Oh boy, first assignment time! I'm just a beginner but so far I feel like my pace is closer to the intermediate, I'm like level 1.5! Well, what to do? I guess I'll just draw a beautiful peartrait ;)) Shading was done with 2B and F (Which stands for F-You-Proko-F-Is-A-Good-Pencil (peardon my french)).
Gasp! Am I the first one to upload a portrait? Goodness! The first image is one I drew a few days ago, just because I felt like doing a portrait of one of my characters. There is a WILD difference between sketching from imagination and doing it from a reference photo, shapes/values/edges and all. The portrait for this course really challenged me though…I really had to get comfortable with the values and edges. I think I also need to learn to take some more time . . . My shading is very gestural! But I think that’s okay for now. Done from a mental health unit, with three wooden pencils, a 2H lead holder, and an HB .7 mechanical pencil. Plus an eraser. No sharpeners! I’m not allowed them here. Looking forward to continuing the course from the comfort of home, where I have access to more tools and a less-full sketchbook…!
Regarding throwing away razors: I keep a sharps container where my old razors go. But I also work on lots of different projects and have other kinds of sharp things that I use, so having one is beneficial. It's just an old instant coffee container, glass, with a plastic lid. (Don't judge me; I was using it to enrich some chocolate cakes!) Been using it for years; eventually it'll go to a proper home with the recycling depot or something. Just some food for thought!
Justin Sweet reminds me of Kekai Kotaki - concept artist for Guild Wars 2! Also: this was totally worth the watch. I usually don't have the patience for podcasts, but this one was very entertaining and informative!
I’m gonna grab a case of pencils to shove into my backpack, and I’m going to start practicing some of this stuff! The challenge will be remembering the little razor knife I have to sharpen my pencils…something I got from a professor that I just never gave back. But I do think it’s important that I return to my wooden pencil roots. Currently I’m just using a mechanical pencil, and you made a lot of good points about using traditional pencils!
I do just about the opposite of all of this? I work on Mixed Media/Watercolour paper because I like the opportunity to add inks if I'm so inclined. That being said, they DO smudge, so on graphite-heavy pages, I usually spray with a hair spray or fixatif so the lines don't go anywhere. (The hair spray isn't archival, but it usually doesn't need to be - plus I can use it indoors). I also make my own sketchbooks - I found a stack of old books at my local thrift store, gutted them, and made them into mixed media sketchbooks - but ymmv. I *like* making my own sketchbooks. They feel more personal, more like mine. The exceptions are for my classes: I bought both of my sketchbooks for this term.
Hello All, Happy to be here with you guys, I used digital for those with default photoshop brushes. I took a fundamentals course years ago and since then I wasn't consistent in drawing even stopping for long time, I tried to return back last year. But I found that my fundamentals needs to be reviewed in terms of the visual language that Stan is talking about, regardless of the subject matter I try to learn.
Technically I started it yesterday, but I enjoyed finishing it up today! I draw with a mechanical pencil on…watercolour paper? I like the chance to go back with inks if I so prefer. With this one though, I think I might take it into Procreate and have some fun with it. Hard to say! Im doing this course to review my fundamentals…during my Thesis Planning term. Yikes! Wish me luck…