Finally completed my "comic clip" (analog version, color pencil on paper):
In the future I may do a "digitally remastered version".
Ready for a next project!
A Software Engineer by profession, I enjoyed drawing as a child/youth but somehow discontinued it after my twenties. On summer 2019 I started drawing again, and now I'm trying to properly learn how to do it.
My short-term goal is to just enjoy drawing and level up, gradually improve the quality of my lines, tones and color.
My longer term ambitious goal is to write comics and eventually even some graphic novel.
These are images from the assignment of the basic perspective course that consists of drawing a room from various angles. I find doing these exercises a lot of fun (coming up with different viewpoints), while making your visual brains work hard at the same time.
From within the closet:
From the window:
Hmm let's pretend the walls are made of glass:
My challenge this December is to finish my 4-page comic project, that's been dragging for a while. It's a "comic-clip", a song put into comic. I chose "Sultans of Swing" from the Dire Straits, one of my favourite bands from my youth.
Here are the two finished pages (photos from my mobile, not good quality). The technique is sepia color pencil (Caran D'Ache Prismalo).
Page 1 (hmm this is not the fully finished product, I have since completed the tree):
This is WiP pencil for page 2:
And these are thumbnails for page 4. On the left one version of the full page, on the right a rework of the bottom part of the page that I like much better.
This last summer I took Dave Malan's course on portrait drawing and I recommend it. What I found most useful for me was the emphasis on systematically approaching drawing from the larger shapes to the smaller ones and details at the end.
I had made myself a challenge of drawing a portrait a day on summer 2019, and repeated it again on August 2020 starting with Dave's course. The idea is 1-2h per portrait at most.
Here is a sample of the portraits I made, in chronological order. It feels great to see the progress that comes from continued practice.
Feedback is welcome!
I am Carles, from Barcelona (Catalonia). I joined SVS this past summer, but am only now starting to try and be more active in the forums, so I thought an introduction was in order.
My goal is not to become a professional illustrator, rather to improve my art and storytelling skills. I want to draw comics, and also add illustrations to my professional presentations and talks (I am a software engineer, currently freelancing). Besides attending a local atelier two hours a week, I am mostly learning by following various online courses, SVS being one of them.
One of the things I would love to find in the forums are fellow classmates (I was excited to see this was a common practice here) - I am following the foundations curriculum, will be starting level two around or after Xmas, and will be posting about it.
Ideally I'd also love to find other aspiring comic artists in my area to build a local community. We could eventually meet in person to share our learnings, self critique and provide mutual support and maybe work together in projects. Please contact me if you live nearby and like this idea!
Thanks for the comments and feedback so far, and hoping to be an active part in this community!
Currently I'm working on illustrations with cartoony dragons. I am actually working on the way overdue "Dragonfly" prompt... In preparation for that I did a bookmark design for "St Jordi's day" which is a big celebration in Catalonia (the day of the book and the rose). This is for a contest at my son's school:
This is done with markers, ink (callibrated pen) and prismacolor color pens for the greens.
@doro_thea Also have you tried other approaches to her hair? Currently it looks like a background shadow, it doesn't feel like it's in the same plane as the head.
@doro_thea I like the lettering!
I am not sure I understand the reasons behind the different font sizes though. It feels like "The Beauty" is the title and "and the beast" is a subtitle - is this intentional?
@Rekha-Salin-0 I'd say the composition is unbalanced, the two characters pull the weight too much to the right. I think it would improve by moving at least the central character more to the left.
I would try to not use such dark black for the contours of the eyes, so that it is less "in your face" and more in line with the rest of the colours. Maybe experiment with dark shades of the skin colour of the characters rather than pure black?