Thursday, September 18, 2014

Getting Back Into The Groove

I haven't done a lot of art lately, but I'm trying to get back into the groove. I've been working on some art for a friend. I did a colored pencil drawing on black paper recently. I haven't done that in awhile. I think you have to have the right paper and colored pencils for that. The better the materials, the more the art will show up on the paper. I'd like to get really busy on my art soon. In the meantime, here's a link to comic book artist Terry Dodson's awesome blog, The Bomb Shelter.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Artists can be Their Own Worst Critics

Some artists can be their own worst critics. They may see flaws in their art, whereas viewers are enthralled by it. I think one reason why some artists are their own worst critics is because it's kind of difficult for them to be objective about it. They spend so much time on the art, looking at it, that they need to step away from it for awhile and come back later to see it with fresh eyes. I think if you do that you can at least be somewhat more objective about your art as an artist. You either need to step away and come back, or have someone else look at it. Christopher Hart talked about being your own critic in a post on Facebook. I think he basically said you need to think more positively when critiquing your own art. It's good to critique your own art so you can do what needs to be done, if anything, to improve it. But, you shouldn't be too hard on yourself.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

UFO at Night

"UFO at Night"
This is a rough drawing I drew awhile back. I've been watching Unsealed: Alien Files on TV for awhile now. I like to watch TV shows about UFOs and things like that. The History Channel and/or H2 seem to be famous now for airing shows about UFOs and aliens. One of their best known shows on the subject is Ancient Aliens. Now there's a show titled In Search of Aliens. It's hosted by Giorgio Tsoukalos of Ancient Aliens. UFOs and aliens are interesting subjects. There have been a lot of sightings. I've never seen an alien or UFO on Earth firsthand, but I believe there is life elsewhere in the universe. It's an interesting topic to think about.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pencil Types


Left to right: standard wooden pencil, lead holder, mechanical pencil, and sketch stick
 Here's a question for artists: when it comes to drawing, what kind of pencil do you use? There are various types of pencils, including the ones pictured above. I've been using a mechanical pencil a lot lately. However, I think wooden pencils feel more natural. But, pencils without wood are probably better for the environment. Besides wood, there's also graphite or lead types to consider. What type(s) do you need for your drawing? There are 8B, F, H, and so on. Each type of lead gives a different lightness or darkness to drawings. I figure if I'm doing a basic drawing, like a cartoon drawing then I don't necessarily need a specific type of lead. But, if I'm doing a realistic portrait, I may want to use various types of lead. So, those are some things to consider when you're getting ready to draw.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Pencil Tips, or Rather Tips of Pencils

D'oh!
Here's a problem I'm sure artists, and really anyone who uses a pencil, faces. It's about pencil tips. I don't mean tipping a pencil like you do a waiter. I mean the tips of pencils. You sharpen your pencil, and the way it's sharpened, the wood goes down one side of the tip to the end. It seems like it can make it difficult to use. And, I think when it's like that, it'll keep doing that every time you sharpen it. You have to scrape the wood off of that side of the tip. I've occasionally had this problem with some of my pencils.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Seven Years on Blogger

I looked back into the archives of my blog. My first post was Thursday, October 16, 2008. It's been about seven years since I started blogging on Blogger. A blog is a great tool for an artist. I think I read somewhere that you could have a blog to have potential employers look at. I like Blogger. For one thing, they have a stats page where you can see how many people are viewing your blog. I've gotten a lot of views on my blog. It also allows for easy redesigning of the look of your blog. There are templates you can customize. Blogger is a great site for an artist.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sam the Historian

"Sam the Historian"
I've been looking through Christopher Hart's book, Modern Cartooning, again lately. He shows different head shapes you can use for cartoon characters that you draw. I tried a round head shape for this drawing. This character looked to me like he could be a historian. At first I thought of naming him Abraham, but I then I thought Sam might sound better. I gave him facial hair similar to Tom Selleck in the film Quigley Down Under. I imagine Sam's specialty may be the old west. He's really into stuff about cowboys saloons and things like that. He also loves old trains. Sam is really enthusiastic about history.