Practicing in Between (Part 1 & 2)
Winter’s begun and the longest night is here. I’m ready for fresh starts, a new year, and lengthening daylight slowly inching back towards spring. I’ve been practicing art quite a bit, and am so close to filling two sketchbooks: a multimedia one and a smaller drawing one (hopefully a sketchbook share video is coming in the near future 🤞). Today I have 25 sketchbook pages to share in this post (!!!). And I came up with the idea for an ongoing series that I’ve just begun, with a new original character!
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?
Marker practice and some quick digital drawing drills
Followed through and finished adding marker to yesterday’s line art. I wasn’t sure how well the Ohuhu markers would blend, but I’ve been pleasantly suprised by how nice they work. They bleed all the way through the mixed media paper, though, which is a shame. Similar to Copics, I think they’re better suited to Bristol, marker paper, or even printer paper in a pinch. Mixed media paper is usually closer to a toothy watercolor type paper and absorbs more marker than necessary. At least, that’s what I’ve observed.
Line Art: Practicing Faces
Tonight’s drawing is a quick sketch that I inked in Copic multiliner (mostly 0.1, with 0.5 for the outer edges). I want to practice using the Ohuhu skin tone marker set. The upper half of the page was color blending practice from December, which I shared in my skin tone practice post. I want to make sure the ink is completely dry before coloring, so the markers will have to wait til tomorrow.
Quick Sketchbook Share
Ah, Monday and it’s almost 10pm. At least I filled a few pages in my current sketchbook. I’ve been rewatching Sherlock on Netflix tonight as I sketched. Goes right along with my Batman the Animated Series watch from yesterday. I’m a sucker for any World’s Greatest Detective, dark knight story line, ha. ;p
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…
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.