Friday, March 17, 2017

Daily Drawings week 14

Late post for week 14! I actually forgot to to click on publish...
Well, on we go then!
This week was a bit rougher on the time side which results in more line drawings and less rendering. Which is not a bad thing per se. Getting the lines right is a very important skill. If you manage to get your characters right and alive with just the lines your finished piece will look more alive as well. At least if you don't render it to death :p

82: Ah, the honor of guard duty for the daughters of the chieftain... well, at least he'll smell good and look fancy afterwards!

82: Again, a man on guard duty, sort of. In general it is not a good idea to sleep in duty, especially when the sergeant might be around.

83: An elder ghost telling his newly... ahm "born" brethren some good night spooks. After all, the best way to teach is to encapsulate the information inside of a story!

84: Adventurous young lady out in the countryside. Storytelling and more pencil rendering practice!

85: " May I interest you for a potion of spare time?" Potion seller in his apothecary. I got the idea from a little twitter conversation with a follower in which I complained that I don't have enough free time for all my projects. She mentioned she had enough to spare but did not now how to trade it. and so this nice old fellow was born! Bottled spare time.. oh how much I would like that!

86. This fine old lady was a passionate traveler in her youth. Sadly her age caught up with her and her old legs can't carry her that far anymore. Luckily her grandson owns a Spider Silk farm! Recently he bred a big and very fluffy kind of spider. At first he thought it was a failure and dead end since the spiders did not produce much silk and their puffy fur was not of much use either. But their shape and fluffiness makes them vary comfortable to sit on for a prolonged period and they are strong enough to carry people and luggage. Now his old grandma can travel again and he has a new business opportunity on his hands!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Daily drawings week 13

One more week gone! I mostly continued with the cross hatching style from last week. This shading technique really sticks to me and I'll continue practicing it for a while longer.

76: Comfort zoning to get the week going. Since I was sick at home I had the time to spent on shading. Although I can't recommend doing that with a fever. Took way longer than it should have!

77: Old wizard and his assistant and apprentice. She knew what she was getting into when she took that position. Still it was hard to imagine what people meant by saying: You'll be a muscle wizard after that!

78: capturing my mood after 3 days of being stuck at home with fever. yearning for the sweet release of being outside, relaxing in the sun. Well, its good to be able to express such feelings through art. I'm really looking forward to spring / summer. Being outside drawing and sketching in the sun.

79: More hoping for summer, traveling and hiking! I'ts been really long since I have been on a real vacation... years even, for really stupid reasons. I'ts about time!

80: more comfort zoning and hatching practice. not much more to say here, moving on

81:  A rare fan art thing! Got inspired by the artwork for the new The legend of Zelda, Breath of the wild. It will be a while until I can play it myself, as there is a lot to do before I can allow myself to buy a Switch. As for the topic of the fan art: I always loved the Gorons and I think they've developed great since Ocarina of time.

So yeah, another week done! I did not write much about each drawing as I'm still a bit dizzy from the flu. I'll try to get more storytelling done with this weeks dailies :)

Monday, February 27, 2017

Daily Drawings Week 12

A day late because the Sunday one took two day's and I finished it moments ago.. well.. More about that at the drawing down at the bottom.
Lets dive right into it!

69: A bard using a high level skill, the ballad of discomfort,  to bring down a vicious ogre!.. well, at least that is what his friends tell him to make him feel better about his.. performance. Still it does the job! ( as long as he doesn't try to buff his friends )

70: Two hunters on the prowl, sneaking through the forest. Will these brave, smart men prevail.. or will the huner become the prey?

71: A more peaceful concept. A boy and his dragon friend helping each other out to a delicious apple meal. Of course the dragon could just fly up and get all of them, but he was never the sharpest tool in the shed. Still he does his best and that is what counts!

72: A dashing young man in his militia uniform.. if you can call it that. Even a small hamlet like the one he is from needs an official representative of the law to keep the peace, settle disputes and keep the bandits out. Naturally he needed an emblem to go along with his duty, which his little sister provided him as a birthday present. what A kind little artist!

