See? Practice pays. 😉
Even though its great to enjoy the process of creating a character, sometimes you have to be prepared to let them go. When I was really young, I us to try to make creations that weren’t meaningfulstay.
Well, now I know better. You can’t just let your imagination stop! Grow a character, give them something to say, but when it’s over don’t be afraid to hug them and let them walk away. Sometimes they’ll return more mature and better actualised. Often they’re gone forever. But the growth they’ll give you will never be forgotten.😊
The real purpose of this is to practice hair. Even more so than hands or expressions, hair completely ruins an image if done incorrectly.
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.
First off, I owe you guys an apology. I’ve posted twice but you didn’t see that because my app updated and changed the process by which you post updates. Since I usually do these on Monday on my train ride to work, I didn’t notice I hadn’t posted since two weeks ago!
Now for the image. I joined a Facebook group called daily art challenge. Everyday they post a new picture and you have to draw it that day. It’s a cool little exercise and since my clients are sometimes resistant to having me post their private art, this can allow me to do so.
I do have a few reservations however. Actually it always comes back to the same thing; am I simply producing free art for some group? I’ve noticed a few times that I didn’t participate that I was asked to. That a member couldn’t wait to see my interpretation of the photo provided.
I hope I don’t come off as a crank. Artists tend to not notice these types of things until they’re too late. And full disclosure, I sold this to a co-worker who adored it for ten bucks.
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!
What a horrible year! Or at least January was. February has a lot to make up for. Luckily the check I got from one of my old credit cards was a nice start. So let’s get rolling…
This one is purely for fun. I bought this tanned paper notebook a while ago and have rarely used it. Plus my prismacolor pencils have been languishing at home, so it was time to dust those skills off.
The usual tactic here is to use the shade of the paper as one of your colors; it’s a pretty cool effect, but I could care less about it.
I’m after time on this one. Not as a sketch, but a complete picture.
Honestly, I do images like this to keep the fun aspect of art alive. People always want to see their ordinary lives in art and I could never understand the reasoning. Why? But now I feel that what they’re trying to do is capture a feeling visually.
So each layer of color adds emotional context. And if you miss that then there’s a good chance that your technically sound picture can feel dead.
No artist wants a disconnect in his images. The thing with being self taught is that you have to realize this yourself; otherwise you’ll draw a lot of dead faces and mannequins, lol.