• Digital sketch of three women's faces, all similar, with smirking expression
    Digital Painting,  Drawing

    Under Sketch Repetition

    Sketched tonight from 7-9pm, but it took a while to warm up and the first face I sketched I just did not like how it turned out. But after getting a bit looser with my lines, I found a nice under sketch I liked, so I built on it a few times. The benefit of multiple layers! I like how the one on the far left turned out best. It was inked with the standard “hard round pressure size” Photoshop brush, but with an intentionally light touch on the lines of the hair. The middle one was drawn with the same brush, but I ended up making more adjustments during…

  • Digital sketch of three faces with female features, one as three-quarter view with shoulder length hair, one front facing with short wavy hair, and one looking down and to the left with hair in a bun
    Digital Painting,  Drawing

    More digital sketching

    Today was mostly cramming to get ready in the morning for dungeon mastering a D&D game in the afternoon. Which I hope went well – first sessions are so hard! I spent time sketching from about 7pm-9pm, and decided to practice more manga-style faces.

  • A drawing of boxes and cyclinders tilted in space and occassionally intersecting or overlapping

    When in doubt: drawing drills

    Stayed home sick today with a migraine (well…stayed logged off… in this weird remote only world). I’m glad – I’m finally starting to feel better. Ice on neck + water + rest + hot shower + Excedrin = much happier Beth. Unfortunately not much in the way of art making earlier today. BUT! Drawing drills are super simple and weirdly soothing, so here ya go:

  • Digital line art of a short hairs girl with a serious experession. The line art is copied three - the left with teal hair, the center with no color added, the right with green hair.
    Digital Painting,  Drawing

    Face practice

    Spent from 8-10pm tonight sketching around in Photoshop. Was also multitasking as I drew, watching YouTube videos on Fantasy Grounds game master tips, as I am nervous about running a game on Saturday. I’m also still not feeling well, so I’m surprised I managed to make art today. I was mostly moping in the living room while scrolling around on Twitter and YouTube after dinner tonight. Ricky gave me a little nudge to go upstairs, and I’m glad I put the time in.

  • A collage of four images on a pink and orange gradient backdrop. The sketches show a woman's face, mugs, and basic geometric shapes
    Digital Painting,  Drawing,  Sketchbooks

    Daily practice

    I have felt sick most of today – I don’t know if it’s my neck being out or food poisoning or what. So not much words to accompany today’s art. Basically my goal was to practice some basic geometric shapes – especially cylinders. Drawing coffee mugs is a way to keep cylinders feeling more interesting while I draw. I did a page of plain drawing drills (basically quick ovals and rectangles) on newsprint, before opening my sketchbook.

  • Contour drawings of mugs and a water cup with a straw, with the words Digital Sketching
    Digital Painting,  Drawing

    Digital Sketches and Struggle

    Ugh – I tried to have the art for today’s blog post finished by last night, but nothing was going right. It felt like I could not draw what was supposed to be a simple three-quarter view of a female elf character, using Photoshop. The perspective was wrong, the eyes were wrong, and I felt like the time I spent was wasted. So with nothing prepared, I sat down tonight after dinner, put aside the “it’s just not working” painting from last night, and did some simple sketches instead.

  • A collage of three sketchbook pages and the text Sunday Sketches
    Drawing,  Sketchbooks

    Sunday Sketches

    Yesterday was fairly relaxed, but I was feeling restless. And I woke up with a headache, so that’s never fun. I played D&D for a good chunk of the afternoon and sketched a bit, before starting to re-read Starhawk’s Dreaming the Dark, which I haven’t read since borrowing it from my university library back in 2005-ish. I’m excited to dig back into it and see how I’ve changed in how I react to/absorb it. Even if I felt quite “blah” and mopey, I’m proud that I finally did a simple “draw your day” sketch journal page. Earl Grey Tea! Pop-tarts! Reading! D&D!