Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Daily Sketch 112 - Boomer & Fluffy Portrait


Rough Sketch
I wasn't feeling well when I started this sketch. A rough sketch was all I could manage yesterday. Today, I'm having a terrible cold. But this sketch needs to be finished. So slowly but surely, I worked on it till it's done. 


After finishing the rough sketch yesterday, I proceeded to clean it up by using a pen tool in Artrage, to create an inked drawing look.  I haven't really done much inked drawings before, so I take this as a good small step. I know it's not the same as using real pen and ink on real paper, but using a digital medium frees me from worrying about wasting art materials as I learn and inevitably will make mistakes.  I'm happy with what I've done.


Inked version

I could have just left it at that, but I decided to add color to see how it would look. So with the inked drawings on the top layer, I added the whites underneath, and then glazed in some color  in blend mode for the tongue, inner ear skin, and eyes. 

Then for the background, I added some gradient color for the final version.


Final version
































Sunday, August 13, 2017

Daily Sketch 111 - Queenie Smiles



Here's Queenie in her extreme, cuddly cuteness.  A fluffy white body with a face that looked like she's wearing a mask, don't know what type of dog she was. I don't even remember who gave her to me. She wasn't my first dog. She could be one of my last. I'd like to have a new dog someday, but not just yet. I'm quite content with just drawing and painting dogs for now.










Thursday, August 10, 2017

Daily Sketch 110 - Queenie


So it's my turn to sketch my own dog today. This is Queenie during her puppy days. She's small and fragile-looking, yet she's not afraid to fight with my other dog triple her size. She's in dog heaven now.












Daily Sketch 109 - Happy Huskies

Happy Huskies
My sketch for the day is these two adorable huskies,  Fluffy and Boomer, together.   If they're not annoying each other, they're quite content hanging out with teach other, or so I'm told.  For this sketch, and as with my previous sketches of them, I draw them in grey scale first, and the color added  later. Once everything's final, I add a noise filter to the whole image to give it some texture.


















 














Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Daily Sketch 108 - Boomer Sits

Boomer Sits
Another Boomer drawing for today. He seemed well-behaved here. I reckon he got scolded here. Just look at that grumpy-looking face. Hehe.













Daily Sketch 107 - Boomer's Hula Hoop

Boomer's Hula Hoop

 Boomer, my sister's other pet husky, seemed to want to play the hula hoop.  Or it could be that he thought it's a big chew toy. Whichever it was, this is just too cute that I just have to draw this as one of my daily sketches.  This is the second time I painted this dog. The first time was done in Photoshop, while this was painted using ArtRage 5.











Sunday, August 6, 2017

Daily Sketch 106 - Fluffy Looking Silly

Fluffy Looking Silly

Another Fluffy drawing, a cute one.  She got caught and scolded for doing something naughty, and looked like this with a silly smile with ears folded back.
This sketch was done using Artrage 5 - my favorite drawing and painting application for my Daily Sketches.



Saturday, August 5, 2017

Daily Sketch 105 - Fluffy Lounging

Fluffy Lounging

Having drawn and painted a few dogs already, I acquired a few painting techniques for the fur. I usually use either the eraser or the palette knife for the fur by earading or pullong out the fur at the edges.  And as a finishing touch, I added some noise filter to the final image to minimize the too-sleek look. 









Thursday, August 3, 2017

Daily Sketch 104 - Fluffy

Fluffy
For the third time  I decided to paint Fluffy again.  I started drawing rough sketches yesterday, and continued to finish to completion one of the sketches, starting with this one.  More Fluffy sketches to come....














Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Daily Sketch 103 - Creamy Sketches


It's Creamy again!  These are from her puppy days. She's actually old now, and is still sad-faced. Sometimes, she seemed to smile when she sees me. (Or she could be just hungry).

These are some loose sketches from her old puppy photos.  Sketching loosely was the preferred way of drawing for animators, because the drawings seemed to have more life in them. Also because there are clean-up artists who would do the cleaning up of lines later on.

I remember being told by my supervisor to loosen up in my roughs. I used to be very clean in my rough drawings. I think I still do.  These sketches look deceptively easy, but it's not. Every stroke were slow, searching, and the process systematic.  I hope to someday churn this out real quick. But for now, I'm good with these.















Daily Sketch 102 - Sitting Creamy

Sitting Creamy

Another sketch of Creamy. A different style this time. Minimal color and thicker outline. Not quite sure how to render this at first. But decided to just keep it simple.












