Sketches of kids and cute things. You’re not surprised, are you?
But don’t worry, I’ve been obsessed with The Walking Dead so expect some fan art of that soon :)
I saw on Ty Carter’s blog that he often uses his lunch break to do quick studies, and I thought that was a cool way to sneak in some productive study time, so I started doing the same at work this week.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a tablet at work, so these are all painted with a mouse. I thought it would be frustrating, but it’s actually a great learning experience—since I can’t rely on blending and fancy brushes, I have to be very exact with my color choices. It reminds me of when I learned to paint with acryla gouache in school. I didn’t realize how much I’ve been using certain brushes, overlay layers, etc. as a crutch to observing color. So yeah, use the mouse and it will set you FREE!
Although a long weekend should have meant more time for art, it really meant more time to eat and go to the movies (for which I can’t complain), but that means the only work I have ready-to-post is this little pattern I made on a whim because I wanted to try making a seamless pattern. Arrows somehow seemed appropriate.
My friend asked me to draw some characters from The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis. It was short notice so I turned these around in about a day.
I haven’t read the book, so I only had the descriptions she gave me to draw from. There first guy is an “oily” man who has a sinister Jiminy Cricket alter-ego kind of lizard that perches on his shoulder and whispers nasty things into his ear. The woman is a noble lady who isn’t phased by the cruel commentary of others. The pairing consists of a tiny man who won’t say a word to people, instead letting an actor that he leads around on a chain do all the talking. C. S. Lewis wrote some weird stuff is all I gotta say.
I read this post about different face shapes and thought it would be good practice to draw a character with the 7 different face shapes described. First I drew a bird spirit Final Fantasy-esque looking character. Then I was like, “I draw too many cute kids,” and I drew a burly guy. Swords and facial hair are burly, right?
The other day I had a serious epiphany while listening to audio books in my car and pining for ice cream (specifically raspberry dark chocolate chunk ice cream). And that epiphany was that I love art. It makes me happy. Simple, I know, but after that realization was a tidal wave of why-am-I-not-making-art-more-what-am-I-afraid-of-I-gotta-start-setting-goals kind of thoughts.
I’ve been working on a short comic for a group project with some friends from BYU. We’re exhibiting some of our work from the project on campus starting Friday, Dec 7. The opening reception will be @ 7:00pm on the second floor of the Harold B. Lee library. I can’t be there, but if you’re in the area you can drop in to see everyone’s art and say hi to the other artists!
Each of us chose a classic story or fairy tale to retell in graphic novel form, with the goal of getting children excited about reading. I chose “The Shadow” by Hans Christian Andersen. His deliciously dark fairy tales speak to my sensibilities as a storyteller :)
My favorite character to design for the comic was the princess, who only shows up in the last pages of the comic, yet probably has the most costume changes… The other characters in the lineup are the scholar (the protagonist) and his shadow in two different forms.