Tuesday, 30 August 2011

I have an inkling the Inkling will be freaki'n amazing!

This, is the Wacom Inkling.
And it is my messiah.
I just found out about this now, (I think it was announced earlier today or yesterday? I'm not 100% sure) and it is quite possibly in league with the PS Vita in terms of my excitement.
I can not even express how much I want this beautiful little machine...

I have mentioned a few times in the past, that my scanner/printer is freaking horrendous.
Whenever I scan in an image it just doesn't look right and I have to spend ages fiddling in Photoshop to get them to look right.
I also always want to take my tablet in to University, but I have Cintiq which is quite a hefty piece of equipment, and its DAMN expensive.
The town my University is in isn't exactly the best place to be carrying around hefty expensive stuff.

I've also just started experimenting with vector art a bit, (which I really should have made a post about yesterday, but I forgot... WHOOPS!) and having a vector file of pretty much everything I draw would be brilliant!

Needless to say, I am very excited about the Inkling, and I really hope to get my hands on one!
They come out in the UK next month, so I might just have to see how much money I can bare to extract from my bank account at the time.

If not, my birthday is in October, so I guess I can do some begging.
Friday, 26 August 2011

Doodle Drama

Smokey bacon, get it?
It has been a little while since I last updated.
I have found myself pretty busy, for a number of different reasons, lately.
First of all, me and a few of my friends have started ourselves a podcast!
At the moment were still playing with the formula somewhat, so it is a bit rough around the edges...
It goes by the name of Prism Fish, and is pretty much just us discussing whatever we feel like at the time, if you have any interest you can subscribe to it on iTunes or via RSS feed!

Just this past week I had a little bit of panic and drama in my life when my course tutor from University phoned up and told me the folder full of work I had taken in had gone missing.
I went in and searched everywhere but the folder was nowhere to be found, so I had a day to re-do all of the work because the grades had to be sent in the next day.

It was very stressful.

Somehow I managed though and all is right with the world.
It did throw me off balance a little bit and I lost a bit of steam with some of the things that I had been working on, but I'm getting back in to it now.

I've recently decided that I want to start drawing a bit more consistently.
Not in terms of using a more consistent style, but by making sure I draw every day.

I draw quite a lot, but every now and then I can go for quite some time without doing any drawing at all, either because I was distracted by something or I got stuck with a bit of an art block.
I want to start drawing every day no matter what.
Even if its just doodles or tiny sketches, I don't want to go a day without drawing anything at all.

I think this also combats a slight problem I have in that quite often I put off posting on this blog because I feel like I should always have some good drawings to upload along with things I write.

So I'm going to start an art blog, and I'm going to do my damn best to get at least a single drawing on it every day.

That's all I'm going to write about for now, but I will make another post some time soon with a bit more information once I have the idea fully formed in my head.

Until then, have a big pile of sketches and doodles to look at!
A lot of these are really old now, but there are a few more recent ones in there too.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Lovely Brushely

Just a quick post now.
I've just finished up inking this drawing using my brush.
I'm really quite pleased with it.
It's still quite nasty scanner quality here, but I'll do some touching up tomorrow and get it coloured.

I've also got this sketched out ready for me to ink it tomorrow.
I watched the film Tucker & Dale vs Evil a few days ago, which I think has got hillbillies on my mind.
I really enjoy drawing wood grains...

My scanner doesn't do so well with colour either (it really is quite awful) so this has the contrast turned waaay up to make the red lines stand out.

Bed time now I think, got to make my way to the library up at Uni tomorrow.
Its too warm for trains to be enjoyable.
Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Robopolis

Hey there internets!
Lately I've been spending quite a lot of time trying to improve my art in a number of ways.
First of all is by learning to ink with a brush, which I think is going ok so far!
I keep making mistakes, but that's bound to happen I suppose!
It would help if I knew somebody that uses a brush to ink there drawings to give me tips and opinions, but unfortunately all my friends use either pens or draw entirely digitally...

I'm also trying to get more into drawing backgrounds.
I never draw backgrounds in my drawings, and that's definitely something I don't want to put up with if I start working on comics.

I've never been particularly good at drawing backgrounds or scenery, but as long as I can improve enough to make simple but appealing backgrounds I should manage.

I've mainly been practicing with robots, and a place I made up called "Robopolis".
Mainly just because I love robots and felt like drawing some, but I'm starting to think of more and more of a story for the guys, so it might eventually develop into something!


The one thing robots aren't really helping me improve on is probably my biggest hurdle.

Women.

I don't know why, but I have always found it incredibly hard to draw women, and its something that I have wanted to fix for a long time but have never quite managed.
I'm pretty sure I've only ever drawn one semi-descent looking female in my life and that was a fair few years ago now.

So I'm keeping my eye on that particular annoyance and will soon be going head to head with what is probably my biggest of drawing grievances and coming out on top.

Then I will finally be able to draw my character Lucy that so far my friend Zara has given infinitely more love to than I have...