Thursday, April 30, 2015
On occasion, I might be asked to draw a portrait from a picture. The challenge is that you really need multiple pictures to get enough visual data on a given subject. It was lucky that it had been school picture day, so we had plenty of references on hand.
Ideally, I find it more efficient to draw my cartoon portraits live with the subject present for a few minutes. Most sketches take 4-5 minutes to complete.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
There are still some spots open in the Saturday workshop for April 11 at the Cary Arts Center. We will focus on sketching and illustrating some fantasy creatures from Japan and branch out from there.
Made these samples on watercolor paper with watersoluble graphite and a waterbrush. I choose to use my Caran D'AChe Museum leadholder loaded with a Technalo 3.8 mm B lead, but you could also use the wooden pencil version.
The Holbein waterbrush can also be handy for applying watercolors and blending watercolor pencils.
If time allows we might even color some of the illustrations like this Chinese Zodiac family portrait.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
Found these sticky notes on clearance at the local Target, and remembered these neat color sketches by comicbook artist Todd Nauck. Thus a perfect opportunity for trying out a new art support just presented itself. It had never occurred to me to use such small format for warm-up drawings, but that is why it is such a perfect choice. It is small enough not to take too much time to cover with any medium, and it is big enough to test different mix media combinations.
For this first test, I skipped the preliminary pencil sketch, and doodled a coloring outline with a fountain pen.
Colored it with Prismacolor alcohol-based markers.
Tried some Copic opaque white for eye and hair highlights and outlining one side of the face.
Pretty good size for quick and easy color tests. Going to have to keep experimenting with other coloring tools as well.
At the very least, you can make some colorful stickers to brighten your work station.
Also spotted these Yoobi green pencil cases that looked like miniature backpacks. They looked cute, and it was pretty cool to discovered that its cammo pattern was made up of toucan silhouettes. I did not like how cramped the small front pocket felt, and its zipper did not open wide enough to be useful.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Reloaded my original test markers and added a few more colors to our classroom set. This is the freshly painted reference chart.
This what the colors look like when dry and my first test mandala next to it.
Friday, February 13, 2015
Tried and really like the Sakura Kakikata Felt Tip pens for drawing and inking. Check out my full review.
These are some of the students illustrations drawn with the squeezable acrylic marker this week.