Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy Holidays!

It's not that I meant to disappear from the blogging world, but 2 weeks in Sydney with parental care, endless gorging with friends and fam and shiny new toys does distract one somewhat. I did take my sketchbook with me but aside from one measly sketch at Melbourne Tullamarine airport whilst waiting for my flight, I drew nothing in the whole 2 weeks :(

I DID however, colour this drawing Juan made as our general Christmas e-card for everyone. Happy holidays people!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

First Urban Sketch and some Guy

Really want to get into everyday drawing and lose my fear of sketching in the great outdoors. Going on a 2 week xmas trip to Sydney to visit the parentals so will take my sketchbook along for the ride!

The left image is Albert Park where Juan plays football (or soccer to be 'stralian) most Sunday mornings and the right is another random guy culled from fashion blogs. I love the work of Laura Lane which inspires me to pay more attention to rendering fabric and other textures. I'm gonna try and slow down with these photo-reference drawings rather than trying to 'complete' them as if it were a race. This way I will be working on my speed and perception outdoors and my rendering indoors! Well, sounds good in theory ;)

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Ink, watercolour.
(The guy's not really that skewed, the photo is taken not directly front on oops)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Moly_X_Portrait_3: My First Entry (in my own Moly)

My entry for the Moly X Portrait Exchange. Hola penguino!!!

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Charcoal, pastel and graphite.

Even after reading Sara's entry on the group blog, I still felt compelled to use charcoal and pastels and pooft what a mess! Not only on the page but the table and the newspaper that covered it, the carpet, my pants and the moly's cover. Thankfully everything is pretty easy to wipe ;D
I also managed to restrain myself and not Photoshop my scan. I'd really have liked it to have been more saturated in reality.
I also wanted to test watercolour in my book before I ruined anyone else's and it appears that even a small amount of water bleeds through. Anyone have any way around this? Would a thin layor of gesso help?

Haven't drawn myself 'realistically' since a grade 7 or 8 assignment and that time I drew myself as a pre-schooler. I wonder if by the 15th iteration of my self-portrait it will start to look something similar to me.

Oh, and if you haven't heard: I REALLY like penguins.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Illustration Friday - Balloon

Deadlines are over so I thought I'd restart my weekly Illustration Friday illos.

Also today is Juan and I's 2 Year Anniversary. On a rooftop 2 years ago we had our first real conversation and as they say, the rest is history :)

This year (well mostly the last half of) has been exciting and scary and amazing. I feel we are on the verge of something special and its going to be spectacular.

Black Rollerball and Photoshop
Was going for a more naive aesthetic today ...

Love Me! (please?)

I entered the animation I made for my Master's degree into this little competition.

It's based on public votes so if you would be so kind as click below and sign up (takes 2 seconds) and vote for me I will petition the universe to rain cupcakes upon thee.

Promote this entry

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

People Exercises

Inspired by Danny Roberts' Character Sketchbook, I've decided to copy in the same vein and see if there's any improvement after 100 (or 200 or 300!!!) of these. I've been using photos from random fashion sites as references. I REALLY like #2. The other 2 are definitely examples of how far I have to go.

Sorry for horrible photos and my manky finger but my scanner can't handle fat books. I bought this particular ginormous blank hardcovered at Borders some years ago all inspired to fill it with a billion fantastic and perfect images (ha!) but quickly discovered it didn't take too well to anything remotely wet, everything bleeds through like crazy. So since it's not really good for much, I've decided to use it for these exercises which will also stop me from being so precious over my work.

Also, I'm partly inspired by this awesome fluoro 4-colour (purple, green, pink, blue) ballpoint I bought one day for no particular reason and have been trying to find a use for it - crazy Japanese fashion? Perfecto!

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Exp Fine Black Rollerball, Papermate 4Ball Fluoro Ballpoint and Derwent Studio Colour Pencils