Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Colored Copic - Master Sword

Copic drawing, focused and overlayed
over entire piece of paper
The other Copic marker artwork I made was another drawing of the Master Sword. Like the last one, this drawing was also made as a test for me to learn how to use the set of colored and skin-tone Copic markers. I first filled in a little color wheel for reference on what the colors actually were and played around with blending and the liner pen. I decided to draw a Master Sword again because the color set came with 3 different blues, which allowed me to have a good values in the piece. For an extreme highlight (where the light source reflected) I used the lightest gray and tried to blend in some of the light blue, however I couldn't get it to spread outside of where I set the marker down. I used both greens in the handle to show more of the shading. There was only one yellow in the color set, but I used the orange, brown and the dark skin tone to get a darker shade. The blade was done entirely with the grayscale set that I used before; because there are so many shades I was able to obtain a good color balance without getting too dark. I also used the lighter grays to simulate a "glow" against a darker background. I currently can't get the full sheet up but expect an update later today with it on. In other news, post-it art will be starting in around a week, so expect less of the variety that I have been giving in the summer.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Grayscale Copic - Master Sword and Triforce

Picture with focus on objects
Over the last couple of months, I have gathered an assortment of Copic markers, which are alcohol-based artist markers. This drawing is actually an older one from when I only had a set of neutral grays and a thin pen, and I was testing them out to see how they worked. After playing around with them on a test paper, I decided to try to draw my "logo" of sorts, a Master Sword overlaid onto a Triforce. Because Copic markers blend with each other easily, I tried to use a lot of gradients for shading and highlight work, and this turned out very well. When first playing around with the markers, I noticed that they were much darker than the colors that I would normally use in other mediums, like pencil. I don't remember planning the shapes very much. so the blade is crooked and parts of the Triforce are not completely straight. Like pastels, I think that this first "test" drawing is very good for being so new to the medium. Because I drew the objects at an angle, parts of the background are cut off, which is why the above picture has cuts in the main picture and the rest of the paper in the background behind a drop shadow.
Full test paper

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"Live" Pastel - Sunrise + New Miscellaneous Photo

Pastel painting
The final pastel painting in the small pastel "series" is a drawing of a sunrise. Like last year, I woke up early to take photographs of the sunrise, and I decided to do another "live" pastel. On this one I got to play around more with the colors of both sand and a multi-colored sky. I used the same blend of yellow, brown, and black that I did for the sand on the testing paper. I also played around with the colors of the water, and I added some dark and light spots to imitate waves. The entire piece does seem a bit light for the time that I drew it at, but the colors still balance well. I like how I blended the sky colors and how the color intensity changes from one area to the next. For now this will be the last pastel that will be on the blog for a while, especially considering that school is starting soon. However, a couple pieces of art in a new medium are done and likely go on the blog in a couple of days. There is also a new photo in the Google Photos album for this year's vacation; Google Assistant made a stylized version of an existing photo and I put it up.
Original scene

Monday, August 14, 2017

"Live" Pastel - Second Sunset

Pastel artwork
The next pastel painting that I did is another sunset. I drew this when the weather cleared up more a day after I drew the last pastel. Even though I bought a larger set of pastels, I still used the Nupastels because they were quicker to blend and I didn't have to bring or set up as many supplies. Like the last sunset, I pastelled it in front of the actual scenery and was done in a relatively short amount of time. In this pastel I tried to blend colors together more and broaden the color "palette" that I was using. I also had to get used to these pastels again because they are much easier to blend. I tried to include the reflection of the sun, but because it blended in with the blue of the water it made the color muddier. Because this was drawn earlier in the sunset and on a clearer day, I was able to experiment more with the different colors of the sky rather than just a blue. I like how I created a gradient with the sky colors and added nice-looking clouds at the top. I wasn't sure how to include the sun in the drawing because of its brightness, so it doesn't look the best. This is the second to last pastel picture and this "series" will end tomorrow, but there is a new artwork I am working on which should be done sometime soon.
Original scene

