Monday, August 24, 2015

Oaxacan Toucan, Stage 2!

Priming the throat area with Lyra Color-Giants.
Adding more layers with Prismacolor and Derwent Coloursoft pencils.

Throat finished!

Stage 2 complete! This represents almost 8 hours of work.
Closeup of the lower throat and chest.
Side view of my workstation.
Yes, my room is wall-to-wall furniture!

I took two 10-minute videos of me working on the Toucan during this stage. If I can figure out how to process the videos properly for web view (Premiere Elements or QuickTime?), I'll share them here.

The Toucan's wings will comprise Stage 3. I want them to be highly colorful and textured, like the Hummingbird's wings. Stay tuned!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Oaxacan Toucan, Stage 1!

SO. I haven't updated my blog since March 19.

That's criminal. Part of it is the exhaustion of working a retail day job - even though I know that shouldn't be an excuse.

The good news? - I've finally begun the Oaxacan Toucan!

Rough sketch drawn directly on Strathmore vellum bristol paper.

Impressed lines using a stylus.

Prismacolors and Lyra Color-Giants.
Color-Giants are AMAZING for laying down large areas of color fast.
A scrap of printer paper helps keep uncolored areas clean.
I picked up a bunch of pencil grips to help ease pain in my hands.

Priming the final portion of the bill.

Finished eye and bill!

My nighttime workstation!
I found this acrylic thing by a Dumpster at my apartment
complex. Couldn't resist taking it home and cleaning it up!
Works great for all my pencil jars and shavings cup.

Banner made by Heather!

As some of you know, I'm going to share an Artist Alley table at Rose City Comic Con with a good friend of mine. I'll have prints of the Oaxacan Toucan available, along with all of my previous Oaxacan Animals. My goal is to finish the Toucan for a smaller gallery showing on Wednesday, September 2 at The Spritely Bean, a comics cafe run by two of my friends and former classmates. 

I still have a good deal of work cut out for me. But thanks to an out-of-the-blue three-day weekend, I've got a little extra time to prepare!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BRAINSICK: Heads and Hearts in Opposition

Heads and Hearts in Opposition
approx. 6x9 technical pen on smooth bristol

One of my goals this year is to keep practicing my inks before INKtober hits.

I've been drawing in ink for years. While my skills have improved over time, I still don't feel like I've quite hit my ideal 'look.' Drawings like this one help me think I'm getting closer.

This is yet another idea that's been with me for a few years, as seen in these sketchbook pages:

Both drawn in 2012.

I revisited the concept last year:

- and yet again this year:

I need to draw a portrait of Anne without her being a floating head.
Drawings on right referenced from mirror...
but Anne still has an ear-arm.

Auto-Align didn't quite work out for these pages...

Searching for better shapes; tracing paper draft made from sketchbook page.

Finch is asexual. Anne's advances are mostly psychological warfare.
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