Monday, July 31, 2017

Daily Sketch 101 - Pensive Creamy

I'm back to drawing again from a 2-week break after finishing my self-imposed 100-day sketch challenge.   The main objective of that challenge was to instill in me the habit of sketching daily.
I was a traditional animator before and was actually drawing professionally everyday. But beyond my job, I didn't do any personal drawings. It was because of many excuses, such as exhaustion from work.  lack of time,  unmotivated and uninspired, lack of understanding of the benefits of doing it,  and sheer laziness.  Then when I acquired a repetitive strain injury in my right hand, this caused me to stop drawing altogether and changed career from being a traditional animator to a 3d  animator. This further caused me to shy away from drawing for the same excuses as before.
To my regret, I now realized my folly. Daily sketching is like physical exercise.  To be physically fit, one needs to exercise regularly, if not daily. Same with drawing.  Thus the 100-day sketch challenge. And just like physical fitness, it is never too late. It won't be easy, but it's doable.
 
The challenge allowed me to test my art skills, it's strength and weaknesses. I'm gratified with what I've done, and inspired to do more.  Still far-off from my goal but very encouraged.
 
So for this next drawing series, it won't be as hectic as before.  I will be drawing everyday, but will not necessarily try to finish one. This is so I can put more thought, research and study for each piece, which is what I'm after anyway.  I might be posting work-in-progress drawings though.



And so I'm starting off with dogs again. She's one of my sister's pet. This was from a photo taken when she was still a puppy. A sad-looking dog. Not the most energetic of dogs. She still looks the same today, albeit older.  But she's cute and gentle. I called this drawing, Pensive Creamy.



















Sunday, July 30, 2017

Drawing and Painting Zebras

This is one of my earlier daily sketches. With my self-imposed daily sketch deadline, I over-estimated my time to finish this.  It was during the early days where I wasn't content to just draw one animal.I would draw two or three, just like in here. So I ended up working past my deadline.  I realized soon enough that this is not sustainable for me yet, so in my later drawings, I drew only one.  Hahaha.

Hopefully, with more pencil mileage and experience, these kind of sketches would be faster for me to finish. 







Music: Wagon Wheel
By Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons : By Attribution 3.0
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Drawing and Painting - Polar Bear

Another process video. Enjoy.


  

Music: Fig Leaf Times Two
By Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons : By Attribution 3.0
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Drawing Process of Cow Face

   I've been editing these time lapse process videos this week , as a sort of review of how I did some of my daily sketches. A lot of experimenting and exploring of techniques. Some subjects are easier to draw than others.

  In this sketch, while working on it, I didn't realized not until towards the end that there was a double image because of another duplicate layer that is out of place. Haha.. You can see it towards the end of the video when I corrected the mistake.

  That's the problem of working too up-close to the drawing. It's one of the limitations of working on a small drawing area of my Cintiq 13hd. I zoom-in a lot to compensate. Someday, when and if I have the money, I'll upgrade to a bigger Cintiq.  But for now, got to remind myself to zoom out more.






Music: River Valley Breakdown;
By Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons : By Attribution 3.0
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Drawing Process - Wapiti

Because I'm still learning and exploring the different tools in Artrage, I usually don't remember how and what tools I used. Artrage has this script recorder that can record every step and strokes I make, so I can look back and see how I did it. I'm glad I didn't forget to turn it on for this artwork, coz I usually do. So here's the sped-up process video of Wapiti, my Daily Sketch Day 52. Hope you all like it.






Photo reference by Ben C Masters;
Music: Cherry Blossom.
By Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons : By Attribution 3.0
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Drawing And Painting - Giraffes

 Here's a look of how I did the Giraffes from my Daily Sketch drawing exercises. Done in Artrage 4 on a Cintiq 13hd pen display. As you can see, it's not without a lot of struggling and mistakes as I try to find the best way to make it look just right.

 
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Music: Tafi Maradi
By Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons By Attribute 3.0 License
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Drawing & Painting Process - The Bear Hibernates

 For the meantime, while I'm taking a pause from my daily sketching, here's a sped-up drawing and painting process video of The Bear Hibernates artwork. Enjoy!





 This is the sped-up drawing process video of one of my Daily Sketch artwork for Instagram, called The Bear Hibernates. I used Artrage4 desktop app on a Wacom Cintiq 13HD pen display.

Music credit:
Monkeys Spinning Monkeys Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 100a - The Bear Hibernates.


This drawing says it all for me. I'm taking a short break from the daily sketching,and will be back with a new drawing project. For the meantime, sweet dreams.












Daily Sketch Day 100 - Polar Bear

Polar Bear


Woohoo! I achieved the end of my 100-day Sketch Challenge. This is Daily Sketch Day 100 - Polar Bear. I started this challenge to force myself to draw everyday and familiarize myself in drawing different animals. It's been fun most of the time and challenging some of the time.

