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Work Hazards

Work Hazards of a circus worker
Work Hazards of a circus worker

This piece was a “learning piece.” I learned a lot while doing this, even though the process was tortuous. I had to go through so much work with only this as the result. It’s sad, but I did learn a lot from this work, especially three important lessons.

1. You can’t always draw what you want.

This is not a contradictory statement as an artist. In making this, I followed my instructor above myself. Unfortunately, this caused me  to nearly (and almost) abandon my original idea completely. Don’t think this is a shallow or weak action; it’s a real one. The one with the checkbook, or in my case the grade book, calls the shots. Because of my misdirection, I had to start from near scratch to complete it within a week. In truth, it is  disappointing that for all my work, this is all I have to show for it.

2. You can’t always draw how you want.

Not only was my initial thoughts for this piece changed, but my method of thinking and style of the work changed as well. In the end, it wasn’t about what I wanted, but what my instructor wanted. I didn’t benefit from be stubborn and insist on my way. Again, the instructor was the boss; I chose to comply.

3. Don’t be too bitter to learn.

What I’m saying is so against the rebellion in most of our culture today. Most all stories talk about standing up to the man, fighting against society, and being a free spirit. I could have easily resented the changes and the altered direction. But I didn’t. I chose to follow what he said and I reaped benefits from it. I learned that I was weaker than I thought in anatomy and that taking reference pictures really helps. Now I may not look back on this picture with pride, but at least I learned.

I don’t think I will ever have sincere geniality for this picture. I’m glad it’s over and done with. I discovered where to develop in art, where I need to practice to strengthen my skills, but that doesn’t make me like this piece. At least now I can take what I’ve learned to make something that I like.

So what are your thoughts? Do you enjoy direction in projects? Or are even mere suggestions stifling?

Ink Commission

Hello everyone! I hope you enjoy this.

Super Smash Brother Characters
The characters in the center is the Mii of the client. Click the image for a larger view.


I took some pictures to show part of my process. Now, since I really like comic books, I had fun doing a traditional pen and ink drawing! I started in pencil on tracing paper, then transferred and refined the drawing on Bristol board.


Here’s a close up of the pencil.

Pencil close up

Still sketchy at this stage.
I continued to refine the pencil closer to my inking lines before actually inking.

Pencil and Ink

Only until after the ink was done (and DRY) I erased the lines. At this stage, it was only line work; there was no rendering (the filling in of extra pen lines) and little shadowing, I placed some of the shading areas in pencil, but inked the rest of the shadows at this stage as well as rendering clothing. Even though this was meant for pen, I did leave pencil in some areas for a contrasting fill shade (not very visible in the picture of the final piece). It would have been nice to use screen tone to fill in some areas, but since I had none, pencil was used instead.

Digital art is not the only media every artist works in now. Artists still use this traditional media, like Stan Sakai creator of Usagi Yojimbo. When using ink, attention to line and precise drawing determines the success of the art. Even fine textures can be achieved with ink if properly rendered. Ink is another wonderful option in art that I can use.

Sleep Cycles?

It’s interesting, but for a couple of days recently I shifted six hours in sleeping. It started when I thought of going to bed, but then decided against it and work on stuff. When I did this, I worked on art. I think that the art I made wasn’t completely cruddy (I looked on it in the daytime, I found it good/decent. Maybe I’m just used to seeing my own bad art that I can’t tell the difference :).) Continue reading Sleep Cycles?

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