Weird Art Habits (Part 1- Staring at Stuff)

Since taking drawing more seriously, I’ve picked up a few strange habits, that I didn’t have before. The main one being, staring at art and intently studying the artist’s brush strokes, linework, shading, colour palette and how they captured light. It’s a bit on the weird side I know, but you’d be surprised by what you can learn from just looking closely at a piece of art.
It was while doing this that I discovered a few techniques, that looked incredibly fun to try out. So, in this post I will try out one of these techniques. One which is used in pencil drawings, for shading and creating texture. Saying as I learnt this from staring at pencil drawings, I’m not sure of the actual name for this technique, but would describe it as a messing scribbly scratchy way of shading, which uses several different grades of pencils.

thumbnail_20180901_114837Originally, I wasn’t going to make this post and only wanted to see how the technique worked. But the results at the ¼ way point looked kind of good, so I decided to turn it into a post. At this stage, some of this picture maybe too lightly drawn to make out, but what I had drawn was half a face and flowers. That may sound a little disturbing, but I couldn’t decide whether to draw a face or flowers, so settled on drawing both as I wasn’t planning on sharing the drawing.

thumbnail_20180912_223437Luckily the finished piece doesn’t look all that disturbing. It looks more like the woman in the picture got really drunk and fell into a flower bed, where she slept with her face half planted all night. Then in the morning, woke up with her face half covered in soil, flowers and foliage. Putting that aside, I really like how this technique turns out. It gives the skin a very nice texture and looks more realistic than the other techniques I’ve used and gives the drawing some life. As for the flowers, it works just as good as the other techniques I’ve used, but is more fun. So, with all that in mind, I would definitely like to dedicate time to try and perfect this method of shading.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post and….
As always, Thanks for reading.

Advertisements

Doodle Fun

We have finally made it back to the land of the living (okay that might be a tad on the dramatic side). What I mean is I’m feeling a lot better now and nearly fully recovered. Thank you all for the lovely comments and well wishes while I was ill.
As promised I’m making a post of the best doodles I did while flu ridden. Apologies for the random writing around the doodles. These doodles were done while professor YouTube was educating me on the workings of Hangul (the Korean alphabetic system) and Katakana (one of the Japanese syllabic writing systems) and I sort of practiced a little on the page while doodling and watching YouTube videos (Had to do something to occupy my mind. Lying in bed, staring at the ceiling was dreadfully boring, so I might as well have used the time to educate myself. Also writing systems are really interesting).

thumbnail_20180918_175958So, this is the first page, I was really into doodling little men that day. If you’re wondering about the Hangul (writing) on this page, it’s mostly just random words and me using what I learnt to complain about having the flu.

thumbnail_20180918_181119This is my favourite doodle on this page. There are a few guidelines showing, but it’s still really cute.

thumbnail_20180918_181350Although, this turned out a little crooked (probably because it was drawn from a weird angle), I still really like this doodle, too.

thumbnail_20180918_181226Not a fan of this doodle, as you can tell (but in saying that, high fever me thought the speech bubble was fringing hilarious. God, I must have been delirious, at that point).

thumbnail_20180918_180448The second page is a little busier. I’m a little more familiar with Katakana, so was listening more than watching the screen (meaning more doodling). Katakana is phonetic and is used for translating non-Japanese words into Japanese. This includes names, so I decided to give my doodles names using Katakana (boredom was very strong at this point).

thumbnail_20180918_182422I’m extremely proud of this little dog, Tobi. I doodled him in under 2 minutes and he turn really good. (If you’re wondering what the fox and fish are called, I named the fox Toboe and the fish Tuna.)

thumbnail_20180918_182936 (1)A little close up of the stick people tree. Stick people are a hell of a lot of fun to doodle. If you’re feeling stressed or horrible, I highly recommend doodling stick people. It’ll cheer you right up.

So that was my doodles. Hope you enjoyed them. I have to take it easy for the next while (don’t want to get really sick again), so thanks for your patience and…
As always Thanks for reading.

A Fish Named Finny (Part 2-Let’s Make Finny Look Fabulous)

20180721_201231At last, the second half of the requested simpler step by step post. I’ve had to give some serious thought, to how I was going to add colour to Finny. Between wanting to keep things simples and not overload peoples’ brains with information and fatigue (I fell asleep 3 times at my desk last week, it was embarrassing), it wasn’t easy. But I think I’ve found a solution that’s a good balance between keeping things simple and ending up with a beautiful fish. That solution being, colouring pencils.

Considering how easy it is to get your hands on a good set of colouring pencils and that they’re something most people will be familiar with and have used before, I figured they were the best way to do this post. Also compared to paint, they’re far less messy (just getting that out there, as an added bonus).

So, with that all explained let’s begin:

Step 1: Choose your colours and test your pencils

Sounds weird but it’ll save you a lot of bother later. The aim is to know what the colours look like on paper, before using them to your drawing. Personally, I like to cross the colours (as seen above) to see how they blend with each other.

