#466

Tiny bottles in the mail! Yaaay!

I bought these online to make some things out of. They are small and light, so will make great necklaces. They came with little eye screws, so attaching them to things will be easier, as long as the corks are glued in well.

Another package arrived with a 2mm mechanical pencil that I’ve wanted for ages. I hadn’t gotten around to buying it in the art shop, so I decided to get one online. It worked out cheaper, so that’s good. It’s smooth, dark and solid so will be great for drawing. It also came with twelve refill leads so I might never need more. No matter how much I draw, I hardly ever use up pencils, as I have so many, they each share the load, evening it out.

While watching drawing videos, this week, I saw someone lining their drawings with coloured ink and a brush, which urged me to try the same. The only coloured ink I could find was some old calligraphy ink in red and turquoise, which had come in a magazine set. As it turns out, these inks were water soluble, meaning they reactivate and bleed when water comes into contact with it. This was a small issue, as I wanted to use watercolours on the pictures, but I used this to my advantage, incorporating the blue into my design of the mermaid above. I wanted to draw a mermaid at some point this month, as in the drawing community online, May is known as Mermaid, and is the time to draw them. I’m not crazy enough to draw one every day in the month, like many others do, so one is enough for now.  Perhaps I’ll put some waterproof coloured ink on my list of things to buy one day. My mermaid isn’t quite finished yet, and the photos are more green than the piece is, but I like it so far.

Keep swimming, my fishies.

#465

Hai guys! I’ve been absent for a bit lately due to the unfortunate system that is our current internet and my unfortunate health issues. Fortunately, we will get better internet soon, and my virus is going away so I’ll be left with only my usual illnesses… Yey.

As for the arts and crafts, I have continued my creativity through this tough patch, and they might need disinfecting.

My main source of inspiration was in the form of a YouTube video by Monique Renee about how to draw faces. Despite doing some life drawing classes, and creating characters since primary school, I still watch these instructional videos to see how others work and learn new ways to break down objects into shapes. I hadn’t seen a tutorial with this method in it before, and after sketching a few versions, it is an effective method for creating a good looking face, that you can vary easily to create different people. (Although this isn’t a problem for me, I have more trouble drawing the same face twice.)

Here are some of my attempts using Monique Renee’s method of drawing faces in various stages of completion.

You can find the Face tutorial here.

I miscalculated the amount of time I hadn’t blogged for, and have a bit more to show you, but I have forgotten to photo it all. When I remember, I’ll try to show you guys all the things, but I think I’ll end it here for tonight.

Thanks for watching! Bubye!

#464

I got mail! Yay!

I know I’ve been a bit absent from here and Twitch streams for the last couple of weeks. This is partly because I’ve been sore (nothing new or unusual about that) and I’ve also been working on my website and coding some more random prompt generators over at RaspberrySheep.com. It’s still under construction, but it has some working parts and links, so feel free to have a look. If it’s broken, I’ve likely been trying something new.

As for the mail I received, I bought some things from eBay last fortnight, so they’re arriving slowly. First thing that arrived was my Touchfive markers.

The Touchfive markers are an alcohol based marker, like the Copic markers, but a fraction of the cost. I only bought the set of 40 markers to see how I liked them, but there’s 168 markers in the full set, which I will be buying soon. I was very pleased with the quality of these markers, considering the cheapness of them. At approximately 50 cents per marker (compared to 7 dollars for Copics,) they not only have great colours, but I’m not as worried about using up the ink. The pens are dual ended, with a chisel tip and a bullet nib, and have been said to run out of ink quicker, as the flow of ink is faster than other alcohol based markers. This is not a flaw in my opinion, as there is better coverage in the first application of colour, and with the price, you could replace the marker fourteen times to match one Copic marker.

To try out these markers, I have been drawing on label paper to make my own stickers. The bullet nib makes small pictures fairly tricky, but I have been trying out colouring before inking the image. This was mainly to avoid issues with the ink smudging, but this allows some room for correction, as you can modify the line based on how the colouring goes.

The other item I received this week was a spirograph. Most of you will recognise these, and they are returning in popularity lately in force. Unfortunately the official brand name kit is about twenty dollars, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend that much on it, so I bought a cheap one for three dollars online. As fun as it is, I am way out of practice and my spirals are inconsistent. It’s very hard to hold the large piece in place, as my hands cramp before i finish the pattern. I tried some bluetack, but it lifted and the circle snuck underneath the stencil. I found ballpoint pens to work the best, and luckily, I had a few colours to try out. These would make cool designs to put on cards and making patterned paper. I keep forgetting which holes on which circles make which designs, so hopefully I can come up with a diagram to remind me, as the kit didn’t have any helpful information. All trial and error I guess. 

Now, go forth and try new things.

#463

We had a great stream on Tuesday, where I scanned in a comic that I drew and coloured it in over the two hours. I didn’t quite finish at the time, so here it is completed.

