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Ideas for You Tube Videos

It’s been an eternity since I made a new You Tube video but the time taken hasn’t been in vain. I’ve been restructuring how I present my content and concentrating on things that people want to learn. For example, my “how to draw hands” videos get the most views so I’m going to do more videos about foreshortening the fingers, dynamic hand positions, and measurements of the hand. I’m also trying to draw my comic book which means more videos about how to draw in the comic book style. I’ve been researching how to create basic construction of the human form (male and female) and I think those videos will be a lot of help as well. I’m also going to deliver on topics like composition, shading, and coloring.

Stay tuned because some really cool stuff is coming soon!


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Another New Thanos Coloring Page!

Is it just me or is Thanos an awesome character? I was asked to make a Thanos coloring page but I just didn’t quite like it. Since then I’ve done a few more sketches. I’m drawing a few versions to see which ones are the most dynamic and capture the essence of the character (well as best you can in chibi style). Here is another Thanos coloring page!

Thanos3 Coloring page

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Working on a New Rey

Star Wars is by far the better franchise between Star Wars and Star Trek BUT they did make episodes 1, 2, and 3 which are not the greatest and should be burned! Luckily, Disney made The Force Awakens which was considerably better than the first three combined. I’m old school so I like episodes 4, 5, and 6 which were the originals. The technology in those early movies is so outdated! I still love A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back (the BEST in the series) and Return of the Jedi even with all that outdated tech. This year we get the last of the movies that hand over the mantle to the new actors of the franchise and say goodbye to Princess Leia officially.

For the Tucson Comic con I’m working on a new print of Rey. Here is what I have so far. I like the pose and the facial features. I’m moving away from drawing the pure comic character and trying to make the image resemble the actress. I think I may ink this one and make it a coloring page as well as a new print.

Rey

 


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New Thanos Coloring Page!

I got a request from a friend in Indiana asking me to draw Thanos. I did the sketch and made a new coloring page from it. I liked that Thanos but I used the costume from the comic instead of the movie.

I decided to revisit my previous sketch and redo it. I was looking for a more dramatic pose and a more menacing face. I also chose the costume in the movie and threw out the old comic book costume. Here is the new Thanos!! I like this version better but I’ll keep both because everyone has different taste. You can find both in the coloring page section of my site. ENJOY!

Thanos2 Coloring page
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New Thanos Coloring Pages Coming

In order to really get behind the hero in a comic book or movie, you have to have a really good villain. Thanos is the current MCU’s baddie. He took out half of all life in the universe, which is pretty awful if you ask me! Anyway, I’m designing a new art print for the Tucson Comic Con of Thanos. I want to have him wearing the Infinity Gauntlet, of course, but I also liked the double edged sword he uses in Endgame. Here is what I have so far:

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FIRST Post in August!

Well, people, my day job IS being an art teacher and this has been the start of the school year so I’ve been really busy. So sorry about not having posted until now, although, since I have my new work schedule (goodbye summer) it’s time to get back to drawing. I highly recommend creating a drawing schedule for yourself. Let’s face it, if you don’t make the time for art you will never have the time for art.

and worse yet, you’ll start to complain that you never have time for art! DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN! Create a schedule. That being said, I’m still working on mine because I definitely need to add in some variables and it’s complicated. Anyway. . .

Here is a new Harley Quinn I’m working on and will hopefully have ready for the Tucson Comic Con  this year. I already have a new Armored Batman and Suicide Squad Harley ready and I also have the go ahead to make Thanos!

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Before You Commit to an Idea, Sketch it First!

It’s actually a good idea and a good habit to create a few sketches before you commit to a drawing and actually draw it. Why? There is nothing more aggravating than spending time on the details or the shading  or the textures or whatever, only to find you don’t really like the overall “look” once you are done. Maybe you don’t like the pose? The costume? The facial expression? Who knows? My point is, you may spend a lot of time on something you may not actually like! So what can you do to fix it? SKETCH IT FIRST!

I’m an art teacher. I’ve been an art teacher for 20 years and one thing I see time and time again is impatient artists. They draw things they know they are unhappy with but continue doing it anyway. It’s crazy. Then, once they’ve finished, they throw it away because they didn’t like it! Why not fix mistakes or make alterations in a few sketches before you actually commit to inking or coloring with markers? The time you save with the sketches is better than having to re-do your art entirely because you’ve thrown it in the trash.

Two useful tools I use for sketching are a blue and red lead. I generally sketch my image using basic shapes and fleshing out the figure with a non-photo blue pencil. If I see anything that needs correction, I use the red pencil and go over it. I don’t erase! The reason I don’t erase is so I can see where the incorrect line is and correct it. If I erase it, I may draw that same line again and again.

Raesketch

 

If you look at the new Star Wars art of Rey that I’m working on you can see the initial sketching of the figure in blue. Then I decided I needed to change the positioning of the cinture, the jawline, and the right foot (her right). Afterwards, I went over it again with an F lead pencil. This is a good pose and I like it after all of the alterations. I’m going to re-sketch it again with the changes. I may draw a few sketches with different expressions too. I’m not sure I like the current expression. All of these changes I’m going to make BEFORE I actually ink it and make another coloring page.

Here is another potential Thanos artwork and soon-to-be coloring page. I made the basic shape of the pose and anatomy using the blue lead and added the details of his costume in red. It’s easier for me to see how the costume works with the pose of the figure because the two different colors highlight different aspects of the drawing. This is also helpful for determining how I want my final “look” to be realized.

For this artwork, I’m going to draw a few more sketches with different expressions.

Thanosketch

So what is the moral of today’s lesson?

It is infinitely easier to change a sketch than to redo a completed artwork. A sketch is just a few lines whereas an artwork is colored, inked, and takes a lot more time. Since you’re spending time on the artwork anyway, why not do a few preliminary sketches and work out your overall concept? The time you take during the sketches will save you the time it would take to create re-do.

Go forth and SKETCH!