73: Cheers to my giant friend! I've been playing a bit of Skyrim the past week and always liked the giants with their mammoth heard. Ah, the way they fling you in the air... Sad that you don't interact much with them quest wise. I think there was much potential lost. Oh and forgive me the little self insert ;)

74: I talked to someone about drawing the other day. During that conversation we got on the topic of drawing animals where I mentioned that opposite to her, I don't feel secure drawing them because of a lack of practice. So I did the sensible thing, grabbed some reference and got going. To make it easier on my nerves I mixed in my comfort zone and made it a mount for a traveler :p

75: the one mentioned in the intro part of the post... After having a good run with the goat yesterday I wanted to continue with drawing an animal. As it was Sunday and I h ad more time on my hands I decided to pack more details in and make the drawing bigger than the usual dailies, which... got a little bit out of hand. I also underestimated the amount of time the crosshatching would take and thus took more than one day for this daily.

I should keep the drawings a bit simpler for the dailies or don't render them fully like the last one this week. After all, I can always develop them further afterwards!

All in all... I'm very happy with the drawings of this week. My ideas get more complex with each week it seems and I manage to tell or open little stories with them. If this keeps up I'll be a very happy man towards the end of the year :D

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Daily Drawings week 11

Work has gripped me again lately, so I missed one or two dailies this time as well... I also had move the weeks summery to today.. well. I think I'll continue posting the summery on Sunday for the next weeks. Makes a bit more sense anyways.
On to the drawings!

62: I've gone through my my older paintings lately since I want to print a few of them. I rediscovered my farmboy diorama and remembered how much I like the concept of such diorama drawings in general so I did one for that day. It found his way into my "gonna go back to that one later" folder. There's not much of storytelling right now, definetly something that has to improve before I make a painting out of this drawing.

63: A quick cool down comfort zone drawing to end the day. Not much to say here :)

64: The valentines day one. A self portrait based on how I felt that day, since I'm alone atm I prefer to chill somewhere and draw. I personally don't like the concept of valentines day as I think you can always think of and enjoy time with your significant other, still, I appreciate the positive atmosphere and happiness of the people on dates that day. Me not liking something is no reason to make it bad for others too ;)

65: Portrait practice, not much else to say, moving on!

66: Lady curls cleaning company ready for action! Drawn after a small tidy up action evolved into a spring cleaning spree. If I had the help of such a professional team it would not have taken me 4 hours to do.

67: Aah, happy day. Once a month there is a medieval themed dance night in a local metal / gothic / alternative club which I love! I usually dance too much for my own good and have sore muscles for two days after it.. but it is so worth it! I had a really good night, meeting old friends, making new ones, hence this drawing the day after. Based on me and what I'm usually wearing when I'm there ;)

68: A bad guy? where?! Well, this attack did not go as the brigand intended. The stun this little lad used is seriously OP and needs a nerf.
The drawing is based on a sketch I did during the Munich Drink and Draw yesterday.

There was much socializing this weekend... and it felt good. very, very good! I don't get to do much with people due to my current job and commuting and tent to grow lonely after a while.. But there's this one week where everything falls together, from medieval dance night to Drink and Draw and it recharges both my human and creative batteries.
If you often sit at home and start to feel bad but don't really know why, it might be exactly that. As humans we are generally social creatures and get sick being alone for too long. Go out there, draw outside or in a cafe, listen and watch other people, talk to them or let them talk to you. Some are strange, some are bad, true, but most are kind, open and seriously interested in what you do. I'm sure your health and mood will improve. It might be draining at first, but it is worth a try :)
Sure, this does not fit to everybody, some are really introverted and don't need this. I thought myself to be an introvert for a very long time, but due to "recent" events I discovered that to be not really the case and I've learned, that we don't know much about ourselves if we don't push our boundaries.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Daily Drawings week 10

Ten weeks in now... crazy. I thought it was hard when I started the dailies back in December.. but now it has grown into a very important habit and I feel bad when I miss a day. Before I started the dailies, I was in a really bad shape in regards to my drawing habit and I lost a great deal of passion for it. It feels as if something that has been asleep since I started working professionally has finally been woken up... good times, good times!

So on to the drawings!

