The above drawing is for this week’s theme at Illustration Friday. I cranked this out in about 20 minutes while waiting for my little sister to finish volleyball practice, using a ballpoint pen. Some minimal editing was done in Photoshop.
I drew the first thing that came to mind, which, not surprisingly, had a romantic theme, because well, I like romantic stuff. The guy has some anatomy issues, but it’s just a sketch. It’s good to practice drawing action once more.
School started back last week. I’m only taking one class this semester—Alternative Processes Photography—so hopefully I’ll be able to get more fine art done. I also need to start the job search in preparation for life after graduation. We’ll see how it goes.
Yesterday I started the mural on my mother’s classroom wall. I started out with a sketch of a girl in uniform that I had drawn a few days earlier.
I drew an outline in pencil, referencing the drawing, but changing her stance a bit.
Then I traced over the pencil outline using a black Sharpie marker.
I borrowed one of the students ID badges to get this detail.
I have at least two more figures to draw, maybe three, then I’ll add color. I’m going to work on the mural again tomorrow. When done with all the line work, I’ll paint it with acrylics. I have no experience at this, so hopefully it will turn out okay.
I’ve got class in less than an hour for the first day of my last course that I need to take to complete my degree, then it’s graduation (for real, this time). Alternative Processes Photography. Sounds like lots of work, but photography always is. We get to work with dangerous chemicals that require the wearing of a ventilator.
I’m supposed to be taking day-in-the-life photos for a project at 4×6, but I haven’t done anything eventful today besides wake up. I washed me hair, got dressed, styled my hair, washed some dishes, ate some mashed potatoes, but I have pics of none of this. None of it seemed interesting enough to photograph. Plus, I’m using my dad’s digicam until mine is repaired. I got the repair estimate for it today. It’ll be $107, which isn’t bad, I suppose, since I plan to keep it for a while. Anyway, I guess I’ll take some shots later this evening, when I’m on my way to class, and when I go to the art supply store later tonight. I need to get supplies for the mural I’m working on in my mother’s classroom. I’ll update later with pictures.
. . . and it’s storming outside and the lights are flickering. . .
Pictured above is what my digital camera has looked like for the past 3 months. I dropped in the school parking lot, and didn’t realize the screen was damaged until I turned it on to take a pic at a restaurant. I was in a group of people, so I couldn’t freak out as much as I wanted. I’d only bough the camera 3 months before. The good thing was it was still under warranty. The bad thing is, the warranty doesn’t cover “impact damage”. Still I finally mailed it in to Canon to get it repaired, because I really like the camera, and plan on having it for a while.
Until it’s fixed, I guess I’ll have to rely on taking pictures the old-fashioned way. I’ve got a few rolls of film to kill. But if I get desperate I’ll use my dad’s digital camera.
I did another portrait for the freebies I’m giving away at deviantART.
Andrea has some really nice stock in her account, and she happens to be a great artist in secret.
This drawing was done in pencil on acid-free card stock. I scanned the drawing it into Photoshop, and then I added the soft colors and tinted the lines to a reddish color. This will be available as a print soon. Check out the other prints I have available: dA prints.
. . . Also known as gkaiou. Spent about an hour on this, referenced from a photograph. Dread locks are a nightmare to draw.
Check out his blog. He did a caricature of me first. ^_^
Yes, it is 3:30 AM Thursday, and I’ve been up since 7 AM, Wednesday. To bed I go.
At deviantART there’s a tag going on where an artist gives away 10 free pieces of art to the first 10 people who comment on their journal entry. The catch is, once you sign up for your freebie, you must post the tag in your journal as well, and do 10 free pieces of art for the first 10 people who comment on your journal entry.
For whatever reason, I signed up for a piece from clickypenpixie, so I now have
10 9 pieces of art (I drew one already) that I owe people. I actually signed up to encourage Andrea, because she’s a really talented traditional artist, but her account is filled with mostly photographs. Frank (~Lefthanded) signed up, so I decided to draw something for him that I’d already been planning to draw, and in the process, challenge myself as an artist.
It starts with this drawing I did of Frank’s characters, Symon and Rose.
Before I finished the final inking of this drawing, I was inspired to draw a follow-up piece, depicting what happened after this picture was taken of them. I thought it’d be good practice at drawing more dynamic figures, since pretty much everything I draw is characters standing around. So I sketched it out.
Hmm. . .There’s so much that went wrong with this sketch, and only a few things right. One of the “right” things was Symon. Rose, on the other hand, I wasn’t happy with at all. She’s too big, her anatomy isn’t right and I didn’t know how to fix it in a subtle way, and the interaction between the both of them just isn’t right. After much deliberation, I resigned myself to completely redrawing Rose, though I put a lot of effort into saving the initial version. I had drawn her whole body, but I cropped it to minimize how horrible the original looked.
Here’s where the benefits of technology come in. So I wouldn’t have to draw over the outline of the erased figure, I scanned the sketch into Photoshop, then erased Rose’s figure, then turned Symon’s pencils cyan, and printed them out on a sheet of acid-free card stock paper (much cheaper than Bristol).
I proceeded to redraw Rose referencing from a drawing that Frank had done a few years ago of the two sparring. I had never seen this drawing before, but it really helped to inspire me.
The redraw came out a lot better. The blue is the original with Symon, and the red is the redraw with Rose.
Finally, I inked it using Sakura Pigma Mircon pens.
After I finished inking, I realized there were a few inconsistencies in Rose’s attire, but I like the second version better. I simplified her shoes. The detail was pain to draw the first time, and I think it was a bit distracting.
Today I drove my mom up to the high school were she works. School is starting soon and she has to prepare her room, making a bulletin boards and stuff. I’ve volunteered to design a mural for one of the classroom walls. It’s just supposed to be high school students in the appropriate uniform being studious. So, I need to do some sketches for that. I’ve never done a mural before, so I figure this will be good practice, since I have been asked if I possessed that skill for commission purposes.
Anyway, I ended up having to stay with my mom longer than expected, but after leaving, I decided to stop by my hair stylist’s (Sonyia) shop to see if I could either make an appointment or be squeezed in as a walk-in. Fortunately, she was able to make time to do my hair, and it turned out to be one of the shortest salon stays I’ve had in a while. She said there’s a bit more breakage in the front, which is most likely my fault for not tying a scarf around my hair at night and sleeping on cotton pillow cases, so I’m gonna try to be better about my hair care habits. But I like how she styled my hair:
After that, I went to a popular restaurant, where I acquired a healthy and balanced meal.