Sunday, January 16, 2011

Highlights from Sketchbook 22

This is my 22nd sketchbook which I am showing highlights of. This book, as well as several others including Highlights from Sketchbook 21, began the experiment with watered down acrylics. That has had some rather interesting results. Also, there are some of my first watercolours and manga studies.

Girl Against Wall
Sometimes it can be fun to draw a bunch of random sketches in whatever fashion they come to me. I used to do that a lot more than I do that now, and I don't often do that with paints. I particularly like the beginnings of the green horse at the bottom.

Girl in Red Shadow

"Girl in Red Shadow" is just one of many in which I continue to try to create highlights through contrasting colours.

Girl Leans Against Tree

"Girl Leans Against a Tree" I really like. It is watered down acrylics. I really like the exciting colours in which the subject is painted. The oranges really come alive. Also, I enjoyed playing with the natural background.

Three Girls

"Three Girls" is another of my watered down acrylics. I kind of like this one.

One of the more difficult things for me to accomplish is spatial proximity between multiple subjects.  Though this makes no attempt at a naturalist painting, I was somewhat pleased with it.



"Robots" is another painting using watered down acrylics.

I like to play with robots at times. the basic shapes and three dimensional play which one might engage in can be a lot of fun.

Girl by Rope

"Girl by rope" is a watered down acrylic.

I am relatively happy with the contrast in this image. Also, I seem to be getting the hang of lips from a 3/4 view. Her right breast, however, leaves something to be desired.

Writer's Block
I always enjoy doing these Writer's Block cartoons. It was only in the last month that I decided to start trying to colouring them.

Catgirl 1
Manga "Catgirl 1" is an attempt at a catwoman. This drawing comes from my studies of the book How to Draw Anime For Beginner by Le Trung.

It has been about 18 months since I first began this concentrated effort to improve my hand at both sketch and colour. Slowly I seem to be getting the hang of it. Though, I don't know if it will ever bring a monetary reward, it certainly has a healthy appetite. Hopefully this year I can write a book and illustrate it personally.
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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

Writer's Block's New Year's Resolution

This image is based on Illustration Friday's challenge which included the word 'resolution.'

A long time ago I figured out that New Year's Resolutions are actually a procrastinator's excuse: whatever it is I want or must do, I will do after New Year's. As it turns out, it just puts off what one can do today for that date. And so often, we fail when that date comes, and very often after very little time.

Hence, this "Writer's Block" cartoon depicts how easy it is to make a resolution, and how difficult it can be to carry it out.

I think this is the first episode where Froglim makes his debut.
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Writer's Block - Finding Balance

Latest in my "Writer's Block" series.
This post is based on Creative Challenge number 133. The challenge was to come up with something involving the word, 'balance.' This is what I came up with.

Finding balance between the art of writing and living is a difficult one to maintain. It seems to me that major shakeups in a life can stop a good project dead in its tracks. Take for instance last year when I went back to my mother's home for a visit. I simply lost control of the project and I never wrote another word.

While at work I was writing in my notebooks every day. I drew fairly close to the completion of a novel called, "Northern Lights: Medical Emergency." When I got to my mother's home, it completely upset this rhythm. I'm still struggling to find it. Though, at the very least, this week I began constructing the final setting for the finale of my book.

In any case, the image I painted is supposed to indicate the difficulty in writing and maintaining the balance of life, while the consequences of losing that balance are borne not only by the writer, but the writer's family: in my case, my wife.
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