56: Irmin, friend and party member of Baldwyn, the enchanter of last week. Since I got to draw him I thought to myself: why not draw the other cast members on the video day as well? And so I did. Let's see if I have an idea for the third member of the team for the next video recording.

57: A group of travelers on the way to a rather famous and sometimes elusive inn: the Smirking Hog.
This week I got into one of my favorite topics again: traveling and wanderlust. I like drawing characters on a journey to somewhere, or as it is the case with the good old wanderlust, a journey for the journey's sake.

58: random midweek character. As it is often with the working day's, I don't have much freetime on my hands so I resort to smaller things for those days 

59: Mother and child traveling together. Inspired by a mother and her child I met on the commute. The young boy seemed very active for his age and was fascinated by me drawing. he couldn't keep his eyes away and, pointed at me, my tablet and pens always asking: this? in his broken baby talk.

60: random fencer woman. Trying to get more dynamic with poses, followed by a rush of self doubt, anger and an hour of figure drawing :'D I'm mixed about her. The pose itself seems all right, it feels dynamic. But the proportions are a bit out of wack. Still so much to learn!

61: We all know that. Sitting at the boat stop waiting for the next raid party to pick us up. In moments like this it is great to have a portable hobby like drawing, or in his case wood carving. I hope he doesn't have to wait too long.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Daily Drawings week 9 ( sort of )

This week was a rough one... I hurt the shoulder of my drawing arm during sport last Sunday and hat to rest it for a few day's, since I couldn't lift the arm without a surge of pain. Because of that, I only managed to do four dailies... Always stretch and warm up properly before sport, especially when you get " older "! Anyways, on to the few drawings!

52: Baldwyn, again a character of one of my story concepts. I've had the idea for him and the story he belongs to about two or three years ago and I didn't draw him and the other cast in a very long time. That's what I love the the most about this daily routine: I get to all the things I had to leave or ignored for so long.. and each passing day I get more and more motivated! I highly recommend you pic up a daily routine as well! It kills every sign of an art block ;)

As with last weeks Saturday drawing I recorded the drawing process after the initial thumbnail for my Youtube Channel:

53: A random dwarf the day after I hurt my arm. I soldiered through that day with painkillers and decided to visit the doc  the next day as I couldn't lift a glass of water in the evening with that arm. Again, don't be stupid! Sport is important for your health, but don't forget to properly warm up before you get at it!

54: Another random dude drawn with the last remnants of pain. I'm not that happy with him due to the cramped line quality.. well day's like that happen, moving on!

55: Back to more fluent and relaxed lines and no pain! yay! She based on one of the possible designs of the main character of the story I am actively working on. Crazy right? Something that might actually get finished! Not much else to say about her for now.

Well, that's a short list this week.. Next time there will be seven drawings and one video again. Time to pick up the pace!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Daily Characters week 8

It's 8 weeks of daily character drawings now. At this point it really has become a habit and I feel terrible when I miss one, which I did again this week, more on that later. I really struggled with my art in the last two years. Due to personal and work related problems I lost both focus and drive, made bad habits and so on. Taking on that challenge last December was a great tool to get back into drawing shape! Things are looking up! So on to the drawings!

 46: The dwarven love for beer, ale and mead starts at a fairly young age, especially in this little fellows case. At least he slept very early and peacefully that night.
After the initial thumbnail for this one I decided to record the process. I mean, if I get down to draw one everyday I easily could switch on OBS and revive my Youtube channel a bit! I'll try to record one of each week, most likely the Saturday one.

47: An crossbow sniper hiding behind a pavise during a siege. Well, it is more a stationary defense construct than an actual pavise, but you get the idea.

48: A very concerned orc warrior scolding me because I missed one daily again... Now and then I come home from work way to late... mostly due to issues with the train... and when I get home past 22 I often go to sleep immediately since I have to get up at 6 in the morning.... I need to change that soon.

49: As you can guess, I had a very rough and bad one that day. Sometimes you just don't have enough strength to cope and have to let it all out. And that is absolutely fine! Don't lock up that bullshit inside of you as it will always come back stronger than before. Let yourself go for a moment, be sad, angry or even furious for a moment, but don't stay there. Get it out of your system and move on forward! Drawing helps me a lot on those days since I can banish my emotions onto the paper / digital canvas, visualize what is going on, how I feel or whats missing which helps to cope understand and sort shit out.

