Our SVS Virtual Studio APRIL 2021🐰


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    I've been challenged by my friend to stop farting around and make one page of a graphic novel. Just a page, either a strip or a first, middle or end page. I've been talking about wanting to do something like that for a while now and she probably is getting tired of hearing it with no results. πŸ˜‚ I tell you what though, being challenged has definitely lit a fire under my tush. Here is a quick drawing of my main character, Colin. He's a gullible, accident prone little guy who easily falls for his older brother's falsehoods, which lead him into some tight spots.
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    EXIT: I forgot to mention. We are opening up the challenge to who ever would like to join us. #comickahnchallenge
    One (or more) page of a comic or graphic novel that you always wanted to do it never got around to doing. πŸ˜ƒ



  • @burvantill Colin's expression and cuteness makes me want to read more about this little bear. Love your coloring! Did you use watercolor?



  • @Georgios-Christopoulos Thanks for your comment. Yes I feel its kind of off too. Ill try doing that



  • @RachelArmington thank you! I like that bunny best too.

    @Coreyartus I'm not sure where you live but around here (Eastern Massachusetts) horse eventing is starting up again. My wife rides and (before our child) I would watch with a sketchbook and draw happenings around the farm she takes riding lessons. You certainly wouldn't look out of place if you have a riding farm nearby, you'd really get an opportunity to see all the different ways a horse can move in jumping/dressage/trail riding. (Sorry if my terms are off horse people, my wife is the rider, not me!)



  • I need to embrace the silliness more often.

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  • @burvantill Colin looks lovely!that expression is so "awww"!!
    @Braden-Hallett If master demands ,then there is no choice right??



  • Hi everyone! I’m sharing a spread of my picture book, Mustard Thinks Twice, which is almost complete!

    Can’t wait to share the launch with the amazing SVS Community.

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    @JasperS Thankyou. It's digital watercolor in procreate with Maxpack watercolor brushes.

    I forgot to mention. We are opening up the challenge to who ever would like to join us. #comickahnchallenge on IG.



  • @Coreyartus If you go to youtube, you can find lots of videos of horses that you can pause and study in any position. If you are using an iPad, you can take a picture of the still image and save it into Procreate so you can look at the picture right there.

    I own 6 horses. The joints just above their hooves are the fetlock and pastern joints. These will compress/flex under the weight of the horse. The faster they run , the more the compression. In life, the tendons are stretched like a rubber band and the snap back helps propel the horse - part of why they can run so fast. A couple of your pix don't show any compression.

    On horses, stylizing works fine on the top half but even if you are not going for realism, the picture will look off if the leg joints aren't fairly correctP1180251.jpg . This picture of my horse, Java, shows it to the max. I would soften the angle a little bit in an illustration but it shows how the joint works.


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    @jakecrowe I wish I did! I live in San Diego, so I think I could probably find horses around here to take pics of in a pinch. But that's a great idea--to begin I may ask around for some folks who have some ranch-farms! Thank-you!!

    @Kim-Hunter LOL! Those darn hooves and joints! Most of the imagery I've found has them standing in grass, and those parts disappear! LOL! Yeah, I need to get a book on horse anatomy, but your explanation of how their legs work is so incredibly helpful!! I will go look on YouTube for horse info--I do indeed use an iPad!! Thank-you so much!!



  • Makind an illo with the 4 characters I have created for the svs challenges so far!
    Figure I d try this one to check with their consistency!
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  • Recently joined SVSLearn and I love this platform so far! Here is a piece I finished today for Inktober52, for the prompt "Shield". It's inspired to the Little Prince, to the crystal ball he uses to protect the Rose. 14_Shield.png



  • The Little Prince is one of my favorites. Your picture is really beautiful and captures the bond he had with the rose. My favorite line fits your picture, "Only with the heart can one see clearly for what is essential is invisible to the eye."



  • Been less active here this month, but have been reading the forums... ran out of time for the March prompt. Work, life, you know how it goes. This is a sketch from the prompt generator by @amandalo which is simply brilliant!

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  • Some random kiddos

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  • @Kim-Hunter I love that quote from the book. Is actually one of my favourite books ever.



  • Hello everyone! It's my first time posting art in the forum so hope this is ok but thought I'd share some of my experiments with shade and colour using Sketchbook. I'm still learning how to draw and figuring out how I'd like to draw but I'm really enjoying the process - I won't be quitting my day job any time soon!

    I don't like drawing vehicles as they always look boxy so I've cheated and drawn a boxy van! I added my bear character, Strawbeary, who is a wee country bear who always wears a straw hat, chews a blade of grass and plays the banjo so I used lighter colours for sunshine, corn fields, dusty roads and a bright sky. I did another version with another character called Bluebeary, who is a jazzy bear wearing a beret who plays the trumpet so I used a bluey hue and night scene. If anyone's curious I'll post that as well.

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    Some thoughts on this exercise:
    I find it difficult to create a digital image with the charm of a traditional painting so I tried to use different colour layers to create a less flat-looking image. Too many colours and brushes looked too busy and intense. Muting the colours looked too faded and odd with the bold outlines. I tried hiding the black sketch outlines and only used colour for definition but it looked a bit wishy washy so I put them back for clarity. I think I'll try doing a version of this as a traditional painting and with coloured pencils as well to see if the 'charm' I'm seeking isn't just romanticised!

    The sketch itself is confusing because the bear is in the front seat as if they're driving but the door is open so we can peek inside so the van is not moving... If it was a book illustration it would be fun to see various items bouncing around inside or an item flying out the door as if they've forgotten to shut the door. It looks flat from this side view but not flat enough to be bold and cartoony so I could add shadows to create depth but probably best to just redraw it. I had wanted to try doing a slice image like looking into a doll's house so maybe it would be fun to see the bear inside too with their feet on the pedals.

    It was fun to draw and play with colour anyway!



  • I'm working on my first comic page! I just finished up on the refined sketch stage. Ember encounters a shadowy creature that interrupts her potion making! Haha πŸ˜ƒ I'm having lots of fun with this.

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    Another set. This is a giant blind cave mole sniffing out two sneaking cave explorers.



  • Been drawing ice-cream lately... :-]

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