Wow! I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve posted anything. 😬 Life’s been a wild ride! Several times I’ve wondered if I should just quit the blog…. But then I just go, “Nah!” It’d be too sad. Plus my siblings keep asking me when I’m going to write another blogpost. So here we are.
I got a dog. I know that’s off subject, but I thought I should let you know.
Her name is Astra, and she’s such a cutie-pie! Those eyes….😍
So I was sitting here, trying to think of what I should post about, when the wise words of my younger brother echoed in my mind… “WHY AREN’T YOU POSTING ABOUT ART???”
Yeah, so it’s been almost a year since my last Art Dump™ and I’ve been doing a lot of art. I reckon it’s time for another one… I don’t really know where to start…
“Look at this limp cravat. And the sad state of those cuffs. I can hardly bring myself to look upon them.”
The Scarlet Pimpernel. That seems like a good place to start. I tell you what, I don’t know what I’d draw if it weren’t for my family and friends. 😂 This is a drawing my sister said I should do for some friends of ours. In her own words, “Just do, like, a quick sketch.”
My dear sister, one does not simply “quick sketch” the Scarlet Pimpernel. 😉
Okay, this is a sketch. I was feeling very uninspired one evening and decided to combat my art-block by sketching Bruce Cockburn. If you don’t know who that it, you simply must go listen to his song Creation Dream. It’s one of my favorites. 😊
In another case of art-block I asked my brother who I should draw. (Remind me not to do that again.) Without missing a beat, (I think he’d been waiting for this question for a while *smirk*), he said, “Anakin.”
…So I did.
Then I took it and taped it up in his closet/reading nook, because I didn’t know what else to do with it, and I didn’t want it to just sit around in a sad manner because my brother didn’t actually want it.
And here we have….
A picture. This was drawn by request of a friend and fellow Star Wars fan. Gotta love Padme’s baby bump!
This piece started out as a demonstrational sketch for my brother, and turned into a critique session with my brother and older sister as the instructors, and me as the student. “His eyes don’t look quite right…” “Something about the shading looks weird! …Okay that’s better.” “You need to add in some of his suit, and like, a little quote at the bottom…” It was great. Once they were satisfied, I scanned it and added in the color in Procreate, just for fun. 😊
Well, sink me! It’s the Scarlet Pimpernel again! This was also done for The Maidens of Green Gables. (And, if you haven’t already, you need to go check out their amazing blog! They’re such kind, lovely people, and they’re hosting a musical blog party this month that you won’t want to miss!! Okay, just had to say that! 😁)
My art style has been kind of all over the place lately, and I’ve been experimenting with some different styles and techniques. Normally I like using blending stumps and tortillons and whatnot. But lately, I’ve kind of fallen in love with finger blending (which I used for the Scarlet Pimpernel drawing above). It gives it a sort of grainy look and leaves more of the pencil texture, which I like.
Another style I’ve been trying out, is this scribble sketch style, that I don’t know what to call.
The first one was kind of a fail… I don’t know what’s up with her hair, I was just scribbling and I must have gotten carried away. To be honest this style is still in the development stage. I’m still working on coming up with a scribble style that I love. 😆
Another thing I’ve been messing around with is Procreate… I honestly don’t know if I like it. I’ve been using my phone and my finger…it’s not easy! But it’s nice for doing little color sketches.
(I shared my process on Instagram… back when I was on Instagram. That’s why the captions are there.)
Remember that color exercise I did a while back?? Well, I tried it again. Only this time I set myself up for success. 😉 I made a pallet layer, which mostly consisted of purple, pink, and peach blotches of color mixed together. Then I used the eyedropper tool to pick different values. I still couldn’t see the colors I was using, but at least I knew they would go well together! 🙂
I call it “Woman in Violet.”
My little brother asked for a picture of Luke Skywalker. I ended up doing it kind of backwards where I painted it in black and white, and then added the color later. And of course, as usual, I saw a lot of awkward stages along the way, so I just had to make a gif.
My favorite frames are these first couple ones….
I don’t know, it’s just very encouraging to me that you can start out with something as scary looking as this, and after lots of hard work and tweaking, you end with something like this…
*sigh* It gives me hope for my writing. Maybe that works the same way.
Here be the finished product with color…
Not sure whether I like the color or black and white better, but there ye be. (If ye want, let me know in the comments which one you like better. 🙂)
Another little brother wanted to draw a picture of a horse with me, and I had this handy piece of parchment. (Parchment is very forgiving and super easy to sketch and blend on.)
I did most of the outline, and then showed him how to do control his pencil stroked so that he could help fill it in. He actually did quite a bit of the shading, and helped me blend it out with his fingers. I’m so proud of him!! I just wish we had done it on a better piece of paper now. 🙄
Here’s a drawing I did in my sketchbook. There’s not really a story behind this one, but it’s kind of become a favorite. I was really happy with all the little details I was able to get in there, like the tiny creases around the mouth and eyes. 😊
Last year I was commissioned by an obscure relative to draw a portrait of my Great Aunt and Uncle. That was a lot of fun. Drawing from an old photograph is always a challenge, but also very nostalgic and rewarding. 🙂
See! Not all of my art is fan art!!
Admittedly, a lot of it is…
I heard a quote once, “Keep your failures before your eyes, they will help to keep you humble.” So I’ve stopped erasing and ripping my failures out of my sketchbook. 😝 I’ve found they not only keep you humble, but they can also be pretty hilarious when your brother starts making commentary.
I was attempting to do some character art for my older brother, when my younger brother looks over my shoulder and says, “It looks like Obama….”
Now, you may think (like I did), “That doesn’t look like Obama!” But trust me. The more you look at it, the more it looks like Obama. I tried fixing it, but then he was like, “Now it looks like like Joe Biden.” And then, he was just passing by while I’m writing this and he looked over my shoulder and laughed, “Is that JoeBama?” My goodness…
Here’s some character art that was a little bit less of a failure (and less controversial). 😛
This on actually started out as a scribble sketch, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
Okay, last one. This is a digital painting I did a while back, dedicated to the dear little ones who haven’t yet been born.
The Spirit of God has made me,
and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Well, that’s about all for now, folks! I’ll be back (hopefully) next week! Until then, I hope you all are doing well and staying lionhearted as always!!