50: On a... brighter note: half the way to 100! WOO! A friendly old wizard lady. I enjoy drawing old people the most because you can do soooo much to the proportions and shapes and they still look right! With young characters, as soon as you make one mark to many or to strong they immediately age 100 years... <.<

51: the colleague of the wizard lady from 50. She's more on the grumpy side most of the time, but still enjoys the the company of her little sprite friends. She didn't summon them or anything like that. They just appeared one day and stuck with her. They have proven themselves a great help on her trips to collect herbs and other ingredients for her alchemy experiments by warding off evil spirits and lesser monsters.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Daily Characters week 7

It's Friday, so here we go with this weeks daily collection! This time there are only 6... I missed one day because I forgot my mobile setup at work... I still drew in my sketchbook that day so.. I kind of did not miss it... ah what ever! lets go to the drawings!

40: I've spent that day drawing boxes, cylinders and spheres in different perspectives for practice and ended that drawing day with this little mage guy. Drawing this one showed me again my lack of understanding in regards of the fundamentals.. hence the practicing of shapes! Its fun and comparing this one to the previous dailies, I do see an improvement!

41: A young warrior in fear of what he is about to face! Little does he know the true horror of what he is about to face...nothing prepared him for the fluffy, giant Snugg!

42: A Mimic tamer. A while back I had an idea for a merchant in a fantasy rpg, using tamed mimics as storage / traps for thieves. And well, those mimics have to come from somewhere ;)

43: I was tired as the character that evening and fell asleep right after posting it. There are those day's where you just can't be bothered to do anything right because you're just too tired.

44: For a change I have a character from yet another story idea! HA!. The story and the characters in it are just a rough idea for now, existing mostly in my head and on some post it's. That's the good thing with the dailies: finally a space of time to get to all those little ideas.

45: A scout looking for enemies from  a higher position, thanks to his trusted "Portable high ground 2000 S MK 3" Codename " Stick".

Now it's time to ease in the weekend. I've got much to do again!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Daily Characters week6

Another week, another 6 characters! What started as a little challenge between an friend an me has developed in a fun warm-up - cool-down routine for me. Slowly it becomes a habit to end the work day, or start my personal drawing day on the weekend with one of those.

Let us get to the drawings:

33: the third character from the same short story as 32 and 31 of last week. There is also a third bandit which I might do on a day as well. I mostly did characters from stories of mine during this week. It feels so good to finally draw them or get back to them!

34: A character from another of my stories: Merlinde. I've been working on her story for years now. Writing, sketching, stopping, picking it up again, writing, stopping.. rinse and repeat! Last year I got the story to a point where I was really happy with it. There are still some plot holes and things that don't add up perfectly, but I'm getting close!

35: A random character for this day. I was home very late and just started doodling around, resulting in that... ehm.. sewer-kobold-with-a-tail kind of thing. There's not much else to this.

36: An old scribe with his slime apprentice. Yet again.. a short story D: .
the ideas keep on piling up.. well, at least I will not run out of things to do any time soon.

37: Was another day where I got very late out of the office, so I gave the apprentice slime another go. He is based on a pastel drawing I drew a while ago, which is where the short story with him and the scribe originated from. I think many of you experienced this: You draw something.. just fooling around and out of that a little character emerges. Now that its there, you start thinking about who he is, what he is doing, where he is from... and moments later a whole new world is born in your head :D

38: A City guard. A bit rough around the edges, grumpy, but all in all a nice guy. And you guessed it: he, or at least the concept behind him, is part of yet another story idea. A much bigger story this time I haven't explored in all detail yet, since I want to get to the small ones first. But during these daily drawings I enjoy tinkering with those concepts just for fun.

39 and end of week 6, the commander of the city watch. A stern old man, Veteran of a great war and keeper of peace. His design is one of the most developed in that story concept. Its mostly small details I am changing every time I draw him.

That's another week done! Each drawing I get more and more secure again... it feels great to get so much done after almost two years of what felt like stagnation!
Lets have a good weekend everyone!