I love drawing but I don’t draw as much I would. I took a little challenge: draw or sketch every day (if possible) in a sketch book. First day…
A little experiment with a simple portrait from a photo. I try to simplify the shadows and strokes for a modern and dynamic rendering.
Things are pretty rushed lately (moving, DIY, Canadian residency, employment, crochet, pregnancy, you’ll find all this at http://untoonaucanada.blogspot.com) but starting today, I am on maternity leave two months prior to the delivery date. This is the perfect opportunity to take over and spend more time on drawing, painting, illustrating and photography.
I am now enrolled in acrylic paints courses. Significantly simpler than watercolor (which requires a perfect control of spaces unpainted) or oil (very long drying time), acrylic is suitable to all mixtures, all techniques, with textures, materials, transparency, collage … which is perfectly highlighted in this workshop hosted by the University of Montreal. At the same time, I notice my weaknesses:
the use of color, color matching and color blends (I’m handier with a pen or pencil),
the application of paint (no fine lines, impasto, marks left by the brush drips)
But I do not lose hope and the discovery of these new techniques brings me a lot in terms of creativity.
At the same time I’m back on the drawing board. Here is a portrait done this morning.
Phew, the next few days should be more relaxed. Indeed, from Lyon Drupal Camp 2012 which I participated as a graphic designer (organizer? maybe a bit), to the boxes in anticipation of our move to Montreal mid June, the papers: insurance, banking, URSSAF, taxes… the months of May and June were too short.
July promises to be better and loaded by news in terms of creation: drawing, painting, photography and other goodies. Among others, I became addicted to Pinterest and Webneel , perfect for inspiration.
Here is a hand drawn wolf inspired by a photo on Pinterest. By the way, I haven’t found the original photography, so please put a comment if you are the author.
Thank you to my colleague on this little challenge and for having introduced me to this strange animal. The pangolin is an animal native from Africa and Asia “as an artichoke inverted with legs” in the words of Desproges 🙂
And a small trial with Phototshop effects: the stamp effect.
I added a relief effect for printing on gray or colored.
A little discovery this week, this video (http://webneel.com/video/photography-tutorial-lighting-techniques-art-direction-and-editing-process) showing the photography lighting and editing work. I loved the disintegration effect on the mannequin. And even more than this effect, the light that illuminates the shadows and underlines the subject inspired me.
Here are the results:
We can see the reflective light under the chin (first drawing) and on the left arm (drawing below).
I thought this reflection was great to underline the subject and gives a dramatic look especially with this strong contrast between lights and shadows.
A nice discovery on the web: http://webneel.com, a true gold mine for inspiration! Since, I follow eagerly new releases on this site, videos, professional and amateur tips, photographers, painters, illustrators, artist’s books. In short, go take a look, it’s perfect to treat the blank page’s syndrome.
Two portraits made from a photography of my brother and my sister-in-law. The reason I choose this portrait was the beautiful complicity they show and the tight framing on their faces.
This portrait looks like a comic’s illustration. The eyes and the beard are simplified.
The second one is better, but far to be perfect. It’s more realistic despite some proportion issues in the eyes and in the main parts of the face.
Notes for myself: apply a grid on the original portrait to kee the proportion, especially the eyes’ size, the nose location and take a closer look at the light reflection in her hair.
Observation, perseverance and work: that’s the the secret!