Just wanted to let you all know that I’ll be on a blogging break for the next 2-3 weeks as I will have limited access to a computer. I’ve scheduled a few posts to show you some of the work-in-progress paintings I’ve been working on in my free time, but I won’t be around to respond to comments – sorry! 😦 But I’ll do my best to get back to you as soon as I can.
And, so this post isn’t just depressing news, how about a random question? For all you artists, writers, and crafters out there, this one’s for you: What’s your favorite technique to use, and what new technique are you excited to try out? Let me know in the comments below! I’m looking forward to seeing your responses when I get back! ^^
By the way, my current favorite digital art technique is to use a grayscale layer to check values. I did this for Onyx and Sardonyx, and whoa did it help me with the lighting! For example, here’s a wip of the grayscale layer that I saved but never posted LOL:
She looks kinda scary in black-and-white. (^_^);;
So yeah! Let me know what your favorite technique + new technique you’d like to try are in the comments! And I hope you all have a wonderful few weeks! (^u^)
Welcome back to Week 2 of Draw Everything June! Run by Sailor Sakky on deviantART, Draw Everything June is a figure-drawing challenge with a new reference photo posted every weekday. You can read the rules here: Draw Everything June 2: 2017 Edition. For week 2, there were a bunch of challenging poses – so I’m really happy it’s the weekend and I can recharge a little, haha! But enough talking, here are the sketches! Enjoy.
Sometimes after a victory, Vivi would play beautiful music. The graceful way she played and danced earned her the nickname The Violin Fairy.
Annalia: Hey, Leader. Why do I have to be the one to crawl through ventilation?
Leader: Because you’re the quietest.
Annalia: . . .
Leader: What, you thought I’d send Miss Violin Fairy? She’s a great asset to our team, but stealth. . . is not her strong suit. Well, she is a performer after all.
Annalia: . . . 😦
And so, Annalia ended up in the ventilation. 🙂
Sometimes you just have to do what needs done.
A free agent who encounters the Squad, the mysterious gunslinger appears and vanishes again just as quickly. What is her objective? Is she friend or foe? No one knows anything about her. . . not even her name.
Time to take care of business.
You thought they left the base defenseless? Think again.
See you next week!
For the last day of May, I have one last #Mermay sketch to share with you! This picture was actually my first concept for #Mermay, but the last finished – there were a few structural flaws with the original thumbnail that took me a while to work through. In the end, though, I’m glad I stuck with it. She looks happy playing with her starfish friend, doesn’t she?
- Time: 2+ hours
- Materials: Stathmore 300 gram watercolor paper, 0.7 mm mechanical pencil
Today I’m happy to share with y’all that Cloud finished the first of the mermaid paintings! ~(˘▾˘~) (~˘▾˘)~ This sketch:
. . . is now a lovely watercolor! I’m so happy. (｡◕‿◕｡) Please head on over to Cloud’s World Of: and check it out!
I was going to add this to a sketchdump later this week, but as I finished the inks today, I thought I’d go ahead and post it. (^u^) Here is the finished inked version of a new print, “Falling”!
Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (one of my favorite books), this print features a girl falling in a dream. I wonder if she was watching Alice in Wonderland before bed? Or is she Alice, herself, falling down the rabbit hole. . . ? I haven’t quite decided yet, so we’ll see what happens when I color it. \(^o^)/
Fun fact: This piece took me three days to ink. Whew! All those little details were quite intense. Any bets on how long coloring will take. . . ? Haha.
Work is going slowly this week. I don’t have any finished pieces to share, so here’s a page of sketches I shared on Twitter:
(This is probably a good time to mention that I usually post daily sketches on Twitter. They just seem to fit better on Twitter vs this blog. But maybe I should do like a weekly round-up of sketches? A sketchdump? What do you think?)
Art is a funny field. Each piece takes a long time, and I only want to post something when it’s ‘done,’ so if it’s still in-progress, it’s hard for me to share. . . On the other hand, there’s this sort of pressure to “post weekly at a minimum” and I produce more sketches than anything else, so on weeks when painting is going s l o w l y, I end up posting sketches anyway. In that respect, I wish I had a style that lends itself better to quick, finished paintings – or maybe that’s not dependent on style, but rather workflow. So in that case, I just have to keep on drawing and the speed will come. With practice. Yeah.
Then there’s the fact that I love both writing and drawing. I enjoy both, but I haven’t yet reached a balance where it feels like I’m doing enough of either. When I’m drawing, I think about all the stories I want to tell, and when I’m writing, I’m thinking about the pictures I want to paint. And of course, most of my stories are longer-term projects and aren’t “done” yet, so I can’t share those with you in the meantime. It’s not frustrating exactly, and I’ll probably find a balance one day; it’s just that I wish there were more hours in a day so I can do ALL THE STUFF instead of just part of it, haha.
Oh, even though I said I can’t really share story-stuff with you guys. . . I’ve been revisiting my NaNo project this week & trying to work out some of the kinks. I think the basic plot is okay, just need to flesh out my characters a bit more. . . and figure out a good logline. . . . Anyway, I should have a few things to share soon! Like, working title and characters’ names and so on. So look forward to that!
The birthstone of December, turquoise has also been known for its protective qualities. I imagine that it’s the perfect gem to create an amulet for those you love, so today’s sketch is of a child wearing a turquoise amulet and bracelet. They were given to her by her parents and grandparents to protect her when they could not.
Unfortunately, my hand became a little cramped today, so we’re back to posting the pencil sketches. I’m still planning to complete the Gemstone Streak Challenge, but I’ll probably stop at the pencil sketches for the last two themes as well. After my hand’s had the chance to rest up, I’ll go back and ink and color them. It should keep me busy for a little while. ^u^
Today marks the end of the monthly birthstones! Tomorrow’s theme is Tiger Eye. I’m looking forward to it!