Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sketching Sketching All Day Long!

Some sketches of a character I have been working on from my sketchbook!

In the month of December, I drew in my sketch book nearly every day. I skipped a couple weekend days and Christmas, but I was proud of the fact that I sketched nearly every day. I managed to keep it up a lot of January, but slacked off a bit near the end of the month. But I'm determined to keep going. I started this challenge because I got some feedback from Stephen Silver at CTN on my character drawings. He told me to just keep practicing and drawing my characters in motion. I haven't ever been really good about sketching in my sketch book regularly. I came to CTN with a blank sketch book with the first page cut out because my first drawing was really bad and I was embarrassed.

Trying out different mediums! Pen and Ink with Watercolor!

Sketching daily feels a lot more comfortable now, and I don't need to be embarrassed about what is in my sketch book. One thing that helped me in this was remembering that it is all just practice, which means I'm not obligated to show any one else my drawings. I have been doing my own drawings, and I have also been copying other people's character sketches for practice and study. It has been great. And I'm going to continue it this year, and I know I will get better.
Join me this year, and challenge yourself to sketch more! In fact, if you want an official challenge, the #kidlitart chat community is doing a challenge to draw every day in February. Check out the details here.

Sketching on the Ipad! This one was done in the Procreate App.

To help you get motivated and inspired, here are some prompts and tools that I have been using.

First, Here are some things that help me think of what to sketch every day:
- Draw your own already designed characters in different poses.
- Use Stephen Silver's Character Design Shuffle app to come up with new character ideas.
- Copy another person's character design sketches. Of course, these are for personal study, so don't post them on the web, but keep them for yourself.
-Try different mediums- pens, watercolor, markers different art apps on the Ipad etc.
- Choose a photo from Pinterest and draw it.
- Use images from the apps Posebook or Posetool for reference.
- Prompts from Sketchdailies.
- Color studies from nature in watercolor or on the Ipad.
- And of course the best idea is to just draw the things you love!

Do you all have any other ideas when it comes to sketch books? (Share in the comments below!!)

Trying some totally new mediums! This one was done with pen and Ink and Copic Markers!

Second, something that has been helpful to me, it to replenish and revive my sketching supplies. Here's a picture of some of my recently replenished supplies:

Just incase you were curious, here is my #weaponsofchoice:

I am enjoying my new sketch book! It is a Trav-e-logue Hand-Book Sketch Book , and it fits perfectly in purses, and other bags. It also has strong enough paper for watercolor washes and such! 

For sketching in my sketch book I like to use Prismacolor Col-Erase Erasable Colored Pencils , or a regular mechanical pencil with a  Kneaded Eraser. For pens I am trying out new brush pens  from and Micron Pens. I have also just purchased and started trying the Copic Markers Sketching Grays set

I LOVE my Sakura Koi Portable Watercolor Set Sakura Koi Water Colors Field Sketch Set with a Water Brush. So nice! 

I also like to sketch on my ipad. My favorite apps are Procreate, and Sketchbook Pro. My favorite stylus so far is an Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Stylus . I also like to use the Wacom Bamboo Stylus

For all my finished illustrations, I paint in Photoshop on my Yiynova MSP19U Tablet Monitor

Hope this helps inspire you! Happy drawing everyone!

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