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Desk Rose (digital art)

Practicing with some workflow concepts—changing from paper to digital. I made a simple drawing of a rose and some sage leaves that I had on my desk. I liked the layout and the composition. I kept wanting to add more, but I made myself stop, realizing it was just enough.

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Reside Inside (digital drawing)

A quick draw to get in a creative mood for this new beginning of a year. I just picked what colors and themes that came natural. 30 minutes, and I’ve got something that makes me feel good, and helped me to step away from some anxiety I was feeling inside. (I’m sure that’s how that heart got in this thematically.) Pleased with the quick-line portrait work. Fighting back the inertia and moving…into motion! Go fingers and brain, go!

♥ What are you working on right now?

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Wild Alice – Graphite to Digital

Wild Alice – Graphite to Digital

Starting out with a graphite drawing and progressing to digital coloring.

Female-Hair

 

I couldn’t choose between a black or blue background, so I’m keeping them both.

 

Wild Alice - Blue

 

I really like how that black makes her hip and leg pop out. Bam.

 

Wild Alice - Black

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Line Braid – Digital

Line Braid – Digital

Symmetry Braid - Line

This was a simple exercise using the line symmetry tool in Sketchbook Pro. I was trying to represent female hair in as many non-hair shapes I could imagine. I like the simplicity of this–and the view as if from behind.

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Girl in a Wrap (drawing)

Girl in a Wrap (drawing)

Did a small, little unfinished figure drawing today. I enjoyed making lots of lines and just letting my brain come up with whatever it felt like. I used a reference photo for a girl in a wrap as a very loose concept. The colors in the wrap and various other squiggly lines that I seem to be obsessed with lately are my brain child. This is very rough, but was relaxing and fun. I’m not super happy with the upper portion of her — her head — but as for her neck and shoulders, and the rest of her physique, I am very pleased with those lines. I may come back to this and add in her facial features, or just leave this as a exercise. Everything doesn’t have to be a polished, finished product.

 


 

The full image. You can see her full figure. I especially like the wrap colors!

Wrap Girl - Full Image

 

The same image, but zoomed in and focused on her bust, and the wrap. 

Wrap Girl - Zoomed

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The T-Rex is Coming for Us All (digital)

The T-Rex is Coming for Us All (digital)

T-Rex - Line Drawing - Partial

This guy is a T-Rex, but you knew that, right? Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? Mr. T, as I affectionately call him, is one of many elements in an epic drawing I am working on for a friend.

Other elements in this drawing to come include, but are not limited to: volcanoes, meteors, and an atomic-bomb mushroom cloud. Cool, and dark, and scary, and intimidating, and certainly a deviation for me, but I am enjoying it a lot. Putting this all together is very playful and feels loose and fun. I used a visual aid to get him right as I’m not familiar drawing animals, especially lizard-like monster ones, but it turned out really well.

Here is the finished line version of Mr. T. I need to play the A-Team soundtrack and Jurassic Park simultaneously to fully enjoy the fulfillment of this drawing. What a clever girl I am.

T-Rex - Line Drawing Completed

 

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Day 28 – Sketch Portrait, “Jeane”

Day 28 – Sketch Portrait, “Jeane”

Digital art, based off of a reference photo. “Jeane” seems like a fitting name for her.

I liked playing with the “pulling brush” feature in Sketchbook Pro, and got some interesting and lively results with hair. It looks so wispy! The brightly-colored lips are for my amusement only — I like how it plays off of the black and white, neutral-to-dark. Though the chin lines are obviously very sketchy, and everything in the lower portion of the picture is unfinished, I like it that way.

 

Day 28 - Sketch Portrait "Jeane"

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Daily Sketch – Day 26

Daily Sketch – Day 26

I got some time and some energy to draw today. I felt like focusing on getting back to building skills with a portrait. This sweet picture, named “Rosemary” gave me a ton of confidence. I was very loose and open during the experience of drawing. To enable right-brain thinking, I put a song on repeat, which helped me focus. I played with the lines in the hair, and used a recently-released brush from Sketchbook Pro intended as a leaf pattern to make some cool freckles!

Day 26 – “Rosemary”

Daily Sketch - Day 26, Rosemary

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Daily Portraits – 24 & 25 (digital)

Daily Portraits – 24 & 25 (digital)

 Hi, all you lovely people. ♥ I am nearing the conclusion of the first month of portrait drawing.

I haven’t drawn every day as I set out to do, travel and boat repairs interrupted some of my work flow. I also had days when there were no other circumstances to blame but myself. But, this is an exercise in improvement and strengthening of skill, not perfection.

Working on these sketches has really boosted my self-esteem, given me a task to look forward to every day (whether I carry it out or not), and increased my comfort level with both digital and traditional portrait methods.

