46 Days! At the beginning of the week, I wrote down a few Halloween-y things and then drew from that prompt list throughout the week. In case you were wondering, the green on the left page is bleed through from the previous page.
Tip: Sometimes it's easier to start sketching when you have a prompt list like I did on this page. Think of a theme, or just write down random words/objects and start drawing from there!
It's spooky season! So here's a couple pages of vampires for ya.
Tip: When you're drawing hands, always draw the fingers longer than you think they should be. Hands are super tricky to draw, and the most common mistake is making them too small or making the fingers too short.
I know it's Monday, but it was a holiday weekend so it's technically Sunday, right? Anyway, this week, I wanted to practice with pretty and natural poses but I really didn't want to draw eyes because it takes me forever to get them accurate and I just wanted to practice body types anyway so I just couldn't be bothered. SO I drew all these girls facing away and focused primarily on getting a natural, flowy pose. Also stars because why not?
Tip: When drawing bodies, don't be afraid to make lots of lines for your initial sketch, but make them super light until you have a solid shape, then go back and make darker lines for your outline so you can see where you need to make changes. Sometimes drawing lots of darker lines makes your drawing jumbled and difficult to decipher, so stick with lighter, fine lines until you have a defined shape.
I used a reference photo from Unsplash for this cute overalls girl. If you are in need of reference photos, Unsplash is a great resource. They have a ton of images and all of their photos are completely free to use so no worries about copyright infrigement and all that!
This week I bought the newest issue of ImagineFX magazine to get check out some new art and artists and I was super inspired by Lois van Baarle's loose, natural, face sketches. I decided to try to draw some myself without looking at reference photos and here is the final product!
Tip: Use dark lines for outlines and shadows, and light, loose lines for filler and texture. I struggled with this when I first started drawing because I wanted to do either all light lines or all dark lines. Mixing it up will give your drawings dimension and depth!
Guys! I recently started a new job and it has been great so far but it has been a lot. of. training. I spent a few days out of town for a training and got a lot of sketching/doodling in while I was there. The page on the right is full of doodles that I did during the classes on the side of my notes (that I then cut out and taped in my sketchbook), and the page on the left has some more refined doodles that I did in my hotel room. I really wanted to try drawing girls without looking at references to test my anatomy/face skills and I'm pretty happy with how they turned out!
Tip: If you want to try drawing without a reference photo, look around! Start drawing from real life. Real people move around and chance positions and it forces you to draw quickly and imagine and remember shapes even after your "reference" is gone.
Lazy Sundays are for trying new things! I bought 3 tubes of Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache a few weeks ago with the intention of trying out this new medium but I hadn't gotten the chance until today. I was a little intimidated but OMG it's so fun and the texture is so satisfying. There are definitely some things I learned and ways I can improve, but I'm pretty happy with it for my first try!
Tip: Use your sketchbook to try new things! Gouache is super fun but so are markers and colored pencils and watercolors and acrylics and crayons. Let go of the fear of messing up and see what happens!
It's August so it's basically Halloween, right? Right. For this little bat girl I used a Faber Castell XS pen and shaded using an ink wash technique (diluted black ink in an aqua brush). The left page is just some hand practice.
Tip: Using graph paper can help with accuracy and proportions! And Post-It has these amazing sticky note graph paper pads that are perfect for your sketchbook!
Hey guys! I ran out of daylight Sunday and yesterday so I didn't get a chance to take photos but here's your peek into my sketchbook this week!
Tip: If I like the tone and shading of my drawings in pencil, I'll leave them in pencil and if I want to color them in, I'll use a lightpad to trace it on another piece of paper and add color with paint or marker or pen. That way you don't risk messing up your original drawings!
This lavender girl is inspired by the always lovely Haley Jordan (look her up, she's wonderful)!
I redid this pencil drawing using Posca paint pens and I'm kinda stoked about how it turned out! What's your favorite way to add color to your drawings?
It's all about cats and flowers for sketchbook #5! These are sketched out in pencil, lined with faber-castell XS pen, and the flowers are colored with copic markers. Btw, I use sticky notes to cover up marker bleed-through, but they also just give some super cool dimension to the sketcbook page!
Tip: Use things in your real life as references and then simplify and play around with the shapes to make them more "cartoony". The cats with with the flowers are based on my cat, Pancake and the little sticky note cat is based on my other cat, Backpack. I sketched all the cats in about 20 minutes by just focusing on the most simple shape and not putting a whole lot of pressure on myself to get the anatomy perfect (clearly lol).
I've been working on these two illustrations all week and trying to improve on my coloring and blending. "Earth" (on the left) and "Sky" on the right were both drawn with Faber Castell ink pens and colored with Copic markers. Scroll down for a video of how I colored the trees/leaves in the Earth illustration!
Tip: When you mess up on a drawing in your sketchbook, before ripping it out and starting over, try covering the parts you don't like with a sticky note or piece of paper and draw over it (in the Sky illustration, I hated the color I originally chose for the face and sun, but I liked the rest so I made it work!)
Markers Used for Trees:
Pale Pink Base: Winsor & Newton Promarker Dusky Pink 0518 | Main Pink Leaves: Copic RV25 | Darker Leaves: Copic R37
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