This is a little view of the booths, fans, art, toys, costumes, and collectibles available at Phoenix’s biggest con event! Enjoy.
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.
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.
So I didn’t get to show my new art at Dev Con this past weekend. YES, I called it Dev Con. I think that law suit about using the abbreviated “con” and copyrighting it is ridiculous. Anyway, I had finished Gambit but didn’t get to show him off. Now, I really like him as a character when I started reading X-Men (back in the 90’s!) He could charge objects with an energy blast. He always kept a deck of cards in his pocket because they were small, convenient, and plentiful for someone with that particular power – he has 52 charges! I also liked his French/ Cajun accent when he spoke to Rogue. I was soooo upset when the Bryan Singer movies hooked-up Rogue with Iceman! Everyone knows the eternal love struggle in the comics is between Rogue and Gambit. It’s classic forelorn love. Anyway, he was my favorite X-Man and from the requests at comic conventions, a lot of other people like him as well. So I had to draw him. I did have a slight issue with the black eyes. When my manager saw them she freaked out but I explained that Gambit has mutated eyes. That’s one subtle thing about him that can be unsettling. He really can’t hide that he’s a mutant. And his eyes are red which is an emotionally charged color in our society. This was a challenge but fun to draw and I hope you like it.
I’m working on one of my favorite characters of all time – Gambit! Here are the flats. I need to add the color holds and the cuts but it’s looking good so far.
So hopefully you checked out the video for triggering words. Well, here is the downloadable worksheet. Enjoy. I’m currently filming and editing the next beginner’s video: negative shape drawing. Stay tuned!
Thank you to everyone who bought a print at the Tucson Comicon. this was my third year at the Tucson Comicon and it has been a big success EVERY year! I will definitely be back next year. I had a lot of closeouts that people took advantage of and duplicate prints: Poison Ivy, Storm, Silver Surfer, Riddler, Scarecrow, Superman 1 and 2, Hulk, Dr. Doom (I really liked that one), Joker 1, Spiderman 2, Elektra, Green Goblin, Venom, Wonder Woman, and the Punisher are all being retired. If you got a print…KEEP IT….it’s a collector’s item now. I’m working on all new stuff for 2015. I’ll have a new, more traditional Joker (NOT the Heath Ledger version which I retired), a more dynamic Hulk (he won’t just be standing there), a different Spiderman than my two previous versions, Black Panther, and Deathstroke! I’m also redrawing a more dynamic Superman and Wonder Woman. Thank you, thank you, thank you everyone who bought a print. Without your support, I wouldn’t have the inspiration to keep creating. Speaking of creative, check out these awesome costumes from the con. I especially liked the Yup Yup Aliens from Sesame Street.
Since I will be showing at the Long Beach Comic Expo, I need to create more art! This is what I have for Cat Woman so far. I purchased a book with all the DC Universe characters. I’m not as familiar with that universe as I am with Marvel so it has been fun researching the characters. I love the pose on this character. I’m not sure if I’m going to add Selina Kyle’s whip or not.