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Three Mushrooms (digital art / WIP)

Three Mushrooms (digital art / WIP)

Out on a walk, I found the cutest and most-nicely assembled bunch of mushrooms.

The three mushrooms. The original image I'm using as a reference.
The three mushrooms. The original image I’m using as a reference.

 

I took a picture. Once I got home, I loaded this picture in Sketchbook Pro and started tracing and modifying the lines.

I began to outline the contours of the mushrooms and drew lines of represent their interior texture.
I began to outline the contours of the mushrooms and drew lines representing their interior texture.

 

Continuing to fill in the smaller mushrooms while using the original image as a guideline.
Continuing to fill in the smaller mushrooms while using the original image as a guideline.

 

It is a work-in-progress, so I don’t have the image finalized yet, but seeing the progress in a post like this is helpful for me. It gives me a chance to become more familiar with the image, and share. This is the image showing the line work I’ve done with no background image. As you can see, the line work is very clean and represents the shapes and unique texture of the mushrooms very well. (And we haven’t even done coloring or textures yet, which are to come.)

The current line art, I'm mostly finalized -- all the major shapes are represented with sufficient line detail.
The current line art, I’m mostly finalized — all the major shapes are represented with sufficient line detail.

 

The beginning of testing some colors -- which is the next step: inking.
The beginning of testing some colors — which is the next step: inking.

 

I’m excited to see how this turns out. The playful shapes in the interior of the mushroom were a lot of fun to draw, and gave me some good eye-to-hand exercise. I’m really enjoying the freedom of digital artwork, and the ability to make multiple iterations and moods to the same structural image.

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English Garden (watercolor)

English Garden (watercolor)

English-Garden-watercolor

 

ABOUT THIS PICTURE

9″x 6″, watercolor and ink on paper. This is my first real attempt in the realm of watercolor. I’d been keeping away from it, as I was intimidated by its fluidity and transparency, but it is actually a lot of fun to work with! You do have to modify you working methods, as opposed to working with oils or acrylics. Watercolor has a bit of a life of its own, but if you keep in mind a few simple guidelines, you can take advantage of its great instant-color properties. I’ve heard watercolor artists use the phrase “drop in color”, and that’s exactly what it is like. Dot your brush over an area, and out runs color directly onto the surface, no brushstrokes required. Starting with a drawing based on waterproof ink really helped me keep my color flow together, but a big part of the magic of watercolor is overlapping color, bleeding into each other to create dynamic new colors. I’ll likely be experimenting with watercolors more as they travel and clean up easily, and pair well with sketching.

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Granite Rocks (ink drawing)

Granite Rocks (ink drawing)

The beach is only about two miles away from my home, so you’ll be seeing lots of ocean-themed art by me. Here is some more line art. I really like the accessibility of this type of art — I just pick up my pens and go for it. No paint, prep work, or organizing. This is a good way to “keep it loose” and I’ve been enjoying it. I would definitely recommend it if you are having a creativity block, or need some space from a larger project.

granite-rocks-pen-drawing

ABOUT THIS PICTURE

9.5″ x 6″, ink on paper. The rocks in real life that I drew from are dark black with playful streaks of granite. A very interesting shapeset to work with. The lines started as a way to draw in the planes of the rocks, but as the drawing progressed I lengthened them and they became a feature of their own. Also, I really love any excuse I can think of to use my fat, size 2 Micron.

 

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