Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Almost there...!

The last life drawing class of the semester. My computer has been down all week, so ... school computers, away! (And large school scanners!) From first to last: five minutes each, twenty minutes, twenty minutes, and fifteen minutes.

I'm happy with these. It's nice being able to look back and see that I've improved. I am looking forward to not having to lug that huge sketchbook around, though.

Back to work...!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Nearly a year.

I don't plan to make a habit of posting fanart here (I have my deviantART account, after all), but thought I'd talk a bit about these two. I did the one on the left today, taking a few hours to redraw and color a sketch I did at work (ahaha!) a few days ago; the one on the right was done over a few days in May of last year.

I'm still uncomfortable drawing some areas of the body - Jou's and Yuugi's shoulders, for example - but I've definitely improved at recognizing my own mistakes. I don't think I'd be able to draw heads of such ridiculous misproportion now without noticing. (Unless I have again. Hmm.)

Clearly, I need to continue (and redouble, even) my efforts with hands and backgrounds (was pretty lazy on both counts). Also, Yuug's arms are a bit twiggy.

I've always tried to experiment with lighting. You can see it in last year's, with the window shades at the bottom of the image (my favorite part), but I think I've moved in a more dramatic direction. My shadows this year are slightly more extreme! Huzzah!

Overall, though, I'm pretty happy. Try, try, and try again.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Waterbrush adventures!

After reading some handy articles, I decided to go off in search of the elusive waterbrush. Today, I found some of the Niji variety. "I know I have watercolor pencils at home," I said to myself, "but I cannot wait. I must try these magical brushes now." So I also bought a small number of watercolor pencils.

I ... I don't know how I've managed this long without a waterbrush. I feel like I can go anywhere, do anything. I am no longer limited by my inability to balance water-filled cups, brushes, and sketchbook at the same time. This is an exciting development, guys.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Drawn on the job, haha.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


20 min. Too large to scan. :(

We ended up having spare time after reviewing everyone's projects, which I hadn't been expecting. This begins my conscious effort to post more than once a week (since I'm drawing all the time for classes anyway), and to occasionally include relevant/clever/charming bits of text in said posts.

Monday, April 14, 2008


Our final assignment for Life Drawing: create a creature. I haven't used watercolors lately, so this was a fun exercise. I'm glad it's done, though ... I'll sleep well tonight.

Saturday, April 12, 2008