Tag: creativity

Curry and a Sketch

"Curry Nite" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/25 sec, ISO3200
“Curry Nite” Cedar Park, 2017

Just like the title says!

For tonight’s sketch, I looked at a reference photo of Koshiba Fuka 小芝風花 for the hair, but the face I drew from scratch. I’m happy with how it turned out! 😄

"2017.10.12 Sketch" Cedar Park 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO400
“2017.10.12 Sketch” Cedar Park 2017

I hope you had a great day!

またね~

Chili and Two Sketches

"Chili and Egg over Rice" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/60 sec, ISO500
“Chili and Egg over Rice” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Well, the weekend is coming to a close, but I had a nice one. Today I sold a lens that we don’t use and recouped a nice bit of money. Besides the extra cash, it’s a good feeling to clear a bit of clutter. Last week I sold a bunch of books, and while I didn’t get much money for those, it was nice to clean up the bookshelves here.

After selling the lens, I made a huge pot of chili. The photo above is an example of our preferred way of eating it. It’s chili, over rice, with a fried egg on top. I also added Serrano peppers because I like it spicy. I wonder if other Asian families have rice with non-Asian foods. I’m guessing yes. We actually call this dish “chili-gohan”, because gohan in Japanese means rice (or more generally food or meal). I actually bought hot dogs and buns for chili-dogs, but Bay said he would rather have chili-gohan, so that’s what we ended up having. 😀

This weekend I also did a few sketches, two of which are below. The first is a quick one (maybe 30 minutes) to see how quickly I could do a decent sketch with minimal guidelines. I just drew a circle and centerline, then a couple horizontal lines freehand before filling in the rest. I think the eyes are a little uneven, the nose and mouth are a tad small, but I am still pleased with it.

"2017.10.07 Evening Sketch" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO2000
“2017.10.07 Evening Sketch” Cedar Park, 2017

The second sketch is from an angle, and I spent about an hour on it mainly working on the eye shape, angle, and size. Then the outline of the profile, nose, and mouth. Lastly, I outlined the hair, but I’m not so happy with that part. All the short hairstyles I draw look pretty goofy. It kind of looks like a helmet you might see in Star Wars. I realize that hair is something I need to work on in the future, but now is not the time so I just left it as is. Also, the eyebrow on the right side of the sketch is perhaps too high and thin. Despite these criticisms, I am happy with it, and the experience I gained drawing the eyes will certainly help my sketches in the future. 

"2017.10.08 Sketch" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO1600
“2017.10.08 Sketch” Cedar Park, 2017

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 Sunday!

おやすみ

Sandwich and a Sketch

"Laptop Heat" Austin, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/105 sec, ISO200
“Laptop Heat” Austin, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going? We made it through the week! 👏

Today’s photo is of my wrapped up sandwich. I don’t like to eat cold sandwiches, so I took it out from the office fridge and leaned it up against my laptop, where the fan blows hot air. In a few minutes (and one turn over) the sandwich is at a nice temperature. It kind of reminds me of cooking food on a car’s engine… but a lot less extreme.

This evening I worked on another portrait, but this time a 3/4 view. I was looking at a reference drawing from an amazing artist, Asia Ladowska, to work on the hair and the pose. I have a lot of trouble getting the eyes to match up, so after I got it close on paper, I took the sketch into Photoshop and adjusted the size and positioning of both eyes. The result is below, and you can see the original sketch at the bottom of this post.

"Adjusted Reference" Cedar Park, 2017

“Adjusted Reference” Cedar Park, 2017

I blogged a bit before about the “mannequin” look that my sketches often take, and you can see that in the original drawing below. With the adjustments in Photoshop, the portrait above is much more “manga” style, which I really like. It’s still not where I want it to be, but it’s progress.

I try to keep the phrase, “A line drawn is never wasted” in my mind, especially when the results are not going the way I would like them to.

"Original Reference" Cedar Park, 2017

“Original Reference” Cedar Park, 2017

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!

おやすみ

Salmon and a Sketch

"Salmon Dinner" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/20 sec, ISO800
“Salmon Dinner” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

It seems I have a recurring theme going on my blog: a food photo and a sketch photo. 😀

I think the salmon dinner photo is self-explanatory. Yummy of course, and healthy too. Or maybe all that butter it was cooked in isn’t the healthiest, but it was sure tasty!

