Super Creepy Skeksis from The Dark Crystal – Great Subjects for Drawing!

Last night I found out that The Dark Crystal was available on instant through Netflix.  I had checked MANY times before so I was super elated!  Because my husband was going to be late coming home (official biker group stuff) I decided to watch.  I was in a little bit of a gloomy mood, so it was perfect.

I remembered so much, I haven’t seen the film in years, but I watched the hell out of it as a kid!  There are some really creepy and dark things in there!  Very spooky.

Like the Skeksis.  Very creepy, disgusting, vile creatures.

Super Creepy Skeksis

I don’t know what got into me, but I just had to draw one.  So I looked around on Google until I found one that appealed to me.  20 minutes later I had an outline:Untitled

But then I had to go to bed :/  So I took up the work in the morning.  Between doing other things I’ve worked on this today and was happy to finish him up.  He was a joy to work on.  I even posted a video of my shading him in over on Instagram.

Now here are the images taken each time I took a break:

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And now the finished work!

Fingers just for scale!

Fingers just for scale!

 

Creepy Skeksis!

Creepy Skeksis!

NSFW – Quick Nude Studies

Two days and two roughly 30 minute studies of some nude figures. I’ve been using Pixelovely.com for the figures.  And they have a “class mode” where you an set your time and it will automatically change the figures and let you know how long you have at the top (you can also skip figures or choose a NO NUDES option).  I had a lot of fun, especially spinning this around and trying to find places to fit new ones 🙂  I did 30 second poses, 1 minute poses, 5+ minute poses and like an 11 minute pose.

Now, gotta stop farting around.  Off to do some work before the hubby gets home for Taco Tuesday and Faceoff!!

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Personal Growth, Mental Expansion and What New Thing I am Doing

“Art is a way of showing the outside world what your inside world looks like.” Jerry Saltz

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For the last year or so I’ve been feeling a little stilted with my art.  That’s part of the reason I started sharing it here.  I want to open up.  And that’s helped me tremendously.

I also began watching other people on YouTube and rereading some of my favorite art books (it’s time for me to get some new ones, by the way!) and that’s helped too, a lot.  Seeing what other people do, watching their process, and surrounding myself with art in all forms is transformative.

The other day I grabbed two cheap sketchbooks from Fred’s and put one aside.  The first one is for self portrait studies.  I already have two I think I’d love to turn into paintings down the road.  But today I figured out what I want the second one to be for.

I watched a bundle of videos on how to access your more creative, right brain side without questioning the process.  I watched a few art videos by Roben-Marie Smith and this really kinda “neat idea” one by Suzette Morrow.  Now I’ve done a bunch of drawings that I created from squiggles and scratchy lines, but I never really used Morrow’s process.  As I am right now trying to go deeper with my art, trying to both create meaning while keeping the mystery for the viewer, I think that her process of being more intuitive and more self aware while barely controlling the art could lead to some terribly wonderful and exciting abstract work to pull from and create paintings out of.

I don’t know when or if I will share this art.  I don’t see that yet, that decision.  This might be very personal to me and I might be a bit protective (in a sense) of that art.  At least for a while.  I don’t see this sketchbook as good or bad work.  This is more like a mental workbook, a process book.  Many artists see all their sketchbooks like that.  Maybe I do too to an extent.  Maybe most of my sketchbooks so far have been the workbooks for the technical aspect of art and now I am working on the mental and inside aspects.

Whatever the case, I am excited to see what comes from this.  It’s a fairly new process for me.  I’ve done pieces like this before but not with the same intention I have for this book.

It’s been a few days but I am still ‘arting’

I’ve been a little busy with a tattoo drawing, writing a novella for hopeful publication by the 15 of this month, and our group (family biker group, not art related).  I just have been so pressed to get things done that I have let this blog (and some housework, whoops) slide a little.

I’ll show what I have been working on.  I’ve been using Sketchbook Pro on the Wacom Cintiq Hybrid hooked up to my computer. Neither of these are affiliate links, I am just super pleased with their performances.

A friend of my husband’s wants a tattoo of something very specific.  I’m not going to get into exact specifics until I’m done and he’s approved the tattoo, but he’s an EMT and there is an ambulance involved.

