Playing around with straight digital drawing here for Illustration Friday. I prefer to draw by hand but it’s good to practice some stylus control occasionally and learn (and abuse) some unfamiliar techniques.
This one started with the steam–> tea association, too, and got here via samovars.
This Illustration Friday picture began as mammoths.
First I tried to draw them without reference, but it turned out I was a bit hazy on which parts were raised and which lowered, and started evolving a sort of hairy bison-pig.
Reference didn’t necessarily help that much. They have those weird elephant knees and feet (why do elephants paint their toenails red?) which make them look a bit like two men in a hide.
Then it trended a bit violent with the hedgehog mafia (not show) but I pulled a Spielberg and turned their guns into icecream cones, and after that it was all inevitable, really.
I drew the final image digitally, and while I like it I prefer the weight of hand-drawn lines. I may rework the image at some point, but in the meantime it is up on Redbubble on some t-shirts and as stickers for summer.
In which I endeavour to learn my way around Inkscape by way of Harry Potter fanart. Specifically young, mod McGonagall.
This began as a pen and ink drawing, which I may yet colour with watercolour. I don’t plan to use vector programs much more than I do at present (mostly for cleaning up lines), but there are always techniques it will be useful to know in case of future emergencies (this PSA brought to you by past emergencies).
I’ve been sick for a few days, but am now able to sit up, take nourishment and get graphite all over my hands. Guess it’s back to work tomorrow.
A little pen and ink Neverland drawing with digital colour. I’ve put the colours separately below, because I like how they read – they almost work without the lines.
The clearly readable silhouette is an important principle of art (especially, I think, animation). It makes sure you can easily read exactly what’s going on. It’s something I think about a lot with my cut-paper pieces, and less with drawings than I should.
These are some of the earlier sketches for the idea. I still like them, and would like to play around with them, but I have Just A Few things due between now and when I fly out to America and Readercon!
I was preparing a sequence of pen-and-ink foxes, but one got away.
(A trifle late this week – I’d intended to colour this in between other jobs, but my computer was required for watching a Barbara Cartland movie marathon).
(Also, from an illustration perspective, bicycles are complicated).