Speed Paint Sketch Blog Catch Up

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. 

Day 776 - Manga Studio

Day 776 - Manga Studio

Day 777 - Manga Studio

Day 777 - Manga Studio

Day 778 - Manga Studio

Day 778 - Manga Studio

Speed Painting Sketch Day 1

Day 772 - Batman

Day 772

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. 

Life Drawing from Dragon*Con

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. 

These were the first drawings. These poses lasted for 5 minutes, I think. I started out a little rusty, but the one all the way on the right is my favorite. 

These poses were a little big longer. About 15 minutes I think. I started to add some rough idea of the lighting. The female model's hair was large and amorphous. Tough to draw. 

Cargo pants and combat boots are lots of fun to draw. 

Last pose of the night. Overall I was pretty happy with my sketches and it was fun. Pierre played a nice mix of nerdy soundtrack themes. 

Here's a link to Pierre Bernard's website, if you would like more information about his future events: 

Daily sketch - Christopher Lee

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.

                               RIP Christopher Lee - charcoal on toned paper

                               RIP Christopher Lee - charcoal on toned paper

Daily Sketches

Some new and old sketches! These are mostly warm-up exercises. 

                                                                                                                                        Bela Lugosi, Manga Studio

                                                                                                                                        Bela Lugosi, Manga Studio

                                                                                                                                     Archer, graphite in sketchbook

                                                                                                                                     Archer, graphite in sketchbook

                                                                                                                                              Crochet, watercolor

                                                                                                                                              Crochet, watercolor

Werewolf Attack Process

Here's a bit of the process I went through in creating one of my latest images, Werewolf Attack! 

Werewolf Attach Rough Sketch

I started out with a pencil sketch. This one has my original scanned pencil sketch with a few added digital layers. I was playing around with different head shapes and the direction some of the werewolves were looking. Everything was really rough and loose at this stage. I like the movement and energy these rough drawings have.

FIrst Rough Color Block In

Here's the first rough version of the color block in, or flatting, stage. At this point I was really just going for overall value and trying to figure out the basic palette. I wasn't very far along when this version was saved.

Color Rough

ThAt this stage I've got the blocking done and I'm starting to refine it more. During this part of the process its good to keep the image fairly small on the screen and work on overall value throughout the whole piece. Its usually not a good idea to zoom in and work on small details because it can throw off the balance of the composition. Its a good idea to keep it small and work with one or two basic brushes at this stage, just to slowly build up the value ranges and keep the focal points from getting lost. This part takes the longest. Once you get your overall values correct, then you can zoom in and refine areas, but its good to keep some areas less detailed than others. The focal points should have more refined detail to keep the eye focused on the important action!

Here's the final version of the illustration. I hope you like it!