Wednesday, November 01, 2017

When Things Fall Apart

 
Both of the drawings above started out as decent sketches but ened up as somewhat disappointing drawings. I created the process comp in an effort to discover when the drawing starts to fall apart.

The lineart seems fine, I used a hard brush with no opacity variation which resulted in very clean lines.

The flat colours look okay, but I think this is where things start to go downhill. Going into the colour process with no plan always results in the same palettes. Also, having very little to no clothing details or accessories leaves huge blocks of undefined, flat, boring colour.

Finally, we come to the shadows. This has been one of my biggest weaknesses and I don't think I'm improving at all. Although I think they look okay over the lineart, they look awful over the flat colours. They are too evenly distributed over the whole figure and instead of helping to define form, actually confuse the eye. 

Watching: Funny Face by Stanley Donen
Reading: The Storm Before the Storm by Mike Duncan
Listening to: The Deep Dark Woods - Yarrow

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Fedora Girls

The girl with the camera started out as a full body drawing, but after redrawing her legs multiple times I decided to just crop in and add a background. 

The girl with the tommy gun has been in my backlog for months. I originally intended to use hard black shadows and one grey tone, but I couldn't get it to work.

So.... I ended up buying a new camera (Fujifilm X-E3) and consequentially have fallen down the rabbit hole of researching lenses and other accessories.

I used a 24mm and 50mm on my APS-C Canon DSLR and thought about either going with a similar focal length combo or just getting a 35mm. I made my mind up on the 35mm, but the body+23mm f2 kit eventually swayed me and I now regret buying it as it's a bit too wide to be my everyday walkaround lens. I'll probably buy a 35mm soon to use as my main lens, then maybe get a 50mm or 52mm later on. And maybe replace the 23mm with a 16mm for landscapes...

Down the rabbit hole...

Watching: Youth of the Beast by Seijun Suzuki
Reading: Small Town Talk by Barney Hoskyns
Listening to: My Terrible Friend - I Tried To Be Kind E.P

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Not Better

It's weird. These two drawings seem pretty close to the initial sketches, but feel very different. Maybe it's the colours and shadows, or maybe it's the result of pushing, pulling and rotating things into "correct" proportion/position, but I find that the finished drawings lack the life that the sketches had.

Maybe I should post sketches again. I either finish a drawing or throw it into a folder on my hard drive marked "Never Gonna Finish", but I think most of my stuff looks better as sketches. Maybe not correct or symmetrical, but better.

Watching: Arrival by Dennis Villeneuve
Reading: Cabin Porn: Inspiration For Your Quiet Place Somewhere collected by Beaver Brook 
Listening to: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice