Illustrator Journal #13: Visual Research and some more Studying

Being able to interpret and capture the surrounding environment in any kind of media is a crucial skill to have for an artist/illustrator. Since I’ll be referencing objects and places in the real world for my inspiration, recording any peculiar detail will be helpful as a guide and refine my technical drawing skills, no matter how rough or neat. Here’s some pen drawings I did of objects in and around my surroundings:

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Also, I happened upon a book called Gray’s Anatomy by Henry Gray and as it says, GA is one of the best reference books for students, doctors and artists. This will also be helpful towards my aspirations in terms of being able to study anatomy and get a better insight into how each body part, nerve, muscle and gland works so I can draw the best figures possible.

It’s a huge book, but as mentioned earlier, it’s for reference when I need to look something up. This kind of book will be essential for when I head off to University in September and it’ll be a great learning tool.

Illustrator Journal #11: Bad Action Final Piece

With all the time and effort it took, here is the final product, all hand drawn.

I decided to make the text scribbled and a bit messy, something dynamic and cartoony for the sake of the design. A lot of it is shaded for depth, but I used a variety of colours to bring across the craziness/insanity of our character, Murray Walker. The blue for the wires contrasts with his hair colour and it’s a decent colour for wires. The toughest part, was making a 2D illustration appear 3D, so I was literally drilling some tones and shading in some areas that were a bit more sunk in than other parts. The background is white because of two reasons: 1. Paint would crease the paper and 2. Using pencil, ink or oil pastel would ruin the overall piece. Plus the fact it would draw attention away from the main subject. With enough detail and colours in the illustration already, the piece didn’t need a snazzy background to compliment it.

Well, after finishing it, I signed it (of course), took some pictures and handed the final product to the client (aka. my dad and his friend) and I also provided them with some good quality photographs too. It’s received positive feedback and I hope you guys like it too :).

If any of you would like to check out Bad Action, here are some links:

I’d love to hear feedback from all of you on what you think and if you like Bad Action’s music, tell me all about it :).

A Summary of Life Drawing

It’s time for a little change and to add something to make the blog content a little more versatile in terms of art. Here’s a collection of life drawings I created over the course of 4 sessions in a month:

The purpose of this, is to narrate the development of my life drawing skills and reflect on any improvements made. Comparing my beginner class to my latest one, I can spot some significant improvement to how I approach drawing the model. I’m nowhere near good at this point in time, but I can see I’m taking the right steps. My tutor is rather supportive and it’s good to be in a casual environment with friends/classmates while working. As an aspiring illustrator, anatomy is a key foundation of knowledge to learn if I want to become better and I’m curious (if not worried) if I can grasp the concept of anatomy and develop my skills to a near-professional standard by the end of my course.

So I display my work to you all in as humble a way as possible and I truly appreciate all the support I have and all the support I may get. Thanks for reading.

The Artist Journal: A quick update on my education

As the title suggests, that’s how it is this post. Fretting over college work means I’ve had little time to do personal work. As far as college, I’m getting some good feedback from classmates AND tutors. As it’s a preliminary couple of months, our the students on the Art & Design course (including myself) are being assessed and then we specialise into one of the fours sections: Fine Art, 3D, Fashion and Graphics. We do get to choose where we go, so I’m going for Fine Art and develop my illustration skills from there.

Although on a chirpier note, I have completed my latest LoL fanart work for the forums.

I discovered the blending tool which helped my sketchbook work look less “grainy.” I need to invest in one of these tools, since I only borrowed the one I used, haha. I’m slowly working in colour into my drawings, but I still like going Black & White, just as a personal preference.

Until tomorrow! 🙂