Here’s a little sneak peek of my sketch for the next Girls Drawing Girls book. GDG releases an annual book comprised of artwork from all members. This year will be the release of Volume IV, and the theme is Flora & Fauna, with my flower being Jasmine. Because the flower is white, I wanted to create a soft looking — yet sexy — pin up girl. She has Jasmine flowers throughout her hair. She will be inked and coloured with very light shades of whites and pinks. Stay tuned for more pics as I finish her up this weekend!
I know it’s been a while, but I finally have some drawings to show (wow, really?). I’ve been trying to push myself to keep drawing more… for several reasons. First because I’d like to, and second (most importantly), because I’ve been commissioned by my brother (♥) to do some illustrations for the political campaign office he works in (pics will be posted when finished). I need to get all the ugly drawings out now so I can start drawing good stuff! So, I’ve been doing some life drawing of my tuxedo cat Lucky. I think pets are the perfect life drawing models because well, it’s free, and they’re always lying around in the cutest positions. I think cats have such a beautiful round and fluid shape. They can stretch their bodies and torque their spine into crazy shapes. I love how their ears are always listening to the sounds around them. Okay, enough babble, here are my drawings:
I originally drew them with a blue Col-Erase animation pencil (the best type of pencil to draw with, IMO), scanned them, desaturated them, and then bumped up the contrast. Cheating a little? Maybe. But I wanted them to have a nice and crisp presentation, rather than the faded blue pencil.
I have always loved drawing cats, and drawing Lucky made me remember how much fun it is. Okay, waaay off tangent, but it’s time for a story: One of my favourite artists who draws/paints animals is the German Expressionist painter Franz Marc. He created amaaaazing paintings of red deer, yellow cows, blue pigs and blue horses with gorgeous round shapes and some cubist influences. This Google search shows some of his amazing paintings. I LOVED Franz Marc in high school, he was definitely one of my art heroes. I loved him so much that one of my high school projects was of two brightly coloured cats curled up sleeping on a cloud in the sky. I painted everything in bright colours. I might have that painting somewhere in storage… who knows. But the models for those sleeping cats in my projects were my kitties. Like I said before, cats are the best life drawing models!
When I used to draw a lot (in College), my art teachers would say that for every 100 drawings, you’ll maybe get 1 that’s good… or something like that. They were really strict on us (man, do I have stories!). We were taught that unless your drawing was amazing (or got an A), you might as well throw it out and do it over again. So I would throw away my sketchbooks filled with drawings that I didn’t like. My Mom was completely appalled and would rescue my sketchbooks from the garbage all the time (which annoyed me greatly, lol). But it’s kind of silly because I really think you need to draw bad drawings to get good ones anyways. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just a part of the creative process. So now that I’m drawing again and showing my stuff without fear of criticism or bad marks (since I’m doing it for fun), well, it reminds me of my Mom rescuing the drawings I thought were not good enough. I know she’d be happy that I kept these and posted them on the internet!
When I was working on Two of Spades (my Mighty Muggs custom), I posted a preview pic of it on my art table. That’s not much of sneak peek, now is it? :\ This time I’m gonna show the whole sketch. This custom is for the Munny Grubbers show at Just Blazed on August 8th in Phoenix, Arizona. I finally had a bit of time between sewing projects to sketch out a few pages of ideas (you can see some on my sketchbook in the background). I finally decided on the design that you see sketched out below. Now I start painting!
I recently completed these two acrylic paintings of Hanami and Ume, the Zombuki Sisters. I kept the Hanami painting for myself (because I own Hanami), and I sent the Ume painting to Brigitte (because she owns Ume. Brigitte is also the mastermind behind the Zombuki customs). A few weeks ago Hanami sauntered off to spend some time at the “Zombuki Spa”, getting minor changes to her face-up. When she came back, she was even more gorgeous than I thought she could be! I was so pleased with Hanami’s new changes, that I decided to make something as a thank-you for Brigitte. That’s when I thought of making two paintings of the sisters. I thought it would be fun to make a set of paintings that match when they are side by side (they mirror each other, and the blue/turquoise gradation (that is hard to tell in pics) matches in the background), but they will forever be apart, just like Hanami & her sister Ume. Awww. ♥
[Hanami is on the left, Ume is on the right.]
Here are some close-up shots. It’s hard to tell in these pics, but their eyes have a silvery/shiny layer of paint over them.
Here are a few in progress shots:
[First concept sketch]
[First I draw out the preliminary sketch, then I draw directly on the canvas exactly what I'll be painting. ^_^;]
[Next I just fill it in! I start painting their faces, and then their hair, and after Hanami & Ume are all painted in, I decide on the colour of the background.]
[They're almost 1/2 done in this pic. There's my reference pic of Ume, and Hanami thinks this work is very tiring, so she takes a nap. ^_^]
[And after all that painting, they're finally done!]
More pics here!