Inspiration

"Daruma Girl" Austin, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/40 sec, ISO6400
“Daruma Girl” Austin, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight I went with my friend Mikey to see The Night is Short, Walk On Girl at the theater and I was blown away! The movie is so fun and crazy, I found myself smiling ear-to-ear almost the whole time. The artwork was really bold and simple, and it was very inspiring. I have some new ideas on how I’d like my next drawing to look like. It’s funny how inspiration can come from some kinds of animation, but not from others. For instance, when I watch Ghibli movies, inspiration never comes to me, but with The Night is Short, Walk On Girl, so many ideas pop up in my mind.

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

Sketch from Reference Photo

"All Black" 2018
“All Black” 2018

Last week I finished this sketch, but I hadn’t posted about it until today. It started off from a reference photo that I drew from, then I brought it into Illustrator to outline and refine. The pose started off just like the original photo, but I ended up changing it up a bit, also the facial features are different, as well as the hairstyle. I have been thinking about how “original” it has to be to be called your own artwork. I guess it’s a different medium, I’ve altered the pose so it might be enough. Anyways, these are more for practice and not for profit, so I’m not so worried about it. However, I’d like to not use other people’s photos except for practice.

I’ve been adding a little more detail to the eyes while keeping similar shapes as my previous sketches. I guess I like to keep things that work for me and build off of that.

"Eye Work" 2018
“Eye Work” 2018

And here’s the sketch that I started from:

"Evening Sketch" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.2, 1/100 sec, ISO1000
“Evening Sketch” Cedar Park, 2018

Next up is a sketch based off of a photo that I took, so I can have a completely clear conscience when I finish it. ☺️

To see all the sketches I’ve been working on, you can check out the Flickr album “My Sketching Journey”, or my Instagram account barron.sketches which I created just for posting sketches, watercolors, and stationery items.

またね~

Process Adjustments

"Evening Sketch" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.2, 1/100 sec, ISO1000
“Evening Sketch” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

This evening I worked on this sketch, which was based on a photo I found on Flickr. The first sketch I did was not very good, so I got a little bit discouraged and went straight into Illustrator to trace over the photo. I know that eventually, this will become a digital drawing, so I thought “Why not cheat a bit and get the proportions perfect?” But, the lines I drew looked even worse than the pencil sketch! 😭

So I went back to my original sketch and used my favorite tool, the mighty eraser. 😄 After drawing, erasing, drawing, erasing, etc. I finally finished with what you see in the photo above. I know it will need more adjustment in Illustrator, but I’m pleased that I have a good base to work with.

A came up with a couple of takeaways from this simple experience.

First, when I get stuck on a sketch, I should not be afraid to erase and redo certain parts. In my mind, it has always seemed like a waste in that I spent effort on the first attempt, and that erasing it would remove it forever. But if I think objectively, then why shouldn’t I erase/delete the parts that are not good enough? It’s all part of the longer process to get to a better place. I should really keep that in mind. The eraser is my friend!

I also learned that the pencil sketch is necessary for any new project of mine. It’s fast, and feedback is immediate. The “shortcut” straight to digital is not a shortcut at all (for me at least). It was good to give it a try, though, and see how awful it turned out for me. I know other people can go straight to the computer, but it’s not something I can do. Good to know!

Finally, the experience reinforced the idea that it’s necessary to step back from a sketch, take a little breather, and then continue with some fresh eyes. And also, looking at the same sketch from a different perspective, angle, or even distance/size can help pinpoint problem areas. For instance, I took a photo of the sketch when I thought it was done, but then looking on the small camera display, it didn’t look right. So I worked on it some more until it was good enough for this step in the process.

Anyways, I am planning to work on this some more on the computer this weekend, but I think I have a good basis to start!

To see all the sketches I’ve been working on, you can check out the Flickr album <a href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/barron/albums/72157684772726464″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>”My Sketching Journey”</a>, or my Instagram account <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/barron.sketches/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>barron.sketches</a> which I created just for posting sketches, watercolors, and stationery items.

I hope you had a nice Friday!

またね~

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Kinokuniya Haul

"Illustration Annual 2018" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Illustration Annual 2018” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today after work I went to Kinokuniya to browse the stationery and books. It’s actually a great opportunity since I am alone – I don’t have to hurry and can take my own sweet time. 🙂 I was primarily looking for more illustration/art books to find inspiration and get some pointers to improve my own illustration skills and found a great compilation of artists. This Illustration 2018 book is huge – over 300 pages! There are so many great illustrations and each one has a little info about the artist, including their websites, email, or social media links. I went thru about a third of the book already and marked pages using the stickies that I also bought from Kinokuniya. I’ve bookmarked so many pages already!

