And here's my contribution. I do draw mushrooms all year round, so it's nice when they are actually in season.
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Cats of June 2019
...as if there was a lack of drawing challenges - here's another one! #catsofjune is a challenge I made for myself last year: to draw a cat for every day in June. I'm going to try it this year too and it would be great to see some people join in!
So whether you want to go all in and draw 30 cats, or just a few here and there, feel free to join in on the tag #catsofjune. Me, I'm going to post mine mostly on my instagram, but you can always post some June and cat themed art in this tread too.
Here's a low resolution look at all the cats I did last time, but you can also find them here on my Deviantart.
The other day I made a quick pencil doodle that I later decided to scan and turn into a digital painting. Here's the result and I would love to hear your opinion on it. And here are some things in particular that I'd appreciate comments on:
Line art: I've tried to move away from line art in my paintings but haven't found a good way to really keep track of what I'm doing without it. How do you paint without line art?
Colors: I decided to make the fish green(ish) in an effort to balance it with both the orange and the blue in the picture. But I'm not sure if it works the way I wanted.
Consistency: I often paint in slightly different styles, and it feels like I mixed several techniques here. Like having both the heavy lineart and the bubbles that are air brushed in. So I'm wondering if it makes the painting look inconsistent.
Grumpy bunny - Feedback welcome!
Mornings, eh? So I drew this in GIMP the other day, and even though I felt (kind of) happy with it, I was surprised at how difficult I found it to be. Would love to hear your thoughts!
When I've posted my work here before, people have pointed out that my line art is more flat, while the shading is kind of overcompensating for that in a jarring way. So I tried to have less extreme shading here, but that's what I found surprisingly difficult. I first tried a cel shading kind of look, with completely flat colors and sharp edges. It did not look good at all. So in the end I felt I had to have softer shadows.
Then I tried to color the lineart and I felt it was just much harder to actually see the image. So I'm not sure how to go about this more cartoony style that I was looking for here.
And I couldn't come up with a good background! This is what I usually do then - have a muted color and some texture to at least give the impression of it being drawn on paper. Do you have any thoughts on good backgrounds for this? Or good ways to go about it when you don't really want much of a background but it looks weird to leave it out completely.
RE: EPISODE 08: YOUR CREATIVE BANK ACCOUNT
Interesting episode. I think it ties in very well with both episode 1 and 3. What with the discussion about ideas, how to get them and how to actually turn them into something.
I try to write down my dreams as soon as I wake up. Even if they don't give you any interesting ideas, it makes you remember the unexpected things that your own brain was able to create. I think it helps with creativity.
Apparently I sometimes try to write down these dreams on my phone in the middle of the night. Which often makes me find interesting notes in my phone, like this one I just picked out at random:
"Sewn on clothes, wings. Illusion of facade things are not what they seem".
Thank you for your clear message, me from 3.55 A.M.
RE: Why You Should Do an Art Challenge
Nice thoughts on what to think of for art challenges in this episode.
I've only done one challenge, #catsofjune, which I made up myself to kind of ease into the whole concept of art challenges. In the end, I got a little more ambitious than I really had time for, but still got through it. Surprisingly enough it landed me a contract as an illustrator for a children's book about cats.
I still decided to skip Inktober this year, because of time restraints and not really having a goal with it. But maybe next year!
RE: How to Make an Impact With Your Art
Nice episode as always. I feel like I had the most impact with my art when I had the opportunity to illustrate a children's book about parents with stress burnout/chronic fatigue. Even though I didn't write it, it feels great whenever I hear someone say it has helped their family in some way.
But there are also the smaller things. Like when I worked at a preschool and some kids would just be overwhelmed with happiness whenever you drew something for them (even though I was pretty bad at drawing back then).
RE: Need some help with how to paint a character that is a memory (idk how else to word it)
This is kind of ironic since I only have a vague memory of it, but the best depiction of memories I've seen in illustration is Violent Cases by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. Very inspiring how everything was kind of blurry and distorted and kept changing as the narrator tried to recall different details.
RE: Anyone planning to do Inktober this year?
I'd love to do it but will have to see if I have enough time. Otherwise I might just do it on a weekly basis or something like that. Last time I did a monthly challenge I ended up being way too ambitious and it was just too stressful
In the forest, looking for feedback
I finished this digital painting a few weeks back and would love to hear your thoughts about it. Mostly, I'd be interested in improving the way I work with colors and line art - I often feel like the colors and lines don't fit together that well. It's almost like I have two illustrations in different styles on top of each other (if that makes any sense).
I wanted to try a more "simple" style for this when I first drew it as a pencil sketch. I also decided to experiment with the palette a bit more, in an effort to make the colors look more uniform, and give the illustration an overarching color scheme, something I think I often miss when I draw. I also like to give my digital art a more hand-painted feel, with a bit more visible brush strokes and the texture of watercolor paper for example. Not sure if it's working though.
