I have the privilege of teaching art camps during the summer. A couple of weeks ago, I taught a drawing camp for kids age 10-17. I'm always so proud of my students and how they far exceed my (and especially their own expectations)!
Here are some examples.................
So, you may be wondering why my lines in Somewhat Adventures are so.....un-straight...
Am I nervous or frightened every time I draw it? No.
Am I a bad artist? That remains to be seen, I suppose.
Well, I actually like the look. And it's different. Honestly, I don't completely know the answer, but, I do it on purpose, to be sure.
That's really all I have to say about that.
Have you seen the latest ADVENTURE??? Well, what are you waiting for?
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So, my "day job" is teaching art. Specifically drawing. Tomorrow, I am also substituting for my friend in her comp/lit classes! Right now, I don't make any money making my comics, so I still teach!
Don't get me wrong, I actually love teaching drawing to junior high & high school students, which is my usual gig.
But, anywho, I'm planning to post the next episode of Somewhat Adventures in just a bit.....once I finish posting grades and other teachery whatnot.
Thanks for tuning in.....if you have. If you didn't, I guess it doesn't matter because you didn't see this.
ANNNND below, you can see some work from some of my students who were in my drawing camp! This is our art gallery viewing which we have at the end of the week.....*sniff sniff* Proud teacher moment.....
-- yeah, just, color me.
STEP 3 in meh process: I add color. I make sure that ink has dried. If you don't know what I'm talkin' about then look at the previous step.
I use watercolor paint. Nothing fancy. I've tried a few different types of watercolors: squirtey-tubey kinds, liquidey kinds, and dry kinds in the nifty trays. Frankly, I prefer the dried palette kinds. Not necessarily Crayola, but like, the mid-range Hobby Lobby brand that has 24 colors. It works great and gives me the look I want for Somewhat Adventures. I like the color palette of this set and it doesn't break the bank......always a nice bonus.
I use a couple of round tip. soft (for watercolor) brushes. Again, not the absolute cheapest and not the most expensive. I use coupons and watch for sales, too. The sizes I use.....medium-ish to small-ish. Really, you just need to find what's comfortable and affordable and just overall works for YOU.
For Somewhat Adventures, I try not to get too mix-ey with it, so I can stay consistent throughout the story, more easily. It's a good practice to mix colors, at least a bit, rather than just applying one, flat color to an area. I actually do mix lightly, on the page. Then I can achieve some depth and harmony, buuuuut not too much complication.
Step 2: I use my dip pen, crow quill, or whatever you'd like to call it, to add ink to my penciled lines. My current favorite is the Zig Manga Holder with Nibs that come separate. My current fave nib is the G-pen, as I love its ability to change line widths. *I ordered it from Dick Blick art supplies online. The holder is wooden and has a nice grip. Nibs can be stuck into the end and are just as easily removed.
Why a crow quill? Because I like the squidgedy, unpredictable lines it creates.
The type of ink I use is Daler-Rowney acrylic artist's ink in Payne's Grey. I usually just pick this up at my nearby Hobby Lobby (using the weekly 40% off coupon, of course). I also bought a pack of nifty little plastic containers there. You can see one in the photo. They're handy for putting some ink into and using that for dipping.
Why payne's grey acrylic ink? I don't completely know, except I do like the flexibility of being able to go lighter with it for other projects, but that it pretty much just looks black when used at regular concentration. But hey, you do you. There are lots of ink choices out there!
Finally, here's why I use the back of my watercolor paper: it is smoother for the inking part, but works well for my next step, too....................which I'll write about on another day!
*FYI, I do not receive anything if you click that link. It's just to help.
Every so often, I try to direct you to accomplished artists who have You Tube channels, websites, etc, which I've found to be helpful in my journey to improve in my craft as an artist.
An amazing artist I've recently discovered is SYCRA YASIN. He has tons of helpful tutorials which I've been watching every chance I get. He teaches practical ways of tackling difficult drawing obstacles, such as foreshortening, drawing dynamic poses, anatomy, and more!
Check out his YOU TUBE CHANNEL
I so appreciate the hard work he puts into his videos. This is like attending a terrific art school for free, guys!
Happy New Year!
A few posts ago, I mentioned I would explain my process....well, I know you've been waiting on the edge of your seat to know this critical information --
at long last, like it or not, here it is........
actually, if you don't like, ya' don't have to read it, right?
Step 1: After doing some preliminary sketches to decide how I might draw the next page/episode, I draw on the WRONG side of a piece of watercolor paper (I'll explain why, when I get to the appropriate step). Paper brand? Canson 140 lb.
I generally start out with an HB pencil - Kimberly/General's or Koh-in-Noor brands, OR sometimes just an ol' #2 Ticonderoga; okay, I essentially grab whatever pencil is nearby. Just something not too hard and not too soft, Goldilocks.
As I'm drawing, I think about what Roland would tend to say and do next and what he would look like saying and doing it.
Frankly, I'm often surprised at what happens, even if I've planned out the page. It's a funny thing that happens when a character takes on a life of his own. It's almost as if he's acting out the story for me.
Not that it's easy.
Okay, that's pretty much the first step. I know it doesn't seem like much, buuuut, that's what I do!
"Process, Part 2, will be coming soon -- *announcer voice* to a theater near you --"
or to my blog.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I had a lovely day hanging with my family and remembering the fact that Jesus came to earth as God in human form.....WHOA!!! Talk about mind-blowing!
Anyhoo, Roland overslept a bit this morning, but has now graced us with his presence on the R & T page.
You can click the pic below, if you're super tired and it'll transport you right to the next rivoting episode of.......
I think that one of the most prominent struggles in any artist's life is finding our style....our art identity, I suppose.
"Find your styyyllle."
"What's your styyyllle?"
"Style style styyyllle, style style style styyyyyllllle!"
As an art teacher to jr. high and high school students, I'm asked this question (or the discussion just kind of comes up) quite a bit. After working through this and finally coming out the other side (not that I've "arrived" by any stretch of the imagination), I truly think the only way to find your "style" is by creating -- drawing, painting, cutting, pasting, sculpting, whatever.....
Create and create and then create some more! Just enjoy it! Do not try to fit yourself into someone else's mold, either, except for copying (for purpose of improving, not stealing, of course).
Eventually, you will see it! You will know what you like and don't like -- what tools you prefer, what colors, what-whatever you prefer! Your art will have your unique quality. Even your lines will look a certain way.
Then, as you continue working, guess what? Your style will most likely change, at least a little, or maybe a lot, as you develop as an artist. That's okay! That's normal! You don't have to find one style and always stick with it. YOU ARE AN ARTIST. YOU CREATE. YOU GROW. YOU CHANGE.....
WAIT!? Doesn't that happen to all humans??? Oh yeah! I certainly hope so.
Ok, so go create something you'd like to create....something that brings you JOY!
Had enough of the turkey feast?
Well then.....get ready to feast upon an all new episode of Somewhat Adventures! TOMORROW!
Had NOT enough of the turkey feast?
Well....I really don't know what to do with you people, but you shall still feast upon Episode #4 of the Somewhat Adventures tomorrow, whether ya' like it or not!