Tuesday, October 17, 2017
More horse studies. I used Jack Hamm's How to Draw Animals, and Gottfried Bammes' The Artist's Guide To Drawing Animals books for reference.. I've collected a number of books over the years but it's only now that I'm looking at them more closely.
Friday, October 13, 2017
After months of doing my Daily Sketch drawing series, it surely helped gain me back my confidence in drawing animals. Using photographs either from friends or found online as references, I would draw different animals by copying it. It served a purpose of harnessing my observational drawing skills, a fundamental skill any artist should have. But now it's time to really learn animal drawing a bit more deeply.
And so, I'm now taking a slower pace to practice and study some animal anatomy and construction with the goal of eventually being able to draw, and design animals and creatures from imagination. Thus, I'm starting a new drawing series - Back To Basics. I plan to go back to learning the fundamentals of not only animal drawing, but also that of figure drawing, human anatomy, perspective, composition, design, and color. Listing all of that can seemed really daunting. So I'll take one small step everyday. No pressure. Just learn it till it sticks.
So for now, here's some Horse Studies.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Time for big cats. It's a head study of a tiger. . It won't be enough for me to just sketch this in greyscale. like in my previous cat heads. It is such a bright-colored animal. So I glazed some bright orangey color that tigers usually have. As for the stripes, inking it with the pen tool seemed appropriate, and then scraped it with the palette knife tool to achieve some fur texture and then blended it to soften it after.
Friday, September 15, 2017
More feline cuteness.... cats that seem to be laughing. These are copied from cat photo references,
and it's amazing how cartoon-like their expression looks.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
It's easy to anthropomorphize this cat. With those lazy pose and blank stare, I only had to add a dark background and some lighting, then this lounging cat suddenly evokes a feeling of drama as if it's acting. So I entitled this sketch as Drama Cat.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
After getting used to drawing dogs for weeks, this sketch almost didn't happen. Because I was sketching another dog instead of a cat like I said I would. Silly me. After realizing it, I quickly shifted to drawing this cat, whose looking blue. So here's Daily Sketch 117 - Cat Blue.
Saturday, September 2, 2017
|Cat Basking sketch|
So today, I was originally planning to just do a quick sketch of a cat, and be done with it so I can focus on my main study of Photoshop. I used Artrage which is still my favorite drawing app. However. I was having fun, so I decided to just continue and finish it.
So here's the final sketch.
|Cat Basking full color|
Thursday, August 31, 2017
The challenge of this subject , aside from drawing the likeness of the dog, was in figuring out the form underneath the shaggy fur and to render it convincingly, without overdoing the details of it all.
I have been sketching dogs for months now, and yet I had a hard time with this dog, a shaggy maltese named Prince. I originally plan to use Clip Studio Paint for this sketch, but since I was having such a hard time drawing and painting this that to use a program I'm still unfamiliar with would be another difficulty I wouldn't want to take on right now. So I reverted back to using Artrage.
After this sketch, I plan to focus in learning the technical aspect of digital painting. So no more sketching dogs for a while. There's so much I need to study and learn. Now that I'm in the right frame of mind, it's a good time for me to do just that.
Sunday, August 27, 2017
This is why I've been using Artrage for as my main drawing and painting application for the past 4 months now because of it's simplicity and user-friendliness that allows me to just focus on the drawing and painting aspect of digital art, without much technical complications.
However, I also wanted to learn and be proficient in the other digital art softwares like Photoshop and Clip Studio Paint. And so, for this sketch, I started the drawing the initial blocking and painting in Artrage 5, then continued to finalize the painting in Clip Studio Paint. So far, I managed to replicate my Artrage work process to Clip Studio Paint successfully. I know I'm just skimming the surface of the program, and there's a lot more to explore and learn. But for a simple one-character painting, I think I adapted to it very well.
So here's my Daily Sketch for the day - Sace, an adorable Shih Tzu pet of my former work colleague, whose other dog, Pringles, I've also painted before,