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.

A sketchboko page of coffee mugs, drawn in ink pen
A sketchbook page of hands holding coffee mugs, drawn in felt pen

Later in the night, I opened up Photoshop and went to town freehand drawing some geometric shapes, while watching Batman the Animated Series on HBO Max. Which was soothing, hah. Free hand except some of the straight lines – I did use the shift key in Photoshop to keep some of the lines parallel to the canvas. Lots of practice with sketching brushes, with the brush smoothing setting, and with rotating the canvas.

A digital sketch of basic geometric shapes of spheres, cylinders, cubes, and pyramids, drawn in line art with a pink and blue gradient applied.

And then finally, I decided to try my hand at sketching a face again, since my attempts from yesterday and Monday did not work out. I think it turned out pretty good, as far as the line art goes. I need more drawing practice overall, but I’m glad I put some practice time in. And I still need to practice hair, skin tones, face shapes… the list goes on.

A digital painting of a stylized black woman with orange hair, head only, done in a cartoon style

‘Til next time <3

Listening to: The hum of my computer
Current mood: sick

I'm an illustrator and web developer honing my skills and learning all I can about drawing, painting, and storytelling through visual art.