Q:Hi! I was wondering, do you have any tips for drawing characters interacting with furniture? Sorry for the random question, it's just that your characters look so natural and comfortable and I was wondering how you achieve that effect :) Thanks!
HEY THANKS! :D
The trick is simply to draw the furniture first and then draw the characters interacting with it. Same goes for any objects the characters might be holding. :) Remember, the character is organic and pliable, while the furniture is completely static, so your characters have far more leeway to move around. :D
Oh and reference! When I draw characters interacting with objects or the environment, I normally grab my clipboard and go draw in front of a mirror. I have a big framed mirror that isn’t attached anywhere so I just lug that wherever I need it—on the floor, by my desk, facing my bed, etc.
Hope that helps! ^^; Let me know if I didn’t properly answer your question, okay! x)
Medieval Gangfield. Just some of my favourite sketches of Gangfield in his medieval geddup. :) He does the whole immortality thing so he can cameo in more than one of my stories. Awww yes son. B)
In The Valiard Mansion, he’ll be showing up in this outfit by way of a pseudo time travel plot device. I promise, it’s gonna make sense. ;)
Q:Is it bad that I ship Abi and Gangfield???
They’re fictional characters, so there’s never any harm in it. :D
But speaking strictly in the context of the story, prepare for awkwardness, my friend.
Gangfield and his Protégé. Of course Gangfield gets a goofy, reckless sidekick in 2013. ;)
I have too many things on my plate right now to plan future projects, but let this drawing stand as proof that I never stop imagining more adventures for Gangfield to embark on. ^_^ Even if they take place in the uneventful time of iPads and Twitter. x)
My Favourite Sketches from 2013 completely raw and uncoloured. :)
I busted out a ton of “pretty and posed” drawings in 2013 to promote The Valiard Mansion, but now I sit back and just draw what I feel like drawing, even if it’s a little ugly. My old drawings can sustain me for a while. x)
Fire magic Gangfield. I started this back in 2012 and never finished it. I guess I left it for a while, came back to it and only saw mistakes absolutely everywhere. That’s how most pics get kicked.
Plus his design’s changed way too much for this to be relevant anymore. ^^;;;;
I still think it’s cool enough to share, though. :) I reeeaaally like that shade of orange!
Q:Hey Ez! I feel absutely squemish to be asking this but how would you or others begin drawing poses/guidelines and people? I'm a noobie artist who seems to be having a style art block. The faces don't look right and it seems wrong every single time.
No! Don’t feel squeamish! x) It’s perfectly fine to ask!! :D
It’s a little difficult to answer your question, BUT! You can go check out my drawing videos on Youtube and see what I do step-by-step.
That video in particular shows how I start drawing a character. I don’t explain it too much, but you can clearly see what I’m doing.
Good luck! <3
Q:Hello Ez! First of all, your drawings are beautiful and your story is just terrific-- can't wait for more of it-- and I have a question for you. I'm a writer who loves to draw and I have been considering perhaaaps making a tumblr account for my artwork. The problem is, my drawings are, quite honestly, subpar. I mean, I guess I'm okay, but nowhere near art blog level yet and I'm not sure if I wanna show the internet yet. What do you think? Should I just go with it or wait until I'm ready?
Posting art online is never about being good. It’s about sharing something you love so you can find other people who share your interests. You’ll meet people of the same skill level, then you can work and improve together.
You’re writing your stories, so your readers will appreciate seeing what your characters look like. It makes sense for you to make your artwork available at a centralized point to enrich their reading experience.
If you ever feel discouraged, just think of CRESSIDA COWELL. She illustrated her Hiccup books herself and still got a movie deal from DreamWorks. ;)
Best of luck, Anon! Let me know if you do start your blog. ^_^ Thanks so much for your kind words and for reading my story! x <3
Q:Hi! I was wondering if you knew any traditional South African names for a girl that would be good for my story(set in South Africa) Thanks in advance!
Oh! You’re setting a story in South Africa? SWEET! :D If you’re not from SA, you can get in touch with me anytime if you have more questions! :) (I’m assuming you’re not from here because you’re asking for names.)
Anyways, as for the names, it really depends what region/tribe your characters are descended from. I’m not really too fresh on this, since I last learned about it in 6th grade history, BUT I did find you this list of names:
It should get you started. Just Google the meaning of those names and you’ll start getting results on tribes and such as well.
Hope I helped! ^_^