As of two days ago, Challenge 1 for Autumn 2017 is complete! I’ve updated my portfolio with a project page gathering all eighteen drawings I did for Sketchtember, so you can check that out here. Here’s a little preview:
As September casually rolls around, there is a breath of crispness in the air. Even in the hot, humid area where I live, the nights have a touch of coolness. Autumn is definitely coming, and with it, several events that inspire both excitement and nervousness. Chugging along with my everyday work as I am, there is also a sense that this is the final calm before the craziness that will be Autumn 2017.
I am speaking, of course, of the no less than the three-plus events I have looked forward to all year: Sketchtember (this very month!), Inktober (which will also be my Plotober), and NaNoWriMo in November. Three events – plus prep for the third, which in itself may be its own event – and three months of intense creative effort. Am I crazy to try to tackle all this? Maybe so. Especially since I’m also juggling making the buffer for Upcoming Webcomic. We will just have to see. . . .
Sketchtember is by far the most low-key event. Every day for a month, artists sketch something every day and share their sketches with the hashtag #sketchtember. For me, September is a month to return to the foundations of drawing and reinforce the habit of daily warmup sketches. Though September is half over, and I’ve only just begun – oops! May the rest of the month fare better. (If you are interested in following along, head on over to my Twitter. . . . )
I’ve been collecting professional artists’ markers for a while, but I’ve always been a little nervous to use them. Unlike digital art, traditional work – with paints, with pens, with markers – has no “undo” button. Yes, there are techniques to cover and incorporate mistakes; still, it is nerve-wracking for an artist who grew up with the safety net of CTRL+Z. So while I sketched these portraits in June, they remained only sketches while I thought about what to do with them. Leaving them as a sketch was no good, of course, so with a little nudging from Cloud, I finally sat down to ink and paint them last week. And if I messed up horribly, I could always re-do them digitally, after all. . . .
Luckily, I did not mess up horribly, so here they are!
The markers were a mix of Promarkers and ShinHan Touch markers (both alcohol-based) and a single pink Aquamarker (water-based). I found that the Promarkers and Touch markers blended quite nicely, and the Aquamarker layered nicely after the alcohol layer dried thoroughly. My Sakura Gelly Roll pen provided highlights – a real life-saver when you accidentally color over, say, the whites of the eyes, haha!
Time: 22 hours for both
Materials: mechanical pencil, Prismacolor Premier .05 pen, ShinHan Touch markers, Promarkers, Aquamarkers, Sakura Gelly Roll (white)
After weeks of work, “Heiress” is finally finished! ~(˘▾˘~) (~˘▾˘)~
Playing in GIMP again. This sketch took around ~30 minutes (threw a couple attempts away first, haha).
I like working in blue first for the sketch, even in digital art. Added some quick grayscale shading to check lighting/values. I intended this to be a fantasy piece, but it looks more like a panel from a superhero comic now! XD
If I continue painting this piece, what do you think the colors of her dress and cloak should be? I was thinking black & red, but I’m already using those for the Onyx and Sardonyx piece, so hm. Any suggestions?
I meant to post this earlier and forgot! Haha. This piece, “Heiress,” evolved slowly from a warm-up sketch, and I’ve been working on it whenever I want to – instead of for a deadline. It’s very relaxing. 🙂
This screencap is from the lighting check. I painted it in black and white first to get a good grasp of the values. I like using this method because I have trouble with lighting, but placing colors on top of grayscale is a struggle. :’) Even if the colors look good in the end, they aren’t exactly what I envisioned at the start. Flatting with colors fixes that problem. . . but then I struggle with getting the lighting right. A conundrum! LOL