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New Coloring Page Release!

I’ve been trying to draw in a fusion-type style of Japanese manga and American Marvel-style. Needless to say, it’s a challenge. I’ll post some video of my drawing soon. In the meantime, this is the latest Vanquish Studio release – The Predator. I drew the creature with it’s mask on for simplicity’s sake. It would have been difficult to draw a cute chibi predator with those four, ugly fangs flaring out. Not to say that I don’t like a good challenge, I do, and maybe I’ll draw one like that in the future. After all, an artist has to continue to push her/himself.

Even though I’m trying to teach myself a new more comic-book-manga-friendly style I can never abandon the chibi-fusion style I’ve developed over the years. I’m releasing a commission I did a few years back. It was so cute I had to make it into a print. I kept the line art which I converted into a new coloring page.

Don’t forget to check back often because I will be working on a whole bunch of NEW images in anticipation of this year’s Phoenix Fan Fusion!

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How to Practice Drawing

Start Drawing

Okay, so from my last post about drawing (which was about a week ago) I did a pre-assessment and determined that I needed to work on drawing the female face and head. I especially needed to work on the eyes, lips, and hair. So to get started, I got started! I drew a few female faces and heads WITHOUT any help of any kind. I tried to draw from my memory and imagination. Needless to say, it was a dismal failure.

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As you can see I made the eyes cross-eyed, the jawline is STILL too heavy, and the hairstyles are off. Whatever you do, don’t throw out your bad drawings. I really wanted to toss out these early sketches but I didn’t. The only way to grow and improve is to look at them, examine your mistakes, and make corrections in your drawings. I can easily tell from my early sketches that I’m not proficient enough to draw from memory. I need to get some reference material. But if I had chucked them out, I wouldn’t reflect on them. Don’t be afraid to examine your mistakes.

Use Reference Material

Okay, I definitely need to look at some images of women’s faces and heads before I go any further. I decided to check out some magazines and focus on drawing women whose faces were turned at an angle. I also decided to look at a few drawing books so I can better understand the structure of the face and head. As I draw, I’m focusing on making the jawline more feminine, sultry eyes, and a decent hairstyle (at least believable) so that is my focus area. Of course, feel free to change your focus area as needed.woman1

My new drawing is a lot better than the ones I tried without looking at reference. The eyes aren’t crossed anymore and the jawline is a little better. The lips are definitely better than the drawing without reference. I still need to work on the hair and make it look more natural. In the sketch below I tried to add some shading to the figure as well. I like the hair on this sketch and I’m getting more comfortable making the hair more flowing.

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Getting Closer

Remember NOT TO GIVE UP! It is going to take some time before you get really good at a particular skill. I’ve been sketching 30 minutes a day to work on my women’s faces. I definitely think I’ve been improving but if I crumpled up all my old failures I never would know that! As painful as it is to look at something you really don’t like, that is the best way to see improvement. This final image is what I got after a couple of days of practice. If you scroll up and look at the first attempts you can definitely see some improvement. This was only a week of practicing and I can see some changes in my drawing already. I will continue to practice using reference material as well as apply anything I learn in the two books I’m reading about drawing. So, since I’m not proficient enough yet, it’s back to the drawing board.

KEEP PRACTICING until you get better, or at least comfortable, but do you see how critiquing your work can help pin-point exactly what to practice? That way you aren’t drawing something you already are good at and you can focus your efforts on what you really need to work on!

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Going to Dev Fare!

I’m a graduate of the University of Arizona so it’s really hard for me to show at ASU! Kidding. Actually, all rivalry aside, Dev Fare is a free event put on by students. Vanquish Studio went to Dev Con (at the time that’s what it was called) for the first time, I think, in 2015. It is a fun little, free, comic and gaming convention at ASU West.

If you live in the Phoenix metropolitan area and have free time GO CHECK IT OUT!

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New Coloring Page Release!

Venom is a Living Symbiote! And now a NEW Coloring Page…

I really didn’t read too much of the Spider-Man comics when I first got into comics. Actually, I was more of an Image Comics kinda gal since I was interested in coloring, inking, and pencilling – the art. However, one cannot deny that a good storyline, careful pacing of plotlines, and development of interesting, dynamic characters goes a long way. The comics I was reading didn’t have that. Sorry Image. So I started reading more cerebral comics like the Watchmen and reading other independent comics and mangas.

I must confess, however that I DID read some Spiderman comics when Venom was introduced. The thought of an alien creature attaching itself to a human was fascinating.

Of course, like all good ideas it was used TO DEATH! Marvel actually introduced offspring, yes children, of the original Venom: Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher, and Agony. Seriously? Then they did another story with his five children called “The Planet of the Symbiotes” (around the mid 90’s). They also, as if we didn’t have enough symbiotes at this point, did a comic called Along Came a Spider which introduced the symbiote anti-hero Hybrid. I’m not against making a dollar with a good story, I just think you CAN use an idea too much. I still like the original Venom and I think he was a fantastic villain for the Spiderverse and made an equally awesome anti-hero.

On that note, I went to the movie theater last year to check out Tom Hardy’s depiction of Eddie Brock AND Venom. I understand the actor was the voice of the symbiote and had recorded those parts in the mornings before filming so he could act against them as the human. I liked the movie only the human villain, played by Riz Ahmed (he’s the genius inventor Dr. Carlton Drake who discovered the alien symbiotes and is head of the Life Foundation)I found to be rather ordinary and not too threatening. He was a sleazeball but not necessarily as dangerous as he needed to be. The other escaped symbiote Riot, who becomes bonded with Dr. Drake at the end of the movie, could have been stronger and more diabolical as well. I think you have to have a clever, devious, strong villain in order to really appreciate the hero’s/heroine’s efforts. Hmmmm, thats just me I guess. Well, I still like Venom and I thought he would make an awesome coloring page. Click the link below the thumbnail to download the latest addition to the Vanquish Studio library!

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Have You Been Practicing?

I’ve been working on drawing the female head, more specifically, faces. And remember? I needed to work on the jawline, eyes, nose, and lips. Check out my pre-assessment from a few days ago. I self-critiqued myself when it comes to drawing the female head and face. Yes! I’m working on it and yes, I’ll post the results soon.