Sunday, February 24, 2013

Day off!

I'm going to the Renaissance Festival(for the first time ever!) and I don't know if I'll be able to post new work today. I'm looking forward to seeing beautiful costumes to sketch later on. So, as a consolation,  here's a couple of snap shots of my adorable furry monsters to make you smile!
 
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Kisa asleep on top of one of her toy mice. Yea, I admit it. I put it there.
*smiles mischievously*
 


Just a relaxed pose of my boy, Kaito. Recently, I've come to realize he doesn't really like it when I take pictures of him. He does that chattering noise cats make, like the whirring sound of the camera makes him anxious or something. I may just have to take sleeping pics of him from now on. My poor little carrot-tail.
 
 


 
 
And here's a pic of me before heading out.
 
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Yes, I love blue!
 
 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Digital Practice #2

Couldn't sleep, so I thought I'd mess around with an old illustration and touch it up with a little Corel.
 
 
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So the actual drawing doesn't look so bright on paper, this is just my silly camera's fault (had no scanner at the time.)
 
 
 
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After:
 
 
I went a lot more subtle in color, so the glowing egg can stand out. Despite this being a photo taken of my drawing, you can still see the line work--which is what I wanted to keep intact above all.
 
 Also, I've discovered sparkles!!!


Friday, February 22, 2013

Free Corel Painter 12 Trial

I'm a traditional artist to the core. I love to see each and every brushstroke and pencil sketch on paper.  But today, I dabbled into the unknown. The "Dark Side," if you will. I've avoided painting digitally because I cringe at how "fake" the effects look on the screen. Also, I'm not very confident with digital painting programs. I mean, the only program I'm familiar with is "Paint," for crying out loud! 
 
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But, what the heck. I acquired a free trial from Corel Painter 12, and I've got to say I kind of like the program. Love, love, love the painting effects, too. I used a sketch I posted a few days ago and played around with it. Here's the result.
 
 
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After:
 
"Whisper"
 


  
 
I had waaay more fun than I thought I would. This program wasn't the scary, confusing mesh I thought it would be. Might make the investment in the future and purchase an art tablet (I painted this with my mouse ^__^). So, no more Traditional vs. Digital. Why can't we all just get along, right?
 
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sketchbook Corner #9

A really great book to get those artist hands a good workout!  I bought this waaaay back when Borders used to exist *sniff.* I believe it was on sale for $20. Just a GIANT book full of nifty animal photos and useful information about them.



And here's a look inside. I've gotten into the habit of drawing beside my nook while playing Pandora.



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Below is another book to look into. Saw it online and fell in love with the sketch-work. The artist really captures every detail in the animal's movements. My biggest problem before was drawing deer/horse legs and hooves. This book made it easy for me to correct my mistakes. ^___^ 



Ahhh, such beautiful line work...


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These are some of the sketches I came up with. Some of the deer poses I used from the book above. I kind of experimented with animals from the GIANT book as well. Just thought I'd mix it up a little.






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This Bison is one of my favorite sketches. I think I'll rework it into an illustration sometime soon. I especially like his cute little hooves. >___<




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Ah, yes, this little jellyfish will probably appear here once I'm finished with it. There will be many, actually. Looking forward to seeing them float around. Giving them an ethereal glow will be quite a challenge, though.  





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Another sketch I was happy with. Does are so pretty!








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Another candidate for a final piece. Something about this doe's expression makes it seem like she's holding onto a secret.  Or maybe she's just happy to be prancing along my sketchbook. Does are such silly creatures. *laughs*







Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sketchbook Corner #8

 
I've been doing a lot of sketching time before bed (with the help of caffeine after a long day of work =__=).  My head has been feeling a bit muddled lately. So much so, that I think a recent headache was the end result of trying to "draw" in my head. One too many ideas clamoring for attention. Sketching is the best way to focus, I think.
 
 

 
 
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Rough sketch of my character's outfit. I was going for a Turkish-like design. I find myself drawn to the intricate patterns in their clothing.
 
 

 

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In this one, I was going for a "soft" look, almost dream-like, for my character. What do you think? ^__^
 


 
 
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After a trip to the library, I checked out books on clothing from different cultures. Some of the patterns I found looked like these. I used my markers to copy a few for future reference. Afterwards, I practiced on henna designs. Flowers are my favorite. And shading.



 
 
 
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My cousin is a Shaolin student and I thought it would be neat to incorporate a character with his mischievous personality. He asked only that his character wear a traditional Shaolin outfit and that he be accompanied by a giant wolf spirit. How could I say no?! Look for him in upcoming illustrations. He will be a Trickster-like character my would-be Self (still nameless) will meet throughout her adventures.
 
 



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And here's a tiny "Egg" character sketch. But now that I think about it, my would-be Self and her could be the same person.
 
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Friday, February 15, 2013

The Paperman


Best Disney ~ Pixar short film ever!

Friday, February 08, 2013

Full Circle

A little over ten years ago ( =__= ah, I feel oooold) while still in high school, I discovered the art of graphic novels and fell in love. As a result, I decided to create a story of my very own. A sort of secret world I could escape to. I remember a golden stag with silver antlers and that my would-be Self was meant to protect him. I also remember a pirate. This went on for several years, me trying to construct a coherent story while rendering images that were yet too amateurish for the world to see.

During a summer trip to Colombia, frustrated and unable to finish my story, I locked it away someplace safe and swore I would one day find its purpose. 

Then, a couple of nights ago I had a sudden thought. An 'aha!' moment, if you will. I dug through some old files and found a drawing of my old would-be Self again. I cringed at my lack of skill, yet admired the stroke of each line despite of it.  It was like finding a long lost friend. I thought, "There's something here. Why not use it?" After all, I'd been meaning to create a reoccurring character for my illustrations. A traveler of sorts, who could wander through a mysterious world filled with otherworldly creatures and somehow get herself into trouble along the way.

 I drew inspiration from one of my favorite books, The Little Prince. I wanted my would-be Self (a child-like me) to mirror my allure of the unknown, to meet peculiar characters throughout her journey, much like the little prince when he leaves his home planet in order to explore the universe. 
 
So, I did.
 
Below is a preliminary doodle I did last night after sorting through my old sketches. I also did a few quick paintings on my Nintendo DS with Art Academy. Such a nifty little game. I hope to work on a final character design soon, so keep an eye out.

Her story will begin soon! 


 
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