Basics meaning…manual colouring and drawing in general. Not that traditional media is easy by any means, just that it’s more laboured and less…technical than digital art I guess. Well I hope you know what I mean. I haven’t done much digital stuff recently because a lot of my assignments have been hand rendered. It’s been a nice change actually, although it’s taken a lot more time and effort. I spent the last weekend colouring my last assignment and I am SO GLAD everything is now finished.
The above are just a few of my last assignments in first semester – the middle pic is the one which took me almost all weekend to do. ;-; We had to trace a design from a photographic reference and use five colours to create an analogous and triadic design and give it a sense of depth. Yes I used that pencil at the top to colour in that blue background for the design on the left – thank god this was the final thing I had to colour in! I hope I did them ok, colouring in took FOREVER because to get a nice finish you have to keep layering the colour until you get a nice even spread with no ugly white splotches from the paper showing through.
The last image is another assignment I had to do – it’s a t-shirt design for an environmental Aussie company. I suck at editing traditional media so it looks a bit over contrasty ;-; The turtle is a loggerhead turtle – I originally wanted to do heaps of pretty bubbles and coral but in keeping with the brief kept it simple and straight to the point lol. I suppose I would wear the design, I really like how the love heart on the turtle shell turned out. Drawing it took a while though because we had to make the drawing as accurate as possible, and the loggerhead turtle has quite distinctive features (exactly five scales on each side of the shell for example).
So anyway, more sketches and random crap below!
Everything tea related…more sketches I did in a class ages ago:
This watercolour is something I did AGES ago and just found recently so I thought I may as well share. It’s really bad. I personally dislike seeing thick line art in general so….this does not speak to me at all. I don’t even know why I did it all so black and..just..gross… But hey, I’m still learning to use watercolours properly so it can’t all be fine and dandy.
Really quick sketch I did one night- could’ve fixed a lot of stuff but…it was late and I just wanted to colour something. Done with copics and lined in sepia so I was mostly just testing out some new colours I got recently!
More copic experimentation. Done on tiny A7 watercolour paper and highlights with Uniball Signo Angelic white gel pen and a random silver pen I had lying round. I really like the middle concept the best, the planets on the right one turned out a bit shonky lol. The scale is just so godawful, but I suppose UFO’s could be bigger than the rocks floating around Saturn lol. Also the nebula on the left turned out reallllly bad, it looks more like a space spiderweb more than anything haha. Oh well. I’m in love with copics right now, I got a whole heap because they’re on sale right now at Craft Online and I figured I’d need them anyway for my business as well as school. Blending colours is just way too much fun. It’s amazing how expensive copic markers are here though – it seems to be easier to buy them individually overseas… ;-; Note to self – when I go to the US I am stocking up. They’re a pretty big investment but I think it’s worth it – I have so much more fun colouring in copics than I do with coloured pencils. I also discovered they work pretty well with the coloured stabilo liners as in the lines don’t bleed like the crappy Artline ones.
I still love my tablet though, it’s old but it’s still awesome and the fact that it’s stood up to my treatment on my desk the past year or so…well it’s survived and still doin’ pretty good. I am tempted to upgrade it but it’s still working and it’s not like I need one any time soon. So for now it’s a permanent fixture on my desktop amongst all the pens and paper and other junk.
Well that’s bout it. I’m enjoying learning to use different mediums overall, I mean each has its own pros and cons so I still have a lot to learn. I really want to do more with copics and coloured pencils though, it’s really relaxing and something different I guess. I’ll probably start work on another digital art thing soon though, I have just had so much work to do recently, and more to do over the holidays. Funny how things just kinda crop up at once and then I have those annoying periods where I have nothing much to do.