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!