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!
I drew A MAN! With FACIAL HAIR! You may be asking, “Why should I care?” And I guess it really doesn’t matter. But I’ve never done this before, at least not very well. This obviously isn’t perfect, but I think it’s an improvement on my past attempts.
This character is named Brendan, and he’s from a D&D campaign I’m running. I may or may not have used a painting of Jesus as a reference…shhh.
This tiger portrait I drew using Prismacolor pencils is likely my favorite (colored pencil) piece yet. It’s also my second time drawing on toned paper–a medium I’ve come to like a lot. I made this as a Christmas gift to my grandparents. If you stop by their restaurant, you might just get a chance to see it in person.
My great-grandmother passed away two days ago. She was kind, caring, and incredibly strong. We will miss her dearly. Rest in peace, Grandma Ruthie.
“[I would like to be remembered] just as someone who did whatever she could, with whatever limited talent she had, to move society along in the direction I would like it to be for my children and grandchildren.”
~ Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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.
Gift for ProbablyBeatrice
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.