I am just going to place this here NSFW just in case. June 1, 2014
I have been participating in 100 day challenges and it has been a great time! I finally have some goals.
I want to better my imagination, I feel like I have no imagination at all.
I want to draw characters and creatures.
That's what I am doing. I have participated and finished the 100day Anatomy Challenge, now we are continuing on as a last man standing challenge. It's been great and I have seen a ton of improvement.
Today starts the 100 Day Personal Project Art challenge where we finish 10 personal pieces within the 100 days. My first 3 projects I would like to do is:
Create myself, husband, and dog as characters. I think it will be really fun.
I am not sure what I am going to do after that, but, this will be taking up the first month.
January 2014: Well friends, it's been a while since I've been around here. But I want to be back, again. I want to study some more, self propelled, of course, and I want to learn more. While I was gone I did a lot of traditional medium stuff (check out this post this shows a brief update of what I did over the time I was gone): watercolor, ink, pen, and colored pencil.
I feel like I should have some goals, but I don't have anything specific. I know I just want to get better. I also have a lot of free time on my hands. I love participating in the Spartan Camp, so there will be lots of gestures. I would like to get better at drawing animals, so I should practice that. I really like doing studies from books (love Andrew Loomis' books), and I would like to do some anatomy studies.
In November of 2013 I did NaNoWriMo --- but for drawing! And I only drew portraits for the whole month. Attached is one of my favorite portraits I drew during that month!
My husband is letting me set up the spare bedroom as an art studio! I am excited to share it with you all when it happens.
Dec. 2012: Kind of sounds like a horror flick, right? Haha. "The Sketchbook of AdrienneRose"!
I am now editing this to add a little bit of an about me to here.
Looking back, I am no newbie to drawing. In high school I took as many art classes as humanly possible (drawing, painting, photography, pottery), followed that into college. I've taken all basic drawing classes in college as well, and even an architecture class. Not that I am bragging, nor saying that I am actually "good". I think I do have a talent though that can be continuously built upon.
I haven't drawn really since 2010, my architecture class in university. With that being said, I've recently purchased myself a Wacom Bamboo Tablet because I really wanted to create some hand drawn elements for blogs and posters to share with the world. I have a zazzle store that I put some of my stuff I do for fun in, to hopefully make just a couple of bucks, nothing really to write home about. But that's what really made me want to delve into digital drawing. I found a love of using this medium and have been using it every day since I bought it Dec. 27th 2012, this is a big accomplishment for me.
I have worked with pencil, pen, colored pencil, and even dabbled in some acrylics in the past. But I am loving the freedom of digital drawing. I will probably use my physical sketchbook pencil/pen at some point, but I can't guarantee when... Maybe when the shimmer fades from my tablet.
Right now, with this new medium, I am working "back to the basics". Having quite a lot of fun with it. I am even excited to learn some anatomy and stuff like that, and now see the benefits of learning it. When in the past, I was like, MEH whatevers, I am awesome. .
At this moment I am reading Andrew Loomis' book: Figure Drawing for all it's Worth (started Jan 6th, 2013). And am hoping to get through the whole thing, something I haven't done before is read an art book cover to cover... So that's a goal of mine. I hope to edit this first post with each art book that I finish.
Thank you for stopping by! I may add more 'about me' in the future.
I am not 100% sure where I want to go with my drawings. But I definitely want to go more digital. I need to learn my Bamboo, and line drawing, and illustrating.
Last edited by AdrienneRose; June 1st, 2014 at 05:34 AM.
Reason: About me section.
I think you should draw daily. Like one page per day, constantly and don't give breaks like one week. I don't know your ambitions, but if you want to be a professional illustrator so you should draw more.
Hey thanks for the comments guys! I appreciate the quick responses and helpful tips!
@Incinerated -- Yes, that is exactly what has been happening the past couple of days! I have been going through MindCandyMan's journey from way back and immediately felt inspired! I hope I can feel the same determination and excitement!
@Staal Sander -- Thank you! And you're probably right about the medium thing! It is very new to me! But, I was enjoying it last night. And I know there are benefits to continuing pen to paper drawing as well! I wish I could afford books right now, but maybe I can find some good ones at the library! And hopefully find some really good stuff online, I am sure it's out there! Haha.
