I’ve built up a buffer of discarded images from my attempts at drawing something in Oekaki. Sometimes I get frustrated with a sketch and change it completely or latch onto a radically different idea instead. Either way, I think it’s kind of interesting to look at the framework and totally messy ideas. When I draw digitally I tend to make several layers of scratchy lineart in obnoxious colors; I’m not sure if its a novice technique or if it actually helps with anything, but I do it subconsciously.
This is pretty old; I’m not sure if I ever posted it or not. I like doodling my Zanik dragon character frequently, but I struggle with his face. I often make his face very wide and rudimentarily-shaped so it looks too cartoony for my tastes.
I tend to sketch out people very poorly and then give up once I reach the feet. This person below is a good example where I forget what to do with the leg parts (how do the feet things???):
Below isn’t really a true scrap piece, but I did run out of canvas (the Oekaki I used limits the canvas to a max of 600 x 600). Recently I actually moved the file to my Photoshop elements, where I might finish it later.
I still struggle with drawing figures. I should really sit down and practice drawing people and movement. I was going to draw some sort of oracle with a magic crystal or something, but I became discouraged:
I was trying to draw an accompanying piece to Fire and Ash but I messed up the horn placement:
One of my oldest characters, Zanik. He’s not interested in obligations, familial or otherwise, feels loyalty to very few dragons, and mostly sticks to himself. He’s nice if he deems you a friend, but rude to just about anyone else.
He used to be one of those catch-all OCs with crazy super powers and tragic back stories, but in recent years I’ve sorted out his personality and history so he’s a little more respectable. Sometimes I think about drawing a comic for him and his friends, but I’m lacking in the ‘draw anything consistently’ category.
Overall I’m pretty happy about how it turned out, especially his facial profile. He’s supposed to resemble a more reptilian, snake-ish dragon as opposed to some friendly Oriental style creature. The halo is not part of his design, but I thought it would look cool. He’s a dragon playing for the good side anyway. Even if he is a bit of a jerk, he’ll get around to doing the right thing eventually.
Well now, it’s been such a long time between posts that the WordPress dashboard has changed (for the better). Again.
Anyway, I’ve been so busy the past few months and a lot has changed in my life. It’s like riding a very turbulent sailboat in a raging ocean. And let’s not forget I don’t know how to swim. Between several obligations, I’ve done my first art trade and played around with the ol’ Photoshop Elements that came with my tablet ages ago. I now know what roughly 50% of the buttons do. Fortunately, I know my Oekaki better and have completed quite a few little things with it, including the last post and another blue dragon-thing:
In other news….TONGUES!
Finished in about an hour, this was a quick lineless practice piece like the “Prince” one I did a little more than a year ago. Hopefully I’ve gotten faster at drawing. I have to say I do need to work more on varying poses and light sources. I’m starting to think I make just about everything face to the left and have a light source beaming down from the upper left corner.
Here’s a sketch of a steampunk dragon that didn’t make it past the scribble stages too:
‘Ascension Dragon’ almost done with prismacolor colored pencils…..:
I had to tweak the colors because the scanner made it a washed-out sun-baked version. I’m still fiddling with the background; I should have planned out the background a little better, but I’m proud of the range of purples I have on the dragon. I’ll post the full piece once I’m done.
Been working up a huge pile of works in progress over the summer and I need to guilt myself into finishing them:
Started a peacock painting with acrylics sometime last month. I hope to get more comfortable with painting -since I seem to literally more of a pencilpusher.
Still working on my Handbound book project. I’m thinking of fixing the cover with some cool stencil or something. Maybe a cool branchy tree. I’m also gearing up to write down text on page 13:
Nice pair of eyes.
Also working on my very first sculpture with some exceedingly old original scupley clay. If it had an expiration date, it’s probably way past it by now. It’s consistency it a bit chalky and I’m not sure if its supposed to be like that or it’s spent too many hours in a stuffy room. Either way, I’m hoping to get the feet done, smooth out the face and body, and put a pair of wings on him before baking.
And on the side I have my good ol’ standby- traditional art with pencil, paper, and micron pens for inking. It’s a scaly, two-eyed creature. The more I draw scales the easier it gets. Sure it’s a little tedious, but with a bit of patience, the end result is always impressive.
Finally finished page 11. It’s a whole page with crazy lines and patterns and doodling. I don’t think I managed the patterns very consistantly and from far away the thing looks a little crazy, but it is done. Frankly there’s no way to fix it or any space to add anything.
Page Technique: Pretty self explanatory from the photos. It’s just some roofing paper and covered in outlines in pen and sharpie. I just kept doodling and making patterns till the page was full.
Here is a close up of some of the detail:
You can see there is som difference in the quality of the ink in certain places. The ballpoint pen is slightly off-black (?) and reddish, while the sharpie is very dark. Towards the end, I was getting tired of the sharpie fumes and switched to an old color pen.
I’m also working on page 10 at the same time:
It will be next after a little more marker work and maybe even a bit of paints. And there will be JELLIES.