So I was practising drawing sand dunes the other day, because I’m really fascinated by empty landscapes. I just thought I’d try something a bit out of my comfort zone. I’ve had a few failures at drawing sand and deserts in general properly. So yeah, starting this was HARD.
I had to look up a few photo references because I honestly have never tried to draw realistic-ish dunes…ever. I got really preoccupied though and I just blended and went over everything. I couldn’t help it, everything just looked so…messy. I was totally thinking ‘Prince of Persia’ while drawing this. I somehow got reminded of the beach and not the desert, and so started drawing a cute little ice cream truck. I know…totally random…but hey, I just go with the flow. Something looked like it was missing, so I added in some wispy candy smoke….which looked SO BAD I almost deleted this entirely .
If you remember my drawing for Spring, it had music and stuff in there as well, so I figured I might as well include something similar for a Summer drawing. I also really wanted to draw an ice cream truck; I had a pretty good vision of it in my head and well, seeing as I was drawing dunes at all, I might as well throw in another element which I am really not good at drawing XD. Vehicles have always been so..un-functional whenever I’ve attempted to draw one. It’s just kinda frustrating because I suppose I don’t really have much knowledge of cars AT ALL so I don’t really know how to draw one. It was super fun drawing the icey treats though, it really got me in the mood to finish the rest of the drawing tbh.
Colours were kinda a bit…off in this. I had to fix a lot of it up in Photoshop and even then I don’t know if I’m totally happy with it. Getting the sky right in this was actually surprisingly really … complex. It’s almost a solid colour now, but before it was just a pile of messy colours everywhere I juts wanted a warm and sunny drawing dammit!
Adjustment layers are just so amazing in Photoshop. And just because I’m pretty happy with how the truck turned out, here is a super UP CLOSE version, just for you guys!!
On a sidenote, I really want to learn how to use slices in Photoshop. I came across some tuts the other day for converting a psd to a webpage and it looks…amazing. Like…really amazing. The only downside is the amount of cleaning up I imagine would happen once the code from Photoshop is exported HAHA. But still. It’s seriously amazing what Photoshop can do now.
So yeah, that’s the story behind this drawing. I really want a strawberry popsicle now.
In other news…
You might’ve noticed I’ve updated my website!! Well, the structure of it anyway. Check out my store layout – it looks like it’s part of this website now! It’s now a lot more cohesive and it took quite a while to get working and there are still things I need to work on but it’s almost there! Pretty happy with the outcome actually; I thought it’d be a lot harder to customise. Storenvy is seriously amazing – not only is it FREE, but you don’t pay fees for listings or sold items. Suck it Etsy.
I’ve also now included my Tumblr/Live Blog to the website! I update it pretty frequently with random music, images and quotes that inspire me so feel free to follow and say hi!! <3 I’ve used Tumblr for a while now just to get inspiration here and there…I think it’s an amazing site. <3
Well that’s about it for now. If you find any broken links please email me so I can fix them! I hope I haven’t changed anything too major haha. Let me know what you think about the drawing and my new and improved website! Any feedback/suggestions more than welcome!