Sunday, 26 May 2013

Zachary Quinto

So the other day I was trying to draw but I just seemed to having an off day and was getting frustrated that what I was drawing was just not going right. So, I decided to try out drawing with my tablet and decided to give drawing my first proper detailed portrait a go. And I'm glad I did, as I have now (more or else) completed a portrait of the beautiful Zachary Quinto, and am really pleased at how my first attempt at drawing a portrait digitally came out!

Below are some shots of the process, some of the pictures may be rubbish as I did take a few on my phone. 

And the final finished image. I could do much more to it, but I'll leave it for now :)

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Iris Flower

Drawing my two favourite things again, eyes and roses. Felt the desire to try and achieve an as realistic as possible eye drawn in colour. Happy with it, but I know I could forever try and improve it. Used a Posca pen for the highlights.

I have a couple of wooden hand mannequins and thought I'd try out drawing on one of them. Actually really enjoyed doing it. Decided drawing on wood is rather easy and almost nicer than paper. It was drawn with pencil and white charcoal, with a paper stump to blend. 


I bought a Wacom Bamboo tablet! I'm in love with it, it's actually relatively easy to use, I just need to establish and perfect the drawings I want to produce on it. (It will never beat my love of drawing with pencil though ;))

The first thing I did on it was to do little rough doodle sketches of mine and my boyfriends faces. They were only quick things, but I like the sort of rough, unfinished look to them.

I've been practicing doing doodles and whatnot on ti ever since I bought it, and is also is extremely handy for doing little hand drawn details to the design of my brand new website/portfolio (which is coming soon, I promise!).

I have drawn a cat (I think it's becoming evident of my love for them) solely in Photoshop using the tablet, which was fun to do. I know I can improve so much on it, and as I mentioned previously I need to establish the style that I intend to draw in using the tablet, but for a first proper go at drawing/painting with it, I didn't think it was too shabby. 

Another use that I wanted to use the tablet for was to edit and enhance pencil drawn drawings which I will have scanned in. I had a pencil drawing that I had never properly got around to finishing, so decided to have a play around in Photoshop with it, using the tablet. And oh my, was it so much easier to do than using a mouse/trackpad! Below are the before and after of my experimentation.

Animal Crackers

I always tend yo draw people and portraits and whatnot, so decided to try drawing some more animal drawings just to try and improve on them. I must admit, I have a huge fondness for cats, both big and small, so I thought why not begin with drawing some cats?

All the animal drawing I have done in the past have been black and white on light paper, so I thought I'd change it up a bit and try colour on black paper. Works very well, i found out. Rather enjoyed drawing them. 

I first drew a cat, referenced from a photo I found which i fell in love with as it wasn't a typical photo you'd see of a cat, but something different. The final drawing to me did end up slightly out of proportion with the eye a little too big, but who doesn't love cats with huge, cute eyes?

My favourite big cat, the tiger. I've drawn a tiger before, years ago in black and white, so wanted to give it a go in colour. I've never been great at fur (I'm always moaning about drawing hair on people too!) but I was pleased with how it turned out. 

Don't ask me about the title. It was the first thing that came into my head and is from a song my sister did in ballet when she was about 5, which is like a million years ago, but hey.  

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Anniversary Commission

So, a friend of mine asked if I could do a commissioned drawing of her sister and brother in law for their first year wedding anniversary. Of course I said yes and below are the photos I took capturing the drawing in progress. I did this drawing in a slightly different way to usual and although it may not look as obvious, I've done it in a slightly unfinished look as I wanted to experiment with my drawings and I've always liked this sort of style. Some examples of artists I have come across who have inspired me are Yuriy Ratush and David Despau, to name a couple.

A photo that I put on Instagram to show a little of my method of drawing on this picture.