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From the Sketchbook: Bookish Posted on 22 May 2013
Lately, I've been less than satisfied with the final color rendering on my pencil/digital pieces, and my few forays into coloring my pencil sketches in traditional media (watercolor, colored pencil) haven't delighted me much either. I'm starting to think that a lot of this stems from not taking the rendering of the pencil art far enough - while the pencil on toned paper stages make nice enough sketches, they're just not sufficient scaffolding to hang a finished piece on.
To that end, I've been playing around with softer graphite and some smudging and blending in my sketches - trying to establish final form and lighting and get a tighter render in pencil, rather than waiting on miracles that never come in the digital stage.
The bookish girl above is one such experiment from the sketchbook (ignore, if you will, its many faults). With no tweaking in Photoshop other than a slapdash red Overlay layer, I feel like it comes a lot closer to the look I'm going for in my final images than I've been getting lately. I'm looking forward to playing around with this further.
New Work: The Turnip Keeper's Lantern Posted on 20 May 2013
(Check out the full view in the gallery.)
(The pencil & white charcoal sketch.)
New Work: Cat Print Posted on 02 May 2013
A small project, but one with a cat on it, so it counts double. An image for online print shop CatPrint, which was looking to create an illustrated flyer for the Philadelphia Comic Con to show off the company's art printing capabilities.
The original sketch (pencil & white charcoal on tinted paper) and the finished flyer.
Some Daily Sketches Posted on 20 Apr 2013
I tend to overwork personal pieces - setting myself up for failure by choosing an enormous canvas ("Oh, this will look fantastic on the wall in case I ever slip through a wormhole in space and time and land in an alternate reality where I'm a gallery artist!"), overthinking reference materials, and spending waaaay too much time rendering things that require very little rendering.
To that end, I've challenged myself to make some daily drawings whenever I get a few minutes free in my work schedule. The only rules: