here’s another one for this sessions “Dreams & Nightmares” doodle swap. Another crummy photo rather than a scan, though. Once they’re all done I’ll scan them.
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The theme for this session’s Doodle Swap is “Dreams and Nightmares.” I’m working on this guy at the moment. Others, too, but I’m happiest with Ol’ Sphincter Business here. The actual size is pretty small (this image should be about the right size – 2.5″ x 3.5″ – click for big) – and this is just a photo, not a scan, so it’s not super fantastic. Soz.
This is a song card I’m working on presently. I’m really trying to make an effort here on a number of fronts above and beyond just sitting down & drawing – I’m trying to do this one digitally, for one thing. While I work digitally for my professional career, and am as much at home in Photoshop as, say, my own actual living room, I haven’t done much painting/drawing digitally. Unless you count doodlebug or online pictionary, and even that was years ago. Some of this is a learning curve/time issue; I have very little time to spend in front of the computer these days, and the time I do have usually has to be spent doing paying work. I have to be pretty judicious about how I parcel out my computer time – every ten-minute video artcast is ten minutes I can’t do much drawing in, or work in, and as a work-at-home mom of a toddler this is a major issue for me. But I’m making an effort to do at least a little bit more.
So this was thumbnailed and sketched out on paper, first, and I actually drew one version of it that was different that I tried pretty hard to beat into submission before concluding that it was a bad direction. I’ll post those when I get a chance. I scanned the pencil sketch that I finally did like, and then spent a bunch of time fighting with it, myself, and the software in Painter to get the sketch where I wanted it. Now I’m kind of bouncing between Photoshop and Painter trying to paint it; this is incredibly frustrating to me because Painter has brushes and brush features I like, and particularly the “pick up underlying color” feature, but seriously lacks tons of the usability and other features of Photoshop, while Photoshop-painted-stuff typically looks very …photoshoppy. I’ll get there eventually, I suppose, but in the meantime it’s not a very easy or forgiving process.
The dog-with-bone will eventually get back in there, I just hated my sketch of it and need to sit down and actually work on that part of the drawing.
This one is done digitally. I don’t have all that much time to work on my proper computer, and that time I do have I usually need to do my actual job, but I’m very, very, very slowly working towards more proficiency at drawing digitally. I use Photoshop for my full-time (web design) job, I just rarely use it (or Painter) for anything more illustrative/artistic. This one is for “I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad,” and probably leans a little too much towards historical accuracy for a toddler, but I liked it anyway. The brushes are defaults and Bittbox.
I’ve been waiting to de-private this here thing until I actually had some of my own work to post. I have a wicked in-brain editor that tells me not to show things to people because they’re not good enough, so I’m trying to gag that judge and show stuff anyway. I am non-self-deprecatingly aware that I have a long ways to go; I think that is a fairly honest assessment of my present skillset. That said, nothing ventured, nothing gained, eh?
These are song cards I’m using as practice work. I’m illustrating well-known children’s songs, then I put lyrics on the back and laminate them for my own son and for gifts.
The lines are drawn with a Namiki Falcon fountain pen in a Moleskine watercolor notebook, using Noodler’s Bulletproof (it is not: when I erase the pencil off my dried ink, a fair amount of black tone comes off as well) black ink. The paints are Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors (half pan set of 24.) The paints are so-so, frankly, but they suffice for the moment. The brushes I’ve been using include a #2 and #3 Raphael Series 8404 and 0 and 2 Arches Kolinsky Sable. I like the Raphael 8404s better than the Arches.