight...pink watercolor leaves. I was playing around with trying to control watercolor in a wet-on-wet application. I lost a little bit of control on the bottom left leaf but overall, I'd say I managed to keep the paint from spreading around the page, which is what I was after. I love the color variations (one of the most interesting aspects of watercolor) but I decided to go in and add the veins with black ink. It's simple but I think it's lovely :)
I'm so happy that today's project offering is so much better than yesterday's! I was cruising around a blog from one of the Sketchbook Skool fakulty (yes, that's how it's spelled), Koosje Koene. She had a video on creating a watercolor background and then drawing something over it. I decided to give this a try. I did a wet-on-wet technique, wetting the page first with clean water and then brushing on various colors of watercolor including a couple shades of green, yellow and blue. Then I let it dry completely. As always, I insist on using paper that is not designed for wet media so some of the paper pilled and came up as I was working with the watercolor but I don't really care. I almost think that it creates a different texture on the page than if I'd used water tolerant paper. Anyway, I let it dry and then decided to draw a vintage-style bicycle. Once the black inking was done, I colored it with colored pencils. Finally, I used silver gel pen for the exposed metal parts and white gel pen for the highlights. I really like how this turned out. I love how expressive the background is but I also love that it isn't representative of anything. I'll definitely be doing this technique again!
Sorry for my absence yesterday...I did do some work but had nothing really to post about it so I opted to skip over it.
Animator Chuck Jones said, "“Every artist has thousands of bad drawings in them and the only way to get rid of them is to draw them out.” Today I'm sharing one of those thousands here. I have no experience with drawing people (portraiture) and I'm really pretty sucky at it right now. I'll admit that this frustrates me to no end because there are many other things I pick up and can do pretty quickly and easily...this is not one of those. In talking about this one with Oscar, I realized that I didn't check the angles so the eyes are tilted but the rest of the features aren't at the proper angle so he ends up looking like he has Bell's palsy or something. So, I humbly submit this as my work for the day and commit myself to working more on this technique...
My friend, Heath, posted this picture of his French Bulldog, Dodger, on Facebook last week. It was so cute, I just couldn't resist it. I have an idea that I want to do with all of my many pictures of Kagero but I haven't really done any dog drawings yet so I wanted to start somewhere. I think what I liked most about this image was the contrast between the dog's body and the brown chair. I think I thought that somehow would make it easier to get the lines down. And I do think it helped. I really had fun with this one. I kept the outside more simple than the reference image because I didn't want all of that to compete with the dog. I wasn't really sure how to do the coloring on the chair so I just did the best I could. I'm using Zig Kuretake's Brush Writer pens that contain liquid ink and it doesn't like to stay put, especially since I seem to insist on using paper not intended for wet media. I think, though that it turned out ok..I like it!
I love when I get these drawings done early...more time for other stuff! I LOVE ballet. I have these pointe shoes as decoration (never made it long enough to go en pointe myself). I've tried to draw them on several other occasions with disastrous results. I decided this time to try the same technique I used with the bamboo plant last week...laying down the color (in gouache) and then drawing the lines of the shoes after it was dry (I left out the ribbons this time). They are still pretty wonky (as seems to be part of my style) and I'll probably do them again (and again?) but I rather like how they came out this time! I'm really enjoying this technique. I'm considering doing a series using it. Do I just want to make the technique itself as the unifying factor in the series or should I do a particular subject matter theme? Tell me what you think in the comments!