Black and White Sketches

Carving away negative space to create stark highlight/shadows in Procreate on my iPad. Similar to linoblock. Helps me pull subject matter from dynamic shapes. This is fun!




Composition with Dog and Bird

This is closer to how I paint with oils. All it took was finding that one brush and not fighting against its nature. This is far from perfect, but now I have a guidepost. It took me a tenth of the time to complete compared to most things I’ve published here and it’s drastically better.


Black and White Life Studies

I’ve totally neglected still lifes as a good way to practice basic drawing. I haven’t done any in years. At some point, you start to believe you don’t need basic stuff like this anymore. I’ve had some drawing struggles this year, and I think they can help for practicing foundation skills and basic paint application in photoshop.

I created a couple of black and white studies from some simple life objects this afternoon after being inspired by Matt Kohr over at his blog I don’t know where he finds the time to post so many instructional videos, but his methodology is solid and easy to pick up. Excellent resource for novices and professionals alike.

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Need to work on my looseness and speed. This guy took me just a couple of hours. Focusing on quick marks and putting the majority of time into the focal point. Gonna do a lot more of this I think.

EDIT: Spent another couple hours and pushed a rougher, watercolorish style, added more detail and more vibrant colors.



Sketchbook Stuff

More sketchbook. Painting is great and all, but I really need to work on my basic drawing more. Especially landscapes & architecture. Relying on photo reference a bit more while trying to stylize it. Better delineated objects and less ‘sketchiness’.



Action Scene w/Hobbit

Hobbit smash!! Well, the other way around really.

This one took longer than I would have liked, but it was basically a giant illustration experiment petri dish. Lighting effects, textures, multiple characters interacting, other special effects — I just kept finding things to add and tweak.

It also pointed to issues I need to focus on: improving economy in my application (which will help my speed and clarity), confidence/more looseness in stroke, figuring out composition and basic drawing issues better before handling too much, working toward finding my personal style. I do like a lot in this even though I see so much that could use improvement going forward.