More weekly challenge stuff. Focused on high-contrast faces this week to get more decisive about laying down blacks:
And thanks again to everyone who came out to the workshops this week! It was great to see so many of you there.
I’ve posted my lecture notes from the Freelance Badassery talk on Tumblr if you wanna go get a creative kick in the pants. I’ll hopefully be putting them up directly on this blog sometime in the near future. For now: work beckons!
New challenge. Did this one early because horses make me SUPER NERVOUS. I’ve seriously never drawn one before IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. Referenced a couple great artists for this like Joe Weatherly and Claire Wendling, then did a few from photographs. Just like the 50 Shoes exercise, this felt really awkward and clumsy to begin with, but the more I figured my way around the shapes the more it all started to make sense. Practice is MAGIC.
As always, you can follow along and submit your own sketches to the weekly challenge pool on the Artistic Veggies tumblr.
A couple challenges from the last few weeks. Remember you can always join in on these suckers by heading over to the Artistic Veggies tumblr! A new challenge goes live every Monday.
I’ve also been blasting through the last of my Kickstarter custom comics! Thank goodness for that. The most recent strip was a requested Firefly / Doctor Who mash-up for Jason. I never really find the inspiration to draw fan art unless someone specifically requests it, so this was a fun one.
Okay, back to work!
Some sketches of Greek statues from a current exhibit at the Portland Art Museum.
Extreeeeeeemely delayed portraits for Kickstarter backers.
An anniversary commission.
Aaand some anteaters. Because AWWW.
To further combat the dreaded ARTRUT, I returned to figure drawing this week! Had a blast and got some good sketches done to boot. I’ll definitely be making this a weekly thing.
Julie was an amazing model. I had so much fun drawing her. Also tackled some watercolor and ink for the longer poses.
That’s all the art for now!
Today I got stuck in a big, fat
You can’t see that letter. It’s an R. For ART RUT.
Y’know, those days when you feel like you’ll never draw well ever again, all your ideas are crap, life is pointless, etc etc.
So I spent all of the Sip and Sketch this afternoon busting through it with a variety of sketches and whiny journal comics. Good for what ails you!
First up, we had this furry guy.
Then this angry-lookin’ lady with a very orange collar.
And, finally, some quick ‘n dirty journal comics to prove that by golly I can draw things in a narrative fashion if I damn well please.
NOW ONWARD TO GLORY.
The semester is almost over, which means it’s time to throw the fruits of my classtime labor up on the Internet for all to see. I was feeling frustrated with my ability to capture good likenesses of people, so for the last three months I’ve been drawing students from two of my conferences at Reed. Here’s the compiled batch of them.
In other news, for those of you following the progress of the Kickstarter campaign, things have gone through the roof. We hit our fundraising goal in just FIVE HOURS, and then kept on climbing.
2 Hours In
24 Hours In
With such extraordinary results, I’ve had to rethink my goals for the campaign. It’s looking like the excess funds will go towards a brand new, long-form project, which is really thrilling. Expect an update on that soon.
For now, to everyone who has spread the word, chipped in, and helped fuel the stratospheric success of this project:
I can’t thank you enough. Let’s make the remaining time even more amazing.
The massive post-poly/mono-comic site traffic explosion (more on that later) has tapered off somewhat, but I still feel bad that people seem to be checking back and I have yet to do anything new. So, here are some Crimean Bros to be going on with. Bask in all their muttonchoppy glory. A choppy sea of mutton. And so on. The comic that I’m working on around these studies will be up by Sunday, so check back thereabouts for fun new material that has nothing to do with my previous work (sorry, you fierce poly-mono debatin’ dudes). Might also have a quick bonus comic done in the next few days. Keep checkin’.
ON WITH THE MUTTON.
Just to be going on with, here’s this morning’s doodle of a manly jungle explorer. Don’t draw many men as a rule, so it’s good practice. All part of the zany research surrounding my current comic/artsybook project: TALES FROM THE FRAGMENT. Should be a pulptastic good time.