16-Ezra Bridger

Star Wars Art & Gift Art

January 2018 was an odd month for my art.  I started a bunch of drawings soon after New Year, and then forsook them in favor of other projects (which I will post about later, probably.)  Then, in the last week of the month, my sketchbook exploded with ideas.  And all I could do was scribble frantically to keep up, and also render my drawings at least a little, so they would look halfway presentable on the wilds of The Internetz.

(I don’t know why that spelling amuses me.  It always has.)

You know how artists draw spheres to practice depicting light and shadow?  I much prefer yarn balls.  (Or pumpkins, but I think I’ve mentioned that.)  And you get to sneak some color and texture in the practice subject as well.

Then I wanted to try my hand at drawing Kanan from the front like I’ve been drawing Ezra.  And once again, I got carried away with the shading and details.

On the flip side, I got lazy with his armor and sweater and didn’t bother to render them much.  You can’t tell from my Rebels art, but in the show, Kanan wears this ugly green sweater.  All. The. Time.  Seriously, it has the oddest pattern, and is the oddest two-tone shade of green.  His armor is also green, which fact eventually created my personal headcanons that (a) green in his favorite color, (b) the sweater is just comfortable, and (c) that he wears it all the time because the ship stays colder than he would prefer.

See what I mean?  Ugly sweater.  Also, I cannot draw his armor properly.    And one day, I will work harder at drawing hands properly.  But it is not this day.  🙂

Kanan has a unique face structure that’s kinda hard to draw, and so I’m working on perfecting my style here.  And I drew him smiling because he goes through so much in the series (and before) that he needs some time to chill and be happy.  Kanan deserves a happy ending.  Please have mercy on us, Dave Filoni.

(All these drawings of Kanan were referenced from screencaps from my favorite website, cap-that.com.)

In other news, Rebels has a return date (finally!): February 19th.  So maybe I will shut up about this show once it comes back…

Eh, who are we kidding.  I’m never shutting up about Rebels.  *evil grin*

Joe and Frank Hardy, from the old 70s TV show.  The Hardy Boys is one of four TV shows that I actually like (the others being The Big Valley, Star Trek, and–you guessed it–Rebels.)  My sister Enkie particularly likes The Hardy Boys, and she’s been watching it a lot recently.  So I drew this for her as a birthday gift.

After one long stretch of drawing, I assessed it, and thought to myself, “Joe’s face still looks weird.”  And, no joke, I instantly imagined Frank’s voice in my head, “Oh, he always looks that way.”  Which is the kind of banter the brothers have in the show.  🙂

While I was drawing the picture of Frank and Joe–as a surprise present, remember–like an idiot, I left my bedroom door open, my sketchbook open on my desk, and my reference photo pulled up on my computer screen.  Meaning, that anyone, including Enkie, could walk by and see what I was working on.  So I simultaneously started this picture of Luke Skywalker, so that if asked, I could honestly say, “Yes, I started a sketch of the Hardys, but then switched to Luke for now.”  (Referenced from a screencap from cap-that.com.)

Only I finished Luke’s portrait in a matter of hours, so I had to start a new “decoy project”…

…which turned out to be Qui-Gon.  I stuck with a looser, less polished sketching style–okay, maybe it’s not that loose and sketchy, but it’s not as detailed and some of my previous drawings.  (See Kanan, above.)  And I actually like this style better.

This one was also referenced from a screencap from cap-that.com; although funny thing: whenever I draw someone from the front or near-front, the eyes always end up looking in a different direction than in the reference photo .  It’s happened with every portrait of Ezra; it’s happened with those portraits of Kanan; and Qui-Gon is the newest victim.  It’s weird.  I can’t figure it out.  (The reference photo also didn’t have that small smile; I added it because I wanted to.)

And here’s the thing about Qui-Gon, guys.  If we can buy that Darth Maul survived literally being sliced in half (he shows up in The Clone Wars and Rebels), why on earth couldn’t Qui-Gon survive a lightsaber that didn’t even go through his heart (technically)?  I mean, unless he had, like, heart problems or something that he hid from everyone, and the result was instead stress + lighsaber impaling + some chronic condition that actually killed him…and now I made myself sad.

