First off, a schedule change: I might move my Picture Saturday posts to another day of the week, as I often have a lot of time to draw on Saturday and Sunday. It makes no sense to post before I have the most time to draw, but I haven’t yet decided which day to show the week’s artwork.
On a totally different note, I went through my folder and sketchbooks the other day and found a shamefully large number of unfinished sketches. So I’m going to make an effort to finish those before taking on too many new drawings.
And leaving “too many” unspecified creates a handy loophole to exploit. 🙂
Until I get the old stuff finished, all I have to show this week are two paintings. The first is a freehand…
…meaning, remember, that there’s no line art. I adapted the landscape from a photograph on my “West, Pioneer!” Pinterest board, and I think the painting turned out pretty well.
The other painting is this…
…one that I rendered in colored pencil, but thought would also look good in watercolor. And I like the watercolor version better than the pencil version. Not bad for my first time painting a Mexican character!
1.) Insert a picture of your artwork (or quote, if you’re a creative writer) from this year to answer each question. If, however, you don’t have a picture or scan, or don’t have one of good quality, you can describe the piece.
2.) Drawings and paintings aren’t the only artwork to showcase–you can include pictures of sculptures, jewelry, sewing, knitting, set design, dance, quotes from your writing, anything that requires creative energy.
3.) Tag someone else!
First piece of artwork/writing/performance done in 2016
A colored pencil sketch of the yellow and green rings from The Magician’s Nephew. I like the way the lighting on the green ring turned out.
Last piece of artwork/writing/performance done in 2016
Unless I sketch something else right before midnight.
A new medium/style/technique you tried this year
White pencil on toned paper! I love this mixed media combination because it creates easy shadows and highlights, and it’s easy to sketch on because the colored paper hides accidental dark marks better than white paper would.
For those of you just joining us, those characters are Sydney Carton and little Lucie from A Tale of Two Cities.
A pose you’d never drawn before (or just something in your creative field you’ve never done before)
Actually, I drew several new poses this year:
This is Charles Darnay from A Tale of Two Cities. I drew a lot of TTC fanart this year.
I discovered with this picture that colored pencil also works on toned paper.
The piece of artwork that others liked the most
Probably this one of Micheal Maguire that I drew for Gingersnap.
Your personal favorite piece from 2016! (Explain why!)
This one, hands down. It’s my personal favorite because, come on, it’s cute! (Can I say that even though I drew it?) Also because I managed to draw a baby that actually looks like a smiling baby and not some weird, more-horrifiying-than-cute humanoid face. And thirdly, because I drew two of my characters in a pose I’d never tried before, and it turned out “surprisingly okay,” in the words of Sherlock. 🙂
3 things to improve in your artwork in 2017
1.) Well, I want to improve my colored pencil technique. It often ends up sketchy when I wanted it smooth, and I often can’t get smoothly blended colors or really dark shadows. Maybe I need to learn better control? I dunno.
2.) Learn sketch more quickly. The jury’s still out on whether I can but just get caught up in drawing/perfecting details, or whether I truly need to learn this.
3.) Further polish my watercolor technique. Specifically, learn to layer color better and to paint a little more loosely without refining details into oblivion.
I’m a perfectionist, in case you couldn’t tell.
Other things to improve: more complex poses, more varied facial expressions on fanart and my character drawings, more figures in one drawing, and more complicated backgrounds.
3 new things to try in 2017 (such as styles, mediums, poses, backgrounds, character to draw, contests to enter)
1.) More fluid and watery watercolor technique (without obsessing over depicting perfect details).
2.) Draw and refine my characters’ appearances, facial expressions, and activities.
3.) Drawing and painting bokah (out-of-focus backgrounds) with an in-focus foreground object.
What do you enjoy most about creating?
The moment when the messy sketch begins to look like the image or character I want! And of course, the finished product!