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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Black and White Studies with Dixon Markette

Here's the first in a series of one model in different mediums. This one's in graphite and you can tell it's the tool I'm used to by it's more energetic and confident lines.

Now this one's with the Markette, the new tool that I'm playing with so I can do live colorstix coloring (colorstix dont mix well with graphite like the one above). I'm able to get a variety of line widths out of it but I'm still getting used to it.

This guy came out of a great book of various face models. On the left is more realistic proportions, then on the right his features are pushed and exaggerated, while still maintaining the sense of mass. It's just a sketch but I'm happy with how it turned out.

Here's an attempt at mixing grey colorstix shading with black pen line... not so hot :P

This is so rough I'm hesitant to post it but it helped me realize a fundamental part of drawing pets. ALWAYS draw them at a 3/4ths degree angle, If you try to draw them straight on you totally lose the length of the snout and it looks super awkward. That little obvious-in-retrospect gem should help a lot during future pet caricature work.

Fun with ColorStix!!!

After spending years working with an airbrush to color I finally decided to start experimenting with the prismacolor colorstix that so many of the pros like Joe Bluhm and Sean Gardner use. The results have been.... interesting.

I'm still getting used to how much pressure to apply and how to mix the colors available to achieve believable skintones. It looks like Sean uses every color in the set according to his video tutorials but I'm not sure that would be time efficient for me, plus I still have a hard time pulling off hints of green in the skin.

It'll be a while before I use color at live events but when I do... watch out!

here's a study from someone who really knows how to use color, Joe Bluhm. Let me say that again to make it super clear, it is a STUDY (aka "copy") of Mr. Joe Bluhm's work! NOT my own (as much as I'd like it to be *sniff*)

Now here's one of my own; you can tell it's mine because it looks like a crazy man with a pen did it. It's a self portrait... why do my self portraits always look angry? I'm a nice guy! I swear!

Here's the underdrawing of the above drawing, it's where I work out the composition with plenty of energy. Thank goodness the paper I use is super thin!

Here's a color study of some lady

... and here's a color study of the SAME lady with crazy sickly colors like Sean Gardner uses. I think I'll stick with the conventional warm pallet.