But if Qui-Gon did survive, the Jedi Council would probably refuse to tell Obi-Wan about this, reasoning that if he absolutely had to train Anakin (a questionable enterprise at best), then the last thing Obi-Wan needed was distraction.

Logic was never the Jedi Council’s strong suit.

So they would try to keep Qui-Gon hidden and keep him from contacting Obi-Wan.  Qui-Gon being Qui-Gon, however, would have none of this.

The stuff I think about while preparing dinner or doing dishes gets strange…  🙂

So the story behind this is that I wanted to draw Hera in a dress.  Only I couldn’t think why she would wear one–not that she would be opposed to dressing up, but there would have to be (a) a good reason, and (b) no responsibilities in the way.

I also couldn’t think up what style of dress she might like.  I’ve seen fan art that depicts her in some rather revealing clothing, but I really don’t see that happening.  Hera is practical and clearly values function and room to move in her outfits–so the tight, backless stuff would probably go off the list very quickly.  Plus, given that Twi’lek females are valued for appearance more than anything else, I could see Hera not wanting to contribute to that stereotype and/or compromise her dignity.

After racking my brains to figure out what she would like, I gave up and just drew whatever came to mind.  That’s how this sketch turned into an accompaniment to a mental fanfic I created, in which Hera needs to infiltrate some swanky upper-crust gathering, and also needs a disguise.  Trouble is, the only dress she could find in the markets was a very revealing monstrosity of a gown; and so she had to figure out a way to cover the gaps, and make the thing look halfway decent and respectable.

Apparently, the answer is lots of scarves.  🙂

Ezra, conked out at the table in the common room. (I drew this while watching The Hardy Boys, interestingly enough.)

Ezra again, only this drawing was referenced from a screencap from Prince of Egypt.  I found a shot of Moses in almost this exact pose with dramatic clouds in the distance, and the whole thing reminded me of Ezra.  (Though he turned out looking a little too old, and I may redo this one at some point.)  I’m still figuring out why Prince of Egypt fits the Rebels characters so well…

So that’s what my sketchbook has looked like for the past few weeks.  And with Valentine’s Day approaching, I’m considering what fictional couples to draw for the occasion, so stay tuned for that!  🙂

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A Collection of Art Experiments

Although most of them came out of a whim, or because I was sick and had some down time, or else on a road trip and seeking to redeem the time.  🙂

So it turns out that I’ve drawn Ezra more than any other Rebels character (as of now), with drawings of Kanan taking second place.  Which is a bit odd, considering Kanan is my favorite character which may or may not be obvious, but I have a lot scenes, both from the show and from my imagination, that I want to draw.  So the ratios will probably balance out soon.

What’s really interesting is that before Rebels fan art, I never used to draw faces from the front.  It was too hard to get the proportions lined up and looking accurate to the character.  But front-view and almost-front-view angles account for about half of the portraits of Ezra I’ve drawn–and it’s actually not too hard!  And I’m learning tips and tricks about drawing from this angle, which I hope will carry over into my drawings of other fictional characters!  (I really need to get back to A Tale of Two Cities artwork…)

(Referenced from a screencap from cap-that.com.)

This is one of the drawings I started in the car (and finished once we got to my grandparents’ house).  Doing anything in the car, except listening to music and staring out the window, used to make me carsick–but oddly enough, drawing doesn’t.  Maybe it’s because I’m paying too much attention to my work to notice the scenery whizzing by.

I have a headcanon that Sabine draws while eating her meals (like I do sometimes.  Okay, a lot.)  I also have a headcanon that when she isn’t wearing her armor, she puts a brightly colored shirt over her black jumpsuit.  Which never happens in the show, but probably only because it would be too complicated to animate a variety of costume changes.

Ezra, grumpy because he is sick, and therefore not allowed to join the others on their mission.  Also, Kanan may or may not have confiscated his lightsaber so he would be less tempted to sneak after the crew…

(This is a scene out of my head, and not from the show.  🙂  )

A sketch to practice drawing Hera.  (Referenced from a screen cap from cap-that.com.)  I started this one in the car as well, but then we hit some winding mountain roads, and I did get carsick and had to quit until we got home.

