Meet #maudecharron. She’s a pretty cool powerlifter. After watching her at an international meet, I felt the urge to draw her. Her expression tells a story. She was about to go for her second clean and jerk and while chalking up she shot the weights a defiant look. Now you have to understand; up until this point she had been a ray of sunshine. She almost danced with glee on the platform for her first lift. She was so energetic and upbeat that I was happy for her. But her demeanor changed here. You could tell that she felt that this would be a challenge, but her confidence in herself was unwavering. I love that about athletes. It’s a confidence borne of achievement. “I can because I have”. Of course she made the lift. And her playful excitement returned, but I CV had seen the steel and conviction behind her grace. So I drew her. Right at that moment when she decided that she would succeed, no matter what. Look at that expression. You almost feel sorry for those weights.
If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know that I often draw people that I see on my ride into work on the commuter train. The responses I get vary, but it usually works out for everyone. Usually.
The above picture is one that almost got me in trouble. A lady called the conductor and accused me of drawing her. I wasn’t. Worse, she didn’t ask me, she just assumed. I was drawing my friend, Rebekah. Ugh.
On to happier thoughts. I did this one for a Facebook group. Everyday they post a new photo for members to draw. You have until the next post to finish it. I check in when I’m bored or need to draw, but can’t come up with anything. So there’s the pencil work. Not bad…
Then I started to color in the easiest and obvious parts. I find that if I do this it brings all the other layers forward.
Throwing in that much poppy red was a little daunting. It was either going to make the image or make it a mess! I knew some of it would leach into the subject; but if you’re in a room THAT red, that would happen from saturation.
Skin tone is being determined by values. I had to be careful not to over shade or add too much detail on one side of her. She’s supposed to seem a little washed out.
The buckles on her boots were made easier by leaving a accent line in the black of the boot. Then a slightly darker red was added to give a sense of balance. After all, if there’s a bright light on her, why would her background be flat?
Someday prismacolor is going to make a subdued red and I won’t have to blend to get this look! *sigh* It was so bright in the image so I had to go there. I removed the tape(I’ve gotten much better at it) and there you have it.
Keep in mind, while they give you 24 hours to get this done, I try to work it in about 2, tops. It’s really fun and if you draw, give it a shot!
I had a pretty decent weekend. It started out with a quiet Friday, something I truly needed. Saturday I decided to go sit in my local Starbucks and draw a little.
It usually takes me a few days to become more neutral in my thinking. This can usually turn up in my art. I start making pictures of faces that are not so much “happy”; more like, relaxed.
That’s sort of what I was going for here. No stress, just a tranquil look.
I feel like I did a decent job.
Of course, there were a few people (and at least one baby 😊) that took an interest in my work. One young lady even wanted to buy a print of one of my pieces!
I sent her to my page lionbrowneyes and offered to draw her as well. She happily agreed.
I was so motivated that I ended up creating another while talking to people around me. THAT was new! I hadn’t had to do it in awhile. But in the end I felt better for having done so.
So I had a nice, calm day. I didn’t think about any problems or concerns. I just commited to relaxing.
See? Practice pays. 😉
I feel pretty content right now. No, it won’t last, but it’s not supposed to. Your good times get spaced out so you can enjoy them.
Okay…. I’m not sure about the age of my audience. I drew this pretty quickly, so hopefully no one gets upset. Ready? Here we go…
So as much as finished pieces gets all the glory, it’s the ground work that makes it all come together.
I honestly was never one for sketching in the past. If I had an idea, I would just dive right in, no plan, just improvising as needed.
But as I got further along in my career, I learned that having a plan isn’t necessarily a bad thing! It actually helps to know in advance what you’re doing. It helps in a lot of ways.
For instance, I already knew where my light source would come from. It made layering my skin tones a LOT simpler.
Having a good layout helps with the speed I’m able to use here. I can reverse the image to make sure I have the balance needed.
Now that I’m happy with it, I can begin to blend my colors and perform little tweaks that are required for the look I’m after.
Now all I need to do is clean up my Image and give her shadows a little depth by cooling them off.
A lot of these things become easier with time. Give them a try!
I’m trying to keep my sanity lately. My usual cycle is to feel better, stop my meds then feel worse. But the good thing about#inktober is that it’s helping me with my perspective.
Inking with brushes takes a lot longer than using pens! Still, I like knowing how to ink the old fashioned way.
Sometimes the backgrounds take me even longer than the main image. My real job puts me in hotels occasionally, so I know what they look like. That means this one was easier.
Oh and it will be nude. Did I mention that? Sorry I’m freshly medicated so my attention span is…off.