My cousin, Ada, let me use her face as a reference while I practiced my realism skills. It’s clear she had fun with these expressions, and so did I. She calls the piece “Adapocalypse,” and said it looked like a movie poster. Somebody start making this film!
This took me FOREVER but here’s Eleven from Stranger Things! I love how my art teacher gives us so much room to express our own interests and personalities in our projects.
The goal was to create a colored pencil drawing from a reference, cropping it to create a unique composition. I realized soon after starting this drawing that I did not choose the easiest reference. The neon lights and unnatural colors on her face definitely created a challenge for me. I exaggerated those colors a bit more to create a bright and intense look.
It’s not perfect, but I’d say it’s a pretty good start considering I’ve never attempted a realistic human face in this medium before. I’ll definitely be doing more of it in the future!
Inktober Day 7: Fancy
I can say with full confidence that adding that marker was A MISTAKE. If it had been a better marker, maybe a little lighter, too, I think it would be okay, but this one was terrible. Will not make this mistake again.
Inktober Day 2: Wisp
Whew! Two Inktober drawings in one day. I’m not really sure what I was going for with this one. The first thing I thought of was Brave, so I guess that was an inspiration.
I’m going to be honest, I don’t really like this one, but it was a good practice. The only good pen I have is a micron, and I was NOT going to color this whole thing in with that, so I just used a regular sharpie for a lot of it. And I hope that using watercolor isn’t breaking the rules—I thought it was close enough to an ink wash. Yeah, I think I need to get some more supplies if I want to get through this month.
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.
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.
Two birthday gifts in one day!! This one’s for ProbablyBeatrice, known on YouTube as Bel Kate. She has great art and a really nice voice, so I’d recommend checking out her DeviantArt or YouTube channel. I tried out some new shading techniques, and experimented with some different style elements. Overall, I’m pretty content with this piece, but I still have plenty of room to improve.