Tuesday, June 26, 2012

26 Portraits : Update One

I love drawing portraits. So, when I saw that part of my summer work for college involved drawing portraits I started collecting images to work from. I wanted to draw people I knew rather than celebrities. Sure, I know what celebrities look like, but not as well as people I've met in person or see often even in an online capacity. I asked for people to offer photos or even just volunteer themselves if they particularly wanted to be drawn. Otherwise I'd be left to my own devices of drawing folks at will from Facebook. I've done a mixture of both so far. 
After the first two, I realized I was kind of doing my own version of Molly Crabapple's Sixty-six project by drawing my friends, peers, folks I know and like well enough. I decided to set myself a number, so I went to a random number generating website and set it to pick between 1 and 66. It picked 26. So that's my goal. I'm about 8 in now, but I've taken a short break from this to focus on getting work done for the convention in a few weeks. After the first two, a particular style emerged, so it's a little bit all over the place at the beginning but evens out. I'll add photos of the first few here.

One : Scarlett

Two : Robin

Three : Adam

Four : Sarah

Monday, June 25, 2012

Day of the Dead

I have been absent from the blog, but I've also been creating like a mad woman! I think, since finishing college nearly two months ago (oh my!), the longest I've gone without drawing has been about three days. Not too shabby. Except this past week I may have done myself some injury. That is the reason why today I'll be propped up with pillows and cushions galore while I do something less intense, like painting.

Part of the reason for my over-over-zealousness is a convention next month, ArcadeCon, at which I'll be selling my crafty wares. So far, not too bad on the having actual things to sell front. I'll post a few photos of what I've been making. I've started doing Day of the Dead style work last week and it's just a little bit fun!

DotD style Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas (inks, watercolour, pigment liner). I've one more of these planned to do.

DotD Geisha card (watercolour, inks, pigment liner). Sorry for the webcam shot, I was just grabbing quick snaps as I worked.

And there's a load of other bits and bobs, with other ideas and plans scribbled down that I still have to get to. I've also been working on a series of portraits, which I'll include in the next post. 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

More Representational Work

This was a toughie to draw... Now, it only took just over an hour to do, but I was in a crowded classroom, on a warm day, with this poor lil plant guy in my hand. After the rough shape was sketched out, I started on the first leaf...when I looked back up a moment later the lil guy was wilted. And very muchly so! So I had to prop each leaf up with a finger, draw it, move on to the next one, and repeat... I got there in the end though!
Also, the thing on my thumb is my chipped nail varnish. People keep asking me. 
A3 piece, 2B pencil

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