#469

Some of my skills include copying images or techniques, quickly learning, and forgetting to blog on a regular basis.

It’s Pokémon fanart time!

Today I drew all my favourite Pokémon onto a card the same size as my phone, so I could use it in the case, like my last image I posted about. I mainly wanted to practice my colouring, and thought I’d be practical at the same time, as I was struggling to think of other images to put into my phone case.

The technique I used for this drawing was lightly sketching with a mechanical pencil, blocking in colour with my alcohol markers, then shading and adding detail with coloured pencils. I used both Copics and Touchfive brand markers, as I haven’t bought a complete set of either, so I needed colours from both. As for the pencils, I was trying to practice using Prismacolors, but I only have a small amount, and used them in conjunction with some nice Crayola pencils. These brands are very different to each other, and I’m used to working with harder pencils like regular Crayola and Faber Castell sets, but I’m looking into buying a nice set of Prismacolors, so I can move towards making some higher grade pieces in the future.

I’m also trying out some new techniques in the digital arts, and hopefully will get some pieces done to show you and perhaps go on some shirts.

Gotta learn them all!

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#455

Hey guys! Did ya miss me? Did you notice me gone? Lol. I’ve been around, and arting, but haven’t blogged in so long.

I’ve gotten myself back into streaming on Twitch (twitch.tv/raspberrysheep tuesdays 8-10pm australian CST) and that takes a lot of energy. Here’s some fanart that I drew a couple of weeks ago​ for a locally developed game, Hollow Knight.

Turns out, he’s a ghost, not a bunny.

Last week, I drew potatoes, that were dressed up as game characters. Fun had for all…

Other than streaming, I’ve been playing a lot of my favourite game series, Final Fantasy, and drawing in my grey toned sketchbook. This lead me to this fanart of a chocobo.

I copied him from the Final Fantasy VII official concept art, but did most of the shading without looking. When I was little, I would make little paper chocobos out of construction paper and tape, in all different colours and sizes. They were mainly boxes with triangles taped to them, but they were fun to make. 

Good games often make me want to create arts and crafts for them, which means I only get to play in short bursts, as the urge to create gets overwhelming. I guess this is how fan art came to be.

Stay cool, guys. 

#425

Incase you missed this week’s stream (which is all but three people in the world) then you missed where I said I’ve been playing a game called Crashlands lately. I did some fanart on the stream, which is on my Facebook page, but decided to do a traditional picture of the main character, Flux, tonight. She is the purply alien thing.

The other card is a random lady I drew while watching the movie Chicago for the first time… and all that jazz. Her fur and sophisticated style may have been influenced by the movie. (Don’t worry, it’s fake fur.)

I made these pictures to be an Artist Trading card size, as it is a nice size for little sketches, so making a finished piece is easier and less daunting when you just need to make some art, but don’t want the commitment of a large piece. It takes some stress off, as the smaller you work, the less details you need, unless you’re working in hyper realism.

I’m off to go play more Crashlands! See ya!

#424

More Overwatch fanart. I had my sketchbook out and ready, and a pencil in my hand, and didn’t know what to draw, so I asked my partner what to draw. He immediately came out with “D.VA from Overwatch!” So, I drew her that night, and spent the next day lazily colouring it in. Her suit is normally purple, but my partner always tries to get the green coloured skins for all the characters, so I drew her in a green suit.

As I was drawing, I was at a family gathering, and someone was watching me draw. “Wow, you’re really good at drawing, you could be an artist!” They said. “I am,” I replied, to which they said “so you have exhibitions and sell your art?”

This rather annoyed me, as there is so many different types of artists, and it isn’t something that is defined so easily. I’m not sure I could outline what makes people artists, as it’s often a title chosen by the person when they decide they deserve it. I contribute a lot to my art, and practice everyday, I come on here, and try to teach art and craft online. I occasionally make webcomics and fanart. In my eyes this makes me an artist. Just because I haven’t sold any pieces, or paint canvases for galleries doesn’t take that away. 

I know the person didn’t mean to annoy me, and I shouldn’t let it get to me, as I am firm in my belief that I’m an artist. But I just wanted to share it with you, incase you get a similar comment.

Go forth and Art!

#419

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Today, I went out… Yay!
I went to an art and craft shop… Yay!
I bought a battery powered engraving machine and some watercolour paper… Yay!
I saw people who weren’t my family!… OMG!