There's still a lot to learn in terms of the anatomy and rendering techniques that I'd like to work on. But everday I'm surprised with what the resulting sketch would look like, as each animal presents different challenges and most of the time I'm not sure how to it would turn out. All of the sketches were drawn using photo references. 

It's a start. I would like to eventually draw animals from imagination and be able to design them.












Friday, July 14, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 99 - Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear

For my 99th day sketch, it's the Grizzly Bear. The grizzlies are more aggressive than the black bears, and they usually stand their ground when faced with danger. One distinguishing feature of the grizzlies that differentiate them from the black bears is the hump on it's shoulders.  Also it's rump is lower than the shoulders, while in the black bear, it's the rump that is higher than the shoulders.  I didn't have enough time to draw the grizzly's full body to show these features, but I'll revisit this animal in the future to do a more in-depth study of it's anatomy. 






Thursday, July 13, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 98 - Black Bear

Black Bear

It's now the 98th day of my self-imposed 100-day sketch challenge. It's another bear drawing -  the Black Bear.  It's the smallest among the bear species. They climb trees and are good swimmers. But they walk very slowly. They can run 40-50 kph but not for long because they tire easily.  Despite the name, they are not always black. They can be light brown, blonde and grey-blue. Now that I've been drawing daily for months now, finishing this drawing had been a lot faster.   Woohoo!


Photo reference by mmmavocado








Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 97 - Giant Panda

Giant Panda


With four more days left before I reach the 100 day sketch challenge, I'll be drawing bears for the remaining days.   It's a Panda for today.  It's a bear native to China. It's also an endangered species. 
In this sketch, I'm trying out a method of sketching  more quickly. So I didn't do any rough pencil sketch like before. I just went straight to blocking in color and used the palette knife tool to later blend and smudge the edges for the fur. It didn't take long to finish this.

Photo reference used by : Sharon Sipple







Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 96 - Red Panda

Red Panda

Another furry and cute animal is my sketch for today- the Red Panda.  Although it looks a a lot like a raccoon, it's not a member of the raccoon family. And they are not of the bear family neither, but they are their own independent species and are considered by many to be living fossils with no living relatives. In short, they are one of a kind.











Monday, July 10, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 95 - Meerkat


All I can think of when drawing this Meerkat is Timon from the Lion King movie.  Another anthromorphic Meerkat I had the pleasure to animate when I worked on the Lion King 1 1/2  direct-to-video film years ago. And it's just four more days left before I reach the finish line of my 100-day Sketch Challenge.  Yehey!.












Sunday, July 9, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 94 - Lemurs

Lemurs

Lemur is my animal sketch for today. Found only in Madagascar and neigboring islands, lemurs are small primates known as "prosimian" (pre-primates or "before monkeys") They are an arboreal animals which means they live mostly in trees, but unlike the monkeys, they cannot hang by their tails. I'm very much reminded of King Julien, from the Dreamworks animated film Madagascar and it's TV spin-off  All-Hail King Julien. I had the opportunity to animate this creature for the  Nickelodeon's TV series of Penguins of Madagascar before and it was a fun experience.



Saturday, July 8, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 93 - Squirrel

Squirrel
 
The squirrel is my sketch for today. Another mammal of the rodent family.They are tiny and fast. And with their big eyes on the side of the head, they can see everything without having to turn their heads. They very forgetful that the acorn they love to hide would later become an oak tree because they forgot when they bury them.









Friday, July 7, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 92 - Gerbils



Another furry creature for this day's sketch, the Gerbil. Adorable, small and cute, these creatures are popular pets because they don't smell and produces very little urine and waste, unlike the hamsters, mice or rats. They also like the company of humans.and not so fragile to be handled.  One thing though, if they are left alone, they will be lonely and can make them apprehensive and aggressive.  So I drew three of them. Haha.














Thursday, July 6, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 91 - Running Rabbits


For today's sketch, I wanted to draw a rabbit. Most of the references I was looking at had similar rabbit sitting poses. To break the monotony, I decided to draw active rabbits instead.  So it's running rabbits. With nine more days left till the my 100-day Sketch challenge finishes, I drew these rabbits as if they racing and can't wait to finish. 











Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 90 - Raccoons Fishing



It's ten more days left before I finish my 100- day sketch challenge.  So for the next few days, the animals I'll be sketching would be of the furry kind. Today, it's the raccoons, known for it's dexterous front paws and it's facial mask.  It's a nocturnal animal, that sleeps during daytime and is very active at night. 










Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 89 - Koalas

Koalas
Today's sketch is the Koalas, another marsupials found in Australia.  They are not bears as some  erroneously call them. They are nocturnal animals, who sleeps by day and awake at night. As an arboreal animal, they are always seen clutching atop the tree branches.











Monday, July 3, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 88 - Opossums

Opossums

Today's sketch is another marsupial, the Opossums, commonly called as possums. It was described in Wikipedia as having "a head like a swine ... tail like a rat ... of the bigness of a cat." The mother will carry the young on her back, as they cling tightly as she climbing or running. When threatened or harmed, they usually will "play possum", mimicking the appearance and smell of a sick or dead animal. Haha, it probably works.












Sunday, July 2, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 87 - Kangaroos


Today's sketch is the Kangaroos, a marsupial which is characterized by having a pouch called marsupium to carry their young.  It belongs to the family of Macropods which means "Large Foot" and is the largest among the "kangaroo" family.  The wallaby is the smaller version of kangaroos, while the wallaroo is the middle-sized version.











Daily Sketch Day 86 - Giraffes

Giraffes
A visit to the zoo wouldn't be complete for me, if there's no Giraffes. These are one of the animals I was fascinated with when I was a child. They are the tallest mammals on Earth. Their necks are too short to reach the ground that they have to spread their legs wide apart awkwardly or kneel to reach the ground for a drink of water.











Sunday, June 25, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 80 - Pigs


On this 80th day, I'm still on Drawing Farm Animals.  What with  just 19 more days left, I'd like to circle back to quadrupeds. So my drawing for the day- pigs.  I sketched these out faster than my normal.  I kept my drawings loose and decided to do away with colors and just added a bit of white in some areas. Because it's Sunday, I'd like to finish early so I can relax after.










Daily Sketch Day 79 - Turkey

Turkey
Today's sketch is a Turkey, the bird not the country. It's a complicated-looking bird to draw with all the overlapping feathers it has. And so I just loosely sketched groups of shapes for simplicity. It took me awhile and a number of repeats before I got to this stage. As always, it's not perfect but I like it enough to say it's done.











Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 75 - Ducklings



Today's Daily sketch is a  group of ducklings.  Ducklings depend on their mother for survival, to feed them,  shelter them  and protect from predators. But sometimes, they are orphaned if their eggs hatched quite late and the mother left the nest and led her ducklings to water.











Monday, June 19, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 74 - Chinese Geese


There's less than a month left in my 100-Day Sketch Challenge, so for these next few weeks, I'll be drawing animal groups for only a few days to cover as much different species as I can before the end. Still continuing with the drawing-birds series, I'll be drawing waterfowls in the next few days. First up is the Chinese Goose. This domestic breed descended from the wild swan goose, which can be distinguish from other geese by the strongly developed basal knob on the upper side of the bill. These bird have exceptional hearing and eyesight, aggressive, extremely vigilant, very loud and very hard to shut them up, that they had been used like guard dogs by the police in some parts in rural China. They had been known to spread their wings and attack strangers entering someone's home. Beware!









Sunday, June 11, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 65 - Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Euarasian Tree Sparrow
Photo ref cr: Tonji Ramos

This bird is known in the Philippines as a Mayang Simbahan (Church Maya), probably because it's  usually seen, peddled and sold outside the churches. But it's actually called the Eurasian Tree Sparrow, found in Eurasia and Southeast Asia.  While this bird is viewed as a pest in some parts of Australia, in China and Japan it is widely celebrated in oriental art. 












Thursday, June 8, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 62 - Paroaria

Paroaria

I discovered this bird while researching for today's sketch subject.. It's the Red-crested Cardinal. known as the Paroaria.  It's a songbird with a prominent red head and chest that belongs to the tanagers species and not the cardinals species despite the name. One thing's for sure, I will never run out of subjects to draw, and it would probably take me a hundred lifetimes to cover all the different species just in the animal and bird category alone. I haven't started with the fishes, insects and humans yet.  No more excuse for me to say that I don't know what to draw.










Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 61 - Homing Pigeon

Homing Pigeon

Pigeons are said to be highly intelligent, can recognize an alphabet, differentiate different photographs, can distinguish different humans within the photograph, and renowned to have outstanding navigational abilities.  Gosh, I envy it's navigational skills, since I'm terrible with directions.









Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Kitten Playing - Drawing & Painting Process (Time-lapse)

   

        This painting is part of my Daily Sketch personal project, using. ArtRage 4 as my drawing app. It has a script recorder that records all the brush strokes that I did. I always start with a rough sketch of the subject, Then adjusting the size, construction, and proportion as I go. For the kitten's fur, I used the brush preset called Mimosa.mostly. Then with the Palette Knife tool I scraped and smudged the colors into hair at the edges.

