Last month, I started sketching scenes from shows I’m watching (selected a still I liked after watching an episode and spent ~25 mins to an hour drawing it)
Still have much to learn, but seeing improvement between the first and most recent sketch is pretty motivating!
First is from ‘When the Camellia Blooms’, and today’s is from ‘The Innocent Man’
Taking another Domestika course, The Art of Sketching by Mattias Adolfsson: https://www.domestika.org/en/courses/1218-the-art-of-sketching-transform-your-doodles-into-art
Had fun drawing real and imagined pens for one of the exercises 🖊️
A Day In The Life of an Illustrator
Episode 12 of 3PP discusses the pros and cons of life as an illustrator: https://www.svslearn.com/3pointperspectiveblog/2018/9/5/a-day-in-the-life-of-an-illustrator
Lee White and Will Terry talk about the book illustration side, while Jake Parker recounts his experiences in the entertainment side (animation studio & TV)
Worth the listen for all who are interested in becoming an illustrator!
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Recently bought some recommended art books from thriftbooks and wanted to share a discount code to anyone who needs it!
Here are the books I got, if they’re helpful for your art reference collection too:
The Natural Way to Draw - https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/the-natural-way-to-draw_kimon-nicolaides/254766/#edition=2152012&idiq=4246955
Drawing People - https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/drawing-people-how-to-portray-the-clothed-figure_barbara-bradley/297644/#edition=3356219&idiq=4385951
Watercolor for the Serious Beginner - https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/watercolor-for-the-serious-beginner-basic-lessons-in-becoming-a-good-painter-serious-beginner_mary-whyte/299233/#edition=1255936&idiq=4360016
Started taking watercolor painting classes at a local art center! This past week was landscape painting; subject matter: salt marshes
Tried out new techniques such as softening and adding grass with "cut-up" brushes. Also learning to work faster and practice timing with wet-on-wet 🖌️
"Perfectionism starts and ends with - I am not enough"
Savvy Painter's podcast episode on perfectionism has a wealth of helpful advice on learning how to break free from the trap of perfection: https://savvypainter.com/how-to-stop-perfectionism-from-ruining-your-painting-practice/
Perfectionism, along with the fear it feeds on, has been one of my main personal struggles. Hearing others open up about dealing with this same issue themselves has been both incredibly reassuring and encouraging ☺️
"Should you do fanart?"
Episode five of 3 Point Perspective podcast tackles this fairly divisive question (https://bit.ly/2R0fcl1)
I've previously done fanart so it was interesting to hear different views on what qualifies as good (legal) fanart and if artists should do it
If you haven't heard of 3 Point Perspective, it's a podcast where 3 illustrators: Will Terry, Lee White, & Jake Parker, talk about various illustration topics. Check it out!
Mike Hendley's The Drawing Inspiration Podcast has been a great source of information and knowledge from many of today's artists
The latest episode features Eric Messinger (https://bit.ly/3cmzvkN). I've only started my art journey so it's reassuring to hear Eric talk about the myth of talent
If you're looking for a new podcast to listen to, give this one a try!
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