I've also tried a bit with coloring the line-art. I ended up skipping it here, since I felt that it only looked good in some places and not everywhere. How do you do when you pick colors for the lineart?
RE: The Stories We Tell
I really enjoyed this episode. The sound was rather off to me through large parts of it though. But it was really nice to hear more about the narrative part of all this. Would love to hear you talk more about this in the future. Perhaps the narrative aspect when you plan out individual illustrations for example.
Me, I've been extremely influenced by Swedish illustrator/author Sven Nordqvist. I read his books a ton as a kid. Internationally, I think he's most famous for the books about Pettson and Findus (I think they were called Festus and Mercury in the US?).
But my favorite book was Hattjakten, The Hat Hunt. It's about this old man who goes through a whimsical adventure as he's trying to find his missing hat, and ends up rediscovering parts of himself and remembering his childhood. Nordqvist's illustrations are always amazing and there was something special with this book that was so funny and whimsical but also strangely melancholic. Don't know if it has been translated to English, but I sure hope so!
RE: Eragon REDO! Book Cover WIP
Wow, I haven't read Eragon in years and years, so I don't remember the plot very well. But I thought it was an awesome idea to adjust the book cover for the age range you want to illustrate for! I think it's a great end result too, especially with the soft orange colors contrasting the blues.
I feel like I often have similar problems when it comes to colors. And I'm never sure if the problem lies with how I pick colors, how I apply them or if I forget to keep colors in mind while I'm actually sketching.
RE: Pippi Longstocking
Very nice cover that I think captures both her character and the feel of the stories very well. I've actually wanted to try mixing graphite and colors more in my drawings, but haven't quite dared to take that step yet. But it looks great here!
This actually made me google book covers for Pippi. I realized that as a Swede, I've almost only seen the illustrations by Ilon Wikland when it comes to just about any book by Astrid Lindgren. Pippi included. So it's nice to see some different interpretations!
Sleepy rabbits need feedback
A while back I started this mini-project of drawing sleepy cartoon rabbits. It was originally so I could practice poses and drawing more consistently. Then I realized it became more of an experiment and question of what look I want when I'm drawing in this kind of style - and I ended up painting them all with slightly different tools and techniques.
So I would love to hear your feedback on these morning grumpy rabbits (as well as a grease bunny, which was the last thing I drew). The numbers are just the order in which they were drawn. At the moment, I'm especially thinking about how to use color to shade nicely. Compared to earlier stuff I've done, I gradually reduced the amount of colors as well as how bright or dark highlights and shadows are. In a way, I like the cleaner look of, say, the grease bunny, but on the other hand I feel it's more difficult to make the drawing stand out so to say.
Also, you'll notice I've been incredibly lazy with backgrounds for these. I blame being just as tired as the rabbits.
RE: Sleepy rabbits need feedback
@Braden-Hallett As I mentioned, I'd say color is what I'm thinking most of for this! Almost all of my digital art begin as pencil sketches, and I sometimes feel like I have a hard time "translating" the things that look good in graphite to something that looks good as a colored digital piece. So in that sense, I guess it could be more about how to combine line art and color, rather than just color.
@MichaelaH Thanks for the comments! Haha, the thing in 4's mouth is supposed to be a toothbrush, though I realized even while sketching that it would be difficult to get that across. Also interesting that you mentioned the toes, because with these drawings I've realized that there are a lot of things I meant to do, but then just plain forget. Having the white toes on them all is one of those things, as well as giving their eyes irises. I'll have to start to write down the things I want in my drawings while I remember them, haha. Thanks again!
RE: Cats of June 2019
@Sophie-Lawson Would be awesome if you did! I did start this for that exact reason - to face my fears and push myself to do something new. I had started to feel that my art was going stale and thought some kind of drawing challenge might make things better. But no existing challenge really interested me at the time, and I wanted to start with something I knew I'm pretty good at drawing.
In the end, it worked out well and gave me lots of new ideas and opportunities to try different styles. So it's great for discovering new ways to draw and design your characters!
None of the cats have really turned into full original characters (yet). Even though several of them got names and basic personalities - like the Catatollah of Rock n Rollah with its rainbow mohawk and Ciaran the russian blue drinking white russian.
RE: Cats of June 2019
@Sophie-Lawson That's a great idea! Looking forward to see what you'll come up with. I looked a lot on different sources and styles while drawing these cats, even though only a few are direct studies or fan art. So I think it's a great way to go about it.
For me, checking out different styles and trying to draw in them really was a great way to develop my own style. You'll start to find different things that you enjoy and that works for you from them and can kind of piece them together to something that is more "yours". (Oh, actually, I just realized that's almost directly quoting something @Lee-White said in one of the 3 point-podcast episodes )
I really wanted this to be more fun and relaxing, without too much pressure. Both for me and for whoever wanted to have a go at it in their own way. I think the worst thing is if the challenge feels so daunting you're just relieved when you're through it.