Art Thoughts


For the last couple of weeks I’ve been trying to go back to doing regular drawing sessions.  I don’t know that I will be able to sustain this, but I’m enjoying it. I’m going to reflect now on what I’ve produced.  I strongly believe introspection leads to realization which leads to improvement.  So let’s get to it:

This drawing was something I did for my twitter profile.  I wanted something vaguely me-like.  It really is a filler piece in the sense I just wanted something.  I’m not really happy the final result, the facial structure is really off, I’m nowhere that long in the face.  That said, some of the techniques did come out.  The Xbox symbol turned out well.  I’m actually pretty happy with the nose but it’s not “right” for my face.  The glasses are a marked improvement on how I did glasses previously.


This picture I specifically wanted to try drawing a woman.  I’m bad at drawing women, it’s just hard for me to get the facial structure to look feminine. I also tried some new shading techniques for the face to try and give blush, lips and a sense of eyelashes.  Of everything I did in the eyes, I think the realization to draw the reflective shines across the pupil/iris boundary was the best improvement.  Also I tried some new hair techniques that I’m very happy with. Keeping things kind of messy gives a more dynamic “real” feel but also getting shaping and volume right is something I’ve had a hard time getting right in the past.



The bard rocking out.  Lots of good here.  First:  I specifically stopped trying to be perfect in form and shape.  by doing so I think the pose actually feels more natural and has a lot of energy to it.  I also made some marked improvements on how I render rapiers. I ended up redrawing elements of the hat to get it right, but it came out well.  The face looks pretty good, but the placement of the right shoulder button is bad.  Some of the ribbons did not come out so well.  The lute has some flaws that drive me nuts, but only when I specifically look at it.  The flow of the picture is such that the eye tends to move right past them.


Some introspection.  The shape of the hand is a bit off, I was trying to fix a tangent wit the nose that actually made things worse.  The hair has some nice shading and volume while still feeling like it’s very white.  The eyebrows are deliciously bushy.  The jeans are a complete failure, I’m still thinking about exactly why it’s wrong.  The shoes are okay but not great. The overall pose communicates the feeling of weight in a good way though.


I totally overworked the face and hair on this one. 


This one turned out well.  There’s a nice balance of lights and darks. The over all pose is great.  The mouth is hilarious and combined with the eyes definitely gives a feeling of “stunned” (or maybe “stoned”?).  I like how the clothing came out.  I have to admit to my shame that the pants turned out well as a fluke.  Originally I was going to do them white with black shading but it wasn’t working.  This is the result of reworking them entirely and it turned out to do exceptionally well and fixing the issue.  I like how the boots came out.  I’m really happy with the hair, it’s subtle but it has lights and mid-tones but also feels messy in the right way.  The hat turned out well.