I decided to frame my portraits (see previous posts) to put in an art show. These three portraits are all copic drawings I did over the summer after buying a pack of markers specifically for colouring skin. Since the frame had 3 slots and the first of the portraits I did didn’t match the rest, I had to draw a third portrait to match. I made her wear yellow since the first two were red and blue (primary colours). She didn’t take as long to draw as the first two (she took me about 1-2 hours to complete). If I had more time I would have done a different one for the middle blue portrait since it is much smaller than the other two. However, I really liked that portrait so I kept it in.
I think my portraits turned out well and I’m excited to see if they will be accepted into the art show.
Here is my artist statement:
I started this series of portraits over the summer to improve my portraiture using alcohol-based markers. The very first portrait I completed I did not display since I used ink pens to outline the portrait. I drew the red portrait after that and while I was drawing it I bought a set of skin tone pigment markers so I could create shape without having to use pen. This portrait is of my cousin; a subject matter I draw and paint frequently. The second portrait I drew was the blue portrait. This was my first time experimenting with different skin tones since I now had the colours to do so. This portrait took me the longest to complete but I think it is my most successful portrait. The third portrait I drew was the yellow portrait. For this portrait I continued to experiment to create different skin tones and create shape. This portrait took the shortest amount of time to complete but it is also one I am proud of.
This piece took me about a week of staring and wondering what I needed to add/fix to finally finish it today. With my new markers I actually have the ability to draw people with a variety of skin tones so this was a fun challenge to undergo. I feel this piece was successful despite taking forever.
I bought some more markers halfway through completing this one so I was able to get a lot more contrast in the face than I could with the previous one. I think what I need to work on now is getting more contrast/definition in the hair. I’m really happy with how this turned out because it looks way more realistic than the previous one. I’m going to continue working on portraits with alcohol-based markers since I now have the colours to create pieces with more depth.
This is my first finished piece of the summer. It took me about an hour to complete. I focused mainly on developing the face rather than the whole image to leave the face as the focal point. For this I also decided to use a pen for outlines/details instead of a darker colour but I’m unsure if I will do this for my next one (I’m doing another portrait like this). I’m happy with how this turned out.
“Not your average princess”
I’ve been thinking a lot about what my study will be for grade 12 art and (so far) I’ve decided on fairytales (and playing off this idea by showing darker elements, using irony, focusing on lesser known ones, or applying it to real life etc) so I decided to do a couple small (about the size of a business card), quick copic and pen sketches of some characters from fairytale books I used to read as a kid. For these sketches I focused on the idea of lesser known fairytales.
The first sketch is based on the book “Penny Tunes and the Princess.” This character is the “princess” in the story (she’s really a fortune teller who is called princess or something) hence the reason I call this piece “Not Your Average Princess.” I really enjoyed doing the bold pattern on her head scarf.
The second sketch is based on the book “Five Peas in a Pod” from an old book of fairytales I enjoyed as a kid. I call this one “Not Jack” because normally when you think of a fairytale involving a child and legumes you would think of Jack and the Bean Stalk but instead this is a story of a sick girl who had a pea shot at her house by a boy and regains her strength as she begins to care for the pea which has grown into a plant. This was one of my favourite stories and I really loved the artwork too so it was fun to do my own version of it.
We have started a post-secrets inspired collage project. This collage is incomplete as of right now but it is due in six days so I will be posting the completed version soon. The “secret” behind my collage is the fact that I have nightmare in which I am late. As part of the design we must include our secret in text and have an image that portrays the secret as well. The girl is going to be made up of clocks and the galaxy background represents night.
I recently bought some new copic-style markers and had fun testing them out. This is a page from my sketchbook with all my quick copic drawings.
I did this drawing of a girl (that I am going to send to her). I went with a more cartoony look by making the eyes large, the colours flatter, and by using less of the pen to shade. I used a silver pen for the tiara and earring so when you see it in person they are shiny.
I’m really happy with how this turned out and I’m working on more copic drawings in this style now.
This was another quick copic I did of my newest family member. I was trying to focus on face drawing techniques. I think the eyebrows, eyes, and nose were very successful but I would like to work more on the face shape, mouth, ears, and hair. I think I captured the light on her face very successfully as well. I haven’t drawn babies this little since my other cousins were this small (and I was not as good at art as I am now) so this was a bit of a challenge.
For this copic drawing I tried a new technique since I was tired of my pen smudging. I drew everything in copic first and saved pen for last (usually I do pen first and add copic around it). This was more challenging though because I always have pencil lines to trace with pen but by the time I used pen I had no guiding lines to help. Since the nose wasn’t looking enough likes the girls nose I referenced back to the last copic I did of her and tried using some of the pen strokes from that (but it turned out to have to much pen around the nose….). This isn’t my favourite of my copics but it was more of an experiment.
I decided that after this copic I will go back to trying manga to remind myself of the basic copic techniques. Also I have to get a new light nude coloured marker since mine is drying up…
These are some sketches I did of my cousin. The first one I spent a while on and I decided to simplify the hands quite a bit. The second sketch was a quick one I did, with limited supplies to use, that I left partially unfinished (once again the hands). I just don’t like drawing hands much… My favourite parts about these are the torso on the first one and the face/head/hair/eyes of the second one and I feel as if I captured her expression very well.
This is a copic drawing I did of a friend of mine (when she was younger). I drew this several weeks ago after not working with copic for a while. I think it turned out pretty good although the black fine liner I used smudged in some places. i think i was successful in capturing the playful emotion in this picture and it makes me quite happy to look at.