So I took a few reference pictures from online, mixed and matched what I liked and tossed what I didn’t or extra clutter.  I drew the basics of what he wanted for myself to get an idea and got the go ahead:

Original layout.

Original layout.

Then I looked into what details I thought I could add in and tried to get more accurate spacing.

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The hard work came with the lines.  Working with a ruler, perspective, resizing etc.  I have to say this Wacom Cintiq Hybrid tablet is just plan out incredible.  It really frees up the artist to try for anything.

This was what I finished up with as far as just the ambulance and stretcher:

TattooforTannern_almostthere1The lights up top are not perfect.  I’ll have to fix those before I pass it on.

The damn diamond plate is my only sore spot.  Because this is for a tattoo, I had to get those perfect.  I’m not saying he’s going to find a tattoo artist that will do work that small, but who knows.  Because I wanted this perfect I *gagging* traced the damn diamond plate.  Now, I don’t care if other people trace shit, it’s just not something I want to do with artwork unless I am tracing something I drew onto a new piece of paper.  I have done it before and I don’t like that empty feeling I get.  So I detest doing it.

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Still, that’s what I am up to now.  Sorry it’s been four days!

Film is Art Too

I’ve made a few short films, worked on a feature that was never finished or produced and have written quite a few screenplays (even finished a couple!).

Film is art!  Writing, creating a storyboard, editing, all of it in between!

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I love it so much.  I took a course in my early 20s, and when we moved here and I was attending Wiregrass here in Valdosta for a bit, I took a couple film classes again.  I got the opportunity to shoot a short PSA.  Shot this with a realllllllly old camera and my Note II.  I used my friends and my husband got one of his fellow volunteer fire fighters to help out at the end.  We just road down areas for about 30 minutes on day we all had off.  I shot the rest with my husband when he had the spare time.

So use whatever you have at your disposal to create!

I obviously do not have the rights to Metallica’s Fuel and I am not making any money or advertising anything.  This was just a project that I shot for school.

“Old Art From an Old Sketchbook” or “Has it been 8 YEARS Already?!”

“Bad” art time.  Okay, so it’s not bad art.  It’s just old art.  And I say bad because so many people are embarrassed to show their old stuff or to share their sketchbooks.  And I understand because judgements and critical words and harsh stares or incredulous faces – all of that and more can be devastating.  I am just lucky because I don’t care what other people think.  I like what I’ve done, where I’ve come from and where I am now.

So this is the first “sketchbook” I created after reading Danny Gregory’s  Every Day Matters and The Creative License.  So I was heavily influenced by his style of drawings as well as the use of pen to do the initial drawings.  I didn’t use pencil, only pen and it really did create a looseness after a while and it helped to get rid of that critical eye – because when drawing with a pen if you’re fearing a mistake, you’re screwed.  You’re going to make them, so learn how to deal with them.  Really, The Creative License puts it more eloquently, but it gave me a certain confidence to push passed the mistakes that I still have now, even using pencil or a tablet (I LOVE the Undo button/option lol).

I put “sketchbook” in quotations (twice now) because it was just a pretty notebook (the covers are pretty but I don’t show them here) that I had and hadn’t done anything with.  It was just something I bought on a whim while at Ross and never really used.  That was also part of Danny’s influence – he insists you kind of “de-precious” your sketchbook by writing in it, writing down your grocery lists and so on.  I don’t always do that now (at least I don’t think I do) but it was something that struck me again, helping to realize that sketchbooks don’t need to be perfect but are tools.

So here are the drawings (in the order that I drew them) from that sketchbook.  Also, I’m sorry if you get an FBI/CIA File vibe from all the black ink, lol.  Portions of the text has been redacted.  I am not 100% sure what is even in there but I know some is private and I tend to curse like a sailor, so I figured it was just safer to make the text unreadable 🙂

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My old bestest buddy, Fred

My old bestest buddy, Fred

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Something, huh?  Lol, some are not good representations of anything!  Some are pretty good renderings.  But it’s not good or bad, it just is.  Feel free to share your own sketches or links to sketchbooks or sketchbook tours here!