March is going by so quickly!! I feel like I’ve been super busy this month, but am managing to make time for art each weeknight, and am also on track to hit my goal of four finished pieces this month. Also, if you glance up to my menu bar, you may notice a new page has appeared – my portfolio! I finally got that all squared away, and it even has a link to my (under contruction) shop. Yehoo, productive things are happening! Feel free to leave any feedback about the portfolio page (layout, structure, etc.) and let me know what you think.
The first piece I want to share is one of my first ventures into original artwork! Meaning I used no direct reference and most of it all came out of my head. Which, for me, is still scary territory (ie, I have no confidence in it). That being said, I’m actually really proud of the piece, and wanted to share a bit of the process!
Since I’m still really new to the world of color (most of my focus has been in graphite drawings until last year) I am always hesitant to dive in with my Copics. While I do worry some about messing up a drawing, my main worry is wasting ink. Copic markers and ink are expensive. I don’t really like to just dive in with no direction when experimenting with them. So once I get a sketch done, I often scan my work and make a test print (on just plain ole printer paper) to lay in color with my daughter’s art supplies as a trial run!
The left piece is the test print I did. The skin color was already laid in with Copics so it’s part of the printed piece, but I added in the eye, hair, and lip color with my kiddo’s Crayola pencils and markers. It sounds silly, but it gives me a really good idea of what it will look like, and the technique I want to use. The piece on the right is the final (in WIP stage), done with my Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils. I like using this trial run technique to come up with general color schemes too, since I’m still so new to using color. I’m really happy with how this piece is turning out, and it’s kick started some inspiration for a new portrait series I hope to start soon. Yeehoo!
I’m re-sharing Deadpool since I have a new final version. I decided to do a blood spatter background since I found the original piece to be rather plain and I’m SO glad I did. I really like the result. Much like the above piece in this post, I scanned and printed out a test Deadpool image of my art to put against the background and see if I liked the result. Once I got the background finalized, I cut out the original and glued it on to make this a mixed media piece. The blood spatter is done with acrylic paint. The original went home with my brother this weekend as a birthday gift, but I will absolutely have prints available of it!
Other than that, I’ve been keeping up with Sketch Portraits each week (follow me on Instagram to see those!) and am excited to start up some new work soon! Also, I’ve been working on a project with some other artists that I’ll be sharing soon (hint: it’s Harry Potter themed!) I’ve been posting bits of it on Instagram, but I’m excited to write up a full post and share my work. Until next time!
What have you been working on lately?