Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Blue Full-Stop in Digital

I am working on becoming familiar with my tablet at the moment. It's a challenge to achieve the effects that I would normally go for in a traditional painting, but since I'm using digital media, I don't feel too heart broken about switching up my style. If you are using acrylic or pastel, you probably have your reasons, one of which might be style. I feel the same is true of digital "painting" or "sketching."

Here I have converted a line drawing into Vector artwork and then imported it into Photoshop for a little color treatment. You can see the original sketch in the image at the bottom as part of a whole character study sheet. Coloring the sketch digitally was a refreshing experience. I limited myself to a few shades of blue just to get a feel for the different tones required.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Deer Mood

Oh, deer! :D

Well, I started in the classic English way, by drawing left to right. So the buck came first and then I liked the concept so much I kept going into the second page with the doe and faun to make this sketch a fun diptych. I enjoyed making a closed environment via the trees and using heavy shading to make the deer and bushes in the foreground stand out. The anatomy of the deer still leaves something to be desired, but as a quick sketch with no reference, this will serve nicely for the foundation of a future painting. It even has most of the shading "discovered" as well, a very important part of setting mood in any painting/drawing.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Boom Boom Wall

Here's a couple sketches with stone walls. I drew them within a couple weeks of each other (I think) so I was probably working off the same line of thought. Not much to say about them, though, except that I enjoyed drawing the stone effect and exercising different perspectives.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Spooky Sketch

Here's a rough I did last month (as you can see) with night lighting. Painting night scenes is challenge for me because they use a different set of colors than what you would use for mid-day or even twilight scenes. I felt I wanted to practice just the basic lighting before I even thought about color and ta-DA! Here it is: