I finished a drawing! Yay! It’s been a while. I chose to draw Bunny aka Grav3yardgirl. I’m a big fan of her YouTube channel, which is the first channel I ever subscribed to. She’s so funny and genuine and I’m proud to call myself part of her Swamp Family. I follow her on Snapchat and this picture once came up in her story and I thought it was so pretty and so I screen shot it and knew that one day I’d draw it. Are there swamp family out there who are excited about her Tarte Palette? I am, the color shades are right up my alley.
I was in the middle of filming this one and I realized her eye was too high on her face. I don’t think it was incredibly noticeable, but it bothered me enough that I stopped filming to move it down. You can see it in the video there’s a bit of a jump and her eye went from looking finished to looking bare. It’s all part of the process.
About the drawing itself. This is on 9×12 Bristol Smooth paper. It’s the first time I’ve ever used smooth paper, and I think I really liked it. It was easy to fix mistakes and to blend tones together. I used 4H, HB, 7B, and 8B pencils, kneaded eraser and blending stumps.
I’m back and making speed drawing videos again. I had to figure it all out again since I don’t have access to the same equipment as before. I had to use my iphone to film it all. Although the quality is not great, I’m happy I was able to do it successfully.
I chose to draw Hugh Jackman. I’m somewhat happy with the result, but his face is wider than it should be. I checked the proportions over and over again and could not figure out where my mistake was so I just went with it.
I’m ready to do another drawing video, source picture is picked out and everything, so now to get it started.
It must experiment week, huh, because here’s something else that I’ve never tried before. The negative drawing. I’ve seen this on DeviantArt a lot and various places online. I always wanted to try it, just never did. The mood finally hit me last night and I had the perfect picture to use to make it simple, yet effective.
I actually don’t find drawing the negative space to be all that different than normal. It may end up being easier because it looks a little different, it’s easier to just focus on the tone and not the shapes and how you think the face should look.
So here’s the drawing. 9×12 inches. 4H, HB, and 8B graphite used.
And here’s the negative.
Pretty cool! It really does look like white chalk on black paper. I’ve seen some where people use colored pencil. But that’s beyond what I’m willing to do at this time.
Finished! Honestly, I lost motivation towards the end there, that’s why the clothing is pretty minimal. I was worried half way through that this wouldn’t turn out at all. Even though I’m not 100% happy with it, I’m happy with how it turned out. This is because the source picture was not the greatest quality when it came to lighting and clarity. But it’s done! On to other things!
The reason why I drew this picture was because of the sad sad news of Jonathan Crombie’s death. I learned about it at a bad time. I had been rereading the “Anne of Green Gables” book. I had just finished it and, *spoiler alert*, if you read the book or seen the movie, you know the 2nd to last chapter was when Matthew dies. I had cried reading it (seriously, it gets me every time), and then like 2 hours later, I saw the news of Crombie dying, and it really felt like Gilbert has just died! Right in the feels! It was a lot to take in one afternoon.
This is the last update, next will be the finished drawing. This time I completed the hair. Obviously, Gilbert’s hair was easiest here. Anne’s was a little more work. I still might go back to the hair to texture it a little more. I’m working on the clothing now, and always go over details all over the drawing to finish it off. Stay tuned!
I’m back! After a few busy days out of town, I was able to draw yesterday. This time I “completed” the mouths, cheeks, chins, and Gilbert’s ears. I’m having to be careful right now since the skin can start to look a little dirty the more I try to fix things. Next I’m going to draw the hair. I also need to decide how much detail I’ll be putting into the clothing. Anne is wearing a lace dress. If you’ve been here a while you know, I don’t like lace!
When I started this drawing at the beginning of the week, I thought I’d be done by now. This time I began working on the foreheads, noses, and the other eyes. It’s not looking the way I had hoped it would at this point, but I’m having to remind myself, I’m not even half way done. The lighting in the source picture is slightly flat, since it’s outdoors, so I’m constantly squinting at the picture and drawing so I can be sure to get much as contrast as possible. Did you know squinting is a great way to better see where the lights and darks are? I learned it from the online course I took, and it’s made a big difference.
This will also be my last update for this week. I won’t be able to work on the drawing again until Sunday night or, knowing me, maybe even Monday. I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Here is step four. I now call this “the black eye faze”, for obvious reasons. I use a 4B and HB mechanial pencil to key the drawing. It’s to figure out the darkest and lightest tones. This is where the fun begins.