Everybody knows I find it really hard to draw serious stuff. That's probably why I've basically resumed to drawing stick men all my life. Ahh, the artistic flair!
Since I've realised that I cannot spend my entire life in sheer ignorance and pretend that my 'art' is just great as it is, I thought I'd go out of my comfort zone (black ink) and do some more watercolour stuff.
I think I'd like to look at this in a few years' time and have a good laugh.
It's always good to see where you started from.
So this was supposed to be me. Besides the fact that it could indeed be me, but in 10-20 years' time, it is also quite clumsy. But because it resembled a human being when I finished it, I was pretty happy with the result.
So I am trying watercolours out.
This morning I ate too many chocolate bunnies (we 'celebrate' Easter later, yes), drank too much coffee and had the house all to myself. Hence this 'retarded' bunny card.
Hyper bunnies. Bunnies on acid. Bunnies that forgot how to bunny.
Initially, I thought of documenting this properly, but who am I kidding?! I'm no master of arts! I couldn't pass this as a real tutorial.
So I've made a gif. I know, I should have kept it to myself.
Oh well, too late now.
So this is one of the 'finished' sketchbook images I've been working on this week.
I played around with mediums and while I love watercolours to death, I feel like I am not good with them. So went back to my Promarkers (what a surprise!)
One Monday evening, coming back from work, I started doodling these three characters you can see above.
This is so subtle, so I feel the need to explain. Look at them: you can read the unhappiness on their face. The reindeer, the bear, bird and unicorn all represent annoying work stuff that you have to smile through, swallow and suffer. They can either be your boss forever complaining, a stupid neverending task that you share with a retarded colleague or the inedible canteen lunch. Or coffee spilled on your freshly finished project.
'There you go', they say, 'I'll just s(h)it here on your shoulder and you will shut up 'cause there's nothing you can do, hehe'.
BAM - some colour has been added to these and ta-daaah! I've just described all Mondays in the world.
Of course you are thankful.
I've always loved discovering how my favourite illustrators get their work done. One of the most satisfying things for me is looking at 'before and after' photos of illustrations. It is a truly inspirational process for any artist.
I don't expect this to help anyone but myself, but I have started a small series of such posts.
Today, I've got this strange princess and her sidekick.
I started out with a rough sketch in pencil and then used promarkers to colour her hair. I have layered 5 colours (although, admitedly, I went over board with the black liner and most of the base layers can't be seen in the final drawing): yellow, orange, red, light brown and dark brown.
Next, I lined all facial features in black - I chose to do this because the skin tone colour that I use for my drawings smudges any trace of pencil up. Afterwards, I can erase all pencil lines and add the skin tone colour.
In the end, I add all the remaining details, look at the final drawing and immediately hate it :) But guess that's what most illustrators go through anyway!
Sometimes I make these weird drawings and share them with the world.