Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Way of Kings

I'm very close to finishing my second readthrough of The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, and was inspired to do a bit of fanart. Not the most polished piece I've ever created, but I'm pretty pleased with how the "head" turned out.

"I’m dying, aren’t I? Healer, why do you take my blood? Who is that beside you, with his head of lines? I can see a distant sun, dark and cold, shining in a black sky. --Collected on the 3rd of Jesnan, 1172, 11 seconds pre-death. Subject was a Reshi chull trainer. Sample is of particular note." ~ The Way of Kings Brandon Sanderson

Monday, February 24, 2014

Some More Sketching

Wasn't sure what to draw today, so I just started sketching the side of a face. I hadn't planned on actually drawing the entire head originally, but once started, I felt like I ought to keep adding to it. For some reason, I felt inspired to make the left side different than the right, so I added a jagged scar, which disfigured the nose, lip, and immobilized the eye, giving the figure a sort of half-vacant stare. From there I added the arm, then hand, then right side of the body. Overall, a fairly enjoyable bit of drawing.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Something, I Suppose

Well, I'm not going to pretend this is a huge post, but I haven't been doing a ton of drawing lately. Nonetheless, in an attempt to keep with the sketching of real-life objects, I drew a small glass bottle/necklace I made earlier in the week, based off of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series. 

Complete with construction lines I never got around to erasing.

Thursday, February 13, 2014


I've come to realize that I have something of a psychological aversion to drawing mundane objects. When I sit down to draw, I think "what should I draw?" Too often I decide that drawing a household object that I can actually observe would be too boring, and I end up trying to draw a dragon, or a boat, or something more exciting. However, I've found that when I do actually find something and draw it from real life, the actual process of drawing it is far more satisfying, and the result is usually a whole lot better. I think in the future I'm going to make more of an effort to get over that mental speed bump, and make myself work from real life. Here are a couple sketches I did of objects from real life over the past couple of days.

Okay, I admit it. I added the nails afterward, here, and just drew them from my imagination.

With this drawing, I was trying to use exclusively hatching to convey tone.
Also, that smudging on the glass was supposed to be a glare from the off-frame
light source, but I'm not sure how well it came out.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Latest Sketch

Here's something I did quickly today of a corner of our living room. Just fast and fun.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

And More Digital

After doing my red and black portrait yesterday, I thought it would be cool to try a portrait in a similar style, but in blue. To add to the contrast with the original, I decided a female face would be neat. I started working on it, and upon nearing completion, I realized that the two might work well in a yin-yang sort of setup. Thanks to the help of a friend far more skilled in photoshop than I, I was able to crop and arrange them nicely, and here's the result.

The original blue

And the yin-yang final

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

More Digital

This afternoon I was messing around with my tablet and getting frustrated with digital painting, again. It seems like whatever I do, it comes out looking digital and plastic. Finally I decided to just try something I'd never done before, and go with a very stylized, almost brush and ink black-on-white. That seemed a little boring, so I changed the white to red, and started. I got about halfway in, and was pleased with what was going on, but something seemed lacking. I needed another tone, and so I opted for a darker red. A little bit of messing around later, and this is what I got. It's definitely much, much different than anything I've done traditionally, but I think it came out fairly well, and has helped me expand beyond what I'm "comfortable" doing.