Friday, October 18, 2013

Inktober doodle.

Hey guys! I've been blessed enough the past little while to have plenty of work to keep me busy. Unfortunately, that means I don't have as much time to do my own stuff or just sit and doodle in my sketchbook. The past couple weeks have been extra crazy so it was a nice treat to be able to sit down tonight and bust out a drawing. I hope you like it.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

"Masters of Anatomy" Kickstarter

Hey there, everyone! Some of you may have heard of the "Masters of Anatomy" kickstarter campaign that went live a couple days ago. It's going to be a phenomenal book when it's done and I'm thrilled to pieces to announce that I'll be one of the artists featured in it. This is the kind of book that I fall all over myself to buy.

Lots of illustration students find themselves at a loss as to how to translate their knowledge of anatomy (or lack thereof in many cases) into a stylized or cartoony figure. The awesome thing about this book is that it takes the same six poses --3 male and 3 female-- and shows you how over 100 different artists interpret the ideal human figure in those poses in their individual style. It's going to be awesome!

I learned most of my basic anatomy from other artists growing up and I would have DEVOURED a book like this. It's a little on the pricey side, but I think it'll be worth the money. Check it out and snag a copy!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Toned Paper

Hey there, everyone! I realize it's been a really long time since I've posted anything and I apologize. I finally made the switch couple weeks ago to using toned paper and the difference it makes is astonishing to me. Having toned background allows you to add depth to drawings that's impossible with white paper. It's a little more expensive than the paper I'm used to, but it's completely worth it. I've found that I can't stop with just sketching something, I have to use the different colored col-erase pencils I've got to add colors and then I have to add highlights as well.

Here's a quick walk through of the process I usually go through:

First step is obviously a sketch. This is usually where I'd stop in my white sketch book.

 Then I'll add a little bit of color to the sketch in different areas to draw interest. The toned paper is nice because it helps unify your colors. That's especially nice when you're working with a very limited palette.

Then I'll add ink and whatever other finishing touches it needs. On this one I added a white halo to help the drawing pop a little more.

Here are a few other drawings I've done in the past little bit: