My sister got me some new Copic markers for Christmas!
So I decided to finally have a go at drawing and coloring something beyond the basic shading I did in Inktober.
I decided on a basic self-portrait.
Not terrible for a first attempt. I rushed through the drawing so I could get to the coloring.
The drawing sucks, but the coloring isn’t terrible. I’m especially pleased with the shading on the hat.
Things I learned: you cannot erase pencil after using these markers. Note to do that going forward next time.
Doing the edges first and then blocking in results in inadvertent rim shading.
Learn how to draw clothes. It is NOT all cake once you get the body drawn.
Also realized I unconsciously avoided hands and feet, so I need to make a point not to Liefeld any more.
Anime eyes. The penciling isn’t bad but the brush pen remains a thorn in my side.
Picture of my friend Kat Bolado as a superhero. From two different reference photos – one for the hair and face, and one for the pose.
Think I’ll make this a benchmark piece and redo it annually to see how I’ve improved.
So Becky Lynch is pretty much my favorite wrestler, so I thought it was appropriate that she be my first attempt at fan art.
I drew this at a measly 72 ppi, so I need to go back and redraw it with smoother lines, before attempting to color.
Note to self: avoid “web most common” as a document size.
The image I was drawing from can be seen here: https://goo.gl/images/1dvAuX
So, I think it’s pretty evident that I’ve progressed pretty far in my drawing since I started a year and a half ago. I think it’s also pretty evident that I’ve put like NO time in with regards to shading, paint layers, color theory, etc. So that needs work. (so, the green and orange are just so I can tell where value is, and have nothing to do with the intended finished color, just so you know.)
This is from the 3rd Skillshare tutorial by that same guy, Hardy Fowler. Of course, I’m only about 5 minutes into this section regarding value, but a dude’s gotta sleep sometime. More when it’s done.
So, a buddy at work recently sold me his programmable keypad. It’s honestly solved a lot of the frustrations I had with using a tablet and photoshop, because I can program a bunch of the functions to a single key instead of trying to focus on drawing while doing left-handed gymnastics to try to undo, redo, select colors, etc.
So I drew my new toy. Picture so you can see what I was looking at.
I’m actually pretty okay with this. If I can consistently draw multiple characters and basic settings to this level, I might consider starting a webcomic.