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. ^_^

Sunday, September 18, 2016

29 Faces #6

Portrait of an Albanian immigrant photographed at Ellis Island. Tombow Fudenosuke soft tip pen over gelli printed color in a Canson sketchbook.

So, that's been a week and some.

I finished lettering the last volume of New Lone Wolf and Cub and then went to Rose City Comic Con. After that weekend, I was completely fried and beat. And then made a greeting card from scratch...and sent it late. Yay!

This has put me seriously behind on the Faces, but that's okay because...I HAVE NOW BEAT MY LAST CHALLENGE RECORD OF FIVE FACES. Okay, not such a big deal, but I gotta take my victories where I can get them. I've got like 4 or 5 other portraits lined up so hopefully I'll be able to get even closer to 29 faces.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Faces #4 and #5 (of 29)

I didn't think this was gonna be so hard. It's really weird because once I get going, I'm mostly okay.

Since I attempted Carl from "Sling Blade", I thought it'd be funny if I did Lorne Malvo from "Fargo". It was kinda hard to pick which incarnation since he's a bit of a chameleon, but I settled on the largest image with the highest contrast.

And here I tried capturing Lady Chablis. I saw all the crazy hatching I did on Malvo and really didn't want to do that here. It's really easy to age a female face when you cross hatch it and I thought I kinda overdid it with Face #4. Instead I darkened spots with pencil. In retrospect, I probably should have gone even darker so that the highlights contrast more. Both are acrylic wash, colored pencil, Tombow Fudenosuke fat tip pen, and white gelly roll pen.

This is a critical period because I now have five faces done like last 29Faces challenge. This weekend is Rose City Comic Con in Portland, so a good portion of my weekend is gonna be spoken for. I also have dayjob stuff, and a couple birthday cards to make by week's end. I'm pretty determined to get 29Faces done even if it goes into the first week of October. So we'll see...