And tonight’s sketch is something new in that I tried a little bit of shading. It was fun, and I think I’ll do some more. Maybe less line-work and more shading? And I need to figure out hair. 😜

"2017.10.04 Sketch" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/60 sec, ISO640
“2017.10.04 Sketch” Cedar Park, 2017

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 great day!

またね~

Sunrise and a Sketch

"Sunrise" Austin, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/60 sec, ISO400
“Sunrise” Austin, 2017

Can you see all those birds? It’s amazing and frightening to see them all… 😱

This evening I sketched another portrait. I’m getting faster at doing these little sketches… I’d say it took about 30 minutes, and I only used a compass for the initial circle, and one ruler center line. The rest was by hand, so I’m improving on that front. 😀

"Evening Sketch" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/15 sec, ISO800
“Evening Sketch” Cedar Park, 2017

I still need to figure out how to draw hair. It’s really hard! But fun to think about the best way. And research too. I really enjoy 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.  

I hope you had a nice Tuesday!

おやすみ

Sunday and a Sketch

"Morning Sunshine" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO640
“Morning Sunshine” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today was super-busy, even for a Sunday! I woke up at a good time, 7:30 AM, which was first in the house, and made coffee, then got to work on the day’s activities:

  • Update our friends’ restaurant website with new menu items
  • Cook breakfast for the kids
  • Yard work
  • Splatoon break!
  • Update Mariko’s website header image
  • Drop off Koa at the movies
  • Take Bay to get his haircut
  • Stop by the bookstore to sell some books
  • Buy canned goods at the market for school donation
  • Pick up Koa from the movies
  • Work on Mariko’s website some more

And that was the day!

Well, almost… I did spend some time finishing a sketch I started the other day. Basically, I cleaned up the lines, and figured out how to draw the hair where it meets the scalp, and also after a bunch of trial and error, I drew the part in the hair. I think it looks pretty good!

By the way, today is the first day of October, so Inktober is starting. I will not be taking part in it, but I hope to see some cool artwork.

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 weekend!

またね~

A Fun Sketch

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Here’s the digital paint version of the pencil sketch I did a couple days ago. In the previous digital painting, I used the pen tool in Photoshop to create smooth lines for filling and erasing, which I found super-convenient (and fun). So for this latest sketch, I decided to use Illustrator to create the line art, then copied and pasted as Smart Objects into Photoshop.

I also found out about the Width Tool (Shift+W) to vary the width of a stroke. This blew my mind! I loved creating the line-art in this way. Check out the Smart Objects that I created using Illustrator and the Width Tool:

I think this version looks really cool. Maybe even better than the finished drawing. I guess that just means I need to practice more. 😀

Anyways, for the final version, I had a little fun by putting a Nyan cat on the shirt and giving the character a more goth look. Both my kids said she looks like one of the Splatoon girls, which I don’t really see, but I’ll take as a compliment. 😅

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 Monday!

おやすみなさい!

Pencil to Digital

"Digital Paint" Cedar Park, 2017

“Digital Paint” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。Tonight’s post if of a digital painting I did, which started out from a pencil sketch. I wanted to practice drawing portraits from a 3/4 view angle, so I watched a few video tutorials and then gave it a go. The first sketch (see bottom photo) was okay, but had my typical “mannequin” style. And I was not thrilled about the hairstyle either, even though my favorite is short hair “bob” cuts.

My second attempt at a 3/4 pose turned out better. I’m still trying to figure out how my process was different, but I guess when I drew the second one, I was a little freer drawing the underlining structure, I drew the features larger and gave the face a little more shape. And I really like the long hairstyle with bangs.

After I did the pencil sketch, I scanned it and did some coloring in Photoshop. I wanted to do it quickly, but got into it and took a few hours. I guess I could work on it more, but I’ll leave it at this.

I’m not so great at drawing smooth curves in Photoshop, but I love using the pen tool and create vector paths to fill and erase. It’s really fun, and I kind of get the look I want. I’m excited to do more of this. In fact, I am going to go even more vector and work in Illustrator to create the shapes for the next one.

"Pencil Sketch" Cedar Park, 2017

“Pencil Sketch” Cedar Park, 2017

"3/4" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO1600
“3/4” Cedar Park, 2017

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 great day!

おやすみ

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