It's been a month since I posted here because I've been dutifully studying to become a great and powerful artist. I'm practicing daily and taking an introductory drawing course at my college. The class is, in a word, brutal. My instructor is a sweet, supportive demon. She gives us incredibly difficult assignments and, while we quake in dread, chirps with a smile, "You can do it! I know you can!"
She's usually right, though. We can do it...after traveling a long road painted with sweat and tears. Thanks to her Spartan curriculum, I've improved a lot over the past eight weeks.
Here's a selection of pieces I've made recently. You can click any of the images to see a larger picture. Keep in mind that in December, I was drawing couches that look like fences.
The above was an in-class exercise that focused on negative space, using white colored pencil on Canson Mi-Teintes turqoise paper. The subject: my instructor's old keys.
This is a still life in charcoal on Strathmore 400 series drawing paper. Until this one I'd only done line drawings, but the point of this exercise was to imply edges using value (light/shadow) only. It looks more impressive in real life; when Sweetie saw it he said, "It looks like it was made by an actual art student!"
Above is an under-drawing for watercolor, which I've also been playing with in my free time. It's a copy (fancy-pants artists say "study") of Maya Fey from the Ace Attorney video game series. I darkened the lines intending to ink over them after painting, but later I changed my mind and left the pencil showing.
And here's the finished watercolor. The colors turned out strangely in the photo, so I adjusted the image to approximate how the painting looks in real life with middling results. Her face is a bit too wide and her eyes a bit too dark, but too late now!
Of course, a sudden rainstorm is only one of many handy excuses to get manga characters naked. You could also make them...
- Change for PE together.
- Change into staff uniforms for part-time jobs.
- Try on costumes for the school festival.
- Spill liquids on clothes that must be cleaned immediately.
- Be forced to share a room and bath after missing the last train home.
- Or, my personal favorite: Get so drunk or delirious with fever that they require assistance donning pajamas before bed.