#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!

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How to #2

 

How to Stipple!

Yay, Dots! Stippling is a great shading technique used in illustrations and is very versatile. Of course you could close your eyes and dab at paper with a pen…

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But I’m not really fond of that look. Stippling can be rather relaxing and my mind switches to auto pilot which is quite nice. So, to begin, you’re going to need a felt tip pen or marker. Doesn’t have to be anything expensive, but ball point pens have to roll against the page to make a mark. Never push hard on the page, that will ruin the tip, and hold the pen upright to the page, to get a rounder dot.

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I usually start out by lightly covering the area with spots that needs to be filled. Space the dots fairly even, but spread out. Filling the space in may make the job look smaller. Stippling can be tedious – I recommend having something in the background to keep you entertained.

Second step is to loosely fill in between the dots and begin to increase the density, darkening the area slowly.

Third is much of the same, go back over, weaving between the dots until you get an even spread of stippling. if you unfocus/ squint your eyes, you’ll be able to see any inconsistencies.

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You’ll probably get a few liney looking dots. This is just your eye following in the direction. Just add more dots, it’ll break up the line and look less uniform.

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Stippling can be used as a gradient for shading. Either gradually spread out the dots, or use different colours as you would when using coloured pencil. Also layering different colour dots can mix colours. Stippling is rarely looked at closely, so remember to stand back occasionally.

Have Fun!

How to #1

How to needle felt! Kinda.

Step 1: make sure its a day where you have loads you should be doing. I picked a day with at least 4 other things, and Christmas eve is a good one to choose.

Step 2: check your last tetanus date, may need to get it renewed after this.

Step 3: put youtube or something distracting on because poking a needle near your hand thousands of times clearly doesnt need that much attention.

Step 4: gather materials. Preferrably while the tutorial is playing so you miss important steps. Now, I decided on making a cat. Great and detailed for a first time project. Make sure you get the cheapest materials with a limited colour palette. I chose one forcing me to make a blue cat.

Step 5: begin stabbing wool and fingers with a slightly rusty needle, since you bought the cheapest one. Make some shapes of varying density.
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Step 6: accept that your fingers will be forever blue due to bad materials,  reminding you that you are a cheap person.
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Step 7: Get bored and regret picking something this tricky as I first time project. But continue because the pictures were cute.

Cut ears out of pre bought felt to save some sanity.

Step 8: get angry at poking your fingers so many times- you’re running out of tissue.

Step 9: ok, its starting to look cute. May not be a total failure. Poke yourself a few more times.

Step 10: search for some beads, but not too hard, only until you find something that’ll do, like bicones…

Step 11: and you’re done! He isnt perfect, but I love him.
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He’s cute 🙂

Phew. I need a nap after that.