Friday, April 28, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 21 - Jammin


My friend's first dog, Jammin was a cute Mini Dachshund that had passed away 4 years  ago.  Her phone which contained most of the dog's photos was lost, and only a couple of shots remained in her other phone. Jammin had this soulful look in his eyes, so I tried to capture that here. As my friend said, Jammin's  now in dog heaven. And so I sketched it that way here.  This Daily Sketch project of mine suddenly had a meaningful purpose. I'm pleased to have given some consolation even only through my drawing.  As an artist, that's the most I can hope for.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 20 - Pringles


Today, I have again asked some friends to lend me their pet dog's photos, so I can draw them. So for today, it's Pringles - a smiling Pug-Pitbull mix. Her big wide smile is so cute I just have to draw her. She can be a good inspiration and reference for a character design  of a dog character in an animated film.
As for the background, I added a Stucco Deco design using the art clippings brush preset in Artrage 4, for the floor, and added some spot lighting effect to the whole image. Coz she's a star!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 19 - Mellon


It's my friend's pet dog, a Jack Russell mix. I kept it simple with just black and white pencil and added some noise filter for the overall look.  Just trying out a different style... and finish it on time. Yay!

Daily Sketch Day 18 - Golden Retriever Puppy

Golden Retriever Puppy

After drawing horses for a week, it's drawing canine week starting today.  I'm starting off with a cute Golden Retriever puppy. This sketch is very loose and painterly-looking.  The fur still needs a lot of work but I ran out of time.  Just have to let it go and start anew tomorrow. Sleepy now.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 17 - Three Donkeys

Three Donkeys

As part of the equine family, I just have to draw donkeys as well. They're just basically the smaller version with longer ears.  I think they're a really cute.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 16 - Horseplaying Zebras

Horseplaying Zebras
Still on my drawing horse week, I decided to vary things up a bit by drawing zebras, which are also of the equine species.  I don't remember having drawn much zebras before or it must have been when I was still very young and can't draw animals properly,  But now that I can, I just realized how helpful those zebra stripes are in indicating their three dimensional form.  One benefit of drawing is you're force to take a closer look at your subject as if for the first time and notice things you wouldn't normally have.  And I'm amazed at how those stripes really conforms to the zebras' body like construction lines.  Great visual cues for drawing.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 15 - Horse Call

Horse Call

 Instead of my usual three horses I added one more, because the composition calls for it. As a result, this sketch took me longer to finish.  This time it's a sketch study of horses in recline plus a horse neighing.  So I drew them lying around while one horse calling them out for their laziness.  Such fun!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 14 - Grazing Horses

Grazing Horses
Learning to draw any animal must involve learning to draw them in different poses. Thus the three horses,   I'm also experimenting with the rendering style, by keeping it loose and keeping the pencil lines visible.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 13 - Gossiping Horses

Gossiping Horses

Continuing with the horse theme for this week, I drew three of them focusing on the head in different views.  And because of the way they are grouped together, I titled this drawing as Gossiping Horses.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 12 - Running Horses

Running Horses

For today's sketch, it's running horses. I kept the pencil outline visible on top of the colors, and placed the horses on a grassy background which gave this sketch a more illustration-style look.  My style is still evolving at this point, so it's fun playing around with this look,

Monday, April 17, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 11 - Horse

Now that I've gotten into a daily sketch routine, I'd like to focus more on the learning part of this challenge. For this week, I'll be drawing horses. See how it goes....

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 10 - Easter Bunny


I know... it's predictable. A rabbit for Easter Sunday.  Well, it's a good opportunity for me to learn how to draw furry animals. Plus, they're really cute too.

Daily Sketch Day 9 - Leaping Gazelle

Leaping Gazelle

My sketch for the day is a young gazelle leaping. It's so fascinating seeing videos of them jumping like this.  So light and swift. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 8 - Lamb


Today's Good Friday, so I chose to draw a lamb, to commemorate Christ's death on the cross as the Lamb Of God. 

