Oh my goodness, posting to my blog again?! It’s that Imbolc energy. ^_^ I’ve been making art over the last year, but haven’t had the energy or focus to blog about it. Definitely suffering from an all-or-nothing mind set, when it comes to what I think I should be doing regarding my blog. It’s annoying to keep relearning the whole “imperfection is okay” lesson. T_T And I keep thinking I’ll scan/photograph my work from 2021 that didn’t make it into here yet, but why not start with a little drawing I finished today?
Of course, I discovered the joys of realizing my iPhone is saving photos as heif files, which my Windows PC would not open, until I paid 99 cents for the add on…(ah, sure, why not Windows. I’m still not ready to completely switch over to Linux ~_~).
Even then, after using the Windows Photo app to convert both photos as JPG, Adobe Photoshop still wouldn’t read the files. So I took a screenshot of them while in the Photo app, and copied that into Photoshop. Gaaah. Then Ricky showed me I could open the heifs in Gimp and Krita >_>*. FEH.
Under sketch drawn in pencil (a Blackwing Pearl), then inked with Copic multiliners. That was on Friday night, when I also sketched out some general portrait drawings, also in Copic multiliner with a pencil under sketch (mayhaps I’ll photograph those tomorrow). Yesterday I added the Copic marker color bases, and today I layered Prismacolor pencils on top. The pink is all from the colored pencils, except for a thin band of pink marker along where the display screen is. I like how the effect turned out.
I used this Pexels photo for pose reference. Originally, I had the idea that I wanted to draw a waitress in a kind of classic American diner style uniform, but Pexels didn’t have any pics like that (at least on my quick perusal). I suppose I could have combined general references into a drawing, without needing a CC0 photo, but I liked the way the person was leaning in the photo I referenced. So I turned that pose into a woman mechanic working at some sort of space ship control panel (in my mind at least). I didn’t use any references for the control panel, and I drew it fairly quickly without a ruler, so it feels very messy. I’d like to study different types of space ship interior designs. At least I had a lot of fun applying the hot pink glow at the end ^_^v.
I’ve been re-watching X-Files season 1 as a I draw: I haven’t seen most of the S1 episodes since I was 8 or 9 years old (my parents let me watch a lot of sci-fi and horror at a young age, heh. I think it was edifying… *cackles*). That was where the waitress idea came from — Scully and Mulder going into a diner out west. That show is a little mind blowing to me, in how dated it feels. That it was 29 years ago o___0. It makes me feel old, haha. I’m also realizing how much I love the series. It makes me want to finally finish watching Twin Peaks, too.
Yesterday, I ran around for some shopping – picked up a vanilla latte at a local coffee shop (yum), went to Marshalls and found a nice end table/plant stand for downstairs (we were using my drafting stool since the fall, which meant I couldn’t really sit at my draft table for months. But now I have it back upstairs, yay!) I also stopped into World Market (where I felt their plant stands were way too pricey for my tastes), and picked up some Pocky, which I haven’t had in over five years. It was nostalgic, lol. Also found a tin of candies in the shape of an SNES controller, which I plan to turn into watercolor palette, bwahahaha.
Otherwise, it was a quieter weekend of cleaning, groceries, and having yummy Italian takeout. And playing Wand Wars, which is a lot of fun, even if I feel like I resort to button mashing >_>;;;.
And now it’s late, as per typical, so I’m off to sketch a little more before dishes.
‘Til next time (*ahem* hopefully not in like another 11 months…)