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Sketch Challenge! Elements of Art

So a few weeks ago I did a video about sketching where you can and finding what you can to sketch. It truly doesn’t matter what you draw as long as you set a consistent schedule and stick to it! Becoming good at drawing doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of practice, which is why I made that video. Have fun with it while you are learning!

This video is a sketch challenge. I chose three elements of art at random and then drew one object emphasizing each different element. I liked the shape and line drawings the best. I think I could have done more with the texture drawing.

Don’t know what to sketch? Check out this video for some ideas!

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Adding Tutorials

In case you didn’t know it, I’m working on a project with my best friend. He is writing a graphic novel and wants me to illustrate it. I don’t mind and I’ve always wanted to try my hand at sequential art. However, there are some challenges. For example, drawing the same character in different poses, coloring, adding dramatic lighting, etc. I could go on and on about this subject because there are literally hundreds of things to know. Comic book illustration isn’t easy. Anyway, many people want to learn to draw but get stumped. They just don’t know what to do. You are more than welcome to follow me. I’m going to create my own program to improve on my skills and I’ll share my learning.

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Editing New Videos

Woo hoo! I tried to upload a video to YouTube and, believe it or not, it worked. So now I have the option of posting on my website OR my YouTube channel OR both! I think I’ll do both. I mean, I am a teacher and I do have the summer off so why not indulge?
I’m working on a foreshortening series starting with hands and then moving into the face. I need work on both. I’m also working on value. It should be fun. I’ll post my new videos very soon!

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Trouble with YouTube and My First Video on Site

So I tried to upload my second video to YouTube and what happened? It views right side up on my computer and on my Facebook page BUT not on my YouTube or for that matter my Google Plus account. I don’t know if it’s a bug they need to work out or maybe I did something on my end BUT they do show up. Scroll down and you’ll see the video of my room. I tried to upload that same video to my Google Plus and it was upside down AND backwards. The same thing for YouTube…upside down and backwards. I figured out how to rotate the video so it’s inverted horizontally. WTF does that mean? The right is on the left and the left is on the right and the words are backwards! In fact, I just tried to get to my video and it was taken off!

So I decided to heck with YouTube. I upgraded and I’m going to host my own videos. The first one was coloring Ironman which is on the downloads. I embedded that video when YouTube was working! This is my second video. It’s for beginners and it’s about six minutes long. I recommend using basic shapes when beginning a drawing for two very good reasons. Find out what they are! The download for this video is on my download page.

At the end of this video are some more funny out takes because this filming business takes some getting used to. Anyway…it’s kinda funny. Enjoy!


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Painterly Style

As I’ve stated in earlier posts, I feel I need to come up with a style unique to Vanquish Studio. I really enjoy drawing, inking, and coloring fan art and I get a lot of compliments on that style but I don’t want to just be a fan art artist. Of course, that doesn’t mean I’ll stop doing fan art. In fact, I’m working on some more Batman characters which I’ll post as soon as I’m finished with them. I would like to do something to show my appreciation to having found God and having a divine presence in my life. I lost my job four years ago and had several deaths in the family (four to be exact) which have made life difficult. I really credit God with helping me keep my sanity through all the tragedy.
I thought I would use my comic style, or something close to it, for my angel series but it just didn’t fit. Instead, I tried a more painterly style which I think works better. I’m going to continue to develop this style of coloring for my angel series.


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Coloring Angels

This is what I have so far with my angel series. I’m coloring the angels with more detail but I’m still not sure if I will keep this style. I definitely need to add a fur texture to the squirrels which I didn’t do in this version. I may have to re-ink the squirrels so they have a more fur-like texture as well as add it in the coloring. The crazy part is that I have six more angels to color! Sheesh!