Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Textures...and another portrait.

Always wanted to be able to draw the cool little boxes full of different textures I have seen on other people's blogs...so this was my attempt. The portrait I did was started yesterday, finished it up today. I think I need to work on the shading some more. The scan doesn't quite do it justice and as always comments always appreciated!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Just some random stuff I tried drawing the other day....was having a hard time trying to figure out what to draw. Half way through the fish ( I was at work and didn't have my colored pencils) I decided to just do it all in graphite....well I didn't like the way that worked and then tried to go over it in colored pencils....yeah, made it look even worse. Oh well, just another thing to add to the list of things not to do!

Also tried working on my tree again, not looking any better in my opinion.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Becoming a better artist.

I wanted to make a post about becoming a better artist as a reference for myself. I have a long way to go before I can even begin giving advice about art. However, I read this article the other day on Deviantart.com and wanted to post it to my blog as a way to remember where I read this article. I find great stuff on the internet all the time at work, but never write it down. Then when I want to go back and reference it I can never find it again...anyhow, if this helps someone else along the way, even better!

Mas Cabezas!!

I tried another portrait based of a real photo with some dynamic shading. After the success I feel I had on Friday, I decided to make another attempt. This time I tried working at angle slightly to the side. I also wanted to draw a man's face. I don't think this one turned out quite as good as the last drawing I did, but I am happy with the way it turned out. As I begin shading these sketches I start to get nervous...afraid I am really going to mess something up. Anyway let me know what you think!

Oh yeah, here's the link for the reference.

Before I forget here are some Loomis heads I worked on today as well. Wish I hadn't tried to add shading to the one, can't stand it.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Star Wars

I did a sketch last night based on a tutorial for Ian McCain from the Star Wars edition of Imagine FX. It was a tutorial on how to paint Darth Maul from Episode I. While I didn't do the painting I did make an attempt at recreating the character with colored pencil. The other two unfinished faces are sketches I was trying to do at work today, again based on the book by Andrew Loomis. Cheers!

Friday, November 11, 2011

I worked on trying to replicate some heads done in the book by Jack Hamm. Those didn't turn out so well. I then tried to draw a portrait of some lady, photo taken from ShutterStock.  I know it doesn't match up perfectly with the reference photo, but I was so pleased with the result. As usual though the scanner seems to mess my drawings up a bit. All done with a ballpoint pen.


I decided to change things up again, starting reading Andrew Loomis' book on drawing. Had a lot of good information surrounding perspective. Some sketches done while reading his book.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Rocks and a chain

Top from today, bottom from yesterday. Really enjoying using a pen. The last week or so, everything has been done using a regular ball point pen, it's a lot of fun. Of course making mistakes are harder to get rid of...=D

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Drawings worked on over the last few days. I spent most of the weekend trying to paint up some jack-o-lanterns I drew, but I have been having a hard time figuring out how to "render" a picture in Photoshop. I may post up what I was able to do at a later time, in the mean time here is the latest.