Fishes in ink and watercolours. These little guys were really fun to do.
I like @Lee-White 's advice on calling the preliminary concept sketches "thinkings" instead of drawings. To add to that, I always disliked putting "thinkings" into a sketchbook because I can have up to 5 (sometimes more) pages worth of thumbnails and sketches for one concept. Often the sketches are ugly because I'm just focused on throwing the ideas onto paper. I ended up doing less sketchbook work in general because of this.
Now I use a folder-style clipboard stocked with copy paper for my "thinkings" and it works great for me. It's inexpensive, reloadable, portable and I don't have to worry about having a nice drawing. Plus, I like that the pages are super easy to scan (no binding to interfere) and that I don't have to store loads of sketchbooks with work that I mostly dislike.
If there are sketches that I do like, I cut and glue (or tape) them into my journal and call it a day.
All in all, a great episode. I tend to have a million and one ideas for an illustration and then at the end of the day, play it safe (probably too safe) because I doubt my ability to get my far-out-there ideas out onto the page. It's good to know that it's better to go more wild to begin with and be wrangled back in than to play it safe and end up with a boring illustration.
A sketch for mushroom village. A spirit-like lady releasing spores to the city-scape of mushrooms below. I am going to attempt to make it a night scene with lots of glowing spores and mushrooms. It will be a new technique for me. I am excited to start the process, but unsure of the outcome.
5 months late...but I finished the painting for June's contest "Mushroom Village" and figured I may as well share it. I procrastinated so hard on this one because I was scared of painting glow-y things at night and messing it up badly. But then I just went for it and actually learned a lot from the process. I'm glad I finished it...better late than never.
High up in the evertrees
The lady light does glow
She sets free seeds and moon-beam dreams
Onto the floor below.
For the September Monthly Challenge, I decided to go with:
Everyone was shocked to see her show up to school with the monster under her bed.
I wanted to show the girl riding in on her bed (cowgirl-style) while wrangling the monster underneath. The girl is having a grand ole time. The monster is a little tired but otherwise unphased. The teacher and other kids are (well) shocked, as per the prompt and mostly taking cover under the teacher's desk. Is this how the sketch is reading? Feedback welcome.
I had originally wanted the monster to be some type of scary unicorn, but decided to go with something more cartoony. I left the unicorn horn on him in this sketch but can modify/remove it if it isn't working.
I'm not a gambler, but I always see this superstition in the movies. When playing a game of chance with dice, the player will kiss or blow on the dice (or get a pretty lady to kiss or blow the dice) for good luck. Big money, big money, big money.
In the first image, the giant boy seems friendly in a neutral way. It's as though he was just wandering down the street and friendly greeting the people as he goes along his merry way.
In the second picture, it feel like the boy is menacing and could be up to no good. I think it's because of how the shadow falls over the people in a looming sort of way. If this is not the intent, perhaps it would feel less intimidating if the shadow fell onto the buildings instead of onto the people below.
In the third picture, it feels as if the boy is friendly in an excited/over-eager way. It's as though he is trying to get the little people to be his friends or come along with him on some grand adventure. It also seems like he is ready to jump up, whereas in the other two photos it seems like he is more grounded and just crouching down.
In my opinion, each could work. It just depends on what story you are trying to convey.
It is still July where I live (for 2 more hours anyways). I have been working on some technical skills this month. I am getting groovy with my figure drawing (at least 15 minutes per day). I am diligently building my ink mark-making reference sketchbook. I have also been exploring the world of digital illustration. It is a whole new, extraordinarily different world, but it's nice to challenge myself.
I have also been taking some SVS courses on the business side of things. Maybe I can start making money on my illustrations soon?!
The posted image is a digital sketch. I think it's a good start, but I have a lot to learn. My husband didn't appreciate the darkness of the subject but sometimes I just want to draw evil creatures and skeleton fish. Other times I draw flowers. Life is about balance, no?
@emergingeden Haha. It seems so obvious, but I dont think I have ever paid attention to fonts in books before. I guess I've always been distracted by the illustrations. I will check out some picture books and postcards and pay attention to how the professions do it.
I have a feeling I'll never look at a book again without studying the fonts. Thank you for the suggestion. I'm kind of embarrassed that I didn't think of it myself.
@Amanda-Jean The faux cut-out style is so neat! Your work has such cool textures and the cut-out style adds an extra punch. There is so much dimension to the witch (as if she is actually popping off the page/screen).
I didn't notice anything "off" with the colors, but I'm still learning. Could you explain a little more what you mean? Do you not like the colors? Or is it just that you imaged the colors differently in you mind?
Congratulations Lee! Being debt free is something that I'm working towards, as well, after being inspired by "The Minimalists" podcast. I may never become a true minimalist, but a lot of what they speak about in terms of freeing up time and money to live a meaningful life (as they put it) really resonates with me.
I am very mindful of what I buy. Will I use it? Do I need it? Can I get by without it? Will it last or is it disposable? are common questions I ask myself before making purchases. As an artist, I am inspired by the work of other artists and the tools they are using to create their beautiful pieces. I am tempted to go out and buy new equipment and tools. But I have come to discover that, having all the newest and greatest tools wont help me become a better artist. I've put myself on an art supply buying ban until I use what I already have (and it's a lot; especially paper...how do I have so much paper???). Once I use up all my traditional art materials, I may have to venture into the digital art arena (since I already have all the tools for that, but have never really used it sigh)
Since my ban, I am spending less time shopping for the "perfect" tools and spending more time to actually create, which is a great feeling. Also, some of the money I am saving, I can use towards classes such as those on SVS, which just improves my artist abilities even more (win-win).
Thanks for sharing your story. It is always inspiring to hear people freeing themselves from debt (especially in an age where most people are very reluctant to talk about finances altogether). Wishing you all the best with your move.
@miriam thanks for the feedback. I think I'll do some thumbnail paintings for both the second and third sketches and see which ones work best when colour is added. I'm not really a fan of art nouveau, either (although you would never know judging by my line drawings). My painting style ends up looking very different from my sketches. I'm still working on having consistency in my style.
Oh dear. I just checked my numbers. I must have been way too overtired when I posted this question (I blame the baby...no wait the baby sleeps all day...the toddler on the other hand )
I was mixing up my mbs and kbs.
As per the monthly contest rules (link text the file size should be no more than 500 kb.
When I scan at 300 dpi, my image comes to around 3.5 mb (3500 kb); so I will still need to reduce the file size.
@NessIllustration , thanks. I'll try to re-size the image and see if I can get it a decent size.
Sorry for the confusion.
Hi. I quite like the composition you came up with and am looking forward to seeing the finished piece. I especially like the little creatures' expressions as the little girl approaches the village.
Just for fun.
What are some really bizarre topics/words that you have googled/searched for lately while looking for illustration ideas/references?
I was thinking about this tonight as I was googling "places where desolate people go" to get inspiration for an illustration I am working on. I sincerely hope no one ever looks through my browser history.
Any funny ads pop up because of recent web searches?