Sunday, September 28, 2014

Chalk Sandy and Syl

I went to the MHA pizza party on Thursday. It was great! They had both chalk and sidewalks, so this was the result...
So this picture shows Sanderson Man Snoozie, a.k.a. Sandman, from William Joyce's Guardians of Childhood series and Sylphrena, from Brandon Sanderson's Way of Kings. These two are my very favorites to draw in chalk! I feel like chalk is the very best way to show Sandy's hair in all its twirly glory, and the pastel shades and translucent lines are ideal for portraying Syl.

These pieces are titled Dancing with the Winds and The Sandman.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Week 5 - Art

Title: My Laptop
Size: 11 by 8 and 1/2 inches
This piece portrays the laptop I do all my schoolwork on. :)

I'd never tried drawing a laptop before today. It was really interesting. In my mind, the use of straight lines almost made it seem that I was working with a completely different medium than other drawings I've done. The one thing that was particularly challenging was trying to get keyboard to be spaced right. I just kept thinking "I could fit an extra key right here..." ;)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Week 4 - Art (Part 2)

Title: Ladrian Peninsula
Size: 11 by 8 and 1/2 inches
This piece portrays my attempts at pulling together several different landforms.

This piece is colored in pencil with titles in pen.

Finally, my map is done. (sighs in relief) It was certainly an adventure to put together, seeing as designing landscapes is not one of my strong points. But even so, I think it turned out pretty nice.

When I was in the planning stages of this project, I decided that I didn't want to just label all of the landforms. So I added names to everything, which sort made the map feel more like a real place to me.
For anyone who was wondering, all the names come from Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Week 4 - Art

Title: Blue Sketched Hands
Size: 11 by 8 and 1/2 inches
This piece portrays my right hand, being great. While drawing, I tried to capture a few of the different angles you can look at hands from.

This picture was done in pen.

When I read the assignment, my thought process was a bit like this:
"A hand? I've done hands before. I can do hands... But how can I make it less "generic hand drawing"? Well, I guess I can always use pen. That makes things more interesting to draw at least. Wait! Pen color was never specified in the criteria!  I'll do some blue hands. Yes, that's quite less generic than a pencil drawing..." (Cackles evilly)

So... yeah. Blue hands. Trying to draw all these hands made me realize though, negative space is essential. Sometimes I'd be trying to draw fingers or something, and it just wouldn't look right, but then once I started trying to draw around the shapes of the negative space, it started going much more nicely. :D

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Week 3 - Art (Part 2)

Title: Kaladin Stormblessed
Size: 8 and 1/2 by 11 inches
This (unfinished) piece portrays Kaladin, being awesome, as shown on the cover of Brandon Sanderson's Words of Radiance.

This picture was created using magazines, glue, and scissors.

More work from week 3! This piece isn't quite finished, but it needed to be turned in... so, expect to see a finished Kaladin Stormblessed sometime in the future! I really like how this collage is coming together. I feel that the clouds are coming together pretty well and Kal's uniform turned out great. Although, if this picture has one fault, it's that telling what object any given piece of paper belongs to is nearly impossible. Oh well!  (Hmm... also, taking 6 and 1/2 hours should probably count as a second fault. ;P )

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Week 3 - Art

Title: Impressions of Branches
Size: 8 and 1/2 by 11 inches
This picture portrays the idea of a tree, and how there are branches upon branches layered one on top of another.

This picture was done in pencil.

I rather like the way the branches ended up. When I started, I wasn't really sure what I was planning, after all, I could hardly draw each leaf individually and not take an outrageous amount of time. So I drew where the branches sat, then how the light hit them. And here's the result! 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Week 1 - Art

Title: A Story
Size:  8 and 1/2 by 11 inches
This artwork portrays the way I feel while reading a good book. You just step out of reality and into another place.

This piece was outlined in pen and colored with colored pencil.

I'm quite happy with how this turned out. My one problem was that I forgot to take the background into account when I planned how to get this done in 2 hours. So I spent 45 extra minutes trying to get the hills drawn, colored, and looking right. :D

My favorite part is the antelope. Definitely the antelope.