Drawing of Poe that I did for Gingersnap’s birthday present–because once again, I was too sick to decorate an elaborate cake the way I usually do.

So this is the first artwork of 2018, and I drew it kinda on a whim.  I was playing Scrabble with my parents and brother Chris, and they were taking a long time to finish up their turns.  So I grabbed my sketchbook and started work on this.  And then finished it at 5:00 am the next morning, to do something slightly more productive than staring into space and bemoaning a second round of sickness.  🙂

It’s Kanan from Season 3, soon after A Plot Twist That Completely Wrecked The Fandom and shortly before Some Very Important Character Development.  Desperately trying to avoid spoilers here, though the picture itself is kind of a spoiler.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Kanan deserves so much better than he gets.

(Also referenced from cap-that.com‘s fantastic collection, and no, they’re not sponsoring me.  I’m just raiding their gallery.  🙂 )

Sabine from Season 3.  I initially just wanted to color her hair, but Chris suggested I add touches of color to the rest of the drawing, rather than coloring one element and leave the rest monochromatic.  This was the result.  I’m still trying to decide whether I’m pleased with it; kinda, yes, but I definitely need to improve my colored pencil rendering.  🙂

(Guess where the reference photo came from.  Yay, you got it!–cap-that.com!)

One of my 2018 art goals is to learn to paint portraits in watercolor.  So here’s a portrait of Durant, although I painted it the other day because I was sick, and bored, and just wanted to paint something.

I suddenly realize that most of my depictions of Durant have him looking down at something.  Hmm, I’ll have to fix that….

Aaaaaand I finally finished my portrait of Thrawn!  Eh, sorta.  The humanoid species* are actually hard to draw–they’re close enough to human proportions that you think, “Oh, this’ll be easy”….but they’reactually just different enough that no, it’s not easy.  *headdesk*  It’s why I struggled to draw first Hera and now Thrawn (though I had no problems with Asohka.  Go figure.)

Anyway, this was kind of a commission from Chris, who really, really wanted me to draw Thrawn, and still really, really wants me to depict him in color.  And I really, really want to draw Thrawn in colored pencil particularly, but I have to improve my portraits of him first, and then improve my colored pencil technique.

*Thrawn is a Chiss

Testing out my colored pencils on the new drawing paper I got recently.

Painting various Star Wars species counts as  portraits in watercolor, right?  Of course right.  🙂

This was also done kinda on a whim, and for the same reasons as Durant’s portrait (sick/bored/wanted to paint).  The camera actually messed up the background; the colors are less blue and more red-violet/purple.  Other than that, I’m pleased with this one!  I actually think it turned out better than my pencil drawing…

And I definitely want to paint the rest of the Rebels characters now!

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Year-End Art Meme!

(Meant to post this closer to New Year’s; then the new year got off to a crummy start.  Still, better late than never!  🙂 )

Time to thumb back through the portfolio and either celebrate or cringe!  Or both.  Or get inspired to create better art.  Or get annoyed that the brand-new portfolio you bought yesterday is almost full thanks to the slough of Rebels fan art months from the last two months and I’m sorry; I didn’t mean to bring my personal problems into this.

Ahem.  I created and posted this meme last year, but I’ve updated and expanded it a bit since then.  It’s a good way to keep track of progress.  🙂  If you’re an artist, feel free to snag the tag and fill it out yourself!  Or, if you’re a writer, feel free to grab it and adapt it to the art of creative writing.  Go nuts, and have fun!


First piece of artwork finished in 2017

This was my attempt to draw more smoothly with colored pencils rather than the”sketchy” look with visible lines going everywhere.  Didn’t quite succeed…

Last piece of artwork finished in 2017

This quick drawing of Poe Dameron for Gingersnap’s birthday–because once again, I was sick and couldn’t decorate her birthday cake the way I usually do.  We’re very generous people, but we draw the line at sharing germs.  🙂

A new medium/style/technique you tried this year

I actually tried two new media this year!  Of the two, my favorite was…

…watercolor and gouache on toned pastel paper.  An odd combination, but it worked far better than I’d anticipated.  And it recreates the look of an old sepia photograph, which is cool.  I’d like to try other watercolor/pastel paper color combinations soon: indigo watercolor on blue paper,  green watercolor on green pastel paper, and see how those turn out!

