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Vary Line Weight

This is a new video highlighting how to change your line weight to add variety to your drawing. It also shows the newest coloring page I’m working on – Iceman! Stay tuned because I’m releasing it soon.

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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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