Step 2: The hard part-The Scales
So not to overwhelm people, I’ve decided to demonstrate a more decorative, simple way of adding colour to the scales. Instead of a more realistic looking way, because that would most likely put a lot people off giving this little project a go themselves.

For the scales, we use a blend of 2-3 colours, which gives the scales a nice wee decorative look at the end.

thumbnail_20180724_160331First lay down one colour quite generously at the top of one scale.

thumbnail_20180724_160530Then lightly use another colour on the rest of the scale.

thumbnail_20180724_160826Go over the whole scale again with the first colour and second colour if necessary….

and hopefully you’ll end up with scales that looks something like this.

thumbnail_20180724_190318Tip: Going over scales with a white pencil can lighten areas and helps blend colours better.

Step 3: The Fins

thumbnail_20180804_150718(0)For this you pretty much use the same method as the scales, except you start at the base of the fin, you try to keep the colours light and use darker colours for the linework on the fin.
Tip: Using the white pencil is great for keeping the colour light. Also using more than one colour, for the linework will give a better effect.

Step 4: The Head

thumbnail_20180804_152955This is probably the easiest part. The aim is to give the bottom of the head a slight shadow by colouring it a little darker, than the rest of the head. This will make it look less 2D.

fin3Then concentrate on the little details on the head.

Step 5- Finishing Touches

complete 2Touch up the linework and sign your work.

If you’ve made it this far in this step by step, hopefully you now have a beautiful fish (if not, don’t worry. It’s probably down to me awful description skills and not your art skills).

Thanks for reading and hopefully this step by step post has inspired you to create a Finny of your very own.

A Fish Named Finny (Part 1)

Raise your hand if you think fish are kind of beautiful in their own shiny scaly way. If your hand is raised, you have awesome taste and have just found yourself a fellow fish enthusiast (Okay, you can put your hand down now). There’s just something about fish swimming around, glistening and shimmering as the sunlight hits their scales, that is rather beautiful. They’re like sparkly moving leaf creatures, that live in water and in a way, are hypnotic when watched (not to mention they taste really good, too). But enough about my weird fish fascination and back to this post.

A while ago, I got a request asking me to do a more basic to step by step art post, showing each stage of my sketch. I’m happy to oblige, so let’s do this and create the best darn step by step of a fish WordPress has ever seen (Okay, that might be a little too enthusiastic). To keep this post to a reasonable size, I’ll split it into two parts (the first one drawing the fish and the second adding colour).  So, let’s begin!

Step 1: Lightly draw your basic shapes

20180720_221347In this case, a weird banana shape, with triangle shapes for the fins and a long skinny one for the tail. A weird squidgy circle shape for the head and a curving line starting from the head, down the back and towards the tail.
Tip: Hold the pencil further from the lead and keep your hand and wrist relaxed. You’ll achieve better curved lines that way.

Step 2: Make the lines you want to keep darker and draw in some details.

20180721_181646Give your fishy some lips, a nice moustache, some gills and use wavy lines when drawing the fins.  

Step 3: Go mad with the details

20180721_183923You pretty much have free rein on this. You can add as much or as little detail as you want. However, a few tips I would give you are, draw in the fish’s eyelids and pupil and add a few lines on the fins and tail to get that webbed look.

Step 4: Make your fish look Chargrilled

20180721_190448Yeah, draw some criss-cross lines on the fish’s body. Make its skin look nice and crispy.
Tip: Curve the lines with the bend in the body.

Step 5: Do the line work, while feeling immensely stressed and try not to cry if to mess up. 

20180721_201231Use a darker pencil to go over the outline of the fish and some of the details on the head.
On one side of each diamond shape, created on the body in the last step, draw a little curved shape to get a scaled appearance.

Step 6: Name your fish
Everything needs a name, so why not. I named mine Finny.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this more detailed art post. Thanks for reading and of course, feel free to use this post to draw a fish yourself.

In part two I will do a step by step on adding colour to your fish. I think I might make Finny yella (yellow) or orange.

Little Doll

thumbnail_20180224_171812Don’t really know what to say in this post, other than I found a bunch of pencils I forgot I had and decided to draw a little picture of a doll with them.

thumbnail_20180224_200933Love finding random things I’ve forgotten about. It’s like a little hidden reward for spring cleaning. Anyway, hope you enjoy the drawing and if you’ve ever found random things while spring cleaning, feel free to tell me about it in the comments. I’d love to hear about it.

A Stroll in The Rose Garden

087603c5-0d09-4c76-8611-dbde8cdca204 (2)I kind of wanted to save this post for later in the month, back then life happened and made digital drawings a little bit trickier. But not to worry, I’m sure I can come up with something to overcome this little bump in the road. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy some paintings and pencil drawings.

