I took a few days off for the Holidays and I’ve been using some of my spare time to work on digital painting. Here’s one that I was working on a couple days ago. There are no high or low lights in it yet, so she has a very flat, dead tone. I was just messing around with using a single layer and keeping to the sketch without relying too much on it.
Over the summer I was practicing on the wall next to my house. It was a LOT harder than I had anticipated. The wall sucked up the paint and was so uneven it was tough to cover (that, and it was SUPER hot out). What should have been a quick paint ended up taking me days! I had to change the design up a bit to work and it turned out like this
But I was never happy with it….. so I finally got fed up and added a little to spruce it up a bit lol
Yah, that’s an octopus on her face. (the chicken approved.)
Going through one of my old sketchbooks I found lots of drawings I did several years ago when I was working on a project with some friends of mine. Life happened and the project went to the back burner, but I still work on it from time to time. These are some of the character designs I created for it.
Here’s a little something I’m working on right now.
It’s just a liiiiiitle bit rough still. My sketches are usually super rough and sketchy when I know they’re going to be inked or colored, especially digital sketches like this one. That’s one of the best parts of sketching digitally though; the ability to sketch super rough, then use layers and adjust opacity to still be able to tell what’s going on in the sketchiness.
To be honest though, my style changes a little when I sketch digitally. Because of the way I use my tablet, my style translate a little differently which I don’t always like. I’ve definitely noticed that my pencil or pen sketches are always fresher, and not so sloppy. That’s just a matter of improving my tablet skills though =/
This little series was inspired by some of the very cute artwork of Girls Drawin’ Girls.
This was actually a little bit of a style experiment too, especially in the expressions and proportions. I try to be expressive in my drawings, but a lot of the time, for some reason, I think I tend to I reign the faces in, or I find myself using the same expressions/faces over and over again!
Just before I did these I had also been browsing Living Lines Library and WOW I can spend hours on there going through sketches and concept artwork from just about any animated movie you can think of. It’s really fascinating seeing the early ideas for movies that we all know so well, and the character work really inspired me to work on stretching my own style a bit more.
I also used three friends of mine as a little inspiration for these =)
I have trouble naming images sometimes, especially digital sketches that aren’t necessarily going to be finished. This one was eloquently titled “fghjjjgh”.
I found a few others tucked away with titles like “kjjduuuuudjkf” and “haaaaaair”. To solve this problem, I used to titled pieces after after the movies that I watched while drawing them, splicing together the titles, but then I got names like “SecondhandBooty” and “SpiderBalls”…
Now I’ve settled on not being so lazy and using descriptives to name pieces, even if it’s just “TurtleneckLadysketch” or “ScarfyDude”. I’m still working on it…
I have this habit of sketching people wherever I go. Usually I’m pretty good at hiding it, but every once in a while I get caught staring at somebody, or someone notices my drawings and it can be a little awkward. Especially when they want to see what I’m doing…! I don’t sketch people “pretty”, or at least I never make any real effort to, so they’re often disappointed (sometimes even offended!) by what they see. So I’ve become pretty good at lurking…
This was a father taking his daughter out into the water for a closer look at some of the boats tied up just off shore. The beach in this area drops of so steeply that even fairly large passenger boats can anchor very close to the beach.
Palm trees on the shore.