Mandala time!

I love to create, and right now I love to create illustrations. I use autodesk sketchbook to draw with a stylus and I find so much enjoyment in the activity.

I created a mini colouring book for adults called “Mad About Mandalas” that features blank mandala designs that can be printed and coloured in. I think that colouring for adults can be a great way to practice mindfulness and meditation. I will upload the book soon, but for now, here is a free mandala designs that you can print out and have fun with.

Mandala blank for adult colouring
Mandala blank for adult colouring

If you want something more than a geometric design, here are two blank portrait sketches I completed last week for clients.

Bobby newberry sketch
Bobby newberry sketch
Dominican Joey sketch for adult colouring
Dominican Joey sketch for adult colouring

Feel free to print the designs and colour them for a mindful break and to bring relaxation to your day.

Thanks for stopping by,

S

Portrait illustrations

My latest illustrations have improved from earlier work.

Colour illustration cartoon man holding chin simple vector
Simple colour cartoon illustration

This quick sketch came out like a simple logo. The line work is incomplete, and I had some problems with the source image. I found it difficult to see the small details, and as a result, details like the nose and line work for the ears are missing. There is a bit of shading, but the work is generally plain.

Pixie hair brunette illustration of a woman with sunglasses
Pixie hair brunette illustration of a woman with sunglasses

This illustration is similar in its simplicity, but is more finished that the previous one. The source image was a woman with a cute pixie hairstyle. I really like how her hair turned out, as I was not sure, at the beginning, that I would have been able to capture the style properly.

As I develop my illustration style, I prefer to draw sunglasses as reflective glasses. I like to use artistic licence for sunglasses because it gives a “grand theft auto” vibe that looks really cool, as opposed to copying the source image exactly.

Highlights illustration of Arabic woman from Instagram
Highlights illustration of Arabic woman from Instagram

This next illustration is shows a turning point in the general complexity of my work. I have added some basic highlights to the portrait to convey a light source from the top of the subject’s head. The highlights are a slight improvement because they make the image look less like a flat 2D cartoon.

Stephanie Konu illustration black woma blowing kiss cartoon
Stephanie Konu illustration black woma blowing kiss cartoon

Here we see a technique that is farther along than the others. The source image is a photo of myself. Some details are missing, but the important change is the use of highlights and shading to capture facial features that cannot be expressed with black outlines (aka line work). Notice how the bridge of the nose is shown with a shaded line that is slightly darker than the skin tone.

It is fascinating how much shading and highlights add depth to an otherwise flat 2D image. I find so much enjoyment in this activity! Using Autodesk for illustration allows me to be creative without the messiness of painting in acrylic (although I still love painting).

Thank you for stopping by to see what I have been working on. I am looking forward to showing you what comes out next!

S

Illustration update

 

Greetings,

My latest illustrations are more complex than my earlier work. I am using more colours and layers for each work as my knowledge of the Autodesk Sketchbook program increases.

comissioned illustration for instagram user features a weathered machine shop with the owner standing in foreground
Commission for Jay from Dangerous Decorations

Here we see an illustrated work that I completed for Jay @Dangerous Decorations on Instagram. He requested that the illustration not “look like a selfie”, so I used a source image that he provided, where he stood in an authoritative pose. The original photo did not feature blue reflective lenses, but I like to draw sunglasses in this way. It allows me to use airbrushing to add a reflective effect to the surface of each lens. I think it looks much nicer.

 

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This next illustration was modeled after a photo I found on Pinterest. I was interested in drawing an interracial couple in an embrace, and when I found this photo of a Black-Cambodian couple, I knew I had to draw them. Their embrace is so romantic and heartfelt, because it is their wedding day, so there is a strong positive feeling of love that is emitted from the image.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out my latest illustration on Monday’s post.

 

-S

 

 

Illustrating faces of Instagram

Happy pride weekend!

Rainbow faced feminine bust of a transgender person taking a breath of calm air
A feeling of pride

It is difficult to speak about injustice without getting choked up. I will just say that I’m happy to celebrate freedom everywhere.

The above illustration was created by myself in Autodesk. I sketched the outline shape by tracing a photo of a person from Instagram. I sketched the outline in black pencil and overtop a white background.

Using a base coat of a skin coloured tone, I continued by airbrushing a colorful palate over the eyes, cheekbones etc., of the face.

After colouring in the skin, I re-outlined the entire figure with a lavender-violet ink pen. After completing the illustration I changed the previously light coloured background colour to a black one. By inverting the background colour, the illustration looks like it is floating. A black background also evokes the idea of the echo concept I have been exploring in my paintings. I really enjoy the look of singular images against black negative spaces.

Black woman with xotton candy pink hair illustration
Illustration of author

This illustration is one where I used the same technique, except the end result was to invert a previously black coloured background with a lighter sand coloured one. The colouring

I used myself as the model for this sketch. My hair is not pink, so I took some liberties. I think that the eye direction is a bit off,but that the likeness is on point.

This is another illustration using the same technique. The model is another person from Instagram (king_cannibanoid). I mainly use a variety of hard and soft airbrushing techniques when adding colour to my illustrations. I enjoy building layers of colour that lighten gradually to create depth and shadow.

I continue to find immense calm and tranquility with illustrating things I find around the web, and life. Thank you for stopping by to check out what I have been working on.

S

Ideas aplenty for illustration

Greetings!

My latest illustration set features some ideas I came up with in between my mom duties and life. No matter what circumstances arise, I find that a constant trait I carry is a need to be creative!

The outline of a gun was drawn in Autodesk sketchbook using layers and a designer pencil. I enjoy using nibs that produce a grainy line. When the outline of a figure is done with this grainy line, (I think) that it gives a more informal and practiced design like a chalkboard writing or a pencil sketch.

The same outline as the blue gun was redrawn and duplicated using the symmetry tool to create a mirror image.

Here we see two identical guns pointing at each other. The nib used in the redraw was a designer pencil with the width widened by about 3 or 4 x the regular size. The ultra straight lines are attributable to using the line tool. I used the line tool with a zoomed in view to draw point to point, then filling in any curved points by hand.

Finally, this mandala image is a simple black background and white pencil sketch. Using the symmetry tool with a radial pattern option, I finished this entire pattern.

Thank you for stopping by,

S