@Cojac -- That's what I am trying to do, draw daily. I am not 100% sure what I want to do with it all. But I really like the idea of developing little graphics to share (I'm into blog designing, a little, among other little graphics). I also would like to be able to make cute designs to put on products and wall art and such. Thanks for your input!
Unfortunately I should know what I am doing. I just haven't picked up pen to paper in so long. I am a bit rusty! haha. I understand where you're coming from though. I am having fun working on both for now.
But, what do you mean by "Critical level"? Is that until I have reached a certain number of posts? Also, I did use the attachment manager (the thing to upload photos, correct?), perhaps I did it incorrectly?
EDITED TO ADD: I know where I have been (skill wise) in the past, and I know it's going to take A TON, and I mean TON of work to get back what I've lost. lol. And build some new skills on top of it.
Last edited by AdrienneRose; December 28th, 2012 at 04:14 PM.
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So I found a pretty neat website that has a 3D skull that you can rotate 180degrees all the way around. And thought that would be perfect to do a little bit of skull studying on. To work on placement and such.
I had a lot of fun working with my tablet today.
I see a LOT that I can improve on, and plan on going to the left with the skull maybe tomorrow. I might need to take a mini break on it and work on something else tomorrow, or both! Though, husband and I plan to do some traveling this weekend, day trips, maybe I will find something fun to draw along the way!
PS. I see that my images are a bit big, I had them at 800x800px, I think next time I will try 600.
PPS. I saw some great threads for "beginner's" works and I think I am going to give some of those a go with my tablet, to really get it down. I am pretty excited. Also the Concept Art 101 post. I am pretty excited to give that stuff a go. At least it will give me something to draw when I cannot come up with something on my own.
Last edited by AdrienneRose; December 28th, 2012 at 06:58 PM.
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So, this digital drawing thing is pretty difficult! I don't hate it or anything, but I feel like I don't really know how anything works. Right now I have the programs SketchBookExpress (free), GIMP, and Photoshop Elements 8 (it came with the tablet). I haven't really tried working with GIMP on the tablet, I should probably give it a go. And PE8, I haven't ever really used before, ever... lol. I have used GIMP for photo editing and some basic design stuff.
Brushes kind of confuse me. Haha, SketchBookExpress (SBE) is pretty easy for me to navigate, so I guess that's why I have been using that program mostly.
Anyway, I have been going over a lot of the "beginner's threads" and found the New Artists Seeking Help Come Here! thread. So I went through it all and copy/pasted all the assignments down, and will be practicing on those.
So here is Topic 1: A page with a cube, cylinder, sphere and cone on it. Picture them as if they are all one the same surface. Then set a light source, say coming from the top right corner. Then focus on the shade and value of thes objects. Including shadows both on themselves and the other objects.
I used blur a lot to try and bring the colors together on the top of the cube, the sphere, and the cone. I used the SBE program, pencil for lining, and then the paintbrush tool. Been a learning experience...
I also wanted to ask, I've forgotten how to show a line... Oh wait, if I had the background grey or darker, I could "erase" where the white should be, to create the line. NEVERMIND. Answered my own question!!
Anyway, I also plan to do some assignments from the Concept Art 101. Cant wait!
If you have any suggestions or tips on where to find some good tutorials on how and what the brushes do, and how to work with them, I would be most thankful!! I'll be experimenting until then!
Last edited by AdrienneRose; December 29th, 2012 at 05:49 PM.
Reason: Asked another question, then answered it myself. lol
So last night I was working on some full body sketches of some weird poses, and yoga poses (I am on Pinterest, and I pinned a bunch of interesting poses there). Anyway... I did three, the first two are totally meh.
So this was the first one I did from this photo, and I thought she was in a really interesting position. I thought I did it more than once, a gesture of her, but... Apparently I forgot to save shame on me.
Then I used this photo for this one, and it turned out okay. So since I was happy, I was moving on to another one.
HOWEVER. My dumb ass... *Sigh* I didn't save as I went (In which, I should know damn well better than that...). I was in the process of saving and WHEN I CLICKED ON SAVE... Fucking SketchBookExpress crashes on me. No where to be found the sketch that I am so excited to share with everyone! Lame.
Husband is going to see if he can work his geeky magic and see if my sketch was saved in any temp files. He's the best, I hope it is because I was really happy with it.