Of Elven Princesses and Monster Hunters ~ an adventure in character art

An alternate subtitle for this post could have been, "Why You Probably Shouldn't Trust Me to Draw Your Characters—I may just turn them into hipsters", but I didn't think that would be good for business. (Plus it was too long for my header graphic.) So I decided to play it safe... Welcome, my friends, to …

Gestures, Character Art, and Failed Portraits ~ drawings from the sketchbook

Well, my friends, after four long years... after many breakthroughs, and lots of discovery and exploration... after a trip to the zoo, and all the times it's been stuffed into my backpack with a couple of pencils and erasers... I've finally filled up my old hardcover sketchbook! Almost. There's still one or two pages there …

The Joy of Finger Blending ~ the ambient world of shading, pt. 4

Alright, my friends. We can't avoid this subject any longer. We need to talk about edges. When it comes to shading with graphite or charcoal, we're basically dealing with two fundamental subjects: value and edges. Value being how dark or light a certain object is (we talked about double checking your values/tones in my last …

Welcome to the Fantastic World of Shading, Pt. 1 ~ a beginners guide to tools and techniques

Many moons ago, I wrote this post on creating an accurate outline. I was planning to follow it up with a post on shading your accurate outline. But then I began thinking of all the different methods of shading, and everything that goes into it... and I'll admit I got a little overwhelmed. The thought …

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