sketchbook edition #3

 The fun part of moving is going through all the fun stuff I have packed away in my closet. Not only did I discover some half empty sketchbooks with plenty of drawing room, but I also found plenty old pieces I’ve drawn that I am actually proud of! Most of the following are Supernatural related, save for the last one (yay Sherlock!) 

Season 9 – experiments with multiple subjects – not complete but not too bad

Dean

Charcoal! I should do more of this – I adore the tones

Jo Harvelle – because I needed a subject other than the boys.

Baby Sam and Jessica

Dean

The Boys

Meg – another attempt at a female figure

This was more of a full figure study as opposed to his face

More figure studies

Working on interactions between people – Bobby and Ellen

Baby Sam and Dean – more interactions

Dean

Figure studies of the boys

Tried changing the perspective of his face – Dean

This was for Andrea a while back – also muscles are fun to draw

John Watson – fun with light sources

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Sketchbook Edition #2

While time is limited – I am still working hard at my sketches – slowly but surely trying to get better! Here are some recent samples as well as some work that I did for GisHwhEs this year!

IMG_2227 This picture was for Gishwhes – I had to portray what I thought Love was. I was quite proud of how it turned out.
IMG_2229 Clearly for Gishwhes – this is Misha and the Queen as Pin-Ups.
IMG_2230 one of many Dean sketches – not great but getting closer #practicepractice
IMG_2231 Head Studies
IMG_2233 The Boys #winchesters
IMG_2234 Dean
IMG_2235 Studies
IMG_2237 Dean – beginning to experiment with planes
IMG_2238 Planes!
IMG_2239 A not-very-happy Dean

More to come soon – I am working mostly on heads and planes at the moment – but I also intend on creating more finished looking sketches. They’ve been more rough as of late and I want to try to finish a picture.

#alwayskeepfighting

The Sketchbook

Art!!

Here’s a peek into the most recent additions of my sketchbook – I’ll try to make this a regular thing as it is nice to look back and see progress!

This was a significant moment in season 10 for me – as I hone my skills I shall return to it. I’ve titled this ‘Castiel Returns’ in an attempt to sound as pretentious as I can – HA – no I just thought it was appropriate for the moment.


Studies of Sam – more significant moments for me that I attempted to capture. Playing around with head angles and such to get the right proportions and perspective. I’m gonna just label the whole set ‘Faith’.


Kevin! Several fellows from work……’encouraged’ me to draw something other than the Winchesters – so I drew a surrogate Winchester #notsorry


All the studies – practice practice practice. I also really love eyes……


Hiccup – this one was for Trinya =] On my list of top five favorite movies – I’m honestly amazed it took me this long to sketch him.


Dean studies – because honestly I believe getting him right is nearly impossible, but it’s a task that I have taken upon myself to complete. I’m not there yet, but I’ll keep plugging away.

It’s Friday – Fridayyy

It’s Friday – the 13th! Guess what that meanssssss!!!!

I finally sat down and watched the original Friday the 13th. It’s honestly embarrassing how long it took me to watch considering how much I love horror, the classics in particular. It’s even more embarrassing that I saw the ’09 sequel (part? extension?) before I saw the original.

Thankfully the classic did not disappoint me as much as the ’09 one did. Sure, the acting was a little awkward at times (let’s not talk about those final fight scenes), the dialogue isn’t particularly solid and – considering I’m watching this in the 21st century – the effects weren’t exactly terrifying.

But that doesn’t mean there weren’t things to love.

Everybody died! Sometimes you just need a movie where everyone gets picked off. I am often mildly annoyed (alright, very annoyed) when the story is driven by those three idiots who’ve managed to survive (through no fault of their own) and perilously wander around without any sense (I’m looking at you ’09 reboot….).

Cheesy deaths sure, but decent ones nonetheless.

The music reminded me of Psycho. There was very little of it, but when there was music it was fast paced and panic-y.

Kevin Bacon is adorable. I don’t know why I haven’t binge watched more of his stuff – but I should.

I loved all the shots putting you in the eye of Mrs. Voorhees. The anticipation of what was coming kept me interested.

The cheesy, happy music at the end is priceless.

I can see why it’s a classic but please excuse me, I must now go watch the other 11.

It’s an Imitiation Game Alright

It’s Oscar season and I have  been binge watching as many of the Oscar nominated films as I can.

To be honest – most of them are pretty disappointing. Should that come as a surprise? No. Does it still disappoint me? Yes.

The Imitation Game is the exact premise of The King’s Speech (and basically every historical film ever produced) with a different cast of characters.

Boyhood is being lauded for its format – a 12 year project is quite impressive, however that doesn’t make it a great film (that was 3 hours of my life I can never get back – I’d rather watch the Friday the 13th remake – twice).

Birdman  was the most relevant film I’ve seen thus far, and by far the most creative and artistic. Sure there were moments where I scratched my head a bit, but it was far more enjoyable and thought provoking then the others.

No one is talking about The Judge which was a truly great ensemble and a touching story. One of the few films I’ve seen this year that didn’t feel like a walking cliché (and yes I know Robert Duvall got a nom for the film but does any one else feel that it was sort of obligatory?).

Guardians of the Galaxy – yes, it’s about a bunch of petty villains that save the universe in space but does that make it any less of a great film? Just because a film doesn’t take itself seriously (or happens to have a racoon with a bazooka and a talking tree) shouldn’t mean it gets passed over for other less innovative films.

Apparently Captain America was a great film (no I haven’t seen it yet don’t judge me), as well as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. 

Now, I’m not saying that I want to see every decent movie that is released make it on the nomination list – but I would like to see a little more variety. Every year it’s always the two or three dramatic historical events and then a couple experimental pieces.What’s the matter with comedy? A movie that we don’t have to take seriously or think critically about?

