The other day, a friend of mine came up with an idea for a collaboration where we each make half of a drawing and then switch sketchbooks. Then, we complete the other person’s drawing. This is the one that I started in my sketchbook, and she finished. I think that it turned out really nicely! To see the other half of our collaboration, click here.
Yesterday, one of my friends had the idea for a collaboration drawing—one where we each drew half of the face. I thought this sounded like a great thing to try out, so we both started a drawing and then switched sketchbooks. The one in the picture is the piece that she started, with her half on the right and mine on the left.
Since our styles differ so much, there were a couple of issues that occurred, but most were minor. I tried to match up features at the correct heights as best I could, but because of our stylistic differences, that resulted in the anatomy of my side looking a little bit…off.
Regardless, I think this was a really beneficial practice for me! I rarely draw close-up portraits of people, and I line and color my pieces even less often than that. By doing this, I got to explore drawing faces in closer detail, and I think I improved the way I draw facial features and hair quite a bit! I’ve also decided I should try using different mediums more often, rather than limiting myself to pencil. I think the lining and color turned out really nice in this drawing, and I’d like to experiment more with them.
Makayla still has my sketchbook, but I’ll make sure to post the other drawing once I get it back tomorrow.
This is Amaya, my Dungeons and Dragons character. She’s a wizard-sage halfling, and the voice of reason in our party. Amaya has spent several years away from home studying magic, and shows promise as an aspiring wizard.
I haven’t had the chance to play her much, but in our first session, my friends and I sent our characters on a quest to fight a manticore. Unfortunately, Amaya was immediately stabbed and her health points dropped to 0. Luckily, one of our party members was able to stabilize her and she survived. I almost lost her in her very first battle, though…it was quite the adventure! Hopefully she won’t have so much trouble next time.
As part of an English project, I was supposed to draw the main character of the book I was reading (to go along with an essay, of course). That book happened to be “Never Fade” from the “The Darkest Minds” series by Alexandra Bracken, and so I drew Ruby Daly.
However, while making this drawing, I kind of strayed away from drawing Ruby and just experimented with colored pencils. The product looks nothing like how I imagined her to look, but I’m pretty happy with it nonetheless. So, I’m not sure if I can really call this Ruby Daly, but here’s the drawing.
When two of my friends (a.k.a. the people behind the band/YouTube channel Salt and Butter) asked me if I would draw the cover for their Christmas album, I was more than happy to do it. They gave me a basic sketch of what they wanted–a tree in the middle, with a salt shaker and a stick of butter upside-down in the top corners–but aside from that, the rest could pretty much be whatever I wanted. I figured a jumble of characters and song references would look neat, so I made sure to include jokes from all of their new songs. If you’re interested in seeing my drawing process for this piece, be sure to check out my speedpaint on YouTube. And don’t forget to listen to “A Very Salty Christmas”!