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Bird Art Process

I haven’t done much that I can talk about this week. but I can show you my process on traditionally coloring this illustration of Gloster Canaries in marker.

I’ve already scanned the ink art of drawing and you can read my tutorial about how to scan and edit inked line art so you can have a good clean drawing for digital coloring!

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This is mostly a drawing done with a Pentel Pocket brush. It’s a really good brush in terms have a portable brush you don’t have to dip in ink all the time, but this is a soft nylon brush so it will catch every wobble and heavy handed mark you make.

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I spent most of my time trying to understand the colors I needed from my bird references.

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I was recently introduced to the joys of Pro White, it’s great for covering up black line mistakes, but not for being colored with Copic marker…

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Beginning to color my next two birds. Gloster Canaries come in a variety of feather patterns, so I had an easier time adding variety to the piece.

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My weird ideas was to use an under cover color so it would look better mixed with the over cover colors. I haven’t confirmed if it make the marker colors look smoother and not streaky, but it does look smooth to me.

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Last two birds getting finished. I do regret my middle brush work as I think I’m not as great with dry brush techniques as I want to be.

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This is the final drawing! I’ve used my Uniball Pen to add a free highlights to push the birds support from each other and make them stand out. I did use Photoshop doctoring in the scanned version to clear out the bad blobs on some birds, but all and all it this looks fine enough.

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You can stop by my store to get a print of these birds for $10 or to get the real drawing itself for $60!

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New Panels

I was missing a panel so I spent the week drawing and inking a new one.

 

But I managed to get enough inking done that I can go full speed in the coloring!

 


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More progress on Comics

I’ve been continuing to work hard on my comic and thanks to my streams and all who support it,  I managed to finish inking my second page of my now seven page comic.

It’s only three months until C2E2 and I gotta get it ready in time to show to people!

 

I also forgot to mention that I finished this marker request that I had WIPs of!

The original marker drawing of Deadpool Vs. Hulk is currently up for sale on Etsy for $180!

If you want it it’s yours, as this is a first come first serve thing.

I’ve also been doing some other sketch drawing, most of them digital, more of them not scanned. I’ve notably been trying out Krita for the first time! It’s has a decent pencil tool so far so it feel alright for me to sketch in. I’ll more things to say as I tackle drawing in it some more.

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11/6/2017 Streams and New Store Item!

My last week has been a decently productive week!

I have a new item in my Etsy Store in form of this radical Aztec Jaguar Warrior!

For $95 you can have the original ink drawing sent right to you!

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My Current Supply List

As of writing this post, this is my list of tools and supplies that I currently use.

Paper and Pads

8.5 x 11 Copy Paper – Copy Paper is totally serviceable for sketching if you don’t have or want a sketchbook. A bunch of stores with an office supply section should have 8.5 x 11 Copy Paper, otherwise that is not much of an office section. Obviously, it’s a lower quality paper, and using anything further than a pencil will cause bleeding and curling, but it’s still the best ever option for learning or practicing art ever.


Sketch Wallet – It’s a wallet…THAT CAN HOLD A SKETCHBOOK! It can fit any 3.5 x 5.5 sketch or notebook. Between this and my phone, I have so much pocket space! My only real critique is that it’s cumbersome for holding actual cash. Despite this, this wallet is a good item to have if you want to practice sketching more often. Having a sketchbook on hand at certain times can make a huge difference.

 

 

Crescent Rendr Softcover Sketchbook – I had a 5×7 and I uses 3.5 x 5.5 sketchbook in my wallet. A great thing about this sketchpad is that markers will not bleed through the paper, letting you draw and color on both sides of a page! Since this isn’t marker paper, you’ll have a smaller window of time to blend marker colors without a colorless blender. Ink also has a bit of a spread, so you need to watch out for fuzzy lines. It’s definitely a cheaper option than Moleskine sketchbooks, and with better paper in my opinion.

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Raccoon Month Day 5

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The last batch of scanned art I made for Raccoon Month! As I’ve mentioned before, I wanted to do this as a chance to take a break from a comic I was burning out from.

Some sketches were fun, I did like drawing some Happy Tree Friends stuff and I was surprise to enjoy drawing the Care Bear stuff! Some were frustrating, underestimating my ability to do the larger illustrations plus life things put a bit of a damper to my attitude to this making me think that I should’ve spent the time just going back to the comic.

All and all, I’m ready to jump back into my comic and tackle any other art projects I think of or people ask me. I think doing giant drawing streaks just isn’t for me and I’m not sure I’ll do an Inktober or anything like that again this year.

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