I know you may not believe it, but it’s true. I also forgot to get batteries for the engraver, so I can’t talk about that yet.
As for the watercolour paper, I decided to paint a picture for my part in return for buying me a game called Overwatch. The painting is of one of the characters that he likes to play, Tracer. I haven’t quite finished, as we were playing the actual game for a bit. My favourite characters are Mei and Mercy, but as the game is new, I couldn’t find many pictures of them. Tracer is on the box, so she was easier to find references for. I will have to take screenshots for further fanart.
The art and craft shop is really cool, as it stocks so many different things. I went back and forth down the aisles for a while until I needed to sit down desperately. Unfortunately, it’s hard for me to get to, as there isn’t a convenient bus going there, despite being quite a short car ride. Maybe I should save up next time, as I didn’t have a lot of money to spend this time, and I know I won’t be able to go back soon.
At least I have a couple of days to recover my body from the trip, and have plenty of watercolour and engraving to practice. I just keep forgetting to film it, and every time I put the camera on, I can’t think of what to do!
Stay awesome, Flock’em.

#377

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While setting my diary up for the year, the first prompt in the book is goals for the year. I did the typical lose weight and save money, but my number one goal is to draw more. I could have put get better at drawing, but I won’t get there without practice. I hope to create at least one proper picture per week. Depending on the week will be whether the picture is big, small, digital, traditional, simplistic or complex. Practice is one step closer to getting better, no matter how small.
This picture, of Rin from Blue Exorcist, was inspired by a technique that I saw on YouTube, where the artist used watercolour as a base, then coloured pencil to define shadows and bring more colours into the picture. By using a light orange, purple and white, there is much more life in the skin than plain peaches and browns give. I ended up making the black areas really colourful to try another technique I saw, but it didn’t match, despite looking quite good.
I’d like to do some more portraits this year. I know that if you look back a year in my posts, I’ll have said the same thing last year. I have gotten a lot better this year, and will continue to get better. My art is like a journey, with no end, I’m here to learn, and sightsee. Even if I’m the greatest artist of all time, there’ll still be things to learn about.
It just takes a long time, because I’m trying to learn so many things at once, with all my crafting and living.
I hope some creativity makes it into all of your New Year’s resolutions this year.

#374

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Christmas is so crazy, and I am exhausted. It’s been boiling hot, and getting out to see Star Wars was a sweat-a-thon. It was a nice break from the gluing and sticking together cards, and I wanted to draw some fan art. Above is Rey, one of the main characters in the new Star Wars movie. I fell in love with her instantly, as well as BB-8, the droid. I did try to ink the sketch, but the pen I used was too big and I lost a lot of details, but I might try scanning and playing around with it on the computer. We’ll see how that goes, if I ever have time again.
My lounge room has been officially turned into a card making factory, complete with trestle table and computer chair. I have less than two days and no energy to get these cards done. I can’t find the cat food box with the sentiments in them, and I haven’t even counted how many cards I need or have made.

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This is a present that I wrapped for my partners secret Santa at work. It took me more than a whole movie (a Knights Tale) to make the tag. I had to cut nine alphabets (the letters are three layers high, and there’s so many E’s in the way she spells Kendelle.) Luckily, all my other gifts are to people with three lettered names. I also had to make my own ribbon bow for the present, as I didn’t think I had any. I found them afterwards. All this work for someone I’ve never met. I don’t know how much she appreciated the hand made aspect, but it’s still nice to do it for people.
It pains me to think if people throw away my cards and things that I’ve made, but I can’t control it once I’ve given them away.

#214

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I wasn’t able to do anything drawing wise, since my hands were playing up still, and I have plenty of homework to do. Here’s that sketch that I was talking about yesterday (top image), and the reference image (from the anime Psycho-Pass). I told you it was intricate. It doesn’t even look as tricky until you get into the details. It is by no means an exact copy, I didn’t even use measurements for proportion, and freehanded it all. I’m unsure on how to proceed with inking, as all the lines on the gun are green, and the gun itself is black, but if I ink with green, I’ll have issues with the pencil, and I can’t erase it first because it’s too detailed to remember where the lines go. I guess this is why I’d use pencils and a light table, but I think the paper would be too thick, not pick up all the details and I’d have to draw it again and again. This was more about the image concept and colouring, so it’s not too much of an issue. I’ll probably line in thin black, then make a small green line next to it.

Day #97

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Working on lots of things at once. So confusing and my hands are sore from all the drawing. I’m attempting to create art for two different competitions. They are just for fun so I’m not bothered if I win. But it would be nice.
I also have three cards to do, a present and keep up with homework which they’ve changed so that I have to submit an assessment every week.
Today I learnt a bit about using a program called inkscape. It’s rather annoying but it has some filters that photoshop doesn’t have and I think it’s free. It is very laggy and kept minimizing for no reason. Maybe it was just me.
So, feeling very overwhelmed and despite my kittens best efforts, sitting on the keyboard does not help. Thought I’d keep you updated 🙂