For this doodle I started on a black canvas. I approached it like a scratchboard. I feel at a loss with this doodle, I don’t know if it is the exhaustion of finals or that I forgot to do thumbnails but.. I’m very unhappy with today’s doodle. Time spent 40 minutes. I think I’m going to crash into bed.
Werewolves are cool but a 200ft (60m) werewolf would take the cake. Werewolves are like dragons, they are overused too much in fantasy video games but it would feel strange without them. I did something new to paint this picture. I quickly and randomly blocked in these tiny thumbnails then I would try to ‘see’ something in the random strokes I put down. It allows room for experimentation and ‘happy accidents’. After doing a dozen of these thumbnails I made one that resembled a city and thought ‘gee a 200ft werewolf would look great in this thumbnail’ and the rest is history. Time spent: 30 minutes.
UPDATE: I noticed a significant improvement today’s doodle, simply because I took the time to do thumbnails. It also helps that I blocked in the doodle instead of relying on a line sketch. I will continue to work this way with my doodles.
Yet again I decide to do my doodle near my bed time. I am too tired to draw this late at night and yet I do it over and over again. I wasn’t too happy with this doodle, the comp wasn’t working for me so I ended it early tonight. 20 min. Because of finals I am very behind in uploading artwork I have done. I will catch up when my final assignments for this semester are over.
Another monster themed doodle for today. I wanted to draw some sort of a warrior woman commanding a monsters. I feel I could of tried a more dynamic pose but.. oh well. All my monsters currently suffer from dragonanitus (They resemble dragons). I will be doing some animal doodles and then change them to monsters to attempt to get more variety with my monsters. I also want to have a girl or woman character in every daily comp I do. It’s important for me to ‘figure’ out how to include it in my comps.
Using a different program to sketch tonight because my Laptop is too weak to run a more powerful paint program. I am using a paint program called MyPaint. It took a while to get comfortable using it. I haven’t figured out how to tone the background.I spent about two hours painting it. Its more like cross hatching then value painting this time. I’m stuck with using this 2 days of the week for a couple weeks, so I might as well get comfortable with it. Today’s painting is more structured and less random even though I didn’t plan the sketch ahead of time. I am happy with the raptoreagle. MyPaint with a Wacom Tablet. I would have drawn some effect with the wand but I ran out of time.
Update: Removed sword piece out of chest because it looked just plain wrong from a distance.
4-27 UPDATE: Expanded my goals.
After a two month hiatus, I decided to get back to daily painting/stretching with a emphasis on value ,composition, adding motion, storytelling, and using thumbnails efficiently. This is to help me get past my hurdle of just being a ‘draftsman’ to becoming a good ‘storyteller’ and getting myself out the trap of drawing the same cliches over and over again . After I do a couple dozen thumbnails, I start the doodle. Minimum time for each doodle is 30 minutes which will be bumped up to a hour in May. NOTE: These are not speed paintings, I paint at a comfortable pace. Speed paintings teach you nothing except how to be frustrated. Just say no to speed painting. When I get to the 45th doodle, I will choose my best three to develop farther.
4-20 OLD GOALS
I didn’t like the direction I was going when I started the daily doodle project. So I will be ‘rebooting’ this project and starting from the beginning. I’ve been taking my art too seriously. I need to loosen up and just have fun with drawing. No preliminary planning. Just draw what’s in my head at that moment. Value and composition will be the focus of this project but if I will not be anal about it.
Three requirements for each piece are:
1. Set a horizon line
2. pick a subject for focal point
3. Activate entire page.
4. No less then 30 minutes, no more then 2 hours.
I’m hoping that each doodle will have some sort of narrative but its not required for this project.
Time Spent: 30 minutes
I will do these for at least 45 day but will continue past that if I feel that this is effective.
I would love any feedback 🙂
I did this doodle of two meercats in a zoo gossiping. It’s not a dragon. what else is there to do in a zoo? who knew. the cat made pancakes that are blue. in the the zoo. Did I mention that it is not a dragon? I spent 2 hours on this non dragon painting.
I am returning to my daily art thing. For 45 days I will sketch, paint, and or draw something unplanned every day for 45 days.
0. It must be a creature or a animal (humans included). No dragons. I paint enough dragons already.
1. 10 thumbnail sketches before you even start the painting.
2. No less then 30 minutes, no more then 2 hours.
3.Black and white only (my brain will explode if I use color at this time)
4. The VALUE RANGE SHALL BE PUSHED TO IT”S LIMIT!
The goal (in King James speak): thou get thee ideas out of head, thou practiceif composition every day, thou coverith the full value range in thou picture.
Like the last daily project I will not paint on tuesdays due to having classes all day. sorry.
Did I mention that there is no dragon in this painting?