Ginkgo Overcomes Godzilla
Edited and thanks to everyone who helped. My computer screen still looks better than my Ipad -what can you do (shrug).
31 years old, follower of Jesus, surrounded by house plants, sometimes noticed by her long hair cat, writer, returned to traditional medium, pencil loving, people hugging if you'll let her (me), lady.
LOVE is completed. lols But real love keeps on going.
I hope you guys enjoy - I learned not to fight against myself - I like outlines -so I will pursue this route in the future.
This reindeer is one of those types of friends that will go to many lengths to love and enjoy the company of his friends.
After pulling along his hedgehog friends, he sinks down into the snow to rest.
I am very proud of this short 2 day work, especially when the candy cane looks like I could eat it. I had not intended to go realistic but when I add shadow and light it always seem to turn out that way. I just love looking at it and it reminds me of drinking it up. And I saw those bubbles and I just had to try and paint them.
So this is what I have been up to. With the aid of Shapes 2D, Drawing Fundamentals with Dave Malan. I have used a single reference but it is for practise. 6 animals and working on 6 objects this week. I plan to do 6 people/portraits and 6 environments. Then I will move on to Shapes 3D and repeat.
This was done in carbon paper transfer, watercolour and pencil (and only digital to adjust colour/contrast issue because my image was larger than my scanner, so it didn't scan exactly). I have become so accustomed to digital in being able to zoom in and add detail that I was unprepared to design this way, however thanks to @demotlj and @burvantill who so kindly helped me out, I was able to adjust things at the end. I still have lots of improving to go.
This work was inspired by the thought that only from earth's perspective do stars fall across the heavens. Also I wanted to tell a story about this adventurer kid who imagines steering his sights to the greater unknown.
Friday and today I worked on two small master studies. The originals probably were done digitally and may not have been pastel but I am just really loving pastel pencils and wanted to do these adorable foxes to practise applying technique and mixing colours. I am using a 12 pack of Faber-Castell pastel pencils which requires more colour mixing to try to get the right colour. I have also been feeling my work up until now has lacked the lustre of atmosphere so I found some watercolour work that had beautiful blends and wanted to try them out with pastel pencils; I did so (not shown here). Soft blends make me go all warm and gushy inside. Anyways, I am very happy with all of it!
*Edited note: my copies appear blurry I think because of my scanning -I'll work on that. Thanks
I think this is Assignment #4 Favourite Artist Comparison Assignment. And then I followed @Lee-White 's in video recommendation and did my own work on the line. Not sure how accurate my dotes for both are but I get the idea. I also think my distance shifted a bit comparing my own work and comparing the other artists, but anyways. It was an extremely helpful class and useful (and calm my realism fears) assignment. Thank you.
That's fabulous! Well done and keep making work.
I have continually struggled also. My current approach is looking through my work, what ways in which I create I like and find artists/illustrators that do like wise or take it a step further. I'll give two similar examples below (these are not my work disclaimer):
I tend to be drawn to and like making flat shapes sometimes more with gradients with pencil overtop. I love so many other styles but I need to focus on that which I am good at naturally. There are other qualities I like that I will in time merge and create something truly my own.
I hope this helps!
*Edit just notice this post was started 3 years ago -my my how time flies, I wasn't here 3 years ago.
@arielg I understand. Personally for smaller homework assignments I don't put a story into them, like use pattern here to draw your eye. But for the larger and at the end of the class ones (if there is one), I try to wrap up everything I learn, so that I aim to add it to my portfolio work, with story or some sort of message.
I wanted to participate in all 9 days of #thegreatoutdoordays2020 and post during this week. I was able to finish 2 of them and plan to return after I finish Lee's Light and Shadow class to see through to the rest.
Day 1: Wanderlust
Day 5: Water
he gave us 25 items to pull on the drawing and then gave us this phrase as a goto to composite : " quickly the little salamander scampered down on the forest floor and hid from the squirrel"
Hi so let's say this was for one of svs monthly contests -it's a prompt, yes. I think @Nyrryl-Cadiz means as I interpret it, develop a story around this prompt. Ask yourself questions like why is he/she running/hiding from the squirrel? 1. Maybe it's a friendly game of hide and seek, 2. Maybe the squirrel is on a hunt, 3. Maybe the salamander did something to irritate the squirrel, and the squirrel is going to level the playing field, so to speak. It may not be your prompt but make it into a story you want to tell, with characters that you want us to connect with.
I did work on this class but never put in the time to do the final assignment -I will get back to it as I go through the curriculum -so I understand the homework assignment. Maybe avoid the colour altogether and do a black and white one again, focusing on the composition, getting in those "25 things" to tell your story and getting your values right and then move to colour slowly or return to colour when you get through one of svs colour classes.
People may not reply as soon as we would like, but keep working towards your goal and take care of what people have already said.
@burvantill I had no idea. I'll have to remember that for the future. Thanks, and I am always appreciative when people give me feedback done in the right way. I just checked and I only get sketchbook under artwork, none of the other 3.
@arielg Hi so I have only read some of the previous posts. I use colour sparingly, because I am not that great with it but I love it. If you haven't taken Lee's Light and Shadow class I think it would really benefit you, especially understanding local colour, local tone and setting up light on dark, dark on light (as in darker characters on lighter backgrounds, vice versa).
After all that said I realize you are focusing on composition. I don't understand why there are green hills and blue sky on one side and a extreme jump in colour of oranges and yellows on the right. I don't know terrain to change that abruptly personally. Colour wise I also get easily distracted by the vibrant lush green bushes on the right side (front and middle). If you made the yellow grass/ground a more saturated green than the background, I think that would avoid the separation of the colours in the back, emphasis the yellow squirrel (right now it's getting lost from all the yellow around) and then the salamander might think he can slither away and hide with the green surroundings.
Just a thought.
I know people have suggested in other threads to find a colour pallete in other people's work and borrow from them the type of mood/feeling you want.
@Shyam-Sailus yes I agree with @Julia 10,000 drawings like you have two heads on the bottom left -count as 2 plus 4 ghosts plus 3 rats, 10 bags is a lot easier to work through and achievable. You don't want to make something so unreachable, because choosing and completing the right goals for yourself is very important to avoid burnout and feel and know you can actually apply what you've learned in your own creations (I have fallen victim to this). Even 50 drawings/sketches that work on a specific skill like character design and then later 50 drawings/sketches for one of your best characters in 50 gestures etc... What @gavpartridge said on quality, I agree.
It's great that you have completed 100, but I'd be more focused in even taking ones you've drawn and push them more, if those ghost characters are not your on -make your own, if they are create many more with what others have said above about 10,000 drawings not pages.
Anyways just something to think about.