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.
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.
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.
I am happy to announce that my labor of love is complete: I have finished my first eBook.
It is a short and simple guide that provides tips for success in writing your own blog. Since beginning this art blog, I have toyed with the idea of writing instructional materials to support my content.
As the child of teachers I have always been asked if teaching was in my blood. I usually denied this idea, and proclaimed that teaching was not for me because I had the idea of teaching children ingrained within my mind. After taking a course on training and development in human resources I realize that I actually enjoy teaching. The only difference is that I enjoy teaching and instructing adults as opposed to children. The “pedagogy” or concept behind teaching adults is different from teaching children, and I am better suited with the temperament of mature individuals.
I enjoy training and teaching people who find the information useful, so I decided to write a short eBook to help others who may have an interest in starting their own blog.
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.
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.
My latest work in illustration has been the creation of simple geometric patterns against solic backgrounds of colour. This untitled illustration was a quick and happy one. Using an ink pen, I enlarged the brush size to get a thick circumference. I selected the symmetry option and using the line tool I began to draw line segments that connected at (what I hope are) 90 degree angles. I finished the quick draw by adding smiles for the little man sitting at the top. (hee hee).
Some of the patterns have a tribal feel because I drew inspiration from my recent study of my family’s ancestral masks.
Looking closely at the second image, it could also be a schematic for an over engineered device. There are many intersections of line that make the design more complex than the earlier illustration and the pattern repeats itself four times. I think that the over stimulating nature of the pattern and the repetition could make for an overwhelming image; which is why I decided to use muted colours that would interact in a more calming manner.
This last illustration is a favourite. I really like it as a background and I think or has a high potential for application across different media.
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.
I am always trying new things (as you know), so my latest fun activity is creating illustrations for my tshirt designs.
This design is a simple drawing of a chihuahua dog with large thick framed glasses. He has a vacant look in his eye and is flanked by a witty remark that reads “hmmm…let me get back to you on that”. I like the simplicity of this design, and I hope you do as well.
A second illustration features a more complex illustration of an alien that has been coloured in. I used a cool gray colour with an air brush application to achieve the uneven colouring. The outline is a mix of pencil and ink pen.
Finally, this illustration is of a female astronaut babe holding blaster guns against a black background. It is very simplistic and I would have liked to make the colours more vibrant. I am working on more illustrations and will post my work over the next few weeks.