Daily Sketch Day 7 - Heron


Feathers, furs, hairs, always a challenge to draw convincingly. This is something I need to work on further.  I've been distracted and busy with some stuff that  I've not given much time and research on this drawing to my regret. Once again, I just let go and move on.  Another day, another sketch.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 6 - Wrestling Monkeys

Wrestling Monkeys

 I've been wrestling with this sketch the whole day.  Another random choice -- wrestling monkeys.  Not quite sure how to sketch those monkey hairs.  Not quite satisfied with this but have to finish it for the day. Tomorrow's another day - another sketch.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 5 - Goldfish

Drawing of the day --- a goldfish. I sketched it in ArtRage4, then finished coloring it in Photoshop.  I haven't sketched in color till now. Coz it can't be a goldfish if it isn't gold. Well... it's more orange than gold.  

Monday, April 10, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 4 - Tortoise

Animal of the day----Tortoise. It's a random choice. On second thought, it describes perfectly my art progress. Slow but steady.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 3 - Horse and Lil Donkey

Horse and Lil Donkey

 Today is Palm Sunday - the day commemorating Christ's passage to Jerusalem riding a donkey. And so  I decided to draw  a little donkey, and contrast it with a huge horse.  I'm trying to learn drawing these animals as I do them, with the hope that someday I'll be able to draw them from memory.

Daily Sketch Day 2 - Hedgehog Surprise

Hedgehog Surprise

First time drawing a hedgehog. It wasn't easy. It made me think till my head hurts.  But... I'm glad I did it.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Daily Sketch Day 1 - A Dog and Two Birds

 To be good at any skill, one needs to develop and practice it everyday if possible. One of my daily struggles is to find the discipline to draw. Believe it or not, I find drawing difficult.  I find it daunting because all my insecurities as an artist surfaces whenever I'm confronted with an empty paper or canvas.  It reflects back to me what I don't know. What I don't know, I cannot draw.  So I procrastinated a lot. And hoarded a lot of drawing tutorials or books to the point that even that became overwhelming as well. It doesn't help that when I compare my drawings with that of artists I admire, all the more I feel inadequate. 

A Dog and Two Birds

And so, after months of starts and stops, I'm getting impatient with myself.  The only way for me to overcome this is to challenge myself and sketch something... anything.... everyday and upload it. One sketch only... a day.  And if I can do more, the better.  And if I do this for 100 days, I think it would become a good habit and hopefully become effortless.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bunny Rabbit's New Look!

        When I designed the original Bunny almost 4 years ago, I was just starting to learn digital painting in Photoshop.  I wanted to see if I could animate a single image without having to draw the character multiple times.  And so, based on a single fully rendered image,  I edited it by cutting, distorting and pasting the character's body parts to create the different poses of  the action. Any additional drawings needed was kept to the minimum.  I achieved what I wanted at the time. 


New cleaner design
      Since then, my understanding of the built-in timeline have improved and so is my character design sense. It's been awhile since I've animated in Toon Boom that I have already forgotten how to use it.  Photoshop is not my ideal animation application to use, but it can do simple animation loop like this well enough that can be exported to GIF easily.   So I decided to use Photoshop instead.

New lighter color with some pink added.

         So last weekend, I decided to give Bunny Rabbit a new look and new animation.  The old version was a 10-drawing cycle.  This time, I added more drawings, cleaner lines, and a more streamlined design.  I drew the face and body with a more feminine look.  The head is more triangular, reminiscent of  Kisses chocolates. The eyes are also triangular to complement the overall shape. The eyebrows are thinner, the lashes longer and more pronounced.
        Instead of the skipping animation cycle of the old version, I animated the thumping foot from one side to the next, reminiscent of Thumper's foot thumping in the Disney classic film Bambi. This bunny is inspired by Thumper after all.

A 26-drawing animation cycle.
A more feminine design
The animation is a bit longer now with 26 drawings. Instead of editing from a single fully rendered image, I did it just like how I would do it if it's done traditionally.  Line key poses were animated first, then in-between drawings were added after. Once the timing of the action  was done, colors were added in.