"Cool Stuff" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Cool Stuff” Cedar Park, 2018

I think it’s really useful to look at the illustrations in printed format, rather than just onscreen. You can really see the detail and technique a lot better. It’s weird to me because I thought that a digital format would be advantageous because you can zoom in and the colors are more vibrant, but the printed book is way better. Not only is the “zooming and panning” natural (moving your head and eyes closer), but it brings the artwork into the physical world and tangible reality. The only thing better would be to have the full-size print. It’s the reason that galleries and museums still exist. I highly recommend spending your money on art, illustration, or photo books. Skip a couple dinners out, and buy a book!

The bookmark sticker set I bought is pretty neat. I love the designs of these, but this is just one of several different sets, and they are great. I wish I could have all of them, but I’ll just stick to this one, which I liked best. There are 375 total stickers so it’ll last me a while.

"Bookmark Stickers" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Bookmark Stickers” Cedar Park, 2018

I have a couple of Pilot Hi-tec-C Coleto multi-ink pens, and I’ve run out of ink in a couple of the cartridges. Happily, Kinokuniya has a big selection of refills. Now I just have to decide if I should change up the color combinations of my pens, or just get the same colors… ah what a dilemma! 😝

"Coleto Heaven" Austin, 2018
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“Coleto Heaven” Austin, 2018

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

Haircut, Shopping, Sketching, etc.

"Haircut" Austin, 2018
Photo info: Motorola Moto G (4), 3.64mm, f/2, 1/30 sec, ISO100
“Haircut” Austin, 2018

Hey there! Today was just Koa and I, but it was a busy busy day. Here it is in list form:

  • Finished my China travel visa application and dropped it off at the post office, along with a couple other packages
  • Took Koa to get his haircut before dropping him off at the mall to hang out with his friends
  • Got my own haircut
  • Picked up Koa from the mall and went to another store to buy him some nice pants and tie for his band camp
  • Dinner at a Mexican restaurant
  • Laundry and helping Koa pack for band camp
  • Evening sketching

Tonight’s sketch is from a photo from 1996 when I first met Mariko. It was a fun sketch to create!

To see all the sketches I’ve been working on, you can check out the Flickr album “My Sketching Journey”, or my Instagram account barron.sketches which I created just for posting sketches, watercolors, and stationery items.

I hope you had a nice Saturday!

またね~

"Sangria Margarita" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/60 sec, ISO6400
“Sangria Margarita” Cedar Park, 2018
"1996" 2018
“1996” 2018

Evening Sketching

"Digitizing" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Digitizing” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Well, we made it to the weekend! Tonight I celebrated by doing some work on the artwork I started a couple days ago. I adjusted the eyes a bit, tilted the head slightly, and replaced the smile with a frown. I cropped it vertically and added a camera. I’m not sure how I will feel about it tomorrow (I need some time away from it) but I am happy with the progress! Maybe this weekend I will work on the camera some more, and figure out the body and background. But I think I like how the face turned out!

"In Progress" Cedar Park, 2018

To see all the sketches I’ve been working on, you can check out the Flickr album “My Sketching Journey”, or my Instagram account barron.sketches which I created just for posting sketches, watercolors, and stationery items.

I hope you had a nice Friday!

またね~

Inspiration

"Inspirational" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/125 sec, ISO3200
“Inspirational” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

A couple weeks ago I bought Step by Eguchi Hisashi and it has been super-inspirational. I just love his style, and I’ve done a couple more drawings based on his style. I feel like I am also finding my own way of creating drawings that work for me. I watched a couple videos of artists’ advice, and one was to buy art books and study them. It’s important to have the physical book, and not just view the images online, and I have to agree that this makes a huge difference! You get to really examine all the line work and colors in a much more direct way. It’s great. I highly recommend it.

Funnily enough, when I was in art school, I never looked at books of artists I admired. I was too into just working on my own. But now that I am older, I realize that it is invaluable to look at other work and learn from them as much as possible.

The other day, I made this image, using fashion models as references for the pose, but since the Dodgers have been playing well lately, I decided to go with the baseball theme. I’m pleased with how it turned out, but I think it is lacking in dynamism – it’s very stiff. Something to work on in the future!

"Peace. Love, and Dodgers" Cedar Park, 2018
“Peace. Love, and Dodgers” Cedar Park, 2018

This evening I started a new picture, and my progress is below. Just for kicks, I applied some of Adobe’s charcoal and other brushes to the strokes to see how they looked. I think it’s pretty fun!

"Brushes" Cedar Park, 2018
“Brushes” Cedar Park, 2018

To see all the sketches I’ve been working on, you can check out the Flickr album “My Sketching Journey”, or my Instagram account barron.sketches which I created just for posting sketches, watercolors, and stationery items.

I hope you had a good Wednesday!

またね~