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Pastel - Flower Still Life

Pastel painting
The first non-landscape pastel painting I made was a still life of flowers against bricks and a white mantle. This wasn't done with the Nupastels I used for the past two drawings; I went to an art store and bought a set of 48 oil pastels along with an accessory kit. After testing them out on a separate piece of paper, I decided to try them out by pastelling the small arrangement on the desk. I noticed that the new set of oil pastels were "thicker" than the ones I have been using in the sense that they didn't spread as easily using a finger and that a blending stick had to be used to get a smooth color output. I also tried using off-white colors for the "white" mantle to give more realism and room for highlights. Again, I didn't plan ahead for the flower placement so the left and right flowers are a different shade than the rest. I do like the way I used reflection to mimic a clear vase and water. I think it was a good first use of the oil pastels.
Original scene

Saturday, August 12, 2017

"Live" Pastel - First Sunset

Pastel painting
The first of my more presentable pastels is a drawing of a sunset. Because it was a clearer night, I was able to pastel the sunset against a real-life "model" as opposed to taking a picture, and I was able to draw the colors as I saw them in real life, hence "live." As a side effect, I had to work very fast to complete it before the sky changed any further, so this pastel painting was done in the span of around 20 minutes. I used the same set of Nupastels that I did for the testing paper. I already knew some basic shading techniques from last time around, so I utilized its properties to create interesting water and sky textures. I also blended a couple colors together to replicate the brown-gray of the pier on the left. However, I didn't plan on including the boat on the right so I didn't leave the area uncolored, but it still is noticeable as a boat. I also took a couple of pictures along with making the pastel.
Original scene

Friday, August 11, 2017

Pastel - Beach Scene + Twitter

Here I have the first paper that I used my small set of 12 old Nupastels on. The top half is just me experimenting with the colors and learning some basic techniques. To test them out, I used my basic skills to pastel a basic scene, and because I was at the beach I just drew what I saw. For the sand I used a blend of yellow and peach, and I used the dark green and both blues for the ocean. I used a very small amount of the light blue for the sky, but because I used the top part of the page for testing colors, it collided and it didn't show up a lot compared to the brighter colors. I decided to add in a couple details, namely the umbrella, flag, and plane, but because I didn't plan to include those I had to use the white to over-paint it and it didn't show up well. I think that it turned out fine for my first time ever touching pastels.

In other news, I have recently made a Twitter account for the blog. I set up a couple bots to automatically tweet whenever I make a new blog post, and I will likely also use it for retweeting other art, music, and gaming things I find.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Vacation Photos Round II + Small Blog Update

Around last year I posted a couple compilations of photos that I took on a beach vacation. I ended up going there again and got some blog material to get back to posting regularly. I took a lot of photos of the sunset and got up early for the sunrise again. While I didn't make another Zelda sandcastle like last year, I did end up making a chair out of sand partially inspired by my actual chair not being able to recline. I also was able to do some actual art over the trip; I started using some pastels and I made a couple pastel paintings of sunset, sunrise, and a still life. However, to space out the artwork and to allow more room to critique, I will be putting each in separate blog posts. I am considering getting prints made and selling the pastel artwork and items screen, but with my current low following I don't know who would buy them and if it would be profitable.
3/4 view of sand chair; for more photos click here
Sunset photo; for all other photographs click here

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Post-it Art - Items Menu Wrap-up

Completed items menu hung up in my bedroom.
After almost a full year after drawing the first post-it art, the items menu series has been finalized and framed. I've been thinking about making a proper display for the post-it arts for a while, but I only got around to it fairly recently. I made a Google Photos album with a handful of pictures I took while making it, and the comments I wrote on there show the thought process that I took while making it. I put in more work into the display than just gathering the post-its and positioning them; I also made the bars grouping the potion slots, arrows, and spells as well as the banner on top. As with all of my other work, I signed it and put a date range at the top. I'm glad that I was able to get all of this done in a single school year, and I hope that I will be able to things like this for this year. I apologize for not posting on the blog very often; there's not much of summer vacation left but I'll try to make a couple art posts before I'm back to post-it art.