Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Intoxicated WIP - Lettering

I am still working on the broken bottle drawing. It's probably going to end up being one of my most ambitious undertakings to this point. I have tons and tons of hours into it and I know I have tons and tons of hours left on it. If I had to start over on this drawing, I think I would have done a background so that the highlights would shine more. With the highlights and the background both being white, they aren't as brilliant as they could be with a toned background. Anyways, I am still working on the lettering, which is going slow. Everything will be very detailed though so it will pay off in the end. Here's an updated picture of the drawing:

pencil drawing

Monday, September 18, 2006

Pencil Drawing- Intoxicated WIP

I am still plugging away at this drawing. I knew it was going to be a big project when I started it. I estimated that it would probably take me about a month. Maybe a little more, who knows. Depends on how motivated I am to work on it at night. Tonight I worked a little more on the lettering. This part is a huge pain in the ass. Well, it's not that bad I suppose. It's just really really tedious. Not particularly difficult though. I have to draw around all the lettering with a 3B mechanical pencil and make sure everything is crisp and straight. Then I am going over the actual letters with a B pencil. Doing this will make the highlights in the drawing more spectacular. If I just left all the lettering white, the highlights would be less noticable and wouldn't be as important. But since I am drawing glass and it's reflective, I want the highlights to sparkle as best as they possibly can. I took a couple pictures of me working on the drawing tonight. The left one shows where I'm at with it and the right picture shows how close my face is to the drawing while I am working on the lettering. I have been setting very small goals for myself everytime I work on this drawing and doing the best I can on it.

pencil drawing

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Tutorials and JD WIP

Listening to: Tori Amos - "A Case of You"

Recently I have been getting alot of e-mails asking for more tutorials on my website. When I started the tutorials section I had planned on adding to it quite frequently but I guess I was being lazy and haven't really added much to it in a while. But the other day I got an e-mail from someone asking how to draw eyes. I got motivated and sat down that day and worked on a tutorial. For that tutorial I chose to draw Armin Mersmann's eye because...well, he's my hero. The tutorial turned out pretty good I think and I recieved alot of "thank yous". So this past Sunday I sat down and decided to do another tutorail. This time dealing with drawing still life. I chose to draw a zippo lighter for this tutorial. I have drawn a couple of them before and I always enjoy drawing them. I think the still life tutorial was alot more difficult to explain but alot of people seemed to enjoy that one too. I am now motivated to do alot more tutorials so be on the lookout. :) Here are the links to them:
Eye Drawing Tutorial
Still Life Drawing Tutorial
The finished tutorial drawings:
how to draw still life
how to draw an eye

I have been working on a new drawing in the midst of the tutorials. It's a fairly big project. It might be my most ambitious undertaking so far. I'm not sure. We'll see in the end. I chose to draw a broken Jack Daniels bottle. I drew a couple bottles in 2004 and 2005 but I feel like my skills are much more honed in now and I am able to produce more realistic work. The previous broken bottle I did I neglected alot of details and I didn't draw alot of the small shards. This time I am drawing every little piece of glass that came off of the bottle when I broke it. I feel the drawing is going very well. I have loads of hours into it already and I am not even half done. Here is a picture of me working on the drawing tonight:
brian duey