Then I tried my hand at charcoal drawing…

…and I liked it well enough, though improving my charcoal technique isn’t my top art priority at the moment.  (This character is Lennox, from Empty Clockwork.)

A subject/medium/technique that took you out of your comfort zone

Drawing faces from the front was always a challenge–to the point that I was too nervous to try,  especially with characters I liked.  Because there was no way I would risk making Sydney Carton, or someone other literary hero, look like a humanoid-goblin-thing thanks to inexperience.  (#perfectionistproblems)  But drawing Rebels fan art forced me to try, and succeed, and even improve.  🙂  And oddly enough, about half my portraits of Ezra have been from  front or near-front angles.

The piece of artwork that others liked the most

Um…I’m not really sure!  I guess this one?

It’s a setting from Christine Smith’s The Nether Isle.

3 ways your artwork improved through 2017

I finally learned how to draw smoothly with colored pencils!  (Thanks to a book I picked up from Hobby Lobby.)  The technique requires a lot of layering and blending, but the results are definitely worth it:

I also improved the light and shadow in my pencil drawings–many of my earlier pictures didn’t have enough contrast and looked too pale.

(This character is Durant, from my story Gentle Fire.)

And, as mentioned before, drawing faces from the front.  🙂

Your personal favorite piece from 2017! (Explain why!)

This portrait of Ezra Bridger.  Not only did I capture an angle I’m not used to drawing, the picture turned out to look (a) very much like the Rebels  character and (b) in the realistic style I was shooting for just ignore the unfinished hands, please.  So yeah, definitely my favorite piece!

3 things to improve in your artwork in 2018

  1.   Um…probably more realistic-looking hands.  🙂  Along with more varied poses and facial expressions.
  2. My colored pencil technique and also my watercolor technique…the values in my paintings lately have been unbalanced and with poor contrast.
  3. And drawing more out of my imagination and not relying quite so much on reference photos.

3 new things to try in 2018 (such as styles, mediums, poses, backgrounds, characters to draw, contests to enter)

  1. Keep working with the watercolor/gouache/pastel paper combination (not exactly new, but still…)
  2. Painting watercolor on wood.  I found some pictures of that style the other day, and it looks really interesting.
  3. And I want to learn to paint people in watercolor…a daunting thought, but we’ll see how the process turns out!

What do you enjoy most about creating?

Both the process and the finished product (usually).  I also love being able to capture the characters and scenes from my imagination!

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Artwork Whatever-Day-I-Get-To-It Post

Seriously, I’ve fallen behind in my Artwork Wednesday posts.  Sorry about that.  On the plus side, I have a lot of art to showcase since it’s been so long!

Only now that I’m uploading this do I notice the terrible photography quality  Sorry, guys.  Ahem.  This is a watercolor doodle/sketch, and I did this freehand (meaning with no line art), and it’s not too bad.  🙂  I particularly liked how the wall and the shadows turned out.

A colored pencil drawing of Easter lilies!  Which subject makes perfect sense, given that it’s almost November.  🙂  Anyway, I had the line art for this sitting in my sketchbook for weeks before I finally finished it, using the techniques I mentioned in this post.

Quick colored pencil sketch (and this drawing is little bitty in my sketchbook, maybe 2″x3″).  Adobe buildings have joined my List of Favorite Things to Draw, along with oranges, pumpkins, sunset cactus silhouettes, and Sydney  Carton.

When my friend HeatherJoy LaHaye (you can read her guest post here) visited New Mexico recently, she snapped a lot of pictures, sent them to me, and gave me permission to use them as painting reference!  (Thanks again, Heather!)  So here are some adobe ruins, rendered in watercolor and copied from one of her photographs.

This is my favorite recent piece, guys: a watercolor portrait of my character Sanchia from Gentle Fire.  It was so thrilling to get her complexion and hair color the right shades, and her expression just right as well!

Also, I meant to paint sewing supplies in the basket and first forgot to sketch them, then quit caring and just made the basket empty.  #lazyartist

And then here are some doodles, sketches, and works-in-progress…

The corner of the cabin that Durant shares with his nephews.  (Soon after snapping this picture, I realized I’d messed up the proportions, so I’ll probably trace it onto a fresh sheet of paper and redo it at some point.)

Durant and soon-to-be Alex.  (Also starring: the shadow of my arm across the paper!)

Sketches for the components of another southwestern painting (that I haven’t actually painted yet).

Sketch of a tropical scene that I will eventually paint.

Doodle of Igor from the 2015 film Victor Frankenstein.  I plan to (a) draw better doodles in the future, and (b) probably review the film, in-depth, after I finish my Christine posts.

That’s all for now, but I’m working on more drawings and paintings–and so I might get another art post up sooner than later!

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Artwork Post – Long Overdue

I’m so sorry, guys.  I didn’t mean to wait this long!  Initially, I had very little artwork to post; then I got busy; then I got sick.  But when sick, I always get the urge to draw (putting the down time to good use, I guess), so behold an avalanche of artwork!

A couple of weeks ago, I picked up a colored pencil tutorial book at Hobby Lobby and studied it thoroughly.  One technique looked interesting: laying down the values of the drawing with a black (or brown) pencil before adding color.  So I gave it a try…

The black-and-white values as the first layer…

…and here’s the finished product!  I like this technique!  Though it’s not the only one in the book; I’ll try some of the others later.

Another pencil drawing with the same technique (called “grisaille”), except this time, I used a black pencil to draw the values of the trees and a brown pencil for the values everywhere else, since the rest of the picture wasn’t supposed to be as dark.

The book also explained how to get rid of that white-ish waxy buildup that happens after several layers of color: rub the picture, lightest parts first, with a cloth or paper towel until the colors are uniformly smooth.  It’s one way to get rid of the sketchy pencil look that I complained about in my New Year’s artwork post.

Sloppy doodle of Charles Darnay on computer paper, done while listening to A Tale of Two Cities musical soundtrack.

Sketch of James Barbour as Sydney Carton, done while watching A Tale of Two Cities concert (and simultaneously dying inside of feels).

Slightly crooked drawing of Lennox, my character from Empty Clockwork, laughing at something.  He’s a generally cheerful fellow.  🙂

Drawing that I intended to be Mary, from my western story, but it didn’t turn out quite the way I wanted.  So it’s just a random girl putting her hair up.

It’s a head canon of mine that Susan Pevensie reads her mother’s old Good Housekeeping magazines, so here Susan is, curled up and studying household economy.  Also, I drew that pose entirely from my head with no reference!

Although I chickened out at drawing feet and so covered them with the blanket.  🙂

Once the children grew up in Narnia, Lewis describes Susan as “a tall and gracious woman”, so here she is, welcoming visiting dignitaries or ambassadors, or people like that (and hey, at least I tried to draw hands!).  I don’t see Susan being a flashy dresser or weighed down with elegance and jewelry; she’s sensible and practical, and would probably favor a sensible and practical style, though also one that befits her rank.  The place she would splurge with ornaments, however, would be her hair; you have all that gorgeous hair, and you’re going to want to do something special with it.

The Pevensies and Caspian discover fanfiction of their stories.  From left to right: Caspian, Edmund (standing), Peter, Susan (also standing), and Lucy.  Behold also my awesome back-of-the-computer-screen drawing skills (haha), though I am inordinately proud of that mouse and mouse pad, for some reason.

Drawing may or may not have been inspired from a real life pet peeve.  🙂

That’s all for now!

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Weekly Artwork Round-Up

No point in calling it Artwork Wednesday, because this post is (a) not featured on Wednesday, and (b) ridiculously late.

One art problem I’ve faced recently is how to deal with reference photos. Printing every photo I want to draw from uses a lot of paper and ink. Sketching with my laptop precariously balanced on my knees is not only bad for the laptop and my arms and legs, but eraser crumbs get between the computer keys. So…why don’t I just rest the laptop on a table? Because I hate, hate, hate people seeing the reference photo on the screen or seeing my drawing when I’m first sketching. It’s not so bad if the drawing looks like a human with clothes on, but before I get the sketch to that stage…

Anyway, I have  five pictures to show this week!

