DazzlingAddar's FF14 white mage because I like drawing things for people.
A Dark Souls/Touhou mashup drawing for my little bro’s birthday.
Dark Souls I’ve played and really enjoyed but Touhou I only know what he’s showed me. Fun picture to work on though!
Features Youmu Konpaku as the chosen undead and Utsuho Reiuji as Gwyn.
Little painting for my mum for mother’s day.
Realised that I didn’t seem to have uploaded this picture I made for my mum’s birthday last year. Done in June 2013.
A blackbird as my parents feed raisins to one in their garden and it is THEIR CHUM.
Went to a poetry thing to draw some people. I sat at the back and felt vaguely uncomfortable and worried my pencil scratchings might be disruptive. Did enjoy some of the poetry though!
I also managed to do all three of these poet dudes a fairly big disservice so luckily they won’t see this.
- the brush pen I used for the upper left ones really wasn’t suited for such small work and I basically had lines way too thick and far too little control - should probably just draw bigger next time, like one a page bigger?
- the ones with pencil in them aren’t terrible drawings but they’re really weak likenesses
- using the coloured pencils to give the faces a bit of colour improved things and I think managed to give them a little more depth
- I find it difficult to draw fast and confidently enough when people aren’t there to be drawn and specifically posing and staying still angle wise
Basically very disappointed with this effort. Doing some proper life drawing classes should help with these skills which is something I will hopefully be attending soon.
On the upside, at least I’ve done something every day this week so far.
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Self-portrait. Look at that face of mine.
- looking at your own face for four hours - hahahaha
- this went pretty well, I’m quite happy with the colours I chose for the face and how I used them
- I did use the eye-dropper tool a lot more in this one after I’d already gotten some colours down though which is something I think I should avoid when doing this kind of drawing/painting
- the shirt (and to a lesser extent the neck) could use more contrast - it makes the head stand out more I guess but that wasn’t intentional
- I’m glad I put my room’s light on as well as having light from the window as I got different colours from the natural and artificial lights - this was intentional
- when I was having trouble with one of the eyes I found the best way to get past it was to just wipe over what I had there and start again
- drawing people in a realistic style is hard because you can have something that defo looks fine and like a person but just having things slightly off can easily stop it looking like the right person
- this is a version with some tweaks I made after feedback - it’s better but still not quite right as a likeness
I think I was a lot happier with this immediately after finishing it but I’ll still try to consider it a success and worthwhile. Working with colours in this way is still really fun and I love it when it things just come together when you’re putting things down.
Painted some chillies today. Decided on these as they are colourful and their surface reflects light really nicely so a close up could have lots of detail colour wise.
Used a more solid brush tool this time rather than the streakier one I tried last time.
Things I learned:
- focusing on something a lot smaller close up made it a lot easier to really look at the colours I was seeing and decide how to put them on the page
- did a lot better with using saturated colours this time
- contrast is a bit better overall in this one but the green chillies have a lot more contrast than the red one - looking at it afterwards I think this is fairly noticeable and the picture suffers for it like everything isn’t quite on the same plane
- not enough contrast and detail in the stalks which leaves them looking a bit too flat/unshaded in comparison to the rest
- using a more solid brush (one of the default oil paint tools in Manga Studio 5) ended up giving much more solid looking objects and more distinct, interesting differences between the colours overall
- figuring out and painting colours is super fun - I really enjoyed using the purples for the darker area of the red chilli and despite not getting the contrast in its brightness right, I like how vibrant the colours look
Incidentally, chillies (along with garlic) are the best food and basically make all other food better.
Going to be trying to draw more from reference and try out new things in an effort to improve. Might also try writing up my thoughts on how these pictures have gone and what I take away from the process.
Had a go at painting a bit of the view from my window - directly putting down the colours and using no multiply, etc layers. Picked the colours myself rather than using the eye-dropper to get a more interesting range (as well as practice at doing so).
Things I think I learned:
- still need more contrast, particularly in the foreground on this one
- should try using more saturated colours, I tried to be more liberal with them than usual but the picture is still too drab, especially the foreground/lower third
- need a higher level of detail if something is taking up a big chunk of the canvas - the further away buildings work fine but the foreground ones are too indistinct
- to make a more faithful recreation I need to spend more time sketching out the proportions of things before starting the painting - there are some gaps and additions and fairly substantial size discrepancies in the buildings in my drawing compared to the actual view but I knew that as I was working and was mainly in this one for the colour painting practice
I think painting something smaller (as in a single thing) with more detail will be useful next. Something colourful.
Did a thing with my younger bro where he described a character from memory and I drew it based on that.
Afterwards he said the character was Toyosatomimi no Miko from the Touhou games.
A fun exercise and probably something I will try again!