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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.

 


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New Etsy Shop

It’s official. Vanquish Studio will be opening an Etsy shop very soon. So many people ask if they can buy my prints online, especially at cons when they’ve spent all their money, and I always reply with a disappointing, “No.” Well, that is about to change. I talked it over with my business partner and she thinks it’s a good idea to sell online. Now comes the tough part: invoices, shipping and handling, and sales tax (just to name a few). It IS going to take some time to create an online shop so please be patient.

The first three 8 1/2 by 11 prints will be the newest ones that I’ve created: Gambit, Aquaman (Justice League) and my Black Panther reboot. These three are the most recent additions to the Vanquish Studio catalog. They show the most recent progression of my drawing skills.

I must admit, I have trouble using my Intuous tablet and Adobe Photoshop together. There is soooo much to learn and improve on it seems never-ending. These three examples show my use of cuts and gradients to create value and develop form. My previous prints tended to be a little flat, but then again they ARE in the chibi style.

Anyway, as soon as I have the particulars worked out, I will be selling these three prints first. If you want to see them close up, just click on the image and a gigantic, fill-the-screen, image will come up for your viewing or critiquing pleasure.

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment!

 


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How to Start Drawing?

I need to get better at drawing but I don’t know where to start?

Does that sound familiar? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve procrastinated because of that very same thing. I just don’t know where to start. So instead of actually trying to figure out a good starting point, I just put it off. So what can you do to figure out a good starting point?

Do a pre-assessment…

What do I mean by a pre-assessment? Well, you need to do a sketch of what it is you want to get better at and decide what you need to do from there. For example, I would like to create my own comic book. What’s the problem? I draw in a chibi style. My comic is a serious, action-packed, saga about a fallen angel seeking redemption. Does that sound like it would be good in the chibi style? Absolutely not. Of course I don’t want to do the Marvel style either. I’m looking for a hybrid style like my chibi-fusion only manga and American-style together. Hmmm, well I guess my style will evolve and I shouldn’t get too concerned this early. Regardless, I basically have to teach myself a new style to make my comic wish come true. My main character, the fallen angel, is a female. So, since it’s “not-my-strong-point” to draw women, I’ll start there. I’m not going to overload myself, I’m going to take it piece-by-piece. I’ll worry about the body later, right now, I’m drawing the face.

Below you’ll see, I drew a sketch of a woman’s face and inked it.

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BE HONEST with Yourself!

Now, if I really look at this drawing, I could rip it to shreds but that really doesn’t help. STAY POSITIVE! Don’t just attack your art, be constructive.

For me, I definitely need to work on my hair styles. I also think I need to fix the jawline. I don’t think the placement of the jawline is feminine enough, too wide. I’ll have to research other artists and styles.

I like the placement of the features, so I’m good there, but the features themselves need some work. I don’t like the eyes and the lips. I want to make my fallen angel more sultry. I mean after all she has tempted mankind for centuries! I’m definitely going to need to look at that.

Now You have a starting point. Get to work!

Okay, so now I have some direction as to what to work on. I’m not just blindly drawing something not knowing what to improve on. I now know what I need to do:

  • research how to draw the female face and head
  • practice drawing hairstyles
  • practice drawing eyes, and lips (that’s just for starters)

So what are YOU waiting for? Draw a picture and critique it to determine a starting point.


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Baby Groot for Phoenix Con 2019!

Well, I sold out, yes SOLD OUT! of the first edition Groot. Thank you to EVERYONE who bought a print and made that run a success. So, as true Vanquish Studio fashion, there is a different edition for the new year. Ever since the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie came out (which I really liked), it seems as though everyone just LOVES Baby Groot. And what’s not to love? An adorable little plant that is just too cute even for his captors! I finished the pencils for a new Groot during the Tucson Comic Con and my business partner liked it so much she told me to scan it and color it. OKAY! Here is a sneak peek of the inks. The generic gradient background is just for showing the inks. I’m going to color this one very carefully! Comment and let me know what you think!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Vanquish Studio

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