Kevin came out a little…wrong…
They never knew how to act around him.
(Happy Lunar New Year! Horses/Centaurs, it’s your time to **shine**…PS: did this as part of the sketch_dailies prompt)
sketchinfun asked: For your watercolor paintings, what kind of paints and paper do you use?
Boo, I’m getting to this late! But in case you’re still interested, I usually use arches hot press watercolor paper (when I sit down and actually do a watercolor piece) and use these cheapo watercolors. Occasionally my pieces are just done straight into my sketchbook, though :)
Anonymous asked: Hi! I loves the cat in Paris sketches ^.^ they're awesome, so much detail! :D
Hi! I’m horrible and bad at replying to tumblr mail promptly…but thank you so much! There’ll be more to come, this year :)
Coffee shop Mermaid
This random doodle got away from me, but I had a lot of fun doing it. It’s nice when that happens :)
Waaaaaaaaagh Fabien Mense has a tumblr! waaaaaaaaagh!
Anonymous asked: what sort of paper to do you usually use when you make a water color piece? hot or cold pressed watercolor? do you have a preference?
The watercolor sketches I’ve been doing lately have all been in my Monologue sketchbook, which has 100 gsm paper. When I’m doing a separate piece I usually prefer using Arches watercolor paper. I used to use cold press pretty often, but since I’m using more graphite + watercolor now I like the smoother feel of hot press. Less toothy.
Anonymous asked: I have a question. How do you upload your drawings? The ones from your blog that have a perfect white background? Do you draw them, upload them and then photoshop them to make them look so clean? I want to start uploading my own drawings but they don't look as clean as yours? and when you do prints how do you go about it? Im so new to this I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask.
Hey! Sorry it took me so long to reply, I’m getting through my messages. Usually with the drawings on my blog I just take them, scan them in at 300 dpi, and use photoshop and adjust the levels/curves until it looks nice and clean. You can also lasso or mask your drawing if you want to preserve the colors and just adjust the levels for the surrounding area.
I don’t have that much experience with prints myself—I’ve only taken my high-quality scans, edited them, and then sent them to a local print shop. I know that there are online stores out there that will actually print stuff for you once you open an account, but I haven’t done that myself (yet).
Hope some of that was helpful!
Anonymous asked: I agree with the other anonymous person on your work being inspiring. Also, your funny stuff cracks me up. The quick animations you do and your loose style inspire me to get faster at animation.
Aww, thanks so much, I really appreciate it! Keep being awesome!
Anonymous asked: Hey, you look like you have so much fun making art. (And it's fun to look at your art.) Since I started trying to learn anatomy art is NOT fun.... What do you recommend?
Hey! Thanks very much for the kind words :D
Are you saying that learning anatomy is sucking the fun out of art? Well, I can totally understand that sometimes having to go through the foundations/basics can be a total slog, but I think it really helps to think of it as building the base to make your drawings even stronger. Learning proper anatomy/drawing basics can really help your drawings grow in leaps and bounds, and it’ll help you draw the things in your head that you actually WANT to draw.
If it’s anatomy in particular that’s dragging you down, then I highly suggest 1) taking a class, 2) life drawing, and 3) self-study.
1— I don’t know where you’re located, but if there are local colleges that offer courses in life drawing or figure studies it might be worth it to take a look. I find that it can be easier to focus in an environment dedicated to learning. If you happen to be in the southern CA area I can definitely recommend art focused schools such as LAAFA and CDA. They have instructors that are currently working in the industry as well as highly motivated students. It’s a great way to learn and build connections at the same time—I’ve known some students who travel all the way from Europe just to attend.
If local schools/traveling aren’t options, then there are also some online schools. Schoolism offers some courses on figure/drawing skills, and there’s a good foundational figure class here, taught by Rad Sechrist. There are also plenty of other online resources—even tutorials that you can find if you search for reference on Pinterest—so I encourage you to hunt around.
2— Try life drawing, but not just in dedicated classes. Do it all the time. Whether you’re out with friends or in class take a sketchbook and just do observational drawings. It can be a little more fun to try and capture figures out in the real world, and it’s good practice to get people/animals in motion.
3— Here are some good anatomy books if you want to study on your own time:
Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist by Stephen Peck
Figure Drawing for all it’s Worth by Loomis (as well as his heads/hands book)
Constructive Anatomy by Bridgman
Nicolaide’s Natural Way to Draw
Die Gestalt des Menschen by Bammes
It can also be a lot of fun to pick up some japanese pose books and use the poses for characters you have/scenes you want to draw. You can also take those forms and break them down to better understand how they work.
Sorry this turned into an essay, and I hope at least some of it is helpful. Ultimately I think of learning anatomy as adding to my drawing arsenal, and when I think about how it’ll help me improve and grow it makes me more motivated to study it. If you practice and practice you really learn to appreciate when you finally do a great life drawing, or when you’re trying to figure out a tough pose for your superhero character and you know how to make it work because you understand the anatomy behind it. It’s tough to learn for anyone, but it’s worth it. Good luck! :)