I’m dealing with a little bit of hesitance toward putting my art online — but when would that not be the case, right? I had a bit of a time earlier today with two hours to kill, so I — actually — did some drawing.
I’m not sure the colors are altogether this bright in the actual paper version…??? but you get the idea.
This was done with the Supracolor II pencils on top of Canson Montval paper. I wouldn’t call it exactly, “finished,” but this is what happened after about an hour of quiet observation and drawing.
I should actually do this more often. I forgot how drawing from observation can get meditative.
I also forgot about the pleasure of seeing your work take form. It wasn’t until I got to the shadows that this started to come together.
After having progressed this far (I should note that this study was done between 12:10 and 1:10 PM — if I want to duplicate the lighting), I wanted to try something else. I wasn’t sure what, though…so I attempted to work on some illustrations, as versus doodling.
Right now, they’re all linework.
I can actually see where my drawings in comic style have improved, because of my two semesters in Figure Drawing. I still have some work to do where I would be gauging the size of the skull against the size of the ribcage (I have a tendency to make the heads either too big or too small), but that doesn’t seem to be an issue in the drawing to the right.
I left all of my character drawings uncolored, with the intent of inking and coloring them later with the FW inks.
I do have some experience with drawing these two characters, though the third one on the same paper — that is, the one which was unfamiliar to me (and also the first I tackled), has been through so many revisions that I am not certain it is a great thing to post them online!
I can already see part of that image where I can obviously fix something…this is where the neck inserts into the skull…a problem I am used to.
At least, though, this gives me something to work off of, if I want to play with the acrylic inks. I had wanted to go over these with Micron…but especially with the first character I posted above, I’m not entirely sure how to do that without obliterating the delicate and semi-spontaneous work that went into the original drawing.
I also know that it isn’t necessarily the best thing to be drawing with mechanical pencil, but I was kind of in a hurry to get out, today, and that was what I already had with me. I’ve found Pentel leads to be pretty good where it comes to erasing, as well…next time, though, it would be good to take an actual dedicated eraser. The Staedtler white plastic erasers are actually pretty sweet, but my stash is, again, old. I bought a 4-pack of them I-don’t-know-how-many-years-ago, and have not run out. I don’t know if they decay…maybe I should either sell them, give them away, or carve stamps out of them… 🙂
…or simply see if they crumble or ooze at all, at this point…
Alright, I think that’s about all I’ve got, for now. I can look at inking these images…maybe I should do so using translucent marker paper, although that kind of defeats the purpose of having drawn them on watercolor paper…I will be able to make multiple versions, though, and see which ones I like best, before inking the final version.
And it is just an art journal, in practicality…