Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Murder of Crows

This is just a very small, thumbnail-sized piece I did today. I allowed myself a little more stylization than I normally do, and was sort of hoping to achieve a card art-like look with it. I'm more pleased with how the framing turned out than the actual crows themselves, but overall I like the piece, and will probably revisit the subject again at some point.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Elephants

A loose african elephant sketch I drew today. I'm really intrigued by the wrinkles and textures of the skin, and think this is a subject I would really like to try drawing again, but much much larger. It's probably only about four inches long, and I think worker at a bigger size would give me more opportunity to show the textures there.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Some Thoughts and a Swamp Troll

So NaNoWriMo has ended, which means I've got a lot more time on my hands to get back to drawing. Also, I've really been feeling an urge to start working in color. On Monday I picked up some Prismacolor colored pencils, but haven't really had a solid opportunity to use them yet, and I feel a little hampered by how few colors I have access to. In the meantime, I threw this fellow together in under a half an hour today, just messing around with some crayola markers. As a piece of art, I'm not very satisfied with it. But it was surprisingly fun to create, just relaxing and messing around with the colors. I'm hoping to, in the next few weeks, try my hand at some acrylics, so we'll see how that goes. Anyway, without further ado–the troll.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Portrait

Here's the first post in a long time, thanks to me writing like crazy for National Novel Writing Month. I'd like to say it's not finished, because there are things I'd like to change and fix with it, but I know that I'll probably never touch it again. Though you never know.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Quick Sketch

I was working on some mouths/noses/ears/eyes from Bridgman's Constructive Anatomy yesterday, and gradually a mouth grew a nose, then some eyes, then a chin, and before I knew it, this sketch had taken over the page.



Monday, October 28, 2013

A Break (of sorts)

So you may have noticed a distinct lack of posts. It is unfortunate, but as of late my time has been taken up planning for NaNoWriMo, which will be commencing with the advent of November. So while I won't be taking a break from drawing, my blog probably won't see a ton of action until November is past.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

INKtober #15

Previously thought to be a one-of-a-kind artifact, the Eyes of the Overworld are now being handmade via a secret construction technique. Available now at Mephisto's Emporium of Magical Paraphernalia. Also available, thicker frames for mages with a hipster inclination.

Monday, October 14, 2013

INKtober #14

"Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and howlet's wing,--
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble."


On sale now at Mephisto's Emporium of Magical Paraphernalia.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

INKtober Continues

I haven't made a post in a couple of days, but I have been keeping up with my INKtober drawings. Here are sketches 11, 12, and 13. I'm a little annoyed that I can see the other sketches through the paper, even though they're all on different pages. I'll see if I can remedy the situation with tomorrow's sketch.


Some sort of hawk or falcon. This was done very late when I was exhausted. I don't think it's much of a sketch, but at least I haven't missed a day so far. 


 A bottle of  "All-Purpose Marvelous Medicinal Elixir," Sold by Mephisto's Emporium of Magical Paraphernalia. 


Hasclotes' "Arcanum," a masterwork on magery and the like. A rare tome, to be sure–get it now at Mephisto's Emporium of Magical Paraphernalia.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

INKtober #10

Today's INKtober sketch is of a venerable old greyfur (to borrow some Mouse Guard terminology) sitting in his most comfortable chair, reminiscing about the good old days while enjoying a puff on his pipe. I feel like it was a good idea, somewhat poorly executed. This is another one I'd love to try again in graphite, a medium I'm much more comfortable in.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

INKtober 9–Majora's Mask

So today I decided to draw Majora's Mask from the Zelda game. It didn't come out that great–one of the really cool visual elements of the Mask are the symmetrical patterns and colors, which are hard to capture in just ink while freehanding it. Sometime I'd really like to draw this larger in pencil, with some construction lines to work with, and maybe use colored pencil or something to add color. Not sure yet. Until then, this will have to do.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

INKtober 7 and 8

Two INKtober sketches in one night–and with that, I am finally caught up after having started a day late and planning to only do one a week. First is a skull–I've been doing faces and skulls in Bridgman's Constructive Anatomy lately, so I figured I'd try one with no reference photos or anything. And the second is an owl. I love owls, but I usually only draw barn owls, so I decided to go with more of a great horned owl look, mixed with a bit of cartoonish nonsense. Enjoy.




Monday, October 7, 2013

INKtober #6

So two posts in one day. Anyway, INKtober 6, some sort of mage-y fellow. I personally suspect he has something to do with golems, but that could just be idle gossip.


INKtober #5–skysailer concept art

So I never seem to find the time to do my INKtober drawings until late at night, at which point I don't feel like scanning them, uploading them, and writing a blog post about them. Anyway, this sketch is a bit of concept art for a novel project I've been working on for the past couple of years. Something about boats, with sails, that fly. It's just awesome. And if you've heard of them, this was inspired by The Edge Chronicles. INKtober 6 will be up either later today, or tomorrow. And one of these days I'll do two sketches in one day and catch up.