ORRR or let’s get crazy and throw in an animated film – whhaaatttt. I mean, when was the last time an animated film was nominated for Best Picture? (I looked and it was for Toy Story 3). Both The Lego Movie and How to Train Your Dragon 2 were well received this year, and they aren’t even Disney films.

Why don’t we even rephrase that question and ask – when was the last time an animated film was looked upon as a film and not merely children’s entertainment?

In case you were wondering – the last genre film to be nominated and win Best Picture was LOTR: Return of the King. Though to be fair there are far less decent genre films than there are animated ones (I’m looking at you Hobbit). 

Let’s make some changes people! Art itself is not discriminatory – so why should we in turn discriminate against its different forms?

 

Random News – Just for Fun

In case you hadn’t heard….

Supernatural has been renewed for it’s 11th season. ELEVEN. 

Not only is this exciting for me as a fan, but it’s incredible to see a genre show with limited viewership get this far.

I keep hearing ‘that show is still on the air!?!’ followed by gaping jaws of disbelief. It’s been ten years and yes, it’s still on. And the best part? It’s still relevant. The show is about the boys again, and the current story lines are deeply personal and weighty (I was going to include a joke about how you can’t really relate to the Mark of Cain here, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it because it actually is very real and symbolic – someday I’ll write a whole novel about that).

So say what you will, I get that some people are annoyed about it but that’s the way it goes. I for one am ecstatic – deal.

That being said – Jane the Virgin was also renewed which isn’t surprising considering their Golden Globe win. To be fair, I haven’t seen any of the show, so I don’t really have any just reason to be as angry as I am. But it’s aggravating to see other shows with talent get passed up, especially for the CW. Let’s be real, there isn’t much there that is worth awarding (save for a certain show I could mention about a pair of brothers who hunt evil……ok and Whose Line – duh)

Lea Michelle and now Nick Jonas have joined Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens for the coming year. This terrifies me because I cannot stand Lea Michelle (I tried, I watched some of Glee and I tried)  and last I checked Nick couldn’t act for beans. Though I suppose in retrospect – Ryan Murphy is pretty hit and miss to begin with so we’ll see how that goes.

New photos from the set of Sherlock have emerged (I say new but it’s been, like a week). You can view the new and interesting costumes here. There are a slew of reasons why our Sherlock and Watson look like they’ve joined Guy Ritchie’s adventures and none of them make any sort of sense within the logic of the show. I’m doing my very very best to hold out my thoughts till the special airs, but I’m already massively annoyed with Steven Moffat as it is.

ABC just announced they’re ordering a crime-thriller from Shonda Rimes – it looks to be headed by solely females which I find fantastic. It’s also been pointed out that ABC is one of the most diverse networks on television. It’s just a pity that all of the shows are so formulaic and bland.

ALSO – big news of the day! Emma Watson has just been officially announced to play Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast. It’s been a rumor for quite some time now and it’s nice to know it’s official. I should be wary – as we didn’t need a live-action anything. However I adore Emma Watson and Beauty and the Beast will forever be one of my favorite stories. And it’s Disney. I may just weep tears of joy until it’s release.

In case ya’ll are interested in more news like this – follow me on Twitter! I make valid attempts to retweet all the interesting industry news for those who care like I do. I like fun facts and staying in the loop!

Also – Happy Monday everyone – I’m proud of you for making it through the day!

 

 

 

In My Spare Time

I promised sketches – and I have a plethora from the past week or so

practice, practice, practice

whether I like them or not, that’s what this is about, practice.

I tried to branch out with some new faces =]

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This started as a face, but I was getting rather heated about his eyes so I set about to practice those.

(sorry Chuck – I’ll come back to you and finish you one day)

 

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It’s funny how a picture of a sketch shows you all the major flaws you missed before.

**twitch**

 

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(I will not panic over those terrible eyes….)

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I actually am quite proud of Sammy.

Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving and weren’t TOO trampled by the holiday shopping.

Barista out!

 

Progress

I was supposed to be writing – but I wasn’t quite in the mood so I finished off a charcoal sketch I began on Friday

I am actually quite proud of it – so I’m showing off its sketch milestones thus far =]

 

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Step 1 – face forming after I’d done work on his eyes – eyes are hugely important to me because they’re always so unique. They’re my biggest challege but also my favorite.

 

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Milestone? Step? Part? 2 – Face shaping and look! a chin!

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Numero 3 – Jaw line – oh yess.

 

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Part 4 – more face shape and the beginnings of a splendid ear.

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Step 5ish – blimey he’s got facial hair now!

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The not-so-grand Finale! I won’t say it’s finished yet, because I have plenty to fix, but this is where I’ve stopped for now!

Coffee Shop Doodles

 

 

 

 

 

A couple of days ago I finally, accepted (I guess that’s the right word) that my artistic journey doesn’t have to happen overnight. I may be frustrated that my skills don’t convey what I want them to quite yet, but that just means I have to practice more.  

I spend….well let’s be real, all of my days at Starbucks. I work there 5-6 days a week and on my days off I hang out (cos I’d rather be at work than at home). Yesterday I mustered up some productivity and so below are some of my sketches (not complete mind you, but feel free to judge away, I’m a beginner and still struggling). 

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(I got some new charcoal pencils I wanted to try out – they’re from God) 

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(one of my regulars wanted me to draw his nose. it’s not great) 

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Hopefully more will happen as the holiday approaches, a couple years back I drew the 11th Doctor with a Santa hat and I want to do more along those lines this year (maybe Sherlock?). Arrrrt!!! =]