Thought I’d share process photos of this recent Krita illustration.
I started the sketch with a colour my niece was drawing with before me (she loves using my equipment and I can never say no – she’s so delightfully careful for a 5 year old so she’s earned my trust easy, but mostly its just plain fun with her around if I’m really honest).
I’ve found drawing with a different colour peps you up a bit so I think I’ll just keep doing it.
This is not done yet, I think, so I’ll leave it at this stage for now.
These are a few sketches from my absence that I didn’t get to post on here. I was posting on instagram for a bit to try and keep myself going. I mentioned on there that sketching was basically all I seemed to be able to churn out. I’m working on getting out of that funk though, so, soon I’ll be experimenting with colour again and also fleshing out some rougher sketches (like the ones below).
This was from one of the sketches I posted a while ago.
I’m working on a few sketches right now but I really liked this one and had to share… still working on it but I used a new technique using the multiply option on the layers – I learned this from a tutorial I found by Littleulvar over at deviantart. Also, I’m giving Photoshop a go as well. So far so good ^_^. After having tried a few digital painting programs I understand why its so widely used. It has a lot of perks and is easy to use (and there are loads more tutorials out there) …but I still love Krita.
So this is where I am today. I did a little more digital practise. This time focusing more on the different brushes and looking to create different textures.
The main point was to limit the amount of brushes I’d switch between in future. This was successful; I managed to save a few presets that I’m happy with for both sketching and colouring. Hopefully this should allow me to create more fluidly in future.
I used an old traditional sketch to work on this. I’m still getting warmed up to digital painting again. And to the painting program I’m using – Krita. I only got to use it for a short while before my old drawing tablet broke and its since been updated to a 3.0 version. Its a cool little tool, plus I love supporting free and open source software so thats extra feel good points for me. ^_^
Today I have a mixed-up post. Firstly I want to show you some sketches I’m really happy with. I’ve gotten five drawings better (in my mind when I started off I would draw a whole lot of rubbish sketches before I got one right, then that went to about 3 now I’m at 4/5 good drawings in a row AND on a single page lol)
The most time consuming thing I did today was preparing to ship off some originals that have been purchased (^_^!!!).
I revamped my image and I’m loving the new look. I used my little doodle cutouts to create a new invoice template, and business cards, finally.
And then I also painted bookmarks to go with (I love adding freebies – who doesn’t ^_^). I love mail and equally love posting stuff so putting it all together was tons of fun.
And Finally, I also have pictures of the little bunny I mentioned a while ago… its been 3 weekends already and I haven’t been able to get it right.
Adding in the eyes and mouth (which I’ve decided to embroider) is rather tough. I only get to crochet on weekends and I’ve made 2 bunnies already and while my nieces love them I’m hoping third times the charm with this one. lol *crossing fingers*
I’ve been doing a lot of sketching in between lately. Not much to show but I’m enjoying the progress!
I always think it would be cool to play around with digitally adding to my sketches but I don’t ever get to it. I used to paint digitally long ago but my tablet pen broke (it wasn’t a Wacom otherwise I’d just have gotten a replacement) and now I have to use the mouse pad on my laptop and just the thought of doing anything complicated like painting on it makes me lazy. But lately I’ve been feeling like there might be a way around it… I’ll play around and let you know if I’m successful ^_^
I didn’t have a lot of time this week to do much painting. I got a few sketches done but couldn’t upload ’cause of silly connection issues.
Anyway, I’m excited because I’ve been sketching in ink (the Mitsubishi Unipin fine liner in 0.3 and the Copic Ciao brush pen to be exact) and I haven’t made a mess of it as I thought I might initially.
These are the sketches I’m most happy with.
Sometimes I imagine I’d enjoy a career illustrating stories. So, every now and then I work towards getting better at just drawing. Even though I don’t have any goals set in that direction right now.
I have a hard time with feet and hands (and faces without a reference) so since last week I’ve been sketching in between. Heres what I’ve got if you’re interested.
Hands and feet are so strange to draw!
I always find I cant help drawing a little person at the end of my sessions… although for all my hand drawing practice, I wouldn’t say those hands are very convincing!
More recently, I sketched more seriously – four drawings I plan on turning into paintings. One I’m already done with and will post progress pictures soon.