A Little Bit of Little Ariel. Finally watched my copy of The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition Blu-Ray that my brother got me for Christmas. I grew up on a very poor quality VHS version of the movie, so to actually see the characters so super clearly made me wanna make some fanart. :D Not a lot of fanart, but at least some. ;)
Doodled these while watching Boardwalk Empire. That show’s a real talkie, so I can just listen and draw.
Q:Hey Ez, this being a first time to ever ask another artist a question like this, so here goes (:P). I'm a new artist to tumblr--or anywhere for that matter. I'm still way back in the learning curve. I know there's no cheat method to become a better artist and speed the process along besides ages of practice. But as I'm rather inexperienced at all of this, I was wondering... How long does it usually take you to draw a picture? Or how many time do you have to restart it or toss a drawing out?
I’m honoured to be the first artist you’ve asked anything here! YAY!!!! ^_^
I take about 20-30 minutes on a drawing. (+20 minutes per extra character, +2 hours if I decide to colour it digitally.)
I redraw a pic once, max. I never draw a drawing more than twice. If I can’t get it right the second time, and I HAVE to get it right for some reason (like for a commission or competition entry), I go off to do some anatomy studies (or studies on the bit I’m struggling with) and have another go. ^_^ I’m very impatient and I’d rather do three new pics than redraw an old pic three times. ;)
A tip I can give is to draw the redo-drawing next to the original flop. That way you have a direct comparison for where you went wrong.
Just know that sometimes a drawing doesn’t work and that’s okay. :D Whatever you do, don’t get frustrated. If a drawing doesn’t work after multiple tries, walk away. It’s not you giving up. It just means you’re not in the right mind space or at the right skill level to pull it off. Rather focus on what you can do and set smaller challenges for yourself along the way. (For example, draw something familiar, but this time around, just try a more complex hand gesture or draw one eye winking, and such. Baby steps.)
Sorry for the wall of text. I hope I helped!!! *hugs!!!*
*Gasp!* A Customer! Something of a love letter (or shall I say, Lovett letter) to the Sweeney Todd flick. ^_^ The songs are just so clever and catchy. I’m always humming Worst Pies in London when I’m baking. x)
A bitter memory creeps up. You know, the kind that leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Uck, not nice! xD
Just trying to get back into colouring. Going slow, but it’s alright. ^_^ Plus I really miss colouring my character, Ruth. She’s been in greyscale purgatory for the longest time. ^^;
Hope you guys are all having a splendid 2014 so far!!! ^_^
Aaaaand Ruth’s floating. Ghosts float, right? :) They friggin’ should!! xD
Today was a rainy day. Rainy days make for humidity. Humidity makes for weak paper that gets indented easily. It’s like drawing on a wet noodle with a sledgehammer. :\
Sorry for that. I just really wanted to vocalize how much I dislike drawing on semi-sort-of-not-quite damp paper. :P Nothing erases yet nothing smudges. It’s weird and uncomfortable. xD
Q:Greetings Ez, I really love your artwork and find that I can learn a lot just by observing your drawings, but there is one thing that I simply do not understand -how do you draw hands so well? Mine always end up looking like paper cutouts or robotic gauntlets (which, admittedly, sounds cool, but is incredibly frustrating).
Oh, yes, I absolutely agree! Robotic gauntlets do sound cool! XD
But as for drawing hands, it’s basically the same as with anything else: study it in detail and then learn how to simplify it.
I can honestly say that drawing hands well is something that is far more time-dependent than it is effort-dependent. Even after you do all your studies and copies of different hand poses, your brain is gonna need plenty of time and practice to process it all. ;) It truly does take a few years to find a way to draw hands that you feel comfortable with. So don’t worry too much about it. It will come with time. ^_^
The most tragic mistake you can make is to avoid drawing hands just because they’re hard to draw. Never, ever pass up a chance to draw hands on your characters. No matter what! :D
I recommend combining the hand-drawing methods in George Bridgman’s Constructive Anatomy and Andrew Loomis’s Drawing the Head and Hands. That did the trick for me. And be sure to read the accompanying text each author has written about drawing hands. Them words ain’t just for scientist types. :B ;)
You should also check out the Living Lines Library for character sheets where they show in some places how the animators simplified human hands, instructions included! :D
And, of course, nothing beats photo reference, so just open up a magazine sometime and copy some hand poses. It’s actually a lot of fun if you can laugh at your own mistakes. xD
I truly hope this helps! Thanks for your kind words!!!!! <3 GOOD LUCK!!!!!
Ruth is Excited. I don’t know why, but she is. :) Don’t like how her right arm turned out, but ah. I give myself permission to be lazy today. B)
Q:First off, I'm a huge fan of your work. :D You're awesome. My question: So, you're a law student, but after law school you want to pursue drawing in animation… how does that work, exactly? Why are you getting a law degree if you want to be an artist?
People keep asking me this, probably assuming I’m some kind of dummy for not studying art, and I admit it’s a long, long story. ^^; But I suppose I can sum it up by saying that the tuition at art and animation schools are far beyond my family’s means. Then on top of that, the schools I’d like to have attended are situated far away from home, and we just can’t afford a place for me to stay while I’m there.
Just one of those things, really. I’ve learned to accept it. ^_^
I don’t know yet how I’m going to make my Law degree work for me, but I’ll find a way. I mean, statistically, not a lot of people get jobs in the fields they actually studied for, so hey! It means I should have a pretty good chance! ;D Wishful thinking? Maybe. But I’m cool with that. B) Haha! xD
Thanks for your kind words and your support!!! *big hugs!!* <3