My goal is to continue drawing until Day 100.
And just like the 100th Day of School we celebrated as a kid, I’m gonna have a party!

Here are days 24 and 25!


Day 24 – “Laura”

Day 24 - Daily Sketch, Laura

Digital art portrait. I really worked to keep this minimal. I did spend some time on her eyes with a bit of some honey-brown coloring. Playing with air brushes and the blending brushes was a delight. I’m becoming accustomed to working with digital tools — to show traditional-looking lines digitally. I enjoyed using the charcoal to make the illusion of her dark, flowing hair, and the straight-on intensity of the model made focusing on the eye color all the more alluring.


Day 25 – “Nasha”

Daily Sketch - Day 25, Nasha

 

 


Daily Sketches - Day 25, Nasha - eyes

 

Digital art portrait. A simple line drawing using an online reference. I wanted to see how much personality I could get out of black-and-white and lines. There is even some thicker lines in the eyes and around the nostrils, which make her features more sensual. Upon completion, this picture felt pop culture in style, and I felt could even serve as a panel in a comic book. Using an F grade of digital graphite and the HB graphite was a lot of fun. I learned a lot of unexpected versatility (stylistically and digital-tool-wise) keeping this simple.

Onto more work in the coming days, pushing into August!

Thanks for reading, and take care of your sweet selves, ♥
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Daily Sketches – 21, 22, and 23

Daily Sketches – 21, 22, and 23

Day 22 – Denim Girl

Day 22 - Portrait, Female - Denim Girl1

Digital artwork. Based on an online reference photo. I wanted to include more of the figure in the portrait drawing again. I liked the white and dark, and the clean lines. It’s interesting to note how much texture can be achieved even without lots of gradient areas.

Day 23 – Darcy

Day 23 - Portrait

Digital artwork. I felt like coloring today. The black lines being visible with the hair but with color underneath (very watercolor-like effect) is something I really love. The white area on her lower lip also adds a painterly look.

 

Day 24 – Jill

Day 24 - Portrait, Jill

Digital artwork. I kept this exercise graphite focused. Just a touch of some gradients really add a lot of life to a simple line drawing. The darkness of her hair adds a lot of weight and depth. I feel as if using an off-white background is sort of like cheating – making her look more ‘warm’ than she actually is – but I like the effect it has.

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I am about a month into doing these exercises, and my comfort level with digital work has increased tremendously. I feel less as if I am fighting with tools, as if they exist to help me accomplish what I want them do. I feel as balanced with traditional drawing methods as I do with digital, particularly regarding simple line portraits – and that is a Really Good Feeling. The barrier to starting a drawing has also lessened – it feels more like play – exactly the emotional association I was hoping to cultivate.

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Day 19 & 20 – Digital Sketch Portraits

Day 19 & 20 – Digital Sketch Portraits

Day 19

Day 19 - digital, female, redhair1

Digital artwork. I added some color for fun. I’ve been experimenting more with digital art, and I’m really enjoying it. I feel as if I am getting more familiar with the tools. I am thoroughly having fun with the newly-offered brushes by Sketchbook Pro, the software I use to make art.

Day 20

Day 20 - figure portrait, long hair - Ondine

Digital artwork. I felt like including more of a figure in a portrait, and found a reference photo for this online. I’m pleased with the simplicity, and feel as if I really accomplished the flow of the hair. This is one of my favorite pieces I’ve done — sweet and simple line drawing, with enough detail (particularly in the lips) to be particularly interesting.

 

 

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Days 10 & 11 – Sketch Portraits

Days 10 & 11 – Sketch Portraits

Day 10

Day 10 - Portrait, Red

Digital portrait, drawn in Sketchbook Pro. I played with some color. Using synthetic paint, and seeing how much I could teach myself about color work, I experimented. I am pleased with the lips and the sheen of white — I know it’s not brilliantly executed, but being able to use color and incorporate it into daily sketching is a lot of fun — and a good learning, stress-free time.

Day 11

Day 11 - Sketch Portrait

Graphite on paper. I drew this by hand because I didn’t want to venture too far away from traditional practice. I’d ideally like to be able to sketch every other practice drawing using a different method. I used 2B graphite and put down the initial lines using H. Still struggling with lips, but feel happy with the nose and the structure of the eyes. Starting light, and working to heavier gradients and strokes is definitely the way to work — my brain and hands are beginning to remember the flow. I can almost feel the features as I’m drawing them — a very good intuitive sign I wish to cultivate more.

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Day 9 – Keira, portrait (digital)

Day 9 – Keira, portrait (digital)

Day 9 - Sketch Portrait

This was a short sketch study, once again done digitally. Even though she isn’t elaborate, and she has no hair in this version, I’m pleased. The studies are going faster and more intuitively. Plus, as a bonus, after a week of small works, I get the pleasure of seeing a positive progression!

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