I realized the other day that the only thing on this blog were sketches, practice paintings, WIPs, and ink drawings. I figured I should probably post some of like, you know, actual finished work. So, here are a few finished pin-ups.
This was actually a birthday card for someone near and dear to me. It also showcases my penchant for asymmetry on feet.
Again with asymmetry of the feet. Also this was my first piece done with using color inks. A strange and tricky feat.
Nudity. Also, you have to love a girl with a waist as twisted around as a balloon animal.
Hm. In three out of four of these there's a Watchmen reference. I need to get out more.
So, here's something a day late and a dollar short. I started this sketch hoping to do a nice little painting for Halloween. Obviously that didn't happen.
Still, she's cute though. Polka dot panties.
Not a lot of time to draw lately. Too busy with work. However, on my breaks I've been keeping my coworkers wildly entertained with sketches. Here's a few from last Tuesday I did while we all sat around waiting for a "Team Meeting" to begin.
That little sketch of my at the bottom, was something I did to demonstrate how if you can draw a square, then you can draw my face. I think I'll do a demo based on that.
Last week I also visited the Old Town Aquarium with a friend of mine and we had a great time looking at all the fish. Well, I had a great time looking at them. He just went in there so he could have his parking validated.
Oh, how I love fish and oh, how I love to be in love.
Today, I got caught outside talking to my neighbor. She's an interesting lady. She's seen ACDC (I wish my keyboard had a lightning bolt key) live a number of times and truly enjoys the finer things in life. Part of me is terrified of her but the other part of me is excited at possibly having made a friend for life. On a side note my hair is growing long.
The other day, I walked outside and realized that Summer had came and gone. Almost overnight. Like none of us would notice. I barely even got to see her! Oh well, now that she's gone, I'll probably stay in more nights and draw more things and update more often.
So, Summer is gone.
On another note, I've really been enjoying drawing female profiles lately. There's a unique sort of challenge about it.
Also, critters. Nothing's quite as fun as drawing critters...
My favorite animal of all time: The Cone Dog!
And finally here's a peek at what my next painting will be. After I finally get around to finishing my latest space chick.
Hmmm, Scuba Chick...very similar to Space Chick...I should branch out more...
Thought I'd post just before bed to show how the space chick is coming. I didn't get as far along today as I would've liked. Some things came up (promising things) and so I had to set this lovely space lady aside to do some real work. Oh well. I'm sort of surprised at how this is turning out. When I drew this girl I remember thinking,
"Wow, this is an ugly chick! What am I doing?"
But I decided not to change her face for the pure comedy of it, and I liked her expression. However, when I began painting her she started to look prettier to me. Go figure. I don't know if I'm happy with that change or not. Of course, maybe I'm crazy and it's all in my head and she's still as ugly as she was in the drawing.
I thought I'd demonstrate a bit of process featuring a new piece I've been working on.
The first thing I do, is a tight sketch. I use a lead holder filled with H lead. For erasing I just use one of those Pink Pearl erasers that we all know from elementary school.
Next, I throw a sheet of tracing paper over the sketch and using a ball point pen (very hi-tech) trace a tight outline of the sketch making any necessary changes along the way.
Then if I like that version of the drawing I will transfer the drawing to a sheet of cold press watercolor paper. This is where things get interesting. Inking is by far my favorite part of the process. Inking on cold press paper isn't exactly an easy task and it takes a lot of patience, concentration, and tools. I use FW acrylic ink because it is a good deep black and is absolutely waterproof. When using my bottle ink, a use an array of brushes. A number one round (which is basically, like a nose hair), a number two round, and then I skip up to a number four round which gives great big fat lines but still holds a decent point. If I want to ink something quickly I count on my Pentel Pocketbrush. Which holds a fine little nose hair point but can also make big fat number four lines. It also blessedly, has deep dark black ink that is indistinguishable from the FW Ink. It is by far my most prized tool and I don't know what I used to do with out it. For straight lines I use a Micron number three pen. I firmly believe that one day my hand will be steady enough to ink straight lines with a brush...but today is not that day.
And that's all there is to it. Stay tuned for the finished painting, in a day or two.