Trying to make time to finish some paintings, acrylics on canvas,...and other projects.
I'm an Australian living in Japan, for nearly 17 years.
It's a long story, but I'll try to keep it short.
I've always loved art, especially cartoons, and awesome masterful paintings.
When I was a teenager, I wanted to become a tattooist in Australia.
Around 2000, I studied Cartooning and Illustration with The Australian College of Journalism, and received a diploma/degree.
Came to Japan in 2003, got married and started teaching English. It was fun.
I created my own teaching material, flash cards, etc. Everybody loved my art.
Joined the SCBWI and exhibited my fine art at galleries.
In 2013, I started working at Tokyo Disney Sea, as a caricature and silhouette artist. After 4.5 yrs, I quit.
Tried to go freelance.
For two yrs now, I have worked as a professional portrait artist and silhouette artist at prestigious events around Japan.
Still in love with the idea of being a published cartoonist and illustrator.
First I found Will on Youtube, and now SVS.
Might touch it up a little, but calling this completed.
Acrylics on canvas, W27.4cm x H22cm
Started a few days ago. And while my paints are still wet, updating other paintings.
Thinking about creating a new Instagram for my paintings. What do you guys and gals think?
My main Insta is all over the place.
Hi fellow students,
I've been checking out many courses, and I like all of them.
I thought that I didn't need to do most of them because, I am mostly self taught and with the help of many awesome artists online(credit to all of them), I feel I've learned very similar things. And fundamentals keep coming up, and I absorb everything I can.
I will stay at the student level, always!
However, I pay to learn. So I should commit myself, and do the assignments.
So, I have begun.
I'm no stranger to working with a brush pen, and no sketch. Just a little confidence, and go for it!
As a teacher,...we are all nervous as students. Don't worry about making mistakes. They happen to all of us. Just try!
0 points for not trying.
100 points for trying. Even if you make mistakes.
No pencil sketch. Just brush pen.
Only brush pen on the chair. Rough pencil sketch on the buildings, then mostly brush pen, and no reference.
I will update my progress soon.
Hi creative people,
Did some sketches with Sketchbook(PS has been giving me too many probs), and now I can't find them.
So, this is what I opened in Procreate on my iPad, and it's the only one I saved.
And I like it.
And thought about making a spread, but not sure.
Hi, I hope everyone is happy and healthy.
This will be my first time entering.
I love all things nature. So this sounds like fun. Not that the others didn't sound fun. They did!
I had ideas for the last one. But, put other things first.
It's also very interesting.
Looking forward to seeing what everyone creates.
I love realism. But, recently trying to completely change my focus, and create a new portfolio geared towards children's book art. It's a much bigger market than caricatures. And my shift isn't just for financial gain.
Creating something for someone to love and enjoy sounds nice. Creating something for thousands of kids to love and enjoy, sounds like awesome fun!
So, enjoy the process, and make it fun,...for me! And thousands of kids!
@Chip-Valecek Inkin da Ink fairy sounds good!
Lookin forward to everyone's inkin!
When you're inking, don't forget to breathe.
Not sure, maybe it's just me, but sometimes I catch myself holding my breath,...when I'm inking that nice line.
Looking forward to seeing everybody's beautiful artwork.
@korilynneillo It sounds like you've had a lot more practise/experience drawing animals than humans. It will take some time, and I recommend all of the courses here that have human figures in them. Starting from the basics, and definitely the figure drawing and gesture drawing courses.
Then there's courses like, Posing Characters. I liked it, and I'll be doing it again soon.
@chrisaakins Same as above. Just keep drawing!
@ajillustrates Have you ever watched vids from Feng Zhu? If not, find his channel FZD School. There's over 100 vids to choose from, but if you type " fzd robots and mecha ", you'll find some. Grab a drink and snacks, or some drawing tools, and watch him draw from scratch.
I am also working on speeding up my process.
@PhoebeCreates No, I wouldn't categorize being new at something as a weakness. Actually, I don't like using that word, weakness. I'm sure somebody called it something else, recently. Was it Will?
My apologies to everyone! I don't mean to sound negative.
Anyway, turning something into a positive is a much better idea.
Until we find a better word, we can call it, "something I'm working on", or something along those lines.
Actually, I think you said it!
I'm sure everybody can draw anything they want, in their own way/style. And then, draw that same thing again(no values or colour), but polishing up the lines. By then, we might see things we changed or want to change. Keep drawing the same thing if you want. Or if you're happy with it, try something else.
Yeah, keep getting into character design. Check out other peoples characters online.
We are allowed to emulate any artist. And then add our own spin on it.
We can go much deeper into this topic.
Yep, I have been researching and learning about style for about 20 yrs. And now I know I have a handful of styles that I can work comfortably in, with confidence. But, choosing which style to fill my portfolio with, is and has been a real headache.
For me, I don't need a portfolio for event work. I mean, realistic quick portraits, and silhouettes. My friends handle that for me. And covid-19 took everything away from us, for now.
The caricatures you see on my Artstation take more than 20 hours each, and I think the market is getting smaller.
I have a couple of styles that are better(I think) for the huge children's art market. So, I am nearly done with making a big decision.
Keep on drawing!
@arielg I would like to work on all of those things for myself. Drawing more, and learning more.
I am still working on foundations.
Sometimes I wish I had better ideas.
But, when I get into it, and draw a lot of thumbnails focusing on one main idea/character/subject, I find new ideas coming.
@VeronicaMui I need help too.
And I love realism! Love details! I love drawing like that on paper, lots of fine details, with pencil or ballpoint pen.
And now I'm trying to change my style to suit digital tools, and be more stylized, especially with colour and environments.
More work needs to be done!
@Mary-Toth Me too. More on traditional media.
Did you try Figure Drawing Fundamentals?
I just found a new weakness, especially with digital painting. I must stop painting soft edges, and learn what to do instead. Anyone know of a good course to help me strengthen that weakness?
@burvantill Understood. Thank you very much.
I'm loving it too.
Thanks for accepting me.
The last major community I was in was conceptart dot org.
Anybody remember that?
I don't wanna spread negative stuff(in my own thick but thinning head, too).
So, I'll leave it at that.