First up is Sanchia, a character from my semi-western story with a working title of Gentle Fire.  I picture Sanchia so vividly that it was great to capture that on paper more or less easily!  Also notice that the wool skeins drape over her wrists so that I don’t have to bother drawing hands like yarn skeins do in real life.  Especially since she’s paused her work to listen to someone talk.

This is the cabin that Durant and his family live when they first move to the western colonies.  The table is just slabs of wood set on sawn logs, and there are no proper shelves, cupboards, or even beds yet.  But it’s their own house on their own property, and that’s enough for them once they survive the journey.

Nonetheless, Wilson promised to build proper shelves and beds as soon as possible.

I drew this with charcoal–and there’s a funny story to go along with it.  Ever since I began drawing, Dad tried to get me interested in charcoal drawing, because we had a kit and tutorial series somewhere in our detached office.  I was too busy learning to use pencils, however, to turn my attention to charcoal.  Fast forward a couple of years to when I bought an art set only for the little art mannequin to use for drawing poses.  But charcoal pencils were included in the set–and out of random curiosity, I used them to draw this.  And–

I. Love. Charcoal.

I promptly informed Dad about this and thanked him for mentioning that medium and the art set out in the office.  And for the record, my parents are right 99% of the time.  🙂

My brother Chris suggested I draw concept art for my story to get an idea of the atmosphere and aesthetic–so I took his advice and started watercolor sketches in my leather sketchbook.  This is the rancho of another character: Barros (father of Maria, whom I mentioned here, and Teresita, whom I haven’t mentioned yet. 🙂 )

Another watercolor sketch, this one of the books Durant brought to the west.  The bottom one is a book of natural science; the next one up is a biography; the third is a small volume of poetry; the fourth is a novel of some sort; the fifth is  a brief history of the nation; the sixth (the long, grey one) is a primer; and the topmost book is Durant’s personal record book where he jots down financial information, a brief description of the day’s events, and sometimes his nephew’s antics.

Speaking of nephews, here’s Alex, Durant’s eldest nephew.  With his uncle’s hat on his head–Durant has a habit of dropping his hat on the head of whichever nephew is nearest!

Part of me wants to draw Lennox again, and get back to A Tale of Two Cities fanart–but I can’t stop drawing my Gentle Fire characters!  So who knows what artwork I’ll have to showcase next week!

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Overcoming Perfectionism While Drawing

This ties in to my first “Writing Tips for Perfectionist” post, though I’m applying the principle to artwork, not writing.  (But I’ll post about applying the principle to writing later!)  This particular post is a cross between a colored pencil walk through and an anti-perfectionism tutorial.  🙂

While reading about the triumph of the Witch in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, I got such a vivid mental picture of the scene–with such dynamic perspective and atmosphere– that I had to capture it.  The first sketch…

…only the angle didn’t match my mental image (from the perspective of a viewer looking up the hill at the crowd). After a few more attempts, I realized the drawing needed to be taller than wider.  Sketch #2:

Only that still didn’t match my mental image, which was as sharp as a photograph and as dramatic as any Romantic painting.

So then I considered what I ultimately wanted to capture. Definitely the contrast between the torchlight/smoke and the moonlight.  Also the colors of cool night clashing with red torches; and the grotesque, undefined shapes of the crowd; and the upward perspective (to emphasize the seeming triumph); and the Witch with her crown on.

With that in mind, I refined the sketch, primarily the landscape and the key figures.

I fiddled with the composition to make sure the Witch and the stone table stood out…

The background crowd is just scribbles, because detailed depictions of each creature are not the point.  The sheer mass/numbers of them are.

I also held the sketch up to a mirror to reflect the image backward and check that nothing was abnormally crooked.  (The Witch was a little crooked, but it wasn’t noticeable unless you were looking for it, so I left the pose alone.)

I added the base colors and colored and rendered the stone table.  The color palette will be cool and dark with most of the detail on the Witch and the stone table.  (The dark green lines are there to remind me of the steepness of the hill so that I can shade it properly.)

The main light source is the moon, but I scribbled red over the crowd in places to show reflected torchlight.