Music used: Hyperfun by Kevin Macleod ( Incompetch. com)










Sunday, May 28, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 52 - Wapiti

Wapiti

 Today's sketch is the wapiti, also known as the elk is said to be one of the largest land mammals in North America and Eastern Asia.   Only males have antlers and they use it for defense, together with the front leg kick.  It is said that they are less likely to group with other elks when they have their antlers, which they usually retain for more than half a year. But once antlers have been shed,  they form bachelor groups and worked together in fending off predators.



Photo reference courtesy of Ben C. Masters













Friday, May 26, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 50 - Running Deer

Running Deer

For this day, it's a drawing of a running deer, frozen in mid-air across a field, as if it's flying.  A graceful and elegant animal.  Ready to escape from any potential danger.   It's now my 50th sketch,  and I'm half-way through my 100-day sketch challenge.  By now, I've already settled into a daily routine of sketching. Some days I finish early, some days not. One thing's for sure, I always lose track of time while doing it, 'coz I enjoy it.













Daily Sketch Day 49 - Reindeer Strolling

Reindeer Strolling
Credit:  Photograph used for reference by Alexandre Buisse

Another deer with huge antlers is the reindeer.  The reindeer and the caribou are the same animal.  It's surprising to know that both male and female reindeers grow antlers compared to other deer species. They're also the only mammals that can see ultra-violet light. This means that white fur or urine which are impossible if not difficult for humans to see in the snow, the reindeer can clearly see them in high contrast. Awesome.













Friday, May 19, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 43 - Wetland Buddies

Wetland Buddies

Whenever there's a cow, an egret won't be far behind. A former work colleague provided me with a the photo of this, taken from his trip to Vietnam.  My first impression was that the cow and the small bird were buddies. After doing a little research, I found out that it's a cattle egret, known to have a symbiotic relationship with cows, oxen or buffaloes. They usually sit on the back of these animals and eat little bugs that bite and tend to bother the cows. It's not Drawing Birds Week yet, but today is an exception.











Monday, May 15, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 39 - Cow Face

Cow Face

After weeks of drawing cats and dogs, I'm back to drawing hoofed animals. I've previously sketched horses, donkeys and zebras as part of the ungulates or odd-toed animals. This week is the start of my Drawing Cows Week, another ungulate but even-toed animal.  I'll be including bulls and buffaloes  as well. And so... here's a simple pencil sketch of a cow's face. Mooooooo...................






Daily Sketch Day 38 - Siamese Kitten

Siamese Kitten


Here's my last cat drawing for the week - a Siamese kitten. I only have a few hours to do this, so I decided to just focus on the head. I kept it a bit painterly by using Artrage 4's Mimosa preset brush and the Palette Knife Tool for the fur. I've used this technique before so  I was able to finish his sketch quicker. Yay!









Thursday, May 11, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 34 - Cheetah

Cheetah

Today's sketch is the fastest land animal in the world - the Cheetah. This cat has an elongated body and legs that's built for speed. Tan in color and has spots all over it's body. It's one of my must-draw member of the cat family.

























Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 33 - Roar

Roar
My Drawing Cats week wouldn't be complete without a sketch of a male lion. So here's my sketches of a lion's head in different stages of a roar.



Monday, May 8, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 32 - Cat Poses

Cat Poses
I decided to extend my Drawing Cats Week for a few more days. I'll be doing new ones soon. for the meantime, here's an old sketch. 













Sunday, May 7, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 31 - A Lioness Sleeping

A Lioness Sleeping
Another old sketch for a very hectic day -  a lioness sleeping.














Daily Sketch Day 30 - Big Cats

Big Cats
Here's a loose sketch of some feline animals. As huge and ferocious some of these can be, their behavior can be observed to be very similar to those of a regular house cat.  Same can be said in drawing them.
























Friday, May 5, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 28 - Blue Eyes Kitty

Blue Eyes Kitty

This sketch was  all I could do in a very busy, and tiring day.  Called it Blue Eyes Kitty, Funny how the stripes looks like a camouflage outfit. Perhaps this cute and tame looking kitten is really a fierce and mean cat warrior ninja. Mmmeooooooowwwwwww!!!!









Thursday, May 4, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 27 - Lioness and Cub

Lioness and Cub









Today's sketch is simple. Just a rough drawing of a lioness and her cub in a tender moment.  This sketch I dedicate to my mom who passed away yesterday morning .  That's all.