Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Daily Sketching

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Sketch a Day!

I am trying to be more serious about my art and illustration skills. And, to that end, I have decided that I am going to try and sketch something out each day. I am hoping to achieve a more polished, graphic novel sort of look with my images. But, this does not mean I'm going to post something every day. I am afraid I don't have time for that, but I do hope to be able to post more than just once a week.

The above image is one of these sketches. I sketched out the rough in non-photo blue pencil, and then I went back over it with a copic brush multiliner pen. I have used the faber-castell pen previously, but I am really liking how things turn out with the copic. It seems more smooth and easier to achieve a variety of line thickness. I guess all of the art stores stock up on the copic for the manga comics crowd. I haven't tried the color copic pens, but I might continue to experiment with materials. As for my other tools, such as GIMP, I really need how to learn how to color with layers and whatnot. I think that would really take my digital art to the next level. Even though I tried to figure it out with the above image, I couldn't work it out this time.

As for the image itself, I really like how the eye on the right turned out. The eyes need to be lined up more and sized similarly. I'm not too happy with the jaw line either. Despite all of that, I think this is one of my better images in the comic style. Here's hoping for more progress with my sketches.

Edit: Well, I colored my comic as best I could, but only with fuzzy and lasso select and not with layers. I'll experiment more in the future, but if you got a chance, tell me which you like better: color or B/W?

2 Comments:

At 6:45 AM, Blogger Markus said...

I like how you analyze your own art to make improvements. I often place the mouth too low on faces I draw, so now I'm compensating for this and it works fine most of the time. :-) I'll read some of your comics now...

 
At 10:00 AM, Blogger zhaf said...

Hey, thanks for the comment. Some of the animation books I have read helps me out with the whole eye, nose, and mouth placement thing. Some people may feel that it wouldn't help the kind of drawing they do, but
this lesson from Preston Blair
is super awesome. It helped me out some.

 

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