Wordless Wednesday

"Four Faces" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO2500
“Four Faces” Cedar Park, 2018

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Sketch Style

"Night Sketch" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO3200
“Night Sketch” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

I spent some time this evening drawing simple faces while looking at other artists’ work that I admire. I’m trying to find a style that I like – something that I can draw quickly to create stories. It’s fun to break down the different elements of a face and try to figure out the minimum number of strokes to create an eye that can convey some emotion or individuality. I’m sure this is the realm of the comic artist and animator, and it’s kind of cool to peek into that world. I feel like I am exploring the unknown! 😀 I guess this is part of the joy of learning new things, isn’t 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 day!

またね~

Saturday Sketching

"Leia" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/60 sec, ISO6400
“Leia” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today I broke out the sketchbook and created a couple drawings. The first was some simple eyes and faces to get warmed up. I’m also thinking about what elements of the face are essential to depict for my drawing style, and what I can leave out. I’m still looking for my own drawing style – something I can be happy with which I can create better visual stories with. It’s kind of fun to explore on paper.

Next, I worked on a larger drawing with which I spent a bit more time. I guess from start to finish, it took about an hour and a half. I erased and redid a bunch and looked at several reference drawings to fix things, most notably the profile and cheek. As you can see from the photo at the bottom of this post, the shape of the face was a lot different.

"Evening Sketch" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/100 sec, ISO2500
“Evening Sketch” Cedar Park, 2018

When I got the drawing how I liked it, I took the photo then brought it into Photoshop and was going to add color to it, but after I did the hair, my Wacom started freaking out and scrolling instead of drawing, so I just quit. But, I like how it looks, so I will call it done.

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!

おやすみ

"Version 1" Cedar Park, 2018
“Version 1” Cedar Park, 2018

Gifts and Sketch

"Gift and Cards" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/70 sec, ISO6400
“Gift and Cards” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today I present two photos that I took around the house. The first is of a gift and card that I got for my wife for Valentines and her birthday, which are not far apart. I’m happy that she put them on display! 😀

The second photo is just of a small sketch I made while listening to a webcast. I have a mental barrier when creating drawings, and that is that I try to be a perfectionist, and I am never 100% happy with what I draw. So, I get discouraged even before I start. Then I don’t start. But, I know I can break through! Maybe at this point in my sketching, quantity is more valuable than quality.

"Doodle" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/125 sec, ISO4000
“Doodle” Cedar Park, 2018

I hope you had a nice Thursday!

またね~

Readily Available

"Warm Sun" Austin, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/10, 1/100 sec, ISO1000
“Warm Sun” Austin, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today’s photo is of the notebooks that are on my work desk. I was chatting with a friend about journaling and writing in notebooks, and I thought about the barriers that prevent me from writing more. And by writing, I don’t mean writing stories or the great American novel. But just jotting down reminders, practicing kana, doodling, etc.

And I realize that one of the big barriers for me is just the proximity of the notebook and pen. For instance, when my notebook is in my bag on the floor, that’s too far. However, if I keep the notebook on my desk, opened to a blank page and a pen resting on top, then I write a lot more.

It’s kind of like photography for me. Since my X100T is so small and easy to carry around, I almost always have it with me, and therefore I take more photos. It’s readily available all the time.

So, making the pen and paper easily accessible has been key so far this year. My notebook might not be the prettiest, but it’s functional and I enjoy writing in it. It’s just another small thing that makes life a little more fun.

I hope you had a nice day!

おやすみ

Audition, Car Shopping, and a Sketch

"Morning Begging" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/90 sec, ISO3200
“Morning Begging” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today I took Koa to the regional band audition early in the morning. It was a long day for him, but he’s been practicing for this all week and the hard work paid off. He got second-chair and made the region band! I’m very happy for him because I knew he really wanted it and was nervous about the audition. Congrats, Koa!

Later in the day, I went to the Subaru dealership to test drive the car I am most interested in: the Crosstrek. I love this car! I’m pretty sure this is the model I will buy, and since the Odyssey is starting to have problems, it will be soon.

The model that I drove today was the trim level I want and had the options that I cared most for, plus the price was excellent. Everything was great, except for the color. Although the white is nice, I prefer the silver or the pale blue. In fact, I saw a “cool gray khaki” color and fell in love with it, so I’ll wait until one of those is available.

Later in the evening, I added some more to a portrait I sketched the other night. I think it came out ok, considering I only spend 30 minutes initially on it. I really don’t know how to draw a hoodie, and this one looks more like a parka-type jacket, but I like it anyways. 😄

"Hoodie" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/70 sec, ISO3200
“Hoodie” Cedar Park, 2017

And today’s photo is of Koa and Lani at breakfast. Lani is so well-behaved when she wants a treat. 🐶

I hope you had a nice Saturday!

またね~

Tonight’s Sketch

"2017.10.25 Sketch" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO2500
“2017.10.25 Sketch” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。Tonight’s sketch. Nothing much to say about it, but it’s good practice. The version below is the earlier version.

I hope you had a nice day!

"2017.10.25 Sketch" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/50 sec, ISO800
“2017.10.25 Sketch” Cedar Park, 2017