Thursday, April 30, 2015
I've been having a little trouble with my internet service provider, so I started doodling this in my sketchbook while I was tweeting their support team with my phone. Oh technology, what would I do with out you? Talk to people on the phone? Pfttt who wants to do that?
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Another lazy night, I'm so sorry. The day really got away from me. Tomorrow I'm going to sit down and draw something more worth-while.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
I saw this weird beat up hitching post on a U-Haul truck during my hour long drive home from work. Since I was stuck behind the truck for a while the more I looked at the hitching post, the more it looked like a weird little face wearing headphones, so I doodled it for tonight's drawing. I added the pigtails just for fun, but the overall shape is inspired by the hitching post of a truck...the weird things you see and think about during a long drive home after a long day really are odd, huh?
I did a pretty much finished piece yesterday, so I totally slacked off today. Here's a random doodle I just did in my sketchbook with Sharpie Pen. My new favorite drawing tool. Also, I have this strange obsession with barrettes pinning hair behind ears. I do it to my own hair and it always makes me look like a child. I don't think I'm doing it right.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
I decided to revisit my doodle from DAY 12, and attempt a finished digital piece. It's flat coloring and blocky cell-like shading with some gradients on top. Lazy gradients are lazy..., but I'm pretty happy with it. I might add some textures later, but for now this is as close to done as it's getting tonight.
The flat color version is under the cut.
I couldn't resist.
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A sharpie pen sketchbook doodle inspired by THIS photo. I am just obsessed with it right now. Anyway, I tweaked the blog layout a bit to make it look a little nicer, and I changed the font I was using for my website on my doodles. Not sure how I feel about the change, but I am dead tired. It was a very very long night and I need to get some sleep.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
I was thinking about what I am planning on doing with my hair, so I googled hair styles and saw THIS photo and I just loved it. She has such gorgeous hair! Mine will never be that long, but I really wanted to draw her, so I started this. I am oddly obsessed with this photo right now, so I might work on this digital painting for a bit and do a sketchbook drawing of her as well since my styles on both mediums are so completely different. It's nearly 5 AM and I better get to bed, so it'll just be a WIP for tonight.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
A 3 minute sharpie pen sketch in my sketchbook for tonight. It's late and I'm really sleepy, and I knew I could whip out something really fast, but I'm also not giving up on traditional sketchbook stuff. Sure, I love my new tablet, but I still love sketching with a physical pen on paper too. And my styles on both are so different! It's so weird, but fun.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
A little doodle inspired by one of my favorite 80's cartoons, Jem! I'm having a lot of fun experimenting with different styles, but I still need a lot of work. I'm not really creating any fleshed out pieces. Anyway, the Misfits songs really are better and I'm gonna go get my butt into bed.
|I drew my left hand since I draw right handed.|
So today was just one of those days. I left my car windows partially down overnight during a storm, I fell down the basement steps carrying laundry, and to top things off, I sliced my right pointer finger open right at the tip near my nail.
My CPU fan has been really noisy, so I shut down and tried to clean it out and see what was going on, but my computer set up is really compacted. I must have hit the power button on my keyboard with something when I was shifting things around and my PC turned on, fan turned on, and bye bye finger tip.
Not to be graphic, but the very tip of my finger was pretty much sliced off by the fan blades, but not completely. Kind of like a flip-cap on a tube of toothpaste. I didn't even know it cut me at first, it hurt, but I re-shut down and went back to tinkering when I saw blood flowing down my arm. Oh well. I flipped the skin back, applied pressure, cleaned it, and now I have the world clunkiest bandage for such a tiny injury because it's in such a weird location and I have long nails. It's really sore and it stings, but I'm right handed, and I need to type. Hopefully it'll heal up quickly.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
I have discovered that I really really like digital painting with this tablet. I want to do some different studies with lighting, so I used a spot in my room for reference and whipped this one up tonight. All of these 365 drawings are done in 30 min or less, and with all things considered, I'm really happy with these digital paintings so far, and I'm excited to see how I'll progress with them over the next 200 days or so.
Hopefully I'll have to to sit down and do a more complex one and create a better finished piece, but for now it's 3:13AM and I need to get my butt to bed.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Yesterday was the dog park, today a pet blog launch. Someone is a spoiled puff. #pomsofinstagram #jackjack #dogs #poisonandantidote #petsofinstagram #Pomeranian #foxandfelineA photo posted by M. Smith (@poison_and_antidote) on
I am so worn out. I should have gotten more work done this weekend for Otakon, but I ended up spending a lot of time with my dog, which was really nice. So I'd say it was worth the slacking off.
Yesterday I took him to the dog park because it was absolutely gorgeous outside. I slathered myself in sunblock to protect my pale recluse-like skin from the sun, but I managed to get burned anyway. Oh well, at least I'll have some color once it all heals.
So we spent two hours running around at the dog park and going for a walk, and then today we were invited to the Fox & Feline blog launch party.
More semi-realistic and rendering practice. This time I practiced lips to get a better sense of how to draw them, and I'm pretty happy with it.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Know what I'm not good at? Rendering, and not using outlines. Tried to attempt both tonight, but I don't think it worked out all that well. Actually, the more I look at it, I think it's the mouth I don't like. I should try drawing a semi-realistic mouth next.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
I'm just full of lame titles this week. I was inspired by THIS dress I saw on tumblr. I really love fashion drawings, but I just can't do them, at least not yet. I get way too detailed on the model and not as into the clothing itself. Plus, I wear jeans and a sweatshirt pretty much every day of my life. In summer it changes to a tank top. I wish I tried harder with my appearance, but I'm kind of in a funk, and have been for quite a while, I just want to feel comfy and safe, so jeans and a baggy blanket-like sweatshirt it is.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
I think this is my first attempt at any kind of pseudo-realism in this challenge so far. I'm pretty happy with it, although it's far from hyper-realism, but that's not really my style anyway. I am also attempting to do something without outlines, but even this has them. It's such a hard habit to break!
