Sunday, September 03, 2017

Face 2!

Starting late and not catching up is rather inauspicious, but dammit, it's gonna get done.

A month ago my hard drive wouldn't boot and I had to get a new one. I loaded Clip Studio on it and didn't give it another thought until today. If I'm gonna do the things I plan on doing, I may as well launch it and play around with it. But then CS wanted me to enter the license and it failed! Turns out that I had to deactivate and then reactivate it with the current hard drive. Talk about momentum killer.

I still feel rusty. I hope I can feel a bit more comfortable soon.

This face was grabbed from the internet. The girl is actually younger, but I tend to age children. I don't know how it happens.

Saturday, September 02, 2017


I've been seriously neglecting this blog in favor of Instagram, but I've also been neglecting a lot of other stuff too! I guess 29 Faces keeps me coming back if only for a little while.

Today is a warmup inspired by Ayala Art's prompt: Princess Diana. I never thought I'd draw her because I'm not so much a fan of the hype, but since I was completely unprepared for 29 Faces September (see: neglect), it seemed as good a face to tackle as any.

Looking at her photos, she was the Queen of Side Eye and Serious Shade. Maybe that was part of her allure. I don't think I made her snarky-looking enough here, but you get the idea. I originally wanted to do this in ink, but I saw the crown and noped outta that.
Sketchbook paper, acrylic wash, mechanical pencil. Scanned and adjusted to Hell.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

My Big Fat 29 Faces photo dump

Not only have I neglected the blog, but I've also missed a couple days when my mother got sick. She's feeling fine now, but now I have to catch up with the Faces and dayjob stuff.

And so...
 Anne Bonny from "Black Sails". Dylusions spray ink on sketchbook, sketched in pencil and inked with a Tombow fudenosuke pen.

 Face 8 was from a stock photo. My sketchbook was gel printed on and I just drew the face on top.

 Face #9 was also from stock photo. I had washed over this sketchbook page with acrylic and then I had a dabber with Copper Distress paint on it. I think I wiped the dabber on the page trying to get all of it off. Months later I drew this face on it.

 Face #10 was also a stock photo. Sketchbook, gel print, acrylic wash. Then drawn in pencil, inked with a Tombow Fude pen and I then added a little color to her face and hair with Koi watercolors. It was about here when I started to seriously wonder if i could keep this up.

 Face #11 was supposed to be Eleanor Guthrie from "Black Sails", but it really didn't come out. Which is a shame because the splatter from the Distress ink sprays are really nice here. Ah well.

Face #12 is max from "Black Sails" I rushed this and the previous face in a rush to catch up. I was really unhappy with both of them though. I use my sketchbook as a blotter for other projects, so the color is the ink from that. Penciled, then inked with Fude.

 So there I was, kinda beating up on myself for doing a coupla lousy drawings and then my mom got sick and I had to look after her for the weekend. I saw it as a sign from the universe to take a small break.Maybe recharge or reboot or something. As soon as Mom felt better, I drew Alison from "Orphan Black". Random ink on sketchbook, drawn in pencil. Recognize the circles? That's me trying to clean off a dabber.

 #14 Krystal from "Orphan Black". At first I tried drawing from a different photo, where she was kinda making a face, but it just wasn't working for me. So I changed photos and this one just clicked. Too bad it looks like she was some sort of reptilian skin condition.

I must say, I'm rather pleased with myself for having gotten this far. I'm also trying to get over my need for perfectionism, so posting a few of the drawings that are a little off is a rather big step for me. I feel like I've wasted a lot of time trying to make perfect drawings when I should just share and move on to the next thing.

And I've also just realized that as I'm typing up this post I'm kinda putting off doing my next sketch.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Catching up

I've barely kept up with the daily drawing, but I haven't found the time to post them. I feel like I can only get two things done a day and making blog posts isn't high on my priority list right now.

But look! I have faces!
 #3. Scribbled right before bed because time was running out on the clock. LOL I can't be happy with everything I do. I'm also learning that getting it done is way more important than having perfection.
Tombow Fude over acrylic gel printed into my sketchbook.

#4. I was lamenting over where one finds images to feed the 29 day beast and my friend came through with stock photos! This was acrylic wash in my sketchbook. The orange dot is that leftover Distress ink you get from the blending tool. Drawn in mechanical pencil, colored with watercolor and then highlighted with white gel pen.

#5. More acrylic wash, drawn in pencil, inked with Tombow Fude and white gel pen.
#6. Acrylic wash, gel print background, mechanical pencil, watercolor. Then it looked terrible and I inked it with the Tombow Fudenosuke pen, and put more washes on it. When I scanned it and posted it in Facebook, I then realized that I couldn't get the angle of the face right because the eyes didn't line up to begin with. :shrug: Oh well.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Is it that time again?

Why yes, yes it is!
It seems like I only post stuff here when the 29 Faces Challenge is going on.

So okay. Day #1
I didn't mean to get those eyebrows so dark. Watercolor isn't really my thing and I forgot how opaque the Koi paint can get.

The background is a page from my sketchbook. I was doing something else with Dylusions spray ink and used the sketchbook to catch the stray ink. Photo grabbed from the internet, sketched in pencil, then painted in watercolor. Then I tightened up the drawing a little more in pencil. Hot spots were dotted in with a white Gelly Roll pen.

 And here's Day #2

Background is acrylic wash with a random gel plate thing on it. Photo grabbed from the 'net - it's a vintage mug shot. Sketched in pencil, inked with Tombow Fudenosuke pen. The white is Gelly Roll pen. This guy had the most amazing finger wave that I just couldn't capture. Oh well.

Monday, September 26, 2016

#8 (of 29)

Remember that drunk drawing night from earlier this month? This is the son of the fabulous lady who I was drunk drawing with.

I don't know how professional craft bloggers can make their stuff, stage perfect photos and then write posts about them AND have a life. It just astounds me. I did this sketch on Friday and I'm just blogging it now on Monday night. Did I do any more sketches? Of course not! I kept myself busy making another card.

And right now I'm assembling a project that I started three months ago. I thought I had a lot of time when I started, but now the birthday I was doing it for is coming up fast!

So I think the next goal for myself is at least one more face before day #29 comes up. I can totally do this.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Dustin from "Stranger Things". Random paint and ink smeared on to Canson sketchbook, drawn in pencil and Tombow Fudenosuke soft tip pen. I was charmed with Dustin the moment he beamed his sunny, toothless grin at Nancy Wheeler after offering her some leftover pizza.

I tried really hard to just stick with the Fude pen, but I wanted to throw in some dark, then couldn't wrap my head around the inks and broke down with some colored pencil. Note to self: study other people's inks.

I was on a roll, then I had dayjob stuff and greeting cards to make and have been trying to get back in my groove since. I still have three more cards to make in the next couple weeks!

I've also started looking at the digital painting tutorials at Ctrl+ Paint. It made me realize that I'm not getting the results I wanted because I was Doing it Wrong. So at least that's one frustration solved, but now if I want to get competent at digital painting, I'll have to spend a lot more time practicing. ^_^