I used both Paint Tool SAI for the linework, and used Photoshop for colouring and text. My friend attempted to teach me how to used clipping masks, after she was appalled at how basic my skills were. I’m mostly self taught, so I tend to do things the hard and tedious way.  I really should but some effort into learning the programs, so I can use that extra energy and time on improving my art skills.

I am very enthusiastic at the moment towards improving my digital art, as I would like to sell prints one day. There is a plethora of obstacles between now and then, and the easiest to control is practicing and improving my art. I have been looking at websites like CGSociety for inspiration, where artists submit their high quality digital art. It’s easy to be jealous and feel inadequate when looking at these galleries, but I just remember that I’m striving to be better and am constantly learning. Just because I can’t stand up to the standards of them yet, doesn’t mean I never will, and gives me a goal to aim for.

At least I’m a good drawer.

#462

My computer is back up and running, with half of the files salvaged! Yaaay! Unfortunately, the half that was lost included all my Photoshop and Paint Tool SAI digital art as well as my streaming layouts, so quite a heavy blow to the system. But hopefully I’ll be all ready to stream on Tuesday with renewed vigor, and inspiration due to a meet up we had with other local streamers on the weekend. Now that I have a void in my portfolio, I have twice the motivation to get cracking on some new pictures and perhaps old ideas revisited with my current skills.

As well as this, I have been able to experience letting go of some art, which I have been unable to do up until now, which has impeded me in the selling of art, as I’m always too attached. I’ve learned that life goes on. Life after Art, I suppose.

Anyway, I’ve been drawing some pictures to scan in and work on. The one above was based on a pose in a set by Sellenin on Deviant Art. I was discussing that I feel unusual copying poses, but then, I was using​ as a base to layer on a design of my own. I guess I should use my drawing mannequins, or real life more often, to help with this issue.

Posers gonna pose…

#461

These are a few of my favourite things.

This piece was highly enjoyable to draw, as it was nice to thing of my favourite things and was a nice break from all the annoying things that happened this week.

Both my phone and my computer decided to have issues on the same night. This means any art that I have made on either one has the chance of being lost forever (unless I’ve posted it on here). Over the last four years, that’s a lot of pieces. What’s even worse is that I had been planning to transfer all my important pieces to cloud storage recently, and it was all a matter of putting it into a certain folder on my computer. So very frustrating. Luckily I had a spare phone so I can still post here, and I’m still creating to keep busy.

Playing around with watercolours while without my computer. Kind of a cubist jumble of colour. An exercise in straight lines and watering down the colour so it faded into the paper.

I had a very in depth discussion today about my art and whether it’s good enough to sell. I’m feeling pretty good about it now, but lacking access to my digital art tools, I decided to try some ideas on small pieces of card. This picture was produced as a result. When I finished, I noticed she looks a lot like my Raspberry Sheep avatar version of me, and would look great on a business card. Unfortunately, I am going to an event tomorrow which they would be useful at, but it’s far too late to make them up now. If only I had thought of it earlier.

I guess this is a lesson about planning ahead and backing up files.

#460

Things did not go to plan.

But that didn’t stop me from drawing!

I’m really loving the way this picture is looking, mainly because it’s a collage of my favourite things. I’m trying not to look at pictures to influence the way things look and avoiding all copyrighted objects.

The only thing I didn’t draw was the little game controller that my boyfriend drew for me.

The paper I’m using is the same Reeves A5 watercolour paper I’ve used over the last couple of days, and I outlined in a Copic multiliner, which is waterproof, allowing me to use watercolours, once I’ve finished drawing.

I think I’ve got the doodling bug.

#459

Today we have another original piece by me. I had drawn this in pencil in my sketchbook a while ago, and forgot all about it until I was looking through it for ideas and something to draw. I recreated the picture on my new watercolour paper and worked on her today. There are still some things that need finishing, like the rim where her hair line would be. 

Trying to get some shadows and contrast is difficult when only using watercolours, as they are transparent and building up dark colours are tricky. No matter how tempting it has been to use coloured pencils or pens to define edges, I have resisted, knowing that this is a challenge I should overcome. I believe this is a great way to grow as an artist and a person.

Hopefully if everything goes to plan, I will be able to travel into the city and visit my favourite art shop tomorrow. I’ll let you know if I do.

Challenge yourself, my loverlies.

#458

More watercolouring today. I had an image in my mind of a pretty girl surrounded with flowers. Absolutely nothing like this one, but I like this, despite that. Perhaps I’ll try again at drawing the picture in my head. The problem is, I’m not sure how it’s supposed to look, I just know it’s really pretty and slightly Nouveu.

As for this picture, I was thinking of adding some colour to the background, but after a recent picture I did, backfired when I added colour behind it, I was tentative this time. I was thinking some green behind the frangipani flowers, so the the white was outlined a bit. 

What do you think?