I'm starting to think I might have watched one too many nature documentaries. Or maybe too few. For some reason I ended up watching an hour worth of random bat videos on Youtube, and this is the result. It's a Fruit Bat! Also known as a Flying Fox.
I think it came out pretty good. Still having problems with the ink brush, though I'm getting there. Need more wrist control, and less hesitation when drawing lines.
I ended up redrawing this once. I'm stretching my "no retries unless ruined" rule a bit here... The first attempt went pretty OK, until I absentmindedly killed the cornea reflection by filling the eyes completely. Since the eyes/face area was pretty important here, I decided to redo the entire thing.
I inked the entire failed attempt as practice:
Tried something simpler this time by drawing an object rather than a critter. I think it came out pretty OK, although I'm still having trouble with the ink brush. A combination of shaky hands and bad technique. I'm also starting to suspect the paper is not ideal, as the ink tends to pool a bit unless I draw so fast the line starts to taper off.
Participating in Inktober this year was not something I decided to do until a few days into October. At that point I also realized I didn't have any real art supplies at home! This one was drawn with a Pentel Pocket Brush, which I picked up at a local art store. Drawing was never my forte, and most of my drawings past high school have been digital.
I've never held an ink brush in my life, and although I miss the undo functionality of digital art it's been plenty fun so far! Part of my motivation for doing this was not just to give myself an excuse to practice, but also to force myself to showcase art I'm not necessarily proud of.
I decided pretty early on that I would try to timebox it, and only allow retries if I unintentionally ruined the drawing. So far it has really helped me get past this "I can do better, so I'm not going to post it" mentality I've had in the past.
I spent maybe 3-4 hours on this one, although most of that time was due to two failed inking attempts. I'll have to cut that time down significantly if I want to finish this before December.
My digital drawing habits are mostly to blame for these. "I'm just going to tweak this a bit" is not something that should be attempted during the inking stage. At least not at my current skill level.
I managed to ruin two drawings before I decided to skip some details and just call it done. Some aspects of the previous attempts turned out better, in my opinion. Oh well.
My first two botched attempts:
It's been more than a year since I started this blog. Time for some actual content!
I'm going to participate in Inktober this year, despite not being very good at this whole art thing. I know, I know, I'm over a week late to the party. Still, I need an excuse to draw more. I also need an excuse to post more art online. I rarely do this, because honestly my skill level is nowhere near where I want it to be.
Of course, my skill level is not where I want it to be, because I don't practice. I don't practice because I'm not motivated. I'm not motivated because I don't get any feedback. I don't get any feedback because I don't showcase my art. And I don't showcase my art because.... Well, it's a bit of a catch-22 situation.
So, my goal with this is not to produce beautiful art. It's to produce something, and post it online. To force myself to draw, and to give myself a baseline I can use to track my progress.
Other than that one time two weeks ago, I can't even remember the last time I truly sat down and did any form of art on actual paper... And I've never held an ink brush in my life, so let's see how this goes!
The official rules of Inktober are:
- Make a drawing in ink
- Post it online
- Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2017
Since I'm starting a bit late and inking itself is just incidental to my goals, I won't be following the vanilla rules. Instead, I've tweaked the rules a bit:
- Produce one inked drawing per day for the duration of October, on average
- November 1st is not a hard deadline
- Sketch a concept per day
- Ink when time allows
- Follow the official 2017 prompt list
- No theme; draw whatever
- Redoing a drawing before posting is only allowed if ruined beyond repair
- Rule 1 is a goal, not a criteria for success
Each item will turn into a link as it's completed and uploaded, which may not be in chronological order as I'm trying to catch up.
Trying out a new venue for sharing random thoughts and ideas on various topics. Expect ramblings about game development, art, programming, philosophy, and other random mental vomit!