Once the base colors were in place, I started darkening the sky (you can see the shadows in the upper left-hand corner).  The mass of creatures remained loose scribbles.  Later, I picked out highlights here and add shadows there to suggest creatures all grouped together, but only a few figures in the foreground were detailed.

An added bonus of knowing what I ultimately want for this drawing is that I’m not second-guessing my colors and composition.  Or pausing to assess how “good” it is–all I focused on are the colors and values and general composition.

The sky and torches are finished; the crowd got a little more rendering–though they’re still just varied scribbles at this point, except for the giant to the far left–and the stone table and the Witch have gotten a little more detailed.  I also started adding shadows under the stone table.

I somehow got green pencil shavings under my fingernails.  It’s both funny and perplexing–it’s never happened before!

Here, I added more darkness and shadows to the crowd, darkened some of the reflected red light, and began to pick out very general shapes near the front of the crowd.  You should be able to tell that it’s a mass of people grouped together, and that they aren’t ordinary people due to the giant on the left and the spider-shaped thing on the far right.  But you can’t see any detail when you look closely, and that’s okay.  I’m still going for a general atmosphere rather than photograph-sharp clarity.

I darkened and rendered the slope of the hill and added details to the Witch’s hair and robes.  The crowd got a few more shadows and a few highlights–I realized that the creatures under the moon were  darker than the ones on the left, further away from the moon.  Oops.  So I erased the right-hand crowed a bit, added the red highlights and deeper shadows to indicate contrast.  Still no detail, just general light and shadow.

And this drawing actually doesn’t have the dramatic angle perspective that my mental picture does.  But that’s okay, because I’m pleased with the colors and atmosphere!

After this stage, I set the drawing aside for the night and looked at it again the next morning.  The crowd needed a bit more rending to further suggest a group of creatures, and the atmosphere could use a few more torches.  The Witch also needed more detail–but not too much, since she’s so far away from the viewer.

I scribbled carefully in the crowd to suggest more shadows, and I added some torches and smoke in the background (they turned out very dark red/black, as I had to draw over the indigo sky).  Then I tried to render the Witch a bit more–but  detail was actually impossible, because she’s so far away.

I managed to erase the details I’d tried to draw, and I added a few red highlights on her hair and dress.  I also added a faint red mouth–but that’s all the detail that figure needed.

I then darkened some of the red highlights on the crowd.  After that, it seemed that the picture could use a little more tweaking…but since I didn’t know specifically where, and since the drawing had the atmosphere I imagined–I decided it was done!

 

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Artwork Wednesday — Finally Back!

Finally!  Yes!  It’s been way too long!

This week, I went back to pencil-and-paper artwork, and it was so good to draw again.  🙂  Before picking my pencils up again, I spent a good deal of time crocheting….

In my last Artwork Wednesday post, I showed the start of a new stitch I was learning.  Here’s what I made with that new stitch: another potholder!  It was good practice for my next project…

…a baby blanket!  This is for a friend at church, a mother that my sisters regularly babysit for.

Then I made another blanket…

…for my brother Emmet.  It’s a Lego blanket–can you tell?  🙂  I had so much fun making this!

Then I started another blanket…

…this time for myself.  🙂 It will be a Christmas afghan.  I actually made one years ago, but that was before  knew what I was doing!  So it was high time to re-do it!

Then I picked up my pencils again and embarked on a fun frenzy of drawing characters from one of my works-in-progress!  Not the steampunk story, but my semi-western.

Okay, I’m tired of calling it that.  The working title of this semi-western is Gentle Fire.  Working title, mind; I’ll probably change it later.  (I’m terrible at titles.)

This is Wilson and Mary, Durant’s brother-in-law and sister.  (More about Durant and his family here and here.)

And here’s Durant!  He’s doing secretarial work of some kind.  Or maybe writing a letter; he handles most of the family’s correspondence because neither Mary nor Wilson care much about that.  Nor do they have much literary talent (Mary is educated and articulate, but can’t be bothered to write anything down).

Have I mentioned desert sunsets are my new favorite subject to draw?

That’s all for now!

