Exploring

After that experiment with the old art versus the new…I’ve been a bit more open to stepping away from my current art style and want to step into another variation of character construction. I’ve actually grown very fond of drawing smaller eyes for my characters versus the big ol eyes I’m usually drawing them with. The smaller eyed characters seem more…personable and relatable. This new approach is great because I’m not so concentrated on the eyes like eye color and shape. I had even gone as far as to just drawing dots…which is still something to consider if I want to have a variety of characters. The fact that I can draw the eyes small and have minuscule attention and detail to them makes me happy because I am finally on my route to simplifying my approach; and it also gives me more motivation to work on clothing, gestures, and emotions instead of my characters just looking pretty posing for a picture. They need personality and this is a good start and push to get there. Plus it looks less…anime-ish considering I’m trying my best to step away from that style. My big eyed characters most definitely are influenced from anime in its own way. So to stand away from it, this was necessary. After doing several test sketches, I honestly feel this is where I’m staying. The big ol eyes stage was fun but it’s time for a change. Will I stop drawing huge eyes forever? Eh…I dunno. It may be an every now and then thing, but this new style is worth the exploration. I’m prepared to make it my own.

Aside from the video of my sketchbook above, I’ve also sketched up Sailor Moon, as usual, to see her in this style I’ve created…

 I love it…That is all…now I just need to color her.

 Update! I decided to go back to another sketch on my Instagram that I did a little while back and noticed….I drew in that style without thinking about it (top right corner) and loved the outcome. To this day…I still look at it and say “Wow I drew that?”. Even commented on how nicely it turned out. It was different from anything else I had drawn and it embodied everything I had been trying to achieve throughout my years of character designs. Simple, clean, whimsical and just drawn very well. I have no idea what I was doing in order for this to be achieved. I will most definitely be studying this again to get myself back on that same path.

Had a great Sunday!

It’s been a semi successful Sunday. That doesn’t happen very often. I was able to get just a few things done. I pulled out my lovely Rendr sketchbook and started coloring some neglected sketches for practice. I seriously adore this sketchbook. I takes my marker colors beautifully, the paper is super smooth and DOESN’T BLEED THROUGH TO THE NEXT PAGE!!! IT’S LIKE MAGIC!! 
This book here….this book right here…fills my heart with so much joy!!!! I’m honestly considering getting rid of my other marker papers (Canson, Borden & Riley) and just overstocking on Rendr to make sure I don’t run out. Don’t get me wrong, the other brands I mentioned are pretty good too, but Rendr…has topped them both. I will most definitiely be buying more of Rendr sketchbooks in the future, so I pray that they never stop making them. I found out about this book through….YouTube….I swear you can find so much there. There were only about 3 YouTubers who I’ve watched that used and recommended the book…so I had to give it a try, ordered it on Amazon.com and I was immediately impressed. The previous marker papers I used are the Canson brand marker papers. The XL paper I still use.

“Painting Pretty”
The illustrations to the right are all colored on the XL Canson Paper. The way the paper take my coloring reminded me of watercolors. So I’m on the fence about letting this particular paper go. It’s like the best of both worlds. I suck at watercoloring but I love markers…If I can get away with mimicking the look of watercolors with my markers then hey why not!!
“Meet and Greet”

 

“Tea Time with Mrs. Bearsbie”

This one for some reason, it started getting really weird. I don’t know if they changed the way that they manufactured the paper, but it wouldn’t hold up the colors of my markers. It was smearing and pooling on top…couldn’t mix my colors…it was horrible!! It’s like the paper is coated with something. I really did like the paper back when it was good. Don’t know what they changed or if I just didn’t notice it had always been like that but either way…I’m never buying it again. Now this other paper I just purchased about a month ago has good potential. 

I actually colored this little quickie on the Borden&Riley paper. It took the markers wonderfully and I adored the texture.

Even though it says bright white…it looks kinda creamy to me and it’s textured! I thought that was neat. I think I will mainly use it when I’m just trying to sketch up color ideas for an illustration. My only issue with this one is that fact that it bleeds through to the next page…so having an extra sheet underneath is necessary.

In other going ons…I, just for the heck of it, decided to take an old illustration from years ago to do a comparison of then and now. Have to say…I was pleasantly surprised!

My old art is on the right and my new style that I’ve developed as time went on is on the left. The change is very apparent. I would often complain that I couldn’t see any change in my style of drawing, but doing this experiment…really showed me how much I have grown. It’s encouraging and I plan to do this to other old illustrations as well. Style may take years to develop, but it’s well worth the time because once you see it…it’s very rewarding. So to anyone out there struggling and feeling discouraged because you think you’ll never improve or don’t see any improvement, try what I did and see how far you have come from then to where you are now. You will see it. It may be gradual but every little bit turns into a big change worth smiling about.

 

Lollipop!!

Working on building my portfolio a bit more with some new art. What’s fun about illustrating is taking your old art and and looking at them with different eyes to create something new.  I took this sketch I drew from maybe about 5 or so years ago and I always liked it just never knew what to do with it, plus I had a fear of coloring over it and messing it up. So after so many years of it just sitting around going to waste, I pulled it up from my old Tumblr and said…I’m going to recreate this with my new eyes and style. Why not give it a go! It’s coming out wonderfully and it’s pleasing to see how well my new style is taking on life in it’s own little way. I plan on finishing this one tonight…hopefully…maybe Friday. Of course it will be posted in my Illustration section and also on my Instagram! After this Illustration I have many other sketches I plan to recreate, so look out for them!

Updates!!

Hello!! As of last week, I’ve been working continuously on illustrating my VERY FIRST BOOK!! ♥♥Yay!!♥♥ Will I give out sneak peeks? Stay tuned and see. This is a journey that I am so happy I’m moving forward in. It’s been a long time coming but better late than never…except for deadlines. There are currently 3 books that I have written. The first one I hope to have done by the end of June. Due to my work schedule, it gets a but hectic, but my passion is illustrating and it’s a must that I actually do it and finish.

I’ve always said that I’m going to one day…make illustrating my full time priority…but it’s not exactly paying the bills…and I have many unfortunately. Still love my craft all in the same, but a dream come true would be making Illustration my full time job. I’ll keep that dream alive and bring it to life one day. Just watch!