Inktober 2017 Part 2

Since 2011, I have been partaking in Inktober. If you are not familiar with the month long drawing challenged, it is when you draw everyday for the month of October with ink. Originally, there were rules but since the first Inktober they have all been broken. Now, most people add challenges daily such as topics to draw or the alternative Drawlloween in which each day is a Halloween themed topic.

The original rules were draw straight to ink, sketch for 20 mins. Post no matter what you drew. Nowadays, I tend to just do an ink drawing with or without a pencil sketch underneath. It really helps jog the drawing muscle and keeps you active until the end of the year. Even if you’re not an artist, it’s a good idea to get into a daily challenge to just get the creative juices flowing.

Some times I am on top of the drawings, some days I am not. I do my best and figure it out from there.

I fucked up, I got tired and too busy to finish so I didn’t make it to 31. Here is 16-25 of my Inktober. Click through and enjoy.

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Inktober 2017 Part 1

Since 2011, I have been partaking in Inktober. If you are not familiar with the month long drawing challenged, it is when you draw everyday for the month of October with ink. Originally, there were rules but since the first Inktober they have all been broken. Now, most people add challenges daily such as topics to draw or the alternative Drawlloween in which each day is a Halloween themed topic.

The original rules were draw straight to ink, sketch for 20 mins. Post no matter what you drew. Nowadays, I tend to just do an ink drawing with or without a pencil sketch underneath. It really helps jog the drawing muscle and keeps you active until the end of the year. Even if you’re not an artist, it’s a good idea to get into a daily challenge to just get the creative juices flowing.

Some times I am on top of the drawings, some days I am not. I do my best and figure it out from there.

Here is 1-15 of my Inktober. Click through and enjoy.

 

“Lonelier” Mini Comic

screen-shot-2017-01-17-at-4-01-38-pmI used to be very scared to do things by myself. This was when I was in high school, surrounded by friends and peers everyday. I would easily do things alone at home but I never thought it was the same when you leave the safety of home. I didn’t think doing things alone at home was the same. It started to change after high school, I didn’t go straight to post secondary and took up a full time service job. As a clerk with no other co-workers on the same shift, it was incredibly boring and lonely. I was surrounded by smokes and junk food, I got fat, I read books, I drew macabre things; I didn’t know how to handle being alone with myself. I would often reach out to friends, asking if there was something going on. I would see a movie nearly every weekend just to tamp down that feeling of loneliness. When I went back to College, I was surrounded by people again and I didn’t have to rely heavily on organized events. After graduating, it was a drop off again and I felt alone. Too alone.

I had boyfriends but it was a creeping feeling that I was going to continue to be alone even with them around. Single, I was coming to terms with it. I started shopping alone, going on walks alone, and then eating alone. It wasn’t until I took a trip to another country by myself with no plans to meet up with anyone there that I realized I should really get to know myself.

It’s not that we get older and are more alone, it’s that we are constantly wondering what to do with those feelings until we realize we need to confront ourselves. Have to find a way to like your own company.

Nowadays, I like being alone. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my friends and family but being alone is just as fine. I’ll start to think that maybe someone should be around but it is quickly gone when the food arrives.

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Pencil on Pentalic paper, 45 min

“Staring” Mini Comic

screen-shot-2016-12-16-at-3-31-58-pmI don’t know about all of you but sometimes I catch people staring at me. At least it sure as hell looks like that. I’m not entirely sure what they are staring at when I see them giving some sour looks my direction. I’ve seen a girl scowl at me before, it was weird. It took a few hours of walking around to believe perhaps she was not looking at me.

Is it my face? Is there something on my face?

Is it what I’m wearing? Is it weird? I thought I dressed well…

Do they recognize me because I don’t know who they are. I don’t remember everyone’s face or name…

It gives me a lot of anxiety and develops into anger and paranoia. Sometimes I’m not entirely sure what to do, it’s a big part of why I listen to music all the time when I’m alone. It’s not just because I love music but because it makes me feel like I don’t have to acknowledge them mentally. I know I don’t have to acknowledge them physically but my brain is telling me they are staring, I don’t want to look.

