digital pencil

September 11: This week at Val Draws

This needs more cleanup, but this is the mini-book sketch I worked on this week:

I also spent a fair amount of time working on character designs for my squirrel and crow story, but everything is pretty messy right now, so I'll hold off on posting for now... okay, maybe just one:

I just learned that red squirrels can't digest the tannins in acorns; they prefer pine nuts. Yet another squirrel myth exploded!

I just learned that red squirrels can't digest the tannins in acorns; they prefer pine nuts. Yet another squirrel myth exploded!

Or two:

This is almost a straight up copy of the photo below.

This is almost a straight up copy of the photo below.

Is he the perfect chubby squirrel, or what?

Is he the perfect chubby squirrel, or what?

I also came down with a cold on Friday, so I've been pretty loopy all weekend, so I think that's it for now! 8-)

This (two) week(s) at Valdraws : May 15 - May 28

I totally spaced on posting last week. I've been working on my dummy every day, but so much of what I've been doing has been planning, which involves a lot of thinking and scribbly sketches, but not much that's worth showing. I will show another sketch of my main character and the first finished sketch for the dummy:

I've been experimenting with some free 3D posing software and a posing app for my phone to help me sketch characters. It's easier than getting my six year old to stand still long enough to take a picture!

Anyway, this book is my main focus right now, so although I don't have a lot to post, there's plenty going on behind the blogging scenes.

I'll keep plugging away, and try to stick to my weekly posting schedule going forward. Until next time...

 

April 10 - April 16: this week at Valdraws

This week I watched a couple of Periscopes by Holli Conger. She's kind of a marketing genius, so I'm getting back to following her advice: I added some more connections on Linkedin this week and decided to get back to doing Illustration Friday. 

This week's word is "wood" so naturally, I came up with this:

It's still a work in progress, but I'm pretty happy with the progress I've made since Friday. I decided to try a slightly different approach with this piece; I rewatched the Digital Pencil class on SVS learn and did most of this with hatching with a tiny digital pencil/brush.

Working like this feels very natural to me and I'm working much more quickly than I do when I "paint" with larger brushes. It doesn't make a lot of sense that using a smaller brush would make things go faster, but I think it's because I've done a lot more traditional drawing than traditional painting, so I don't have to think too hard about what to do, my hand just seems to know what needs to be done.

I'll wrap this piece up by Tuesday and post the final for Illustration Friday, and then get back to finishing up my second monster slippers piece.

I also discovered that my zodiac fabric is being used for these cute project bags for sale on the Jimmy Beans Wool site.

Click the image to see the bag at Jimmy Beans Wool

Click the image to see the bag at Jimmy Beans Wool

They're made by Chicken Boots, a local company here in Chico. It's cool to see the fabric in action; I hope they sell well!

That's my week in a nutshell. Until next time!