Maybe I’m being conceited a little- but I consider myself to be an artistic autodidact. Studio art (i.e., painting, pencil sketching, charcoal sketching, marker art, and of course my comic!) is a beloved hobby of mine that has been nurtured by my family, particularly my maternal grandmother, since I was a toddler playing with crayons. My grandmother herself is a very accomplished sculptor, but she doesn’t have the strength to work clay anymore. We used to do paint-by-numbers together when I was in elementary school…
anyway, getting a bit nostalgic here,
I was required to take an art class in middle school, as is everyone else in the world (am I right? lol.) and the teacher didn’t like how I would draw how I wanted. That turned me off to art classes, and my family never had the money for classes outside of school anyway. I would always just draw/paint for fun.
Recently I have been getting back into my art, predominantly pencil sketching and painting.
and usually animals (especially the fat and fluffy kind) or nature scenes. I used to focus only on people…but I decided I wanted to expand my craft! I observed speed paintings and sketches online to develop better techniques…and it is a long process to develop a skill, even if it is natural.
My graduate school adviser saw me sketching in the laboratory once and insisted I show him all of my work. He was impressed and later told me he was jealous of my ability, hahaha! He requested I “make a drawing” for him before I graduate. Well, he ruined the surprise, because that was going to be his gift (in the US we give a gift to our advising professor when we graduate for grad school). I’ve spent two days working on a baby cow painting, which was actually spread between several weeks. I thought I’d show the progression, and how I create a painting!
Using a fan brush I create grass, using two shades of green, black, white, gold, brown, and violet…I had never done close-up grass before, so it took me a while to figure out how to create dimension.
Next, I did the same as the grass for the cow…washing the white space with the shade of brown I want the cow. I delineate spaces of light and shadow accordingly…again, this is prooobably going to change.
Fill it in and voila! Awe, look at that baby cow! I haven’t decided if I’m happy with it yet…so it may change. I’ll put an update here if I do!
Let me know if you would like to see more of my work!