Practice: Pinup Girl Recolor

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LOL I was bored. =))))

Eh, I needed to practice anyway. XDD In this one, I was trying a different way of coloring. Instead of my usual fill with flats > new layer for shadow 1 > new layer for shadow 2 > new layer for highlights etc etc, I tried coloring using masks. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve become a fan of Yuko Shimizu (NOT the one associated with Hello Kitty…), and her coloring method. … … which I cannot seem to make heads or tails of despite her many blog posts about her process. T___T;;; HELP.

In any case, I might try recoloring this again at some point, using a different method… once I figure out what to do haha :p For now I’m kinda proud of the sheen on the hair. You can see it if you kinda squint a bit…

For comparison:

Back to Basics: Pinup Girl

Hi. It’s been a busy month again lol. Currently have a bunch of stuff lined up, and on top of that are all the other things that my husband and I need to get done around the house and all that. And of course there’s the whole daily living, plus five cats thing. So yeah. It’s been pleasantly busy. =)))

Anyway, lately I’ve decided that I needed to get back to the basics. I mean, as much as I want to start producing masterpieces one after the other a la Artgerm, I’ve finally (it took me long enough, no?) come to terms with the fact that my fundamentals are lacking. Instead of trying to get fancy with Photoshop brushes as I normally do, I figured, let’s go back to that thing I used to do waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back when I first started drawing, back in high school: SMUDGING PENCIL LEAD. =))))

In the meantime, I’m also trying to be much more careful with anatomy and proportions, which… I admit… I have been taking way too much liberty with over the years. This is mostly because I (wrongly) convinced myself that since I usually draw in anime/manga style, it meant that I can just so whatever the hell I wanted and call it “my style” AHAHAHAH yeah I’m a dumb kid. HERP.

So here’s a quick one to get started. I opted for this because a.) I love vintage pinup girls, b.) I adore victory rolls, c.) I enjoy shading hair. It seemed like a win-win at the time. =)))

PS: I used a reference image for the hair. I looked it up via Google Images, but I can’t seem to find it again now. Sorry. >__<;; Anyway, in the original, the model was holding a soda bottle up. … yeah I got too lazy to draw that bit lol

Silver and Black

Hi. I’m not dead lol.

Anyway, I’ve just been busy. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I’m setting out to Get Things Done (TM) during this period, and so far, it has been coming along nicely. I just have to learn to divvy up my time more wisely nowadays, haha. 😀

Anyway, I was reorganizing my desk and digging through my STACKS of blank notebooks, journals, and sketchpads that I’ve been hoarding, and I unearthed this. A cheap, 30-peso (less than US$1) black pad that I forgot I had. Along with it, I also found ye olde cheapo silver gel pen, so I decided to take it out for a spin. I do love, love, love high-contrast lines, and I think this turned out kinda okay for a quick doodle. =)))

And no, I still don’t own a scanner. :p

Patterns #1 – Gemini

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Finally a new drawing on this blog! YAY!

Okay, just to get it out of the way first, I feel like I need to apologize for the watermark. After what happened, I decided to just follow the example of other artists like Nene Thomas when it comes to watermarks, because at the very least I can make it a little harder for plagiarists to use my stuff. 😀 Also no more linking to the hi-res versions, I’m afraid. You CAN, however, view a slightly embiggened version over at my DeviantArt page. 😀

ANYWAY, so here we are.

Over the past year, I’ve been fascinated with doodling, particularly the kind by the likes of Kerby Rosanes and Rob Cham. I love the details and the seemingly random explosions of STUFF in their works, and I’ve been trying to emulate that. I still have no idea how they do what they do (srsly guys, HOW?? D:), and right now, patterns is what I’ve got. I did, however, find that I enjoy drawing these things. You can just kind of zen out and relax while watching TV or waiting for people or whatever.

Another artist whose work I’ve also been trying to take after is Yuko Shimizu. I adore the heavy, dark inking, and combined with her coloring process, everything just looks fabulous and magical. Again, though, I’m still studying her work, and so far, I’m still pretty much off the mark ahahahahah hah…. T__T

So yeah, still got a lot of learning to do. =)))

For now, in case anyone’s interested, this is what it looks like before coloring:

Gemini Lineart

P.S.

While I’m promising to practice daily, no, I’m not doing the 365 (or rather, 366) day challenge this year. I decided that I want to be able to savor things this time around, and not put myself under unnecessary pressure to bang out hasty work on a daily basis. =))) I figured it should get easier as time goes on and who knows maybe I’ll be able to do and actually complete it next year, but like any marathon, I guess I still need to train for that. :p

Random Doodle: Flowers and Butterflies

butterfly fairy girl tanned skin green hair blue wings monarch papillon cute dress mary janes

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More blog backlogs LOL.

It’s Sunday, so I guess it’s a day for one’s Sunday best. Fairies included? =))) Anyway, yeah, I was looking at photos of butterflies earlier, so this is what we get. I’ve also been told that spring has finally arrived in countries where it SHOULD be spring by now, so YAY!

Also trying out a new coloring/shading method. I think it worked? Maybe?

*squints* (o_-)

ONWARDS!

Random Doodle: Lounging around

girl in chair shorts smoking

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Just a really quick ink sketch this morning. Trying to practice a bit of posing and perspective LOL.

Also, drawing feet SUCK. X__x;;

Random Doodle: The Fairy of the Munchies

girl female candy snacks sweets fairy munchies rockabilly vintage

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Yay, more blog catch-up posts LOLOLOLOL.

Also, it’s around lunch time where I am right now, so I guess this sort of explains today’s doodle. Herp. =))

 

Random Doodle: Corset

girl female red corset corsette smoking cigarette bordello gloves messy hair

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Finally got around to making a doodle that features one of the things that I am quite fond of: Corsets. ❤

Also I just bought a fresh 0.1 pen, so I’m enjoying it at the moment, hahaha!

In the meantime, I need to get some sleep.

Good night!

Random Doodle: Tea Makes Everything Better

tea makes everything better girl female smiling classy updo hair pearls long sleeve turtleneck

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Because it does. XDDD

A bit of post catching-up, as I gear up for another very busy week ahead. 😀

Put the kettle on!

Random Doodle: Freckles

female girl long hair pencil shading star earring eyes closed sleeping freckles

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Oh my gods… could it be…? Am I finally back to my normal posting schedule? XDDD

LOLOLOL Ugh, talk about a whole lot of backlog. Really hoping to never have to play post catch-up again, because it feels like a very, very slippery slope indeed. @_@;; We’ll see, I guess. I still have a pile of drawings to work on at the moment, but hopefully this teaches me a lesson to manage my time better. Hopefully. >_<;;

Anyway, here’s Sunday’s doodle. Still trying to figure out NOSES, so I’m going with the Archie Comics nose for now. It’s a pencil drawing, all done with my trusty mechanical pencil (which has long since been missing its cap, so the eraser keeps falling off…) and a Q-tip (because my shader has also been long since missing).

Also, please don’t mind the weird, dark lines all over the place. I drew this on the back of a page in my sketchbook that has inked lineart on it. Yes, I’ve been recycling pages in my sketchbook, because it’s almost full, AND I CAN’T FIND ANOTHER ONE EXACTLY LIKE IT. ;__;  AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Anyway, back to work for me now. XDD