I thought I’d share some of my art. These are two commissioned pieces for the author, Rose Withering, and her coloring book project of Fantastic Tales of Fae. She has been using these as promotional pieces, and at a recent art fair/comic con had a coloring station set up at her table so that people could color the pages. I have to admit it is fun seeing people color my drawings.
Here is another line drawing I did for practice; a sketch of a cardinal. I’m trying to work on line variation, and doing small studies like this has been helpful so far. I’m also doing a digital painting to add color, but I’m not finished with that yet.
I will be working on an illustration project with someone this year, and although I can’t really give details about that project, one thing I will say is that it will require mostly line work from me. My work is usually digital painting that relies on values, so for now I’m planning to do a lot of small sketches to practice and warm up for doing detailed line drawings. My instinct is to start shading everything because that’s how I’m use to working. I think I’m going to have to do a lot of these for practice.
Some of these drawings I may eventually use for a digital painting.
This first one is a sketch of an Eagle.
This is the first sketch in my new sketchbook. It will more than likely be a base sketch for a digital painting.
I’m going to let you know a little secret about myself. I’m an artist, but I don’t often sketch in a sketchbook, at least not in a way that you can imagine most artists do. I tend to get an idea in my head, draw it and finish it. I don’t do a lot of doodling, thumbnails or sketches beforehand. I don’t draw daily. I believe this hinders my creativity and experimentation with compositions. What’s worse is that many of my ideas never make it to paper. How many of you can say the same thing about your own ideas that never come to fruition?
I’ve decided to try to do a sketchbook challenge for myself. I’ve tried before and failed, but I’m giving myself another chance. What is the challenge? It’s simple. I just need to completely fill one sketchbook by October. Two full months isn’t really a lot of time to fill a sketchbook, but I think the shorter deadline will keep me focused. I’ll share my progress and thoughts as I go, and show the sketchbook at the end.
I want you to do this with me! Maybe you aren’t an artist, but maybe you like to write. Make a goal to fill a journal, or write so many pages or words. Maybe you are a photographer. Make a goal to take pictures daily, or a certain number of pictures by October. Maybe you like to color. Fill an entire coloring book. It doesn’t really matter what you choose to do, the point is to push your creativity further.
You are welcome to share your progress with me along the way. I’d love to hear from you.
I realized today that 2016 marks 10 years that I’ve been drawing! I can’t believe it’s been that long. I liked to draw when I was a kid, but eventually slowed down and stopped in high school and college. For some reason 10 years ago I decided I wanted to try to draw again, and I haven’t stopped since. This picture is the first one I drew. Yikes! But thankfully I’ve improved a bit over time. In comparison here is a fairly recent portrait that I like. As always, there is a lot more to learn, to study and to practice. Let’s see where the next 10 years take me.
Here’s a digital painting portrait I did last year. I thought I’d post it today because I’m in the mood for drawing some creative portraits. Unfortunately, I’m at work and my sketchbook is at home, so I’ll just have to stare at some of my older work. This portrait is a little different than my usual style, but I like it for that reason.
Prints available here.
This week I’ve been working on a drawing using chalk pastels. It’s been a very long time since I’ve drawn with them, and I forgot how messy they are. I was covered in chalk; my hands, clothes, socks. I blew my nose and well . . . let’s just say the tissue had rainbow colors. The funniest part though was when I woke up this morning and saw that not even my poor cat was safe. Her little paws are blue.