On Sunday, my wife and I ventured out to draw some animals. It can be challenging to draw animals from life because, well, they move. The bison were super fun to draw and we witnessed them frolic in excitement because their workday was over and it was food time. The wild life center discarded their old Xmas trees in the enclosures for the animals to play with and one of the bison headbutted the tree in excitement. I'd never seen that before. The pigs were still young and boisterous, but the cow was easy to draw because it was just relaxing in the sun. Here are some of the highlights from my sketchbook.
Here are two new charcoal drawings I've completed recently. I really enjoy working with charcoal. There's so much nuance that can be achieved with just a flick of the eraser or chamois cloth.
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I really enjoy working in Illustrator. This is a self-portrait I created for my resume and business cards.
These are some Illustrator components for an Illustration that never saw the light of day.
Here are some more vector illustrations. This first one is in what I consider my normal vector style. The second was an attempt to learn gradient mapping in Illustrator.
Day 779 - Manga Studio - 30 minutes. I think the values came together on this one fairly well. I still have to work harder on getting everything down though.
I haven't had a chance to update over the last few days, but I have done some speed paintings. Days 776 - 778 are below. 30 minutes on each. I feel like I'm getting a better hang of this. I'm trying to focus on getting basic values and shapes first and I think its helping.
Spent 30 minutes on this one again. This process has definitely been illuminating my limitations, and showing me exactly what I can do in 30 minutes. On this one, I started using the oil paint brush in Manga Studio and moved on to using a simple round brush to do more details. I'm trying to limit my brushes, since I'm only giving myself 30 minutes. Maybe the further along I get, I will get more of a feel for what certain concept brushes can do.
By the way, if anyone wants to see the source images I'm using for these paintings, check out the Facebook group Daily Drawing Challenge. The group is open to anyone of any skill level and was started by an old professor of mine at SCAD.
I limited myself to strictly 30 minutes. I feel like I am able to get the gesture fairly well, but I still have a ways to go to capturing the light and form properly.
This one was tough, I probably spent more than 30 minutes on it. But the point of this isn't about the final image, right? Its supposed to be a learning process. I feel like I still have a lot to learn...
Day 772 - Batman
I'm going to attempt to do a 30-45 min speed painting each day for the month of January. Let's see how I do! Here's the first one. For reference, these are all images from the Daily Drawing Challenge group on facebook . There's a lot of great work in the group. I encourage anyone looking to sharpen their drawing stick to take a look.
I was recently commissioned to illustrate a friend as a metal-bender in the world of Avatar: The Legend of Korra. His last name is Hammer, hence the hammer being formed. He is also a huge fan of red pandas(and why not? they are amazingly adorable), so why not have one as a companion?
This was fun to create, and thankfully he loved the portrait.
I love life drawing. Nothing beats drawing the human figure in the flesh, as opposed to drawing from photo reference. I love the challenge of quickly capturing the gesture of the pose, maintaining the proportion of the model, and if I'm quick enough, getting a snippet of the model's likeness. Its great practice, and artists of every level can benefit from a steady dose of life drawing. Unfortunately, there's not enough of it happening around me to make a steady habit of it. Whenever I see an event happening near me, I do my best to attend.
This year at Dragon*Con, Pierre Bernard Jr hosted Cosplay Life Drawing as part of the festivities and I was able to attend. My favorite aspect of it was that the models were in costume (plus it was Stargate themed, which was awesome. I love Stargate). One of the most important components of creating believable characters or creatures is being able to portray realistic clothing, costumes, armor, weapons, etc. Most of the time whenever a life drawing event occurs, the models are either nude or in swimwear so that the human form can be clearly studied. It can be difficult however to know exactly how fabric is going to drape on the figure, or how a belt is going to hang at a certain angle, or how pants bunch up whenever a figure is crouched. That's why I love drawing clothed models too, especially when they're in costume, because it helps inform my illustration work. The models were good and Pierre is an accomplished host of life drawing sessions, so it was a good event. Here are some of my sketches from the session. Most were about 10-15 minute drawings. I only had my small moleskine with me, so I couldn't do much more than quick pencil sketches.
Here's a link to Pierre Bernard's website, if you would like more information about his future events:
Daily Sketch Challenge Day 206 - Proboscis Monkey. Manga Studio.
Daily Sketch Challenge Day 200 - Bride of Frankenstein
Charcoal on Toned Paper.
Over in the Daily Sketch Challenge group on Facebook, we had an image of Christopher Lee for the day. Mine is a rendition in charcoal on toned paper.
Another Daily Drawing Challenge piece. I wanted to challenge myself and see how quickly I could complete a digital painting for practice. This one took about 3 hours. Tali'Zorah from Mass Effect. Original cosplay photo by Joseph Chi Lin.
Here's another Daily Drawing Challenge sketch. John Ford. Charcoal on toned paper.