I think I mentioned this before but I have been quite busy lately with my other job and building my desk PC which took me 4 weeks to complete. Had I had a bit more time to work on it I think I could have completed it in two weeks but such is life. Now I have more workspace since I added about 6 inches on the contour of the desk (minus the front side) so that I could clamp my three monitors thus giving me all of my original (about) 4 x 3 feet to use with all of my supplies that I would use as I work. I actually just made the finishing touches yesterday so I wasn’t really even able to use the desk till today. So far I’m really happy with the way it is all set up and because I made the outside contours on the sides so that I could clamp down my monitors I can now fully see all of the screen on both sides as I work on my XP-Pen which I of course left on the center. I’ll show some pics of it and the setup at some other time.
Way back in, whoa, May 28th (it’s been that long after all huh) I uploaded my painting celebrating Buono! To my surprise on June 8th I actually got a like from Natsuyaki Miyabi! Man it feels nice to know that the person you decided to make a painting of has seen your work. But to also get their approval of it is quite nice. I’m really glad my feelings of appreciation for her work has reached her.
Here is the painting just in case you missed it. And here is a link to the original post.
While I was getting some supplies for my desk PC I stopped by a nearby dollar store and came across some small vials with cork caps. I got a set of two of the 6 packs so that I could store some pre mixed inks and watercolors that I could use when working with linework/outlines. For today I made a set of ink that got lighter and lighter for when I want to use different levels of black to gray inks. I have my diluted ink that is still quite dark in my original container and a set of 5 vials containing the newly created ink. I also made a reference sheet to show me the intesity of the ink within each vial and a date of when they were created just in case one of them runs out and I have to create a new batch which of course might not be the same as the previous one. Since it was running a bit late when I was completely done getting my worspace ready I decided to make a quick drawing. Since it was all about testing the desk I of course decided to go traditional (plus I also got to try out my inks, although I only used my base ink for this drawing). I’ll try to see if I could make a quick drawing every weekday for the rest of the summer on top of whatever new paintings I decide to work on. I already have an idea of the first piece I will be working on (hopefully starting tomorrow).
Here is that Goku drawing I did. Maybe I should have made some lines to express movement but overall I’m quite pleased with the results (was a bit scared that I wouldn’t be able to draw as I liked since I hadn’t done it in about 4 weeks).
I drew another ink drawing. I was looking through Sergey Orlov aka punksy‘s artwork and wanted to do another 80s style drawing. I want to paint it with a simple color scheme. But that will be later. I used both the g pen and the maru pen. I really love the thin lines I get from maru pens. The only reason I hadn’t used them for so long was because the ink didn’t flow out of the pen. But after thinning out the ink with water that solved the problem and man am I glad for that. One thing I wanted to try out was this set of Chinese watercolors, but to my surprise it didn’t contain black. After mixing blue, green and yellow I got an okay looking grey but instead I decided to water down the black ink. I quite like the way it worked out and will experiment with it more next time.
I’ve had this idea of making a piece with Goku and Yusuke both wearing sunglasses. So I thought I should give that a try. Of course doing it for inktober would have it’s challenges since I would have to navigate through any mistakes I make along the way.
This is how I ended it. I forgot to add Goku’s tail…
Reference pictures used:
And here is the process for those who are interested:
From what I’ve learned, I can overcome mistakes by making light marks for my ideas and darker thicker lines for what the actual drawing will be.
And it was at this point that I was getting a bit scared. I had so many unnecessary lines and Goku’s right arm was just wrong. I almost wanted to just start a new one. But decided against it and see if I could save it. Also I accidentally hit my pen and it fell on the right corner of the paper. So far that is three mistakes in a row.
So despite looking quite dirty, I decided to fix all the mistakes.
Once again I was careless and rested my hand on Yusuke’s uniform, luckily this time it wasn’t too bad.
With the outline done, it is time to ink the darker areas and see if it can fix my mistakes.
And just to finish it, I added some hatching on certain areas to make a shading effect which not only made it look better but it also helped mask even more mistakes.
I first heard about Inktober last year. I wasn’t really planing on joining in this year but after thinking about it, it should be a good way to practice my drawing and inking techniques.
What I understood about Inktober is that one should not only draw only using ink and a pen, but that one should not use anything else. So no rough drafting, just drawing with the pen and working with the mistakes that happens as one goes along.
For the my first drawing I of course drew Sayumi Michishige. I seem to be able to draw rather fast… or at least it seemed fast, I feel that those countless hours I spend investing on my drawing skills have been paying off.
This is the reference I used from her book “Sayu: Sayumi Michishige Personal Book”:
This is the process for those who are interested.
If you look to the right at Sayu’s left elbow you can see a big blotch of ink. That was a careless mistake I made where I ran my hand over it while the ink was still wet. Nothing I can do except keep going.
Oh, before I forget. I used a brush pen and this other pen to ink the boots. Forgot to take a photo of them with the dip pen.
I’ll try to draw one drawing everyday for Halloween, and also do some of the other artwork… it’s going to be a rather busy month.
So I was wondering if my skill had increased after the gundam project. I was quite surprised that I can now draw without having to pay attention to references as much as before. I was also able to draw much faster. I’d say I can get a traditional drawing done in 3 days at the longest. On the downside though it seems like I chose the wrong paper (sketch paper). This, to my dismay meant that I had quite a good amount of complications. The Copic markers did not blend like I wanted, almost not at all. This caused a lot of problems. Many of the skills I had gathered did not seem to reach it’s full potential. Most of it came out great in the end except the sky, For one, the colors did not match with the rest of the drawing. And I couldn’t fix it traditionally since that wasn’t really an option. So I had rely on Photoshop. I actually had plans to try and make art that was a mixture of both traditional and digital.
This will probably take me a while to fully master, but it should be well worth it.
This drawing and character is made for another competition that I will enter.
Here is the link: http://kid-nii.deviantart.com/journal/BIG-Contest-294-85-Art-in-prizes-532782527
UPDATE: Well, it seems like the moderator has deactivated his/her account so I can’t even post this drawing in the comments section…
Well that sucks.
Oh well, this means that I can instead start working on some other projects. This was a learning experience, yeah a learning experience. I didn’t waste any of my time at all. (“Yeah, that’s it. Keep telling yourself that”). In all seriousness, I did want to join the competition, but oh well. I did finally start the traditional x digital technique development, so it’s ok.
This drawing is now finished, so I will now work on some new things, There are 6 other characters I will be drawing for this contest, I want each one to have it’s own personality and feel so I will be thinking about each one. I just don’t want to take too long though… I will just have to use the right paper this time.
UPDATE: Will stop this now, and instead work on some original work I wanted to do. And there is another competition that I am even more interested in. So I will join that.
Hasta la proxima,
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