Friday, September 22, 2017

By The Window

Here's the little piece I did for Colour Collective's 'Cordovan' prompt. I'm still practicing cats. 


This had its start as a sketch on my father's iPad Pro. We had the electricians in, so the power was off. I had a multitude of things I should have been doing, ranging from drawing or typesetting for work to cooking dinner or practicing the piano, but they all required electricity (my Cintiq Companion has almost no battery life. Last time I ran on battery I got 20 minutes out of it (after which it shut down without warning), and my piano is in a very dark room so I need the lights on) so I picked up the iPad and started doodling. I quite liked it as a concept, but it was horribly full of mistakes (look at the length of her legs, oops) so I thought it would serve as a good starting point for Colour Collective:


This was a quick piece, a bit over two hours overall (plus half an hour or so for that original sketch). I don't have much time to labour over Colour Collective pieces, but I like to squeeze them in as a change of pace from whatever I'm working on at the time. I enjoy coming up with something for colours I might not ordinarily use.

Adobe Photoshop CC2017 on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2

Sunday, September 10, 2017

A Spot of Divination

Way back in highschool I drew a little witch with a goose (The goose was suggested by Monty Python-loving friends) and the other day she made a reappearance in a very quick bedtime sketch. I rather liked her, and other people seemed to as well, so the next day I spent a little time working her up into something better. I had a bit of a cold and it was nice to just draw something pointless, curled up on the couch. 


Here's the original sketch. Full of mistakes, as super-quick bedtime sketches are apt to be. Things changed rather a lot from this to the final!


Adobe Photoshop CC2017 on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2. The sketch took under 20 minutes, the final took about two hours.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Some Bollywood Portraits

The other day, through a roundabout way, I found myself looking at photos from vintage Bollywood films. And I decided to sketch one:


This is Madhubala. Not a very good likeness. =P I sketched her on my father's iPadPro in about half an hour.

I was using Procreate, which recorded my process, but skipped some of it, for some reason. Here's a look at that:

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The next day I thought I'd do another. So this is Laxmi Chhaya:


Again, not the best likeness. And again, Procreate didn't record all of my process. Odd. (You'll need to swipe over for the video)

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A few days later I was feeling really terrible with a flare-up of my trigeminal neuralgia, and while I wasn't planning on another sketch portrait, I couldn't get my brain to focus on anything where I had to think. So I drew Nimmi:


This time I did get Procreate to record the whole process. (Again, swipe over for the video)

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Oops! Sorry!

When Colour Collective came up with 'Portland Orange' I just knew I had to head into the Australian outback. Such a vibrant red-orange, perfect for Kimberley red dust!

I had such fun with the last CC I did, middle-grade-style linework with one-colour(ish) accents, that I decided to do that again this time. 


I chose to feature an echidna (because they're fabulous) and a spinifex hopping mouse (because they are the cutest things ever). Most of my time was spent on the echidna, because of all those spines. Now I remember why I don't often draw them! =P

Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2. About 2 hours, using Kyle Webster's brushes (China Marker, Perfect Pencil, Gouache a Go Go and Gouache Bonus Gritty Dry) 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Abandoned Graveyard

Colour Collective's "Pearl" prompt made me think of statues. And since I didn't want to go literal and draw actual pearls, I thought I'd run with that:


This went through several incarnations in the sketch phase. I started out with an Indian-style statue overgrown with jungle plants, and featuring monkeys. That was inspired by The Jungle Book. But then I decided I didn't feel like drawing monkeys and switched to a Grecian Muse type statue and squirrels. And then I decided that an overgrown cemetery was more atmospheric. I rather ran out of time, too - suddenly discovering I had a good two hours less to work on this than I'd expected. I was nearly finished, but if I had had the extra time I would have fixed up the squirrel on her head, which looks a bit stiff. 

There are 12 critters in this - two of them are very hard to spot.

Adobe Photoshop CC2017 on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2. 2.5 to 3 hours.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Witch's Companion

A little piece for Colour Collective's 'Pantone 292 C' prompt. It seemed like a good colour for a ribbon, perhaps around a cat's neck... and I'd been playing around with witches in my sketches so it sort of evolved from there:


Anyway, I need to practice cats. We've always had a dog, so I'm naturally more familiar with pooches than pusses - but that is no excuse!

I think this is my most popular Colour Collective to date, which makes me very happy. =) I'd quite like to do more with this little feline. I like to do chapter-book style illustration, I've always liked some nice linework. 

Here's another piece I did in the same vein for Colour Collective a few weeks later. The prompt this time was 'Vert Réséda:


Here are some more witchy sketches:



Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2. The Colour Collective took 2-3 hours. Not quite sure how long the sketches took - quicker than the CC, anyway. 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Pups on Purple Pillows

A quick piece for Colour Collective's 'Byzantium Purple' prompt. Naturally the colour really made me want to draw over-the-top Byzantium era costumes, but I stuck with something simpler!


This only took about three hours, and it definitely shows - but I do like that dachshund. ^.^

Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2

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