The past few days, nights, whenever I had time and felt like it I have been practicing drawing different poses and the different folds these poses create in clothes. Once again I did this on my iPad in Procreate app. For the most part I only penciled the poses and I worked off a drawing book about manga. Basically I was re-drawing somebody else’s drawing, which is surprisingly more difficult than you may think.
I was quite happy with the results so this morning I decided to work off a photo, not an actual drawing, one step harder. I googled an image of a ‘running teenager’ and found this one here (which is available as a stock photo on Dreamstime) and used it as my model for the below drawing.
While I am really happy with how the drawing turned out, it is not a true manga. The proportions are very real, not over-emphasized and the shading is too defined, which is seen in western comics. Yes, but usually not in manga. Still I like it, so I’m sharing it with you.
Everything up until the shading was done on my iPad in Procreate. However the shading was added in Photoshop, which is so much easier since you can work with clipping masks and layers. You may watch the video of my work until that point below, I did not capture the shading in Photoshop. I always find it fascinating to watch how a simple, actually a very simple sketch turns into an image.
Enjoy the rest of this hot Sunday. Here in New Jersey we have got a heat wave (94 °F/35 °C, real feel 98 °F/37 °C) and it is going to stay for a bit , tomorrow even hotter with 98 °F/37 °C, real feel 108 °F/42 °C, then a thunderstorm at night and back to today’s temps the next few days. What can I say – it is SUMMER!
I have been taking quite a few iPhone pictures lately and this post is no exception. This is the original photo I took a couple of weeks ago. Some time later I started playing around with it in several apps on my iPhone ==> a metamorphosis began.
For me – the below is the finished piece, but I know for some it will be the original one. Or maybe even some from the middle. And it is all good.
Actually, at first I created this Adobe Spark page, which opens up in a new tab/window. But somehow I don’t like it too much, so I rather uploaded all pictures here on my blog.
My friend Annie of McGuffysReader is co-hosting the Friday “Friendly Fill-Ins”! You can find the fill-ins on Annie’s site or at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday and then link up each Friday. This is my first time participating in this fun idea, so here we go:
1. I prefer warm weather (also hot like now) to rain, ice and slush of winter (though a nice rain can be awesome).
2. Playing Pokemon Go was much harder than I expected. (Hahaha – not really, but I just had to snuck that one in there. Yes, I downloaded it, played it and now I am thinking of deleting it.)
3. One way that I relax is taking a walk in nature, preferably with a camera in hand – see photo below.
4. A roadtrip with David always makes me the happiest person in the world.
As I mentioned in my Instagram post, I took the day off today, to refocus, gain clarity, relax – you name it. What better way than to spend some time walking around the arboretum (see p. 3.). Even grabbed my macro iphone lens and gave it a little workout. This is not the perfect macro shot, but – for me – it is getting pretty close.
Though I am a perfectionist, I sometimes am not. Does that make sense?
Welcome to my s~A(R)T~urday linky party – today: Sunday Sketches
“The goal of life: simple, but not empty.”
~ Terri Guillemets ~
Quite literally this is a Sunday Sketches post, because I sketched the illustration you see below today. Alex challenged participants to come up with a temporary logo for here meme. Required were a tree and the meme’s name:
Sunday Sketches from England
I really did not think that I would participate in this challenge, because I have a few other things on my mind. But I guess it is one of those things: Today I just had to sit down and draw something. And, of course, being Sunday I thought about Sunday Sketches. I drew this first with my pens on paper, trying to have the ink strokes of the tree trunk and ‘branches’ very uneven on purpose to imply gnarly bark.
Then I scanned and colored the image in ProCreate on my iPad. Overall I was looking for a paper and drawing feel. As in not too perfect, hence e.g. the bleeding over the edges of the black ink.
Since I did the coloring in ProCreate, I am sharing with you the timelapse video a.k.a. speedpainting that you can save with this app.
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Creative Tuesday is upon us and this week’s theme is ‘fish’. Which is perfect for me, because I have been working on something fishy for a while now. And over this long weekend I finished it: A little manga comic. I already showed you a couple of the pages in previous posts, but here are… Click here for the full article
Welcome to my s~A(R)T~urday linky party – today: Summer “The goal of life: simple, but not empty.” ~ Terri Guillemets ~ Did you see? I got a new quote. While browsing through quotes to find something that feels right for me this morning I stumbled across several quotes by Terri Guillemets, a U.S. Quotation Anthologist.… Click here for the full article
Welcome to my s~A(R)T~urday linky party – today: Weekend “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. ~ Andy Warhol ~ Good mornings, dear readers. How are you? It seems like it has been very, very long that I have made my rounds on the interwebs. Currently I am just… Click here for the full article
Welcome to my s~A(R)T~urday linky party – today: ??? “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. ~ Andy Warhol ~ Guess what? This is going to be the first post ever, and I mean EVER, that I will be publishing without any picture at all. Hmmm, I don’t… Click here for the full article