First Experience: Drawing

Ok it’s not my first time drawing, I scribble things down all the time but I have never really drawn beyond quick sketches of ideas which have always been for my eyes only.
Since I had been trying things out and being able to draw something that makes sense to more than just me would be very helpful for bead designs, it would be great for papercutting because I could hand draw templates rather than composing them digitally and I could just sit and draw something for fun.

chibi posesAs I mentioned in my post about promarkers I had fallen in love with Yampuff’s style. If I could draw my own chibi’s that would be great, chibi’s also seemed a gentle entry point for figure drawing as the proportions weren’t as crucial as in more traditional drawing.
Perhaps I was being a little adventurous, I managed basic poses but once it came to adding details I became unstuck, the eyes always looked weird, the hair was strange and despite studying fashion at collage I couldn’t get the clothes right either.

It’s time to shelve that idea for a while.

But I still want to draw

zentangleI needed to simplify things, so I started looking at doodles and zentangle.
It was certainly easier and the construction of tangle patterns was clearly documented and very easy to follow. It was also quick and unlike everything else required very few “things” to be scattered around. Armed with my lovely tikky pencil (rotring 0.7mm mechanical pencil) and a lovely little sketchbook I began my doodling.

(image – doodles)Little mistakes are less noticeable, or much easier to turn into part of the pattern. But the idea is that you don’t erase anything (unless it’s pencil marks after inking)

I didn’t actually think I would have as much fun with the doodles as I did but they were fantastic, and a great confidence boost after the mishap of the chibi’s. Plus after seeing some really amazing work with doodles I noticed how great they would be as paper cuts, maybe even take the patterns and try and add them onto beads.

First Experience: Promarkers

promarkers2One of the things on my Christmas list was a set of Promarkers, Santa, of course delivered. (well I do buy most of the presents.) I had wanted them because of some rather nifty effects it’s possible to get with them and I thought they would make an interesting addition to the paper for cuts or backgrounds.

Supplies

  • Promarkers or any other alcohol based marker
  • Marker pad

Of course when I started looking for how to do some of these great effects I also ran into tutorials on colouring as alcohol markers are very popular with manga artists.
I had had experience with colouring pages before as I had ran into one that I simply had to cut.

victorian ladyWell that sent me off on a tangent, I found a lovely image that looked fairly simple and went ahead and coloured it in.
All the colour was flat, I used layers of colour to get different depths in areas obviously in the shade but it still looked flat, so I hunted out a few other tutorials and learnt that you should blend different colours together. So I had a go at that, but it looked horribly wrong.

Then someone said, dark to light never light to dark. Completely backwards from what I had first seen.

Back to the tutorials and I ended up on YouTube watching Kimberly Brown I became enthralled by the process, I was really far way from what I originally wanted to do with these pens, but it didn’t matter I was having fun.
Artist - coloursTime to find another picture to colour, this is where I discovered Yampuff a manga artist specialising on chibis (This leads to another tangent but that’s another story.) I fell in love with her style and tried colouring following the new tutorials I had found.

It worked, some of my colour choices weren’t perfect but the next stage is to learn more about blending combinations and what works best.

Colouring is addictive. I might eventually get round to trying what I want to with these fantastic pens.