Straight to ink, Uniball fountain pen, 2 hours

Please, don’t stare.

Inktober part 2

Since 2011, I have been partaking in Inktober. If you are not familiar with the month long drawing challenged, it is when you draw everyday for the month of October with ink. Originally, there were rules but since the first Inktober they have all been broken. Now, most people add challenges daily such as topics to draw or the alternative Drawlloween in which each day is a Halloween themed topic.

The original rules were draw straight to ink, sketch for 20 mins. Post no matter what you drew. Nowadays, I tend to just do an ink drawing with or without a pencil sketch underneath. It really helps jog the drawing muscle and keeps you active until the end of the year. Even if you’re not an artist, it’s a good idea to get into a daily challenge to just get the creative juices flowing.

It certainly helps for me.

Check out my Inktober part 1 post.

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Inktober Part 1

Since 2011, I have been partaking in Inktober. If you are not familiar with the month long drawing challenged, it is when you draw everyday for the month of October with ink. Originally, there were rules but since the first Inktober they have all been broken. Now, most people add challenges daily such as topics to draw or the alternative Drawlloween in which each day is a Halloween themed topic.

The original rules were draw straight to ink, sketch for 20 mins. Post no matter what you drew. Nowadays, I tend to just do an ink drawing with or without a pencil sketch underneath. It really helps jog the drawing muscle and keeps you active until the end of the year. Even if you’re not an artist, it’s a good idea to get into a daily challenge to just get the creative juices flowing.

It certainly helps for me.

Continue reading “Inktober Part 1”

Gem Studies 1

For a comic idea of mine, I needed to practice drawing and rendering gem stones. I didn’t think they would be so hard to crack but over time, it turns out you need to think of your own theory and practice to solve it. Here, a photographic journey.

My descent into madness.

IMG_0109IMG_0120I started out just drawing what I saw. What I saw were fragments that I couldn’t really determine a true pattern too. I noticed that when I don’t draw all the edges first, as in I just make up the shape, the facets and shadows don’t look very real. It looks very fake actually. This made me wonder just how could I predict the facets and shade without having to buy or fashion the drawing from numerous references.

Soon I tried created a assumed pattern. It was not the best outcome as some of the areas were not as dark and possibly too dark to still believe the gem drawing looked real. Some areas were good like the corners but again, if you don’t draw the gem lines on the front and back, it is not helping.

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My dumb set up on a tupperware bin

FINDING AN APPROACH

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Study 1
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Study 2

I decided to study the references that I had collected. Images from the net and instagrams of rings and gems, some were short videos to see the shine or the rocks.

I’m sure if someone looked at my likes on instagram, they would think I had an obsession with jewels or might want oe get married because of all the rings I hearted.

While staring at the images and videos for far longer than any human with no scientific certificate should, here are a few things I noticed:

  • facets plains gather and are at their smallest around cut edges and corners
  • the same can be said about shadows, the darkest were near the corners and where the most cuts are on the gem
  • shadows can also be created by the edge that is resting or even in a setting, the setting makes shadows where it touches the gem
  • Most if not all facets are just echoes of the edge they are closest to

Looking at Study 1, I simply made random but parallel lines keeping in mind that the most need to be on the edges, any intersecting line would make another fragmented facet, perfect for shadowing. The result was very good but incredibly time consuming. The shadows also looked far darker than any diamond. In Study 2, I tried approaching the gem in layers rather than a colour by numbers situation. The result was a far more realistic gem.

The next hurdle is figuring out blinns and highlights. I used a wash of white paint and a white pen but the pen proved clumsy and incorrect. At least in my eyes, it did.

AFTERMATH
Although I have yet to make a gem worthy of my perfectionism, the study has proved a massive help in cutting down the guess work in creating a gem drawing. I’m sure the control could be better kept with pencil to pencil work instead of my pencil to ink and marker work. There is still room to improve the system I have created but it will take some time.

Overall, I’m pretty happy I got this far. I did all these drawing while being incredibly sick so it would be nice to see how my non-sick drawings look after having put in the leg work on this study.