Saturday, October 5, 2013

INKtober 3&4

So I did, in fact, complete my INKtober sketch yesterday–I was just too busy to post it. So without further ado, INKtober sketches 3 and 4. First is the Ocarina of Time, inspired by my recent acquisition of the Hyrule Historia. The second is a raven, whose name I think is Socrates and is probably the same bird sitting on Allen's shoulder. Enjoy.

The OoT


And Socrates

Thursday, October 3, 2013

INKtober 2!

So here's my second drawing for INKtober–I also think that I'll be trying for one a day now, due to the fact that I'm trying to make these kind of quick, gestural things. One of the things I like about working with pen is that it forces me to go with the mistakes, and not spend a ton of time trying to refine stuff. I sort of like to think of this fellow as an extremely young Edgar Allan Poe. I think his name shall be Allen, in the author's honor.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

INKtober! (and a new header)

Well, I just recently discovered the madness that is INKtober, and decided to jump in. Or rather, dip my toes in. Doubting my ability to keep up the pace of an ink sketch a day, I've decided to do at least one a week, possibly one every other day–we'll see how it goes. My original thought was to use my ink and fine brush, but after a short while I realized that (1) this was impractical just due to the time it takes me to set up and tear down my desk for brush and ink work, and (2) it's not a medium I'm very comfortable in. So the below image, and probably all the sketches I do for INKtober, was done using my Faber-Castell Indian Ink broad felt-tipped pen. I'm not sure if that's considered "cheating," but if it makes me create more on a regular basis, it can't be a bad thing. Secondly, you've probably noticed the new header image. I was kinda displeased with the old one, so I drew this the other day. Hopefully I'll get around to fixing it up some before the week is out. I need to erase the faint lines that I used as guides while doing the lettering, and a couple other things. But overall I like it. Also, my image was directly inspired by "The Ruin of the Beast" music video which was animated by Cory Godbey and Chris Koelle. Check it out.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Art from Experience

Ernest Hemingway once said that “In order to write about life first you must live it.” I think that this modification is equally true: "In order to draw about life first you must live it." I think artists should count even the most difficult times as blessings, because from them we grow, and the pool of experience from which we can draw inspiration widens and deepens. In this drawing I've tried to reflect not some far-off dream or ideal, but the feelings and emotions I've personally experienced–and I hope that because of my more personal connection with the piece, it will give viewers a more personal connection as well.


(Also, a thanks to Will Kelly who turned me on to Bridgman's work, which I think really helped me with the anatomical structure of the hands here)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Squeak

Hard to think that such the relatives of such a cute little fella would carry the Bubonic Plague that wiped out so much of Europe, but that's the way it is. Lesson: don't trust adorable things. And on an artistic note, this was again an attempt at drawing from the shoulder, so I was just focusing really on the gestural initial shapes, and only spent minimal time on any of the details. Threw him together in probably around 15 minutes. I'm hoping at some point to come up with some way of propping my sketchpad up so I'm drawing on an inclined surface–I really think that would help get me some more fluidity in my lines, rather than gripping the pencil so tightly and drawing with my wrist. Anyway, enjoy.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Vulpes vulpes

Today I felt like drawing a red fox, scientific name Vulpes vulpes. I didn't spend very long on this–it was primarily a practice in drawing from the shoulder, which is something I don't do nearly as much as I ought to. I'll probably revisit the idea someday in the future, but for now this little fellow has done his work, and can enjoy his well-deserved nap.


Saturday, September 14, 2013

For Our Battle is Not Against Flesh and Blood . . .

I think angels are some of my favorite things to draw. They have wings, which is cool. They have swords, which is cool. They have halos, which, ever seeing Justin Gerard's 2011 sketchbook, I have decided are cool. And They just have a sense of drama to them.
And there's some new stuff From the Sketchbook.


Friday, September 6, 2013

Wings of the Moon, (WIP)

This evening I felt like drawing, and in the evening, barn owls just seem like the right thing to draw. I originally wanted to do it in flight, but changed my mind and began a view of its back, with the owl looking over its shoulder, both wings folded. I decided that didn't look dramatic enough, so I made both wings spread, then added the fog clouds on either side, and the moon directly behind. I still don't think this is done, as I believe I can get some more detail in on the feathers, and I think that the values where the owl's form is silhouetted against the moon should be more silhouetted, or at least harder edges. For the moment though, I'm fairly pleased with it.
EDIT: Also, I forgot to mention, I created a new page on my blog, called "From the Sketchbook." I'm planning to fill that section of the blog with very rough sketches from my practices. You can access it via the link in the upper left.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Pear

So at the moment I'm working through George B. Brigdeman's  "Constructive Anatomy," which I've found to be an immensely helpful book. Right now, though, I'm just posting a quick sketch I did of a pear today–but expect some anatomical sketches in the future.



Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Angel

So today in school I was learning about Giotto Di Bondone, and we made paint using egg yolks as they did in the olden days. I painted this angel that looks . . . okay. I like the composition of it, so I think I'm going to make a completely digital version of it. We'll see.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Link! (again)

So Toon Link just needs color. Like, he screams out for it with all of his being. Because that's just the way it is. So I decided to color him. My conclusion: I need to (1) get better at coloring things, and (2) get better things to color things with. I started with digital, but for some reason I just felt very dissatisfied with it. After about an hour and a half of that, I tried coloring the original drawing with some oil pastels, but due to the extremely small size of the sketch, and the bluntness of the crayons, it was very hard to get much precision. I also discovered that the paper I draw on is rather too rough for oil pastels. I now had a half-finished digital version, and a ruined hard copy. So I decided to start over, drawing Link again from scratch, this time larger. I finished, and decided to add color via colored pencils. Now my colored pencils are rather limited in spectrum, so I'm not a huge fan of the colors used, and the paper is still too rough, preventing me from getting a smooth texture. Also, due to the amount of erasing and re-drawing of certain parts, there are scratches in the paper that affected the coloring stage. All in all, though, I don't think it came out *too* badly.

Link!

No, not a web link. Link. Like, Hero of Time Link. Or, to be more accurate, Waker of the Winds Link. While I was away for the summer, I picked up some Phantom Hourglass collectible figurines from a Target (so I guess to be even more accurate, it would be Phantom Hourglass Link). I've always loved the stylized look of Toon Link, so I decided to do a sketch of the figure. I'll probably be posting a digitally colored version of this sometime later. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Gone . . . (well, for a while, anyway)

Hey, just letting you know that I'll be away for most of the summer, so don't expect many posts.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Hand Study (and some thoughts)

Today I'm just posting a sketch of a hand I did. I decided to do it primarily because hands often frustrate me, and I definitely got a little frustrated with this one. But here it is. Also, as I finish up my junior year of high school, I'm starting to put a lot of serious thought into college, illustration, and how to prepare for the two. I'm trying to spend more time drawing, and thinking about what I should be doing to become a better artist, in hopes that I might be able to major in art in college, and continue with illustration beyond that. Looking around, I've found some great resources, such as Justin Gerard's Craft of Illustration course, which can be found here: http://lpg.pathwright.com/school/catalog. Also, I've found many of Stan Prokopenko's Youtube videos to be extremely helpful as well: http://www.youtube.com/user/ProkoTV/videos. If anyone reading this knows of any other good resources, or has any advice, I'd appreciate it. 

~ Seth

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Eye Study

A (relatively) quick drawing of an eye I did tonight. A little unusual for me, because I (1) usually don't draw at this large scale, and (2) used pretty much one pencil for the whole thing–a prismacolor ebony pencil–instead of using a wide range of different hardness pencils.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pain–Digital Version

So I decided to drag my "Pain" brush and ink picture into PS and try my hand at painting it digitally with my Intuos 5. Being rather inexperienced at digital art, I'm not entirely pleased with the result, but I think it looks okay. One of my biggest problems with it is the very digital-looking "plasticity" that the picture has, but I really don't know how to fix it. If anyone has any advice on digital painting, I'd greatly appreciate it. Anyway, enjoy.


Friday, May 31, 2013

Sketchbooks!

Today the sketchbooks I ordered from Justin Gerard came, and they are fantastic. Just thought I'd share them with you all. If you've never heard of Justin Gerard, you should really check out his work. His blog is here: http://quickhidehere.blogspot.com/
And you can get a sketchbook from his etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/JustinGerard





Also, the book on the left is Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 by David Petersen. I'd highly recommend it.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Pain

This is just a quick brush/ink piece I did this evening. I like the concept of a bleeding rose symbolizing pain–I'm not sure why, it just seems to fit. I'm not sure how pleased I am with the finished product; the rose is a little lopsided, and the brushstrokes aren't incredibly smooth, but I mainly drew it to vent/relax. Someday I'd like to try it again with (hopefully) better results. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it, and maybe grasp the emotional connection that I was trying to convey.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Rough Sketch (1)

Title says it all. The first "draft," if you will, of my rough sketching for my piece with Justin Gerard's The Craft of Illustration. More to come, once the printer gets ink.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Thumbnails

These are a few pages of thumbnails I drew as part of Justin Gerard's "The Craft of Illustration."



Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Another Beginning

So, I am excited to announce that I have enrolled in Justin Gerard's "The Craft of Illustration" course. I am seriously excited about this–Justin is a huge hero of mine, and the chance to learn from his knowledge and experience is just amazing. I should have some thumbnail sketches from the course up tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Beginning

Greetings! This is the first of what I hope shall be many posts on my new blog. I hope that this might serve of a chronicle of sorts for my artistic journey. I'm currently in my third year of high school, and am hoping to major in either illustration or writing–my two primary passions. With this blog, I'll be displaying some of my artwork, which will hopefully improve as time goes on. Up until a month ago, my primary medium has been graphite pencil, but I recent purchased a Wacom Intuos5, and am beginning to explore the world of digital painting. Farewell, and "may the wind under your wings bear you to where the sun sails and the moon walks." ~ The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien