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This was the first assignment I handed in. We had to draw children in three different age ranges; and in three different states (standing, sitting, in motion). I used reference photos from the internet, and the bottom two are in pencil, various lead hardnesses. The flying kid was sketched out in pencil, and then I used a manga set of markers to shade him in. Sorry about the demon eyes. I got a little carried away with the marker.
Sketchbook - we're supposed to fill three pages in our sketchbook every week. Doesn't sound like much, does it? (ha.)
Again these are all from reference photos. I wish I had the imagination to make up stuff like this on my own, but nope. This was all done with a red Col-Erase pencil. It's a pencil crayon but erasable. Allegedly. I was sitting on the couch and was too lazy to get up and look for an eraser, so I just scribbled harder to go over the parts I didn't like.
The cow went on some outgoing mail; I found her by doing a google image search for "cow" and she came up as "curious cow". She was outlined in a Micron pen and then coloured in with Copic markers, kind of a quick-and-dirty job since I'm really not great with markers (YET). Then I found a website that is all about character development, (visual, not like working hard and never telling a lie) and it's not in English, but there are a ton of great reference photos. All the hamster drawings are in pencil. I love this little guy. From the website it looks like he's in the Disney movie "Bolt," which I haven't seen. I figured I'd better start working on some kind of stuff that kids would like, since the final project is to illustrate a 16-page kids' book. I'm sweating a little just thinking about it. Then again, being challenged like this is sure to make me grow. Or have a nervous breakdown - one of those two things.
This big momma is a work in progress. I just got started on her last night. I hope to finish her tonight, because I still have to complete two more sketchbook pages for Monday, PLUS my assignment. Yikes. Anyway, this is from a reference photo from a National Geographic book I snagged at Value Village. So far I've only used a 4H pencil and a Palomino Blackwing. I might add more values with different pencils, but I'm not very good at that yet. Since I used to just cross my fingers and hope you could tell what it was supposed to be, I think I've made some progress. HA! (Oh, and if I haven't, it's an elephant.)
I have a LOT more work on the go for this class. I'll post pics as I go along. I'm hoping to see some real improvement between now and the end of March when it's over. Critiques welcome - you might see something I don't, so let me have it.