The smaller this is, the better it looks.
This doodle takes me back. Still getting used to the tablet but day by day it gets better, and I'm trying out different brushes and flows and such to see what I like best.
Back in high school I used to doodle using bright greens all the time, and I always added little bones and skulls and such, usually a word bubble that just had a skull or a heart inside as well. I should dig those old sketchbooks out and show you guys sometime. But, for now, it's 3:37AM, and this zombie girl needs to get her butt to bed.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
I'm still so clumsy and bulky with my pen drawings and motions. I'm trying to do more of these little sketches to get used to it. Not seeing where you're actually drawings is such a weird concept, which is why I kept contemplating dropping a ton of money on a Cintiq, but I came to the conclusion that I should crawl before I walk, so we'll keep with this tablet for now and see if I can really get my money's worth out of it.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
I just started playing around with this idea of Daft Punk-esque colors, like from Interstella 5555, and this is what become of it. I should play with some crazy colors again tomorrow and create a more finished piece. For now, it's 2AM and I'm going to try going to bed early for once.
I worked a bit more on my Black Lady line-art, but it's not all that different from my last post, since I basically chose to redo everything. In the meantime, here's a warm up bust.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
This feels like such a cop-out on my part. I wanted my day 100 to be crazy awesome, but it's only this WIP for now. I want to make some more prints for Otakon, and on day 1 I drew a black lady, so for day 100 I wanted to do it again, but it's 6AM. How did that happen? I'm looking forward to working on this tomorrow. In the meantime I am getting used to my new tablet and I LOOOOOVE it. Oh man, so much fancier and better than my super old one from 2005. This one can zoom and change brush sizes and do all kinds of short cuts. It's so much better.
Okay, I hear birds chirping, and I have another Candyology101 podcast to record tomorrow, so I better get some sleep. Good morning/night internet!
Thursday, April 9, 2015
I didn't have much time to draw tonight, since I was busy filming and editing a new Youtube video, but this was me playing around with sketching on the tablet. Thankfully tomorrow is Friday and I might be able to sit down and make another halfway decent piece with this.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
First drawing on the snazzy new tablet! I bought it used from a guy who went to college with me, and I couldn't be happier. I haven't had a tablet with working pressure sensitivity since 2005. All of my digital art up until this point was made with a mouse, so I gotta say, this felt awesome. Let's hope this baby will help me bang out some more prints and stuff for Otakon!
GAH! So happy with this purchase.
Another kind of random one without any rhyme or reason to it tonight. I've been having a hard time coming up with ideas the last few days. To be honest, my mind is elsewhere. I should be picking up a used drawing tablet on my way home tomorrow from someone I used to go to college with. Which is awesome, but I'm nervous. What if I don't like drawing digitally? What if I really should be buying a Cintiq where I can draw what I see? Is this a waste of money and time?
A Cintiq is a pretty expensive purchase, but I'd be going from o-100MPH by buying one, and my bank account doesn't like that idea. I rationalized things by saying that if I buy and use this new tablet for a few months, and I like how my digital art is going, I'll buy myself a cintiq this time next year. In the meantime I'll work with what I have and try to make the idea of buying a Cintiq worthwhile.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Went into this one with pen, with no pencil guides, and it shows. I have no idea what's going on here. I wanted to try drawing someone chewing gum, without showing the gum, but I think it came out all kinds of...wrong. Welp, I'm getting better each day. We're almost at day 100 soon. I figure I should draw the same thing I drew on Day 1 every 100 days to see how I've improved. I think that might be interesting to see.
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Okay so today is a bit different. Instead of sketching a person, or an animal, I sketched out some ideas for a Magical Girl membership card. It's an idea I had since I just found out I can print plastic cards with gold foiling...and I'm really digging this idea. I plan on fleshing it out, but I would have to buy these at a minimum of 500. Are there 500 people out there who would ever want an un-official membership card?
It's really late and I have a headache and I'm tired, so lazy quick figure sketches will have to do for tonight. Maybe I'll flesh out one of these sketches another day.
Saturday, April 4, 2015
I was going to try and do another full body drawing, but...I got lazy. Sorry lovely lolita-esque girl, no legs for you. Maybe another night. I like the direction I'm going in with these detailed drawings, but I should try and do some more kind of finished pieces since Otakon is coming up quick. Gotta make some new prints! Maybe I'll do a 365 sketchbook-zine?
Friday, April 3, 2015
Okay, I'm a lot happier with tonight's doodle even if I ran out of room towards the bottom of the page. I used THIS adorable model and dress as reference. Those dresses always look so cute in the photos with these beautiful models, but they never look as good on me.It felt good to draw something more detailed since I’ve been slacking quite a bit on this challenge. I haven’t missed a day, but I feel like my drawings should have a bit more effort. It’s nearly 4 AM on a work night, so I better get my butt to bed.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
I honestly don't know what's up with me and doodling tea stuff. I rarely drink tea these days. Either way, I still need tons of practice with hands, so I'll try something with hands again tomorrow. Also perspective. That needs a LOT of work too.