Thursday, September 07, 2017

Drawing Diary for August

August was a busy month both full of good things and things that were difficult to deal with.  This made it troublesome to find much time to sit down and try to art but I did get a bit of time in and some things to show for the month.

I accepted a project near the beginning of the month that I'm hoping I can turn out something decent for.  The issue is that it's drawing a portrait of a character and I don't feel like I really have much to go on.  This has lead me to try to get back into practice drawing a human face.  The biggest kicker is that when I drew people a lot it was always in the anime style and when I started working out of that phase I switched my focus more to horses. A lot of frustration has been had trying to relearn a face and it's helping me learn I much prefer drawing my horses...

There was a lot of not so good attempts and if I shared those it would be a long post indeed so what I am sharing are somewhat successful attempts.  The below being of Chichiri from the manga Fushigi Yuugi by Watase Yuu.  He was my favorite character from the series and I drew him a lot way back in the day.  Since he's the one pictured on my pencil board I thought, "Hey, why not?"

Next I decided to take a page from Mark Crilley and do a style play on my LOTRO character, Giara (she's my most human looking character between GW2 and LOTRO).  These were done after many attempts at just trying to draw something that even resembled her at all.  I was happier with the one that I thought of as 'my style' when I first drew this than I do now (although looking at it again maybe it isn't so bad).

Starting top left: My style, Jim Davis, Yoshiro Nightow, Mark Crilley, Watase Yuu, Yoshitaka Amano

The next two are my finished results from my ink and watercolor attempts as mentioned in last month's drawing diary.  This is something I want to continue playing with as far as the balance between ink and watercolor.  I also want to continue playing with the colors that I choose for a piece.

Speaking of color choices, these next two were painted exactly for playing with color.  Both times I didn't have much of a plan when I sat down to paint in my Moleskine watercolor sketchbook.  I definitely like the first one more than the second but I do find it interesting how the orange plays against the red and purple in the second.  Both of these I first sketched in pencil and then painted in with acrylic.

Something I have wanted to do for a while now is draw some coloring pages that I could put up for people to download and color.  So I finally decided to start playing with ideas for this.  The first drawing I never took past just an ink line drawing because I feel I got too detailed with it to add in all of the patterns that normally are found in adult coloring books.  So I took a second stab at it and I rather like the result.  I learned that I need to work on learning my hand better to keep my lines smooth.

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