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Looking at My Old Pen & Ink Artworks

While I was looking through my sketchbooks for my reference material for my X-Men series, I stumbled upon these two inks I did way back when. The Three Billy Goats Gruff ink with the troll about to use spray paint and tag up the bottom of the bridge was done in 2009, eleven years ago! The alien with the peace sign (which was cut off I don’t know why) is from 2012. That was a long time ago!!! It is so strange to go back and look at old art. It’s proof of growth as an artist. Save your old art! Don’t throw it away. Instead use it as a guide to measure your improvements and what you still may need to develop.

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Just Got a Commission!

I’m so excited to share that a dear friend of mine has commissioned new art. He wants Bat Woman, NOT girl but woman, and Stargirl. You know what that means? Yes! More coloring pages. I’m also hard at work drawing teams, most notably, the X-Men. I’m working on Gambit and Rogue, then Cyclops and Jean Grey. I already have Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler in the coloring page collection so check them out. I’m finishing up an Iceman coloring page too. Stay tuned for more coloring pages!


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Working on Gesture

So I decided on a work schedule for myself in my last post which consisted of gesture drawing. So far, its gesture drawinggoing well. I’m not going to try to exaggerate the body as much because I would like to focus on improving my anatomy. Instead, I’m going to work on proportion.

Did you change your focus as well? Did you decide on a new learning target? If you did, welcome to reflective practice! This is how we get better at drawing, fast. Look at your drawings after you draw them and decide if you need to focus more on one thing or move on to something else. Be constructive and not critical. Tearing down your self-esteem isn’t going to make you better at drawing. I realized that I need to have more accurate proportions (head, torso, limbs, etc.) before I even think about exaggerating those same proportions. It makes sense. But did you notice how I didn’t beat myself up about it? I just focused my efforts so I improve the overall product, my drawing. Reflective practice is one of the best ways to improve quickly. Why? It isn’t destructive and self defeating. Instead, it helps focus and build skill. Try it!

I’m still working on gesture and getting the overall proportions correct, and this is only the male figure! Now I need to draw the female figure in gesture too because I feel I need to improve in that department as well. THAT is a lot of drawing. I better get back to work!

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Pick a Starting Point to Draw

I’m working on drawing my own comic. Not an easy task but I’m up for the challenge! Before any drawing program, there needs to be a starting point. Where are you at in your skill set? From there you can plan a clear path to where you want to be or where are you aiming towards? I drew an image of a generic, heroic character with his fist raised in a dramatic pose (look below).  That is my starting point. Looking at it, YES! I could use some improvement. If you follow any of my rubrics (I’m a teacher by day) you would see what I see. I need to develop my structure, anatomy, and fluidity.

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Okay so I’ve narrowed it down to three categories. That’s too much. I need to break it down further. I’m going to narrow it to working on creating more natural looking characters with more ease of movement, in other words, fluidity.  How do I do that? Practice making an action line when I draw gesture. What is an action line? The imaginary line that runs down the spine of your subject.

I think that by utilizing this principle of using an action line to establish the pose is a solid one that will yield favorable results. So that is my drawing goal. (Don’t forget to create a goal so you don’t practice aimlessly.)

After that, I’m going to read artist’s anatomy books to help me draw the musculature more realistically. I also want to create that exaggerated look in comics’ muscles (they keep adding muscles that aren’t there but it still looks good). Okay, I have another goal, now I can plan my drawing time!

While I’m going to be drawing gesture drawings (at least 30 per day), I’m also going to be practicing drawing women’s and men’s faces (5 each in three-quarter view). Why two different things? I can divide my time and break up the monotony of drawing the same thing over and over (drawing combined with reflection, is necessary for improvement). Also, switching female and male faces I break up those drawing sessions even further. I can change angle and gender for added variety and a sense of freshness so I won’t be so easily frustrated. So I have my drawing session planned: gesture drawing and faces. Remember to always break up the time to avoid boredom or creativity blocks.


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Another Green Lantern Coloring Page!

This was an earlier version of Green Lantern. I think the concept and the comic book character Green Lantern and the Lantern Corps is pretty good. Unfortunately, translating that to the big screen proved a little more difficult. Still, I think the 2011 movie is okay.

Remember, just because things are opening up doesn’t mean we are safe. Stay away from crowds and wash your hands frequently!

Green Lantern2 Coloring page

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New Coloring Page – Thor! Stay Safe Distances from Each Other (Don’t Spread, Color Instead)

This is a remake of the original Thor that I took with me to the Tucson Comic Con in 2012. The original was very, very chibi and didn’t quite fit in with the rest of the prints. Since it was an original, I was still experimenting with my chibi-fusion style. I decided to redraw it so it more closely resembled the style that I have today which is today’s coloring page. I did draw it back in 2014 which was six years ago! The original was more rounded, less angular. But since Thor is the god of lightning, I thought I should emphasize those angles more over the curves. This version is more pointed.

Since we’re stuck at home during the pandemic, why not release yet another coloring page of Thor holding Mlonjir (anyone know how to pronounce that)?!?

Thor2 Coloring page
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How to Draw the Ear (in Foreshortened View)

I’ve been creating videos on how to draw the face and so far I have the eyes, nose, and lips but no ears. Finally, I have completed the face with – the ear!