Duration: About an hour over the course of two days??
THIS IS MY FACE (kinda) !!!!
Whenever I’m stuck in a drawing rut, I always end up drawing a little version of my face. Is it narcissism? Absolutely. Do I have a problem with it? No. I know what I look like, it’s easy for me to just throw together a lil picture. It’s cute and fun, we are having fun!
For years, I have followed other digital artists on the internet, and in their processes they have done rough sketches in opaque blue brushes, so guess what I did:
This was super fun and easy to do, I was pleased with how easy and natural this felt. It felt just like when I sketch out ideas on actual paper. The only adjustment with digital sketching is not being able to touch where you’re drawing, it’s definitely a very strange disconnect for my media. But, like I said, super fun to do.
And then it came to inking.
Mind you: I have always hated inking. Inking has ruined so many pieces that I had such high hopes for. My hands are so shaky that they take beautiful, natural sketches and turn them into stiff, rigid beings.
This piece was no exception:
I started on a new layer, but I got so frustrated because everything was just so rough and terrible that I deleted it and tried again. And again. And again. My hands were so shaky and my lines were just the actual worst. Naturally, I searched Google and came upon this amazing video that really helped a lot. It’s a little long, but I was instantly getting much smoother and more natural lines. So I tried again.
HOWEVER I just kept shaking a little bit and I couldn’t get my glasses to look quite right and I was just super frustrated in general. It’s fine. Also: why is my dashboard up here? this is unnecessary.
I just kept trucking. Until I learn to draw smoother lines, I think I will have to work with my weakness and just make lines that are a little bit rougher. That’s always been my style anyway.
It’s not that I don’t find value in really smooth and polished pieces. I think it’s that I’ve always found something more human about pieces that have a couple mistakes. It makes it feel like a person was definitely behind the art. Am I just bullshitting to cover up the fact that I’m lazy? Maybe a little bit.
Later this week: I am going to try coloring this! Coloring terrifies me! But we’ll give it a shot. If you have any suggestions that could help me A. Get smoother lines or B. Coloring tips??? Both would be beyond appreciated.
Thanks for reading, stay tuned!