For this post, I’m going to do another little painting process, starting with the pencil drawing.

thumbnail_20180130_150240So here it is, a pencil drawing of Malice Eleos (AKA, that guy who looks like Slender Man), taking a stroll in the Rose Garden, dressed like he’s joined a barbershop quartet. (In my defence, it’s hard to draw a faceless person and for their head, not to look slightly like Slender Man’s. Maybe I should have gave him hair.)

thumbnail_20180130_182310I’ve jumped straight to the finished paint work, because I was trying out Gouache paint for the first time and was experimenting with it, a little too much (translation, I made a mess, so had to fix it and I don’t think you would want to see my mess). My only other regret about this stage is, watering down the paint so much. If I used less water, the piece would be more vibrant.

thumbnail_20180131_173627And finally, the fine line work. It really does make a hell of a lot of difference and gives the piece a really nice finish.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this painting process post. Hopefully I’ll be back to digital drawing soon and will be able to create something for the weekend post.
As always, thanks for reading.

Something Special for The First Post of The Year.

It’s crazy to think this is the first post of 2018, so let’s start the year of with something special. But first let me introduce you to my new brushes.

thumbnail_20180101_170949These are by far the softest paint brushes, I’ve ever felt (they actually feel like silk. It’s amazing). I have big plans for these brushes, so prepare for something spectacular in the near future. (Just have to learn how to draw and paint first. Maybe prepare for to see something spectacular the far near future).

thumbnail_20171208_171159Right, back to that something special. I drew this quite a while ago (back in August, I think) and never really had any desire to add colour. That was until, I got those new brushes and really wanted to try them out on something.
By the way, recognise anyone in the drawing? If you don’t. Not to worry, I posted the Without a Bubble series months ago and it’s very hard to remember back that far. If you do recognise Malice Eleos, the faceless rag doll demon wearing a suit, that’s so awesome.
(As for the hooded guy, that’s Odious Flidais. He’s from a set of illustrations I’m currently working on and have been working on for a while. If they turn out anyway good, I might share them with you all)

thumbnail_20171208_171349Well, here it is. The something special I wanted to share with you. All coloured up and looking well. As well as a sad and creepy painting can be, at least.

This is the favourite piece I’ve created so far. Hope you like it and thanks for reading.

Camping with Animals

Last weekend I discovered something very cute and very fun. Something I haven’t played since my early teens, something I’m sure a few of you may remember playing. Animal Crossing, to be precise I discovered Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and all I can say is I’m overcome with nostalgia. So much in fact, that I really wanted to draw people as Animal Crossing Villagers. But, sadly no one would let me draw them and I had to resort to drawing myself as a villager (not as much fun as drawing other people). Nevertheless, I give to you, myself as a little Animal Crossing Bear (holding a cup of coffee).

thumbnail_20171204_170726I chose a bear because I have bear body proportions and occasionally, eat loads and go into hibernation (Bear like in behaviour and appearance).

Since I was only able to create one villager, I thought I’d do this properly and make a short little character sheet. Not sure exactly what goes into one, but not to worry, I’ll try my best to make it entertaining (as always).

Name: Nel Bear

Age: 3076 (exactly how old I feel, when I wake up every morning)

Sex: Female

Species: Grizzly Bear

Personality: Curious and playful, but also very skittish.

Appearance: Honey Brown and Brown.  Always seen holding a cup of coffee, looking a bit frightened and confused.

Outfit: Lilac and Blue dress

Catchphrase: Oh Glob

Home Request: Blanket Cave

Food: Basically, lives of chocolate and coffee, but also has liking to lasagne

Favourite Season: Summer (Despises the cold)

Additional Info: Can be found in a portable blanket cocoon, during winter.

The Drawing that Caused a Kerfuffle

thumbnail_20170923_000009I present to you, the drawing that horrified my friend. I honestly can’t see why she thought, this was a statement about bestiality. Granted, it’s not to my usual standard of drawing, but glob it’s probably the least sinister thing I could draw. I even made the man look unrealistically cuddly (like a giant teddy bear), to maximise cuteness.

I really thought I had nailed cute, but I must have been mistaken. Safe to say, I think I’ll stick to my usual way of drawing.

On the bright side, at least it got my friend to called me by my actual name, instead of cheek-a-boo/cheeky boots. Even if it was followed by WTF.

Drawing for my Friend (Oopsy)

thumbnail_20170921_131909It’s not a self-portrait, I’m still working on that. I’m learning to use water colours and oil paint (things I’ve never used before) and plan on using one of them in my next attempt. I’m myself teaching, so any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Funny thing about this drawing, is that my friend wanted me to create something bright and cheerful and I ended up drawing this for her. I did give bright and cheerful a go for my friend, but it didn’t turn out too good. I drew the cutest thing I could think of, which was a little man giving puppies a bath.

My friend didn’t see the cute side of this. Her reaction was hilarious, though. She thought I was making a statement about bestiality. I honestly wonder, what goes through that woman’s head. How you get from puppies having a bath to bestiality, really baffles me. But, her reaction was too funny, so no hurt taken.

thumbnail_20170921_131959Long story short, I drew this for her, to make up for the puppy drawing. Safe to say, she like this a lot better.

I’ll probably not share my puppy drawing, but if anyone really wants to see it, I might share it (if only for a laugh).