I'd love that topic. It will be a tough week for me though ... When do you start? You don't aim to run through all of it in one week, right?
I went through a lot of trouble before I could sit on my desk again. Now I really, really wanna draw! Finally!
Posts made by Meta
RE: Painting colour and light 2.0 group runthrough. Anyone in?
RE: Rough style as a finished style?
@Brett I think it's great! There are people who illustrate in a fairly rough style and yours reminds me in the style of someone I know from my time studying: Felix Scheinberger, here on instagram. He's got mainly personal drawings there, but google his illustrations. I think you could perfectly do editorial illustration. Just not sure about the smudges. It's something that also happens to me when drawing with ballpoint, but I try to avoid them ... Maybe pulling them less straigt through your image might work better. It can give an interesting effect, like with the sun. In the first illusration I thought they were there just by accident ...
Typography is fine. Copy some types you like to broaden your style.
And I think you should decide wheather or not you want naturalistic drawings: Everything is so stylized (which is great), but then there is this goat which couldn't decide if it wanted to stay realistic, or become rather stylized ... But maybe that's just my opinion.
RE: Slow, slow Slowvember ... children's right to roam
I'll still update this threat an call it Slowcember
I wanted to share a bit how I struggled to find a way to draw the lineart. I thought, the best would be to draw directly into photoshop. But I don't manage to make a drawing I like there. It's alway so tense and I don't get to where I want. Can this be due to the use of a conventional graphic tablet? I could imagine that the workflow on a screen tablet is much smoother, but maybe I'm wrong?
Next I tried drawing with ballpoint pen, ink roller pen, traditional pen and ink ... without the satisfying outcome.
The main trouble with these techniques is that I cannot correct anything, once the line is on paper. I could have worked with one of the below, but there are some details in each which I'd like to redo. I did the last two on transparent paper, so I picked my brand new prismacolor pencil (you don't usually get them here in Europe!) and drew it again. On this paper, I can completely erase lines without any remains. Perfect!
Next time, I'll do the sketch on an extra sheet, so I don't need to erase any lines which should not be there. I just had to find out if this lineart works when colorizing in photoshop. I did the 1986 drawings first, and I'm quite happy with the results.
Here are the two new drawings from the last days, already joined together:
edit: How can I change the name of this topic?
RE: What podcasts you listen to, besides 3 Point Perspective?
Yes! I completely discovered podcasts for drawing during the last weeks. Unfortunately, all the podcasts I could recommend are non-English. Anyways, I'd like to get to know to more podcasts, so I'll follow this post.
Something that I like to listen to, but which doesn't have to do with art, is TED or TEDx Talks on Youtube. It's usually enough to hear the speaker's voice.
Laika the space dog, NO nice story
My children are currently interested in space and space travels. we have several books that cover the topic, and in three of them there was a reference to Laika, the space dog:
You learn from the texts, that Laika was a stray dog from the streest of Moscow, and she was the first animal to enter space and orbit around earth, back in 1957. My kids were fascinated by that, and asked me what became of her. No problem, let's google that.
What we found out was, that this poor dog was not celebrated as a hero when she returned to earth (though she's a legend since the day of the launch). She had been sent on a one-way trip. The plan was to let her orbit for ten days, and then to expose poisoned food to her so she'd die. However, she didn't stand ten days. She died few hours after the launch of Sputnik II because of overheating. The satellite orbited around earth for five more months with the dead body of Lakia, before it re-entered earths atmosphere and burned up. There are more sad facts about Laika you'll find on the internet (like, about her training, about her heartbeat-rate at launch and forth).
This was real life. It was overwhelming. We were not prepared for that and we all cried. Those pictures in the books showed a heroic dog in a space suit. Not this:
Long story short. This post is mainly about our responsibility as illustrators. How would you have illustrated this dog if you were comissioned to do that? In the end, Laika was a victim of animal testing. How to treat such content properly in a children's book?
RE: nudity = adult content?
@Jeremy-Ross There is not so much context ... This piece is from Inktober, and I simply recycled the two characters from some days before, because it came easy with that day's topic (catch).
I basically aim for a young audience though. I also think, it would be no problem on the German market (which I want to work for), but Behance sits in the U.S., and I use it because I'll create a website using Adobe Portfolio, which sources the projects from behance.
I could have covered her breast, yes. But I am generally intersted in indigenous cultures. I will certainly do more projects with indigens, and I certainly can not always avoid nipples all the time, because they are simply there all the time.
Intersting you point out Disney animation ... They, for sure, would not depict it like I did. I googled "Disney" and "indigenous culture". Seems like, for Frozen II, they didn't only borrow from the Sámi culture, but were in constant contact with them to get everything right. A step in the right direction I think. If they ever wanted to depict an un-americanized indigenous culture from a warmer climatic zone, they would not come around showing nipples. So my guess is, they won't.
Anyways, due to the lack of time to do research for this Inktober piece, I don't fully stand behind it. I think, next time, I'd even try to contact some association of the culture I want to show (in this case, of Yanomami of brazilian rain forest).
RE: Slow, slow Slowvember ... children's right to roam
Sorry to not update this ... Having the choice to either write something here, or draw, I ended up choosing drawing most of the time. However, I made my submission already. I kept it simple and finished only one of the four generations. All the others are in progress. I hope to manage to post some WIP, and otherwise I'll show at least the end result. Although I would have appreciated some feedback for my Slowvember piece ... Anyways, thank you!
RE: NOVEMBER CONTEST: SLOWVEMBER
My last minute submission to Slowvember. I ended up not doing all of the four generations, but only one for now. I could have made a Throwvember of it, but that wasn't the goal, right? I'll post the others (1920, 1923,2019) as soon as I finish them.
Lots of great submissions here! Good luck to everyone!