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16-Ezra Bridger

Artwork Wednesday

Artwork Wednesday is back!–after a hiatus in which I spent more time writing than drawing.  Funnily enough, last week was just the reverse: more drawing than writing.

Anyway, one project I finished a couple of weeks ago isn’t pencil-and-paper art, but a second attempt at colcha embroidery.  The the result was much better than the first:

Colcha is fun, and the texture of short and long stitches is unique.  But synthetic yarn was really hard to use, so I looked up the price of 100% wool yarn and whether art stores in my area carried it.  And blinked at the screen in disbelief when the results were (a) ridiculously expensive and (b) largely unavailable to boot.  Synthetic wool is apparently cheaper to produce, and therefore more abundant in stores.  So I may just keep using the yarn I have for colcha, however inaccurate that might be.

Quick drawing of theatre curtains and a stage, artwork for my 10 Favorite Musicals link-up.  It only now occurs to me that I could have used stock pictures.  But I guess it’s good that I was willing to do the artwork myself.  🙂

Doodle of a gingerbread house.

I love drawing oranges.  Layering the colors is fun, and oranges are just so bright and perky.  Plus, they’re more interesting to draw than a plain sphere to practice light and shadow and so on.

For Christmas, I got the Alamo 2004 film guide (my preccioussssss!!!) and after reading almost the whole thing that same day, I decided to draw the characters using the photographs inside as reference.  This is Jason Patric as James Bowie.  As I finished up the sketch, Chris sent me a text from across the living room: “Dat drawing, tho.”  🙂

I made an interesting discovery with this project: I sketched this with a 2B pencil instead of H or HB–and not only did the 2B contribute to the rough appearance of the character, it helped me lay down really dark shadows.  With 2B as one of the lightest values, I used much darker leads to get the shadows to contrast properly.  Which was a nice discovery; previously, my drawings were pale, as if I was afraid of putting down bold shadows.  I wasn’t–and couldn’t figure out why my shadows weren’t dark enough.  It was because thelight values were too light and therefore didn’t require enough contrast to make the picture stand out.  *files information away for later*

Patrick Wilson as Travis.  I drew this using the same technique as with Bowie’s portrait: sketching with a 2B pencil.

The funny thing about these two characters is that a rough, dark, sketchy look works for Bowie because of his personality (and the actor’s face structure).  But that style doesn’t work for  Travis for those exact same reasons (personality/actor’s appearance) and I had to shade lightly and blend the graphite carefully to get this to look like Travis.

A new item on my list of Favorite Things to Draw is cacti silhouettes against a desert sunset.  (Oranges are also on that list, as well as Sydney Carton.  🙂 )

You know those drawings that are basically three blades of grass on a white background, yet the artist sells half a million prints of that on Etsy?  Well, I decided to draw my equivalent; it’s supposed to be a cherry blossom, but the petals don’t look quite right.  Cherry blossoms are beautiful, though, and so I’ll probably try this subject again later.

I also started weaving a little bag to carry around my art supplies so that they won’t end up piled on the bookshelf every night.  I’m using rug yarn (a thick, tough kind of yarn, if you don’t know) so that the bag will be durable enough to be carried around everywhere.  Once I’ve woven all the pieces, I’ll stitch them together and see how it works!

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16-Ezra Bridger

Artwork Wednesday

Not a lot of artwork to show this week, but it’s because the pieces I worked on were difficult–and I even redid some.  Hopefully, there will be more artwork next week!

Sydney Carton?  Who’s that?  Not someone I mention often, is it?  🙂  Actually, I’m playing around with outfit ideas for  him.  I’ve always pictured him in green, for some reason, and decided to use symbolism in the color: green represents life, renewal, rebirth–but I put him in a muddy shade of green to represent his decayed hopes and ambition.  Brown is often associated with down-to-earth, wholesomeness, dependability–and that’s the color of his waistcoat, the hidden layer of both his personality and outfit.

 

Another pastel paper painting, this time blue paper with indigo watercolor and white gouache.  The scene is one I’ve had in my mind for a long time, though I don’t know where it came from.  Maybe I’ll work it into a story someday, like C. S. Lewis did with his image of a faun walking through a snowy wood.

Creative chaos, and a preview of another work-in-progress.  🙂

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