April 20, 2017 0

Star Wars-ian Portraits

By in black and white, Gouache, heads, pen and ink, pencil, Portraits, sketches, women

Of characters whose names all begin with “L,” apparently.

April 17, 2017 0

Colour Schemes

By in color, digital, sketches

This morning I doodled four very tiny (one by two inch) rectangles on my computer, just trying different colours, and seeing how they go together. One nice thing about the computer is that it has an infinite colour palette.

I’m going to try this again, looking at some interesting old paintings in books, or on the web. If one of these strikes my fancy, I can enlarge it, and paint over it, using that palette.

April 8, 2017 0

Black Watercolour Pencils

By in black and white, Coloured Pencils, sketches, women

Seems like a lot of variety in “black” in coloured pencils. The face on the left was drawn with an “Ivory Black,” which is quite different from the black of another, cheaper brand.

I’m quite miffed, though, that the more expensive pencil just split in half while I was sharpening it. Maybe some crazy glue will help, but they aren’t all perfectly made objects.

April 7, 2017 0

Sketchbooky Page

By in Coloured Pencils, pencil, sketches

Page from my sketchbook. Watercolour pencils, drawn at my friend’s place.

April 6, 2017 0

Random 3D Stuff

By in Blender 3D, digital

Some silliness I made in Blender. Still a long ways to go with this program, but I’m pleased with what I can do so far. Think I’ll put in a chair next, or a spoon to stir the coffee with.

The trumpet is there because I took a tutorial on how to make a trumpet. But I’m imagining it’s used to summon the server.

March 19, 2017 1

Eden Robinson

By in black and white, pencil, Portraits, sketches, women

Pencil drawing from a photo in the Globe and Mail, done at a friend’s place.

March 8, 2017 0

Pen & Ink

By in black and white, pen and ink, sketches, women

I got out my old Hunt #102 dip pen and drew a lot of little lines on this lady. Should have used a reference (she’s kind of scary). But at least I can cross-hatch!

March 2, 2017 0

Pencil Portraits

By in heads, pencil, Portraits, sketches

I’m actually not fond of drawing from photos, because to me it feels too limiting. However, it’s a good way to improve the practice, and see some new aspects of anatomy, rather than simply drawing things which have worked for me before.

Here, I’ve been looking at heads as shapes in space, made up of other shapes: triangles and rectangles, and cubes, all of which have a relation to each other. I think that practice in Blender, a 3D modelling program, has been getting into my brain.

Then I go over things, trying to think about the subject’s attitude. What they are thinking and feeling. That helps keep the drawing from becoming too mechanical for me.

One thing I’ve always had trouble with is getting the eyes to line up when the head is tilted. Putting them into little boxes helps solve that. But I still have lots of little construction lines I have to erase, which is never fun.

February 27, 2017 0

Hollywood’s Greatest Trick

By in collaboration

Taking a break from the sketchy things to post this:

More here: http://www.fresnobee.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article128729769.html

February 25, 2017 1

Mr. Birtwhistle

By in cats, Coloured Pencils, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

An imaginary watercolour pencil cat.

February 22, 2017 0

Small Faces

By in ballpoint pen, black and white, digital, heads, pencil, Portraits

Digital guy based on a scanned-in pencil drawing, and a ballpoint pen Gollum.

February 21, 2017 0

Digital Doodles

By in digital, heads, sketches, women

February 19, 2017 0

Blender 3D

By in digital, sketches

Blender is an open-source 3D modelling program which is quite amazing, if intimidating. I’ve been watching Youtube tutorials, and by practicing a lot, am able to model some simple things, which will help with my storyboards and other drawing. It reminds me a little of putting together the model kits I used to build as a kid. But this is virtual, and you make your own parts.

The learning process is still going on. I will put some leaves on the trees, and grass on the floor. This could take years to master, though. It has a lot of potential.

February 15, 2017 0

Gouache and Red Pencil People

By in color, Coloured Pencils, Gouache, heads, paintings, pencil, Portraits, sketches, watercolor, watercolour, women