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HI EVERYONE, THANK YOU FOR VISITING MY NEW SKETCHBOOK!
It has been several years since I became inactive in CA.org (well, around 3 years?). A ton of things has happened since; mostly led me to be able to support both my girlfriend and my life, which is a good thing. And right now I'm aiming to marry her next year, hopefully.
Since the death of my old sketchbook, I've tried to make some living from my (poor) drawing. I did some freelance works in the early days, although I found it very demanding but unsatisfying job for me (both on the earning and the artistic aspect).
Thankfully, those horrid days where I never had any time to sharpen my skills are long gone. For now, I work as a microstock contributor for vector illustration on more than a dozen agencies. The works (albeit the low pay) aren't stressful and I have the excellent opportunity to create my own time, which means I'm able to take some time between works to study and improve my art
I intend to take more care of this new SB as the starting point for my (continued) journey. For those several years I felt really lonely, just like I had lost many precious friends that accompanied me before. Through this SB, I intend to improve myself as well as connect to other artist better than in the past. Although right now I could only take my studies and imagination drawing slowly (alternating with my work and finishing my uni degree), I will try to upload my artworks every week or two weeks.
Husni Bramantyo a.k.a BluezAce
Last edited by BluezAce; May 10th, 2014 at 07:42 AM.
For my first posting, it will be a study I did after reading an interesting old post from Mr. James Gurney on his blog. I decided to do it as a challenge for myself. This is the post:
"CURE FOR MIDDLE VALUE MUMBLING"
Middle value mumbling is the common tendency to mix all your colors in midrange tones, rather than pushing them to either the light or the dark. The "game's rules" for the cure from Mr. Gurney are:
1) Bring your sketchbook to a restaurant, bus station, lecture hall, or waiting room.
2) Draw the scene very lightly in pencil, just to work out the shapes.
3) Choose a drawing tool that only makes black shapes, such as a wide calligraphy marker or a water brush filled with black ink.
4) Define all the shapes as either white or black. If the scene is strongly lit, you can make the shadows totally black and the light areas white.
5) There are two rules:
a. DON’T DRAW OUTLINES. Let one black area run into another. Let white areas merge together. Resist the temptation to draw boundaries.
b. DON’T DRAW MIDDLE TONES.
6) Now erase the pencil lines.
Since I grew up reading Japanese manga everyday, drawing in line approach is carved very deeply inside my mind. It has been a while since I trying to figure out the starting point in learning about value and more painterly approach. I think this study is a good first step toward it.
It took me more than 2 weeks to finish this study. A very slow pace that happened because I'm not fond of life-drawing and found it quite difficult to get the scenes that piqued my curiosity. I usually did life-drawing only for studies, especially anatomy.
Unfortunately I forgot about the tools (brush or wide marker) and used cheap black marker with small tip instead. That's why the shapes on my sketches are so rigid. Although the reason I kept using it was mainly because of the cheap price and available everywhere in my town.
I also don't know if I did this study correctly, since I only did what I understood from the rules. Some mistakes maybe unintentional, and some I did it consciously. However, I'm happy that this challenge forced me to step out of my comfort zone. Going to many places that I usually wouldn't go, and learning to see everything around me differently. Drawing under the blazing sun that made my head spinning, or realizing it was almost midnight when I arrived at home. Being watched by everybody as if I were an already-extinct animal. Bringing lunch meal and drink everyday, resting before trying to find another scene to draw. It was really a pleasant experience for me.
amazing! this is actually a friggin incredibly hard style to pull off well i think and one of the most simple and effective used in design and storytelling.
you should definitely do more of these! also you should continue to experiment as im sure u do but keep in mind that it would be a great thing for you to re-apply this style to work later down the track
Thank you! I agree with your opinion, when I sketched those black-and-white studies I just felt that I often saw that style on many comic books (Mike Mignola's Hellboy, etc). I love how those great works display strong sense of design on the composition.
Maybe after I finish some of my work, I will do some of them again on my free time (hopefully I'll be able to create a better drawing habit than now). Also, thank you for your suggestion. I'll try to create some personal artwork based on that study in few days and post it here!
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Since I considered african american character as one of my (many) weaknesses, I did small study on it. The purpose of this study is trying to "get to know" the type of their face, don't try to hard to you recognize some of them because I didn't try to nail the likeness of the faces. The studies were referenced from images I could find, plus on the bottom I tried to draw african american man and woman on several positions from my imagination just to check if I learned something.
Also, bedtime doodles after that, only to found my marker had ran out of the juice. Had some fun time drawing the "crazy" expression of the girl.