Friday, April 16, 2010

April Drawing: Day 16 Power Girl

 Here are the finished versions of yesterday's drawing. I kept the coloring simple and flat, but opted to play a little with the lines so one is colored and the other has the original black lines.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

April Drawing: Days 13 and 15

I did draw for days 9-11, but they were mostly sketches and scratch work. I have missed two days, which isn't too bad, all things considered.

Day 13: This was my birthday, a rather laid back affair. I got the inspiration for this piece from an episode of Nova about the history of the telescope.

Day 15: I've got progress for this one. The idea came from today's prompt over at the April Drawing LJ community: Draw a superhero. This could be an existing one or an original character. As it happens, I occasionally get really interested in a piece of entertainment, and this time I'm interested in DC Comics' Power Girl. She's just so much fun and I like characters who have fun and don't take themselves too seriously.

I started with a quick pen sketch done during my office hours while waiting for my students to show up. The pose is pretty simple and straight forward, and captured what I intended to do. I used it for the basis of the polished drawing.

The messy messy drawing. I am a messy artist, preferring to get things down and then refine, especially if it's going to on to being inked. Because I usually go to a lightbox and a clean piece of paper, the drawing can be this messy so long as they aren't too dark. Then I go over with a softer lead to make the final lines stand out.

Final inks. Done with Copic SP Multiliners. I like them, but I need to work on using them and probably play around with the brushpen because the biggest drawback of them is the lack of line variety you get with the multiliners. I like getting some variety with smoothness. I got that here, but had to do it with multiple strokes and my hand isn't all that steady. Need to ink more.

I'll probably color this tomorrow.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

April Drawing: Days 6, 7, & 8

I've been drawing, I just take forever to scan my drawings in. The last couple of days I was in a funk but started to get out of it a little bit yesterday.

Day 6 This was inspired by a scene in a short story I wrote for the steampunk fairy tale universe Becky and I have been playing with. It's supposed to be my Red Riding Hood pilot, but not too pleased with it. I'll come back to some time later.

Day 7 This was from a Walter Foster How to Draw book, namely Lilo and Stitch. No, it's not scanned upside down. I tend to fall back on some exercises in Betty Edward's Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain when I get in a funk or I'm rusty. I like to use images with clean lines, so I took advantage of the WF book.

Day 8 Tonight was also the last night for the portrait drawing class I mentioned in earlier posts. The model was lit from below, and that was enough for me to shift gears enough to get a satisfactory image. Probably my best portrait from the whole class.

Monday, April 5, 2010

April Drawing: Days 4 and 5

Yesterday's challenge was stick figures, so I took advantage of it to do some thumbnails. Today's art were three pages of 30 sec. gestures. I need to work on doing more, getting past a block.
Day 4

Day 5

Friday, April 2, 2010

April Drawing: Days 1 and 2

It's that month again, April, and that means April Drawing is going on. The rules are the same as last time; try to draw something everyday for the month of April. That's it.

Day one: Portrait
Not much to say about this. From my portrait drawing class. I worked the longest on the middle head,  but the model kept moving his head slightly, so things kept getting off. I eventually went to doing studies.
Day two: 30 sec. Gestures