Practice sketches 

A couple practice sketches of old Hollywood film stars to prepare for a Film Noir themed comic assignment coming up.

This is the first time using prismacolour col-erase pencils in a few months and I like how they look in portraits. Maybe it’s because they’re not as harsh a graphite?

Illustration assignment 3

Week 3’s assignment for Illustration Essentials was to draw a one-panel comic. Although it didn’t turn out exactly how I would’ve liked, this was really fun to make!

Originally the man was supposed to say “I guess so” and the woman had an action bubble that said “sigh” but it felt heavy-handed and I ended up taking it out. Another thing I took out was the fork or straw the man was supposed to be holding, leaving him with a super awkward invisible cigarette. *sigh*

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OCAD Continuing Studies (course # 2): Introduction to Watercolour

Today was the first day of a 6 week watercolour course instructed by Scott Waters at OCAD.

I never knew there were so many different techniques and variables to keep in mind when working with watercolour! After an introductory lecture and quick tutorial we dove right in and painted from life. The purpose of the exercise was to experiment painting ‘dry on dry’ (top left), ‘wet on wet’ (bottom left), and a combination of the two (top right and bottom right) to get a feel for how the paint behaves. Fortunately I had this spotty banana in my backpack (purchased this morning as an excuse to use a cafe restroom…I’m glad it served a higher purpose!)

Lesson learned: watercolour may not be the best medium when going for hyper-realism since building up tones can be time consuming and the paint is easily overworked. On the other hand, watercolour has the potential to be very expressive through spontaneous brush strokes.

*The scanned image is not very colour-accurate

PS: Scott Waters’ website: https://www.scottwaters.ca/

 

 

2 firsts: landscape in gouache

Little painting of Cappadocia, Turkey, made as a birthday gift.

My art teacher from the “drawing for beginners” classes critiqued this piece and had a helpful tip: treat the back/middle/fore ground similar to scenery on a stage. The background goes first and is the lightest, followed by the middle ground, and then the foreground goes last which should be the darkest and sharpest. Pretty basic stuff but the theatre visual really made it click for me.

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OCAD continuing studies certificate

Recently I enrolled in an illustration essentials course that goes towards a non-credit certificate in art and design at OCAD. Here are a few comps and the final (far right image) from the first assignment, which was to design an illustration based on an article. My article was titled “How the Internet Causes Depression”.

Lesson learned: spend more time brainstorming! I wasted lots of time trying to make my first half-decent idea work

Art with Nonna part 2: portraiture

My Nonna suggested I do multiple paintings of the same thing in order to become more familiar with the subject and hopefully make some improvements along the way. These 3 paintings use the same photo reference as an earlier sketch. I found colour very tricky here (especially skin tones) and used mostly monochromatic colour schemes to dodge the problem. The green was done first, then purple, and the somewhat realistic coloured one in the middle was last.

I’d love to get some criticism on these!

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back at it

I’ve really been neglecting this blog. Time to jump back in it.

In December I spent a few weeks visiting my Nonna in Saskatoon (who’s also the artist of the family). Being a former art teacher she had no trouble coming up with a couple art assignments for me to work on during our visit. This first exercise is a still life of my mum’s childhood mug, the copy of Herland I was reading at the time, a trinket box Nonna sent home with me, and a spoon.

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Yesterday I went to an amazing portraiture workshop taught by Guelph artist, David Caesar. This semi-finished portrait is of my partner, drawn from a photo reference. Some features are exaggerated. Lesson learned: achieving accurate proportions is easier if you start with the center features and move outwards. Here’s the link to David’s site: http://www.davidcaesar.com/

 

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