Monday, March 16, 2015

Drawing faces the Loish way. =D

There was a fabulous tutorial recently commissioned by the people behind the drawing program Sketchbook and drawn by the super talented Loish. (How I love her artwork!!) While in it she does work solely in Sketchbook, the techniques can easily be applied to Photoshop or a myriad of other programs.

tutorial - drawing a female face by loish on DeviantArt

Here is my sketch after going through it:

This is one of the greatest things I love about being in the digital age. You have so many resources to pluck from that learning is a cakewalk. There are no excuses these days for not furthering your knowledge of your art. Let's do this thing!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Training in Restraint or Uncomfortable

As an artist you sometimes have to get out of your comfort zone. And sometimes you have to drag your creative mind kicking and screaming out of its comfort zone. For me and my reluctant mind it was inking. I ink with pen all the time. I even ink with japanese nibs. But doing anything with the dreaded brush scares the crap out of me.

My hand is very unsteady. I never remember where to vary my lines. I have to restrain my urge to press down with the tip. Where is the light coming from? Did I put my shadows on both sides of the figure? *panic attack* Where's my paper bag?

But then I was inspired by the art of alice-bobbaji on DeviantART and her incredible ink and watercolor work.
Incredible artist that I would fly to France to learn from.
You will accomplish anything if you don't at least give it a try. So I whipped out my trusty brush pen and did. (A brush pen, I feel, is a perfectly acceptable compromise between a paintbrush and an ink pen.)
 I will be trying more.