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New Coloring Page – Rey!

The Tucson Comic Con is right around the corner and I need to get going on my new Rey. Well I finished the inks which means a new coloring page for everyone! This one is going to be colored and made into a print for the con. Enjoy!

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How to STOP Procrastination!

Are you one of those people that wants to learn how to draw but it just seems like there is soooooo much to learn that you can’t do it all? Guess what, you can’t! Not all at once at any rate! That would be too much to ask anyone. Think about exercising, when someone starts to lift weights with chest presses you don’t put 500 pounds on the barbell their first time on the bench! You’ll kill ’em! You gotta build up that strength and eventually you have it. The same is true of drawing and practice, if you try to do too much you will feel overwhelmed and be more likely to quit and not even start – procrastination. Start with a small goal and work from there. I’m having trouble drawing comic book hero heads and faces. My style is chibi so it’s really quite a turn from drawing big over-sized heads to that of correct proportional heads. Regardless, I need to get it done for my comic book I’m writing.

DO YOUR RESEARCH
I’ve started with reading a book about drawing the head by master illustrator Andrew Loomis. It’s called
Drawing the Head and Hands. You can find it in any library for free or if you feel like paying get it on Half Price Books. It’s an invaluable resource for proportions and has practical, usable advice.

loomis1After reading the book, I need to practice. Let’s all be realistic, instead of expecting a perfect drawing within two seconds, I need to set realistic goals and expectations. I’ve decided to draw the head at least three times this week for a minimum of 30 minutes each day. That is a small start that I can handle and I should still see results because its enough drawing time. Of course, if I choose to draw longer than 30 minutes, I may! Sometimes, though, it’s quality and not necessarily quantity of practice time that one strives towards. A good artist knows the difference.

My point is that often times people procrastinate because they simply just don’t know where to start. Quality or quantity, if you don’t know where to start, you won’t!

HOW AND WHEN TO PRACTICE
Choose an area you need to work on and create a schedule. That should help with the procrastination because you have a narrowed target, its a much smaller more reachable goal. For myself, I need to draw men’s heads. Specifically, I want to make them more masculine and draw more consistent with realistic proportions. I commit to drawing at least three days in a seven day week, and I will see results. If I feel the need to practice more, I can change my time to 60 minutes or add another 30 minute day. Flexibility is what helps people stay on a schedule. Don’t overdo it! Start small. Add those weights to the barbell, little by little.

Once I’m good at one target I can choose another one – female heads. I’m choosing small, manageable pieces instead of the whole. Once I have my pieces the way I want them, then the whole will come together by itself.

Does that sound “The Zen of Art” -ish enough?

Check out my latest YouTube video and let me know what you think about my practice schedule in the comments.

 

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The Loomis Method part 2

I can’t believe that I went through school and never heard the name Andrew Loomis??!! This is the second installment of my Loomis series on YouTube. I meant to publish the video tomorrow, on Thursday, which is when I usually publish but I pressed the wrong button. So here it is today. Anyway, this video explains how to measure the face and find the placement of the hairline, brow, bottom of the nose, and chin. It’s invaluable when trying to draw comic book characters; a very helpful method of measuring.

Let me know if it helps in the comments!


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New You Tube Video: Drawing the Head

I’m extremely new to making You Tube videos and it’s really quite more difficult than people may think. I’m trying to make informational videos about drawing but I don’t want to go over a certain time period either and have the videos drag. I recently discovered an old master who has been around for awhile! Did I learn about this person in school? NO! I have no idea why not but, hey, better late than never, right? I made a video introducing Andrew Loomis’ method of drawing the human head. He is an absolute GENIUS when it comes to figure drawing. I definitely recommend reading his book Drawing the Head and Hands.

Let me know how I can improve my videos with a comment! Enjoy.


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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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Finally Saw Endgame!

Yes, it has been this long since I saw Avengers: Endgame. Wow, what a crazy film! I was surprised that Thanos destroyed the Infinity Stones and life went on all dreary for about 5 years until Scott Lang came out of subatomic space to save the day with time travel. (I did go see Ant Man and the Wasp, which was pretty good.) I didn’t know that Vision was truly out of the game for good once that stone was destroyed. I also didn’t expect that EVERYONE who has EVER been in a Marvel film was basically in this one. It was like movie star homecoming!

Thanos! What a villain?!?! He destroys half of all life in the universe and then tries to do it again! What does that mean? A new Thanos coloring page! A big baddie like that deserves another go. Only this time I’m going to draw that incredible double edged sword he fought with in the movie in my dra. I may have to do a Black Widow as well to memorialize the awesome job Scarlett Johansson did in the role.

Here is another Iron Man coloring page since Tony Stark saved the world, again!

Ironman Coloring page

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Why Draw from Life?

A lot of people ask me how to get better at drawing and the answer is always the same, keep drawing! The only problem is that people don’t know exactly what TO draw. I look around my house and find everyday objects as my subject. This helps with a very useful and much needed skill if anyone is going to improve their craft. Drawing from life helps to train your eyes to see in three dimensions but create that same optical illusion on a two-dimensional surface: paper. Truthfully, when you are recreating the physical world on to your paper, you are creating the illusion of depth because the image doesn’t really recede into space, it’s a flat piece of paper. Or you create the illusion of light with values because we all know there is no light inside the image. This is the trick to drawing believable forms in your art.

As you draw from life, look closely at the lines, textures, values, and shapes that create the image. You may need to draw it a few times before you get a sketch that you are happy with, so don’t get discouraged! Drawing from life is NOT as easy as people may think. Many people work from photographs which have already flattened the image for them. It’s a good habit to draw from life and not just from photographs.

In this video, I make a quick sketch from a houseplant. This may seem silly or simple but it actually helps with looking at the shapes that make up the plant and . Go find a houseplant, some paper, a pencil, and an eraser and get started! Walk around the plant, look at it from above, place it on a shelf and draw it from below. There are a variety of ways to draw plants which will help hone your sketching and drawing skills.