Sketches

It's 2016... already...

Cue the baffled sound I make when I take a look at the date of my last blog post and it says July 7th, 2015. Eep. What was that about writing regular blog posts again?

But nevermind, we shall strive to do better! 

In the period of time between my last post and this point in time, I've been employed, turned 27 and eaten at least my weight's worth in rose flavoured Turkish Delights (I regret nothing). The air is now cold after a very mild Christmas and I am on holiday for a week. 

I'd like to kick off 2016 with a collection of drawings. I don't usually make resolutions but I would like to  (a) learn a new skill, as usual, and (b) keep improving  upon my digital painting and designing. I'm also going to actively date everything I've made so I can cringe at my past work AND know how long ago I made it. Bonus. 

I first attempted to do a painting of Yennefer of 'The Witcher' in a pretty awkward pose.

Didn't work out and I quickly gave up. I then moved on to another gaming franchise and made a portrait of everyone's favourite egg, Solas, from Dragon Age: Inquisition. Also included, a fancy process gif! 

I also painted a pretty nightmarish scenario - the deep sea fascinates and scares me in equal measure. 

And finally, wrapping it up with a study of Hughes Merle's 'Mary Magdalene in The Cave'. Studies are hard to do, and I guess that's why I should do them. I'm definitely going to aim to do more. 

And that's the update from 2016! I'm excited to see what's next. 

Two weeks into 2015

Here's a weird thing - I posted a package off to my nieces a few days ago and I'm fairly sure I wrote the date on the registered article receipt as 01/14.

One thing I still get really excited about is buying a new sketchbook. My brand new Daler-Rowney sketchbook (which is way more affordable than a freaking Moleskine) is so fresh and so clean and full of wonderful possibilities. And then I put my pencil to the paper...

After all the hullaballoo that's been happening in my family recently, I finally got some time to buckle down and do some doodling.

And true to my resolution, stuck to my guns and did some digital painting.

These are still works in progress! They're just playful little doodles but I think I might be getting an idea for a longform work. Hopefully. Oh no I've jinxed it. *SIGH

Painting the nerves away

It's been pretty crazy at home with my dad being admitted to hospital, and my grandmother being admitted to hospital for the third time in the last two weeks. I think I have to thank my muse for sticking around in this time and allowing me to get painting and practising. (It's a lot easier to imagine a muse being present so it eases responsibility off myself on the days when I have a complete onset of artist's block. It's been a very useful fiction).

I fully recommend doing a little bit of drawing or painting if you're a bit sad today.

30 mins, from reference. I noticed that all of the figures I draw all look pretty samey so I'm making a conscious effort to try different skin tones and body shapes!

20 mins. From a picture of Cheddar Gorge. Man, nature is really complicated. Really, really complicated. For a first time effort at landscape painting it's actually not as bad as I thought.

And finally a warm down doodle, 20 mins.

Digital Figure Drawing. Oy.

Well i for one feel mentally exhausted but strangely satisfied. That sounds wrong.

My new resolution to progress to digital as much as possible has resulted in some strange blotchy looking digital sketches and paintings.  I think I'm starting to understand that I have to switch from looking at things like outlines and structures and more like blobs of colour in order to progress more in digital painting, and have a healthy balance of switching between the two if that makes any sense.

These super quick digital paintings are not quite 'An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump' but I've got to start somewhere, as they say. Who's they? I don't know. You can really tell where i'm lacking in the difference between the purely outlined sketch and the actual paintings. Just click to embiggen.



Some sketchpoop

If I'm proud of anything this year, it's the fact that I'm finding sketching digitally a lot easier nowadays. Next year, I aim to do more digital painting than ever.

What a little figure drawing practice can do...

I've officially consigned myself to stay home for the next two days on a crafting frenzy before MAAD happens this Friday, but I did allow myself today to pause and slack off.
What usually happens is as follows: I'll go out, have a coffee, take out my sketchbook and do a little figure drawing. I decided to concentrate on animals today and was actually really pleased with the results. I always expect that whatever I draw will turn out to be complete and utter poop.


Then I got home, played some Pokémon Omega Ruby (I've finished the main storyline so I'm hanging about the Battle Maison like a creeper), got some work done (the actual biggest surprise of today) and started doodling. The weirdest part about art or any creative endeavour is that most of the time, it feels like I try so hard to push out something that's just about passable in my eyes. And sometimes, it feels like something with great potential flows out - and that happened today. I guess my Muse was back from her holiday or something.

So I'm going to put this up for sale at the flea market, but as I've scanned it in I guess there's no harm in doing a little digital painting too! Fingers crossed. I'm still a little scared of digital painting, eep!