I have been watching an anime called Dance Danseur about the world of ballet. The MAPPA style of bodies in motion is a fascinating study to try. I have been on Pinterest looking through ballet poses and doing nightly studies in Clip Studio with the basic pencil chunky brush, one of my favorite brushes to use just to capture basic form.
Cleaned up a sketch I did the other night based on an Ivy Park model. Also did another Draw This in Your Style based on Ross Draws character design.
Very excited for Star Wars Visions they had me at Studio Trigger being involved. Also did a Draw This in Your Style for Elsa sketch she had an awesome character design I had to draw.
The last couple of weeks it’s been mostly lunchtime sketches at work and a couple Clip Studio drawings. I still try every month to finish a design for the monthly character design challenge topic. It’s always a great thinking/design exercise.
I picked up a couple of design books and have been trying to figure out a process for portrait styles with a couple FRENDEN brushes.
The last couple of weeks I have cut back on my daily sketches. Trying to figure out some animation workflows in Clip Studio. I have been doing weekend studies mostly trying to put in practice what I have been picking up recently.
I haven’t been doing many sketches lately mostly focused on learning 2D camera controls. I need to update this site for a sub-section that will feature my animation clips.
Not really doing much sketching mostly going through some Clip Studio guides for animation and storyboard notes.
I did get a couple copies of my physical sketchbook collection dated 2018-2019. It’s still a strange feeling to have a year’s worth of drawings in a glossy hardbound book.
Since the last post I have been doing smaller reference studies with the grease pencil in Clip Studio. I spent sometime working on grey scale values with clothing folds and soft lighting shadows. I did find a couple new fashion blogs that will come in handy for a couple of designs I have been trying to work on recently.
Finished a couple pre-Labor Day blue lines sketches I had “laying around” on the iPad. Of course I took the time to design an insect warrior for August character design challenge. It’s always so much fun just seeing where the initial design ends up.
I have a couple more fashion reference illustrations I want to wrap up before moving onto the next project. I really get excited by the next drawing series even after all these posts.
The final days of summer currently I am just doing iPad sketches every couple of days. Last week I backed up my 2018 iPad sketches it’s over 120+ files with a couple months left in the year, this years sketchbook looks like it’s going to be massive.
The last week a fun art challenge popped up called #drawthisinyourstyle. A number of my favorite illustrators posted their work with the challenge for everyone else to re-draw it in your personal style. I collected a couple of my favorite post and picked up the challenge. I am sure I will have a couple more in the next couple of weeks. It’s been fun interpreting the various character designs into my own style.
Of course I had to keep the monthly Character Design Challenge going. The topic was African Warrior.