FX and Drop Shadows added

        I kept the original theme of the blue bordered box to contain the bunny, for continuity reasons. Who knows, this might still evolved in the future.  I added some FX and Drop Shadow elements on top of the finished animation to help it pop out more from the blue background.  This wouldn't be complete without the Pixie dusts, so I reused the old dust animation cycle but changed its timing. It's now a bit slower and dragging a bit. 

        And so.... here's the new, improved animated icon of this blog.

Bunny Rabbit Pixie Dust logo

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Another Husky painting - From Sketch To Finish

 Not content with just my Boomer painting, my sister wanted another painting of her other Husky - Fluffy, which  I've painted a few months back before.   Fluffy had grown a bit bigger now, thus a newer painting wasn't a bad idea.  And so...another Husky painting. Digital painting that is.

This time I screen-recorded my process from the start. First,  I sketched roughly in Photoshop,using a photograph of Fluffy as reference.   After roughing out quickly the whole thing, I went through it again in another layer to make corrections and clean-ups.  I was making sure the constructions were solid, as that would helped me in adding the lights and shadows later on.

Funny how my finished sketch looked like a robo-dog. Can't help it. The construction of the form really helps make the drawing look more dimensional.  I just have to make sure that once painted, it must look organic, yet solid.  Just like how it should be, and not like a stuffed toy with no bones inside.

Then just like in my previous posts,  I started the painting in greyscale, concentrating on the tonal values only. Since I'm still learning, this was easier for me.  Later on, as I progress in my learning, I will mix colors directly as I paint. For now, I'm content with this method.

Determining where the light source is,  helped in figuring out where the light and shadows would fall. Having a photo reference also helped, and at this point a necessity for me.

Having another window showing the whole canvas or subject is advisable, so as to not to lose sight of the whole and get bogged down with the details too soon.

 The process of painting the darks and the lights in repeated order was what I did. Building up slowly the intensity of the values, until the point where colors could then be added or glazed over on another layer. Adding and adjusting the details, size and proportion were also unavoidable as the painting progressed.
 The construction and cleaning up work that I did in the initial drawing had paid off at this stage. It helped me not lose sight of the structure underneath, that guided me on how to paint certain forms.  Even a little bit of knowledge in animal anatomy surely informed me in understanding what's underneath those furs.

Here's the finished work. I later combined this to my previous painting of Boomer, as seen in the video.  My sister wanted them together in one painting.  That's the beauty of digital painting and the benefit of layers, which is one of the reason why I opted to paint digitally instead of painting with traditional media.

  The time-lapse video recording of  my process is only 3 minutes and 46 second long.  But the reality of it took me hours,  and in more than one sitting.  I look forward to the day when I can actually paint as fast as how it appeared in this time-lapse video  How I wish I'm really this fast.  Perhaps in 20 years?!!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Boomer -Testing My Digital Painting Skills Part 2

My quest to become a digital artist-painter continues. This long-overdue personal assignment is now finally done. After the success of my first Husky digital painting, and as per the request of my sister to paint her other pet Husky, I decided to do this as my next painting exercise.  

I first roughed-out the basic drawing construction of the subject, making sure it's structurally solid and proportioned.  Then as with my previous painting, I started with the values first, as I need to learn and master this before I can become confident with mixing colors directly.  So I laid down the tone first, then the darks and shadows. Then alternatingly painted in the light areas. I did this repeatedly for several passes.

I jumped from one area to the next frequently and making proportion adjustments along the way. The fur took longer than before. This dog got lots more of it.  The front legs and paws also took me longer as there were some subtleties in shapes that can easily be overlooked but would have made it look unreal.

 The face was the most fun part for me, as I'm reminded of this dog's personality which wasn't very apparent in this pose. This dog is really cute and dorky. But he's sort of serious here. Normally, his tongue would be hanging sideways from his mouth, with a really silly look and grin.

Anyways, I screen-recorded my painting process, so here's the sped-up version of it. And also the final result. I'm quite happy with how this painting turned out.