Marker Love

So it's been a bit, but now I have some time to post on my blog again! I've been posting most of my updates via https://www.instagram.com/kelseysbass/ 

Coming off the heels of working on environment assets for The Exiled and our game being released on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/332650/ I've been very busy working on my own projects. Some of which are already on Instagram and my website. 

I've been working on a lot of art using markers! I have many Prismacolor markers that I brought over with me from the USA. Since there isn't Prismacolor here in Germany, I found my new love, Stylefile brush marker! I started with two of their colors, CGO Cool Grey and 510 Sky Blue. I used them to rough out shapes that I'd sketch on top of, but now I've been using them more and more with the other colors I have. I went back to the art store and bought a try out set that included 6 markers, 306 Powder Pink, 672 Grass Green, 154 Canary Yellow, 350 Coral Pink, 454 Cerise, and 554 Napolean Blue. The more I used them with my Prismacolors the more I'd love to get more of them! Stylefile are cheaper than most alcohol based markers, and right now the only downside (I think) is that they can't be refilled (I think!). 

Also to add, I'm just stating my own opinion, I've bought all these markers myself.

Till next time!

Berlin's Drink and Draw Portrait Class (RedBubble sponsored)

Last night I attended the D+D portrait drawing class. I've been to life drawing classes before, but never a portrait one! It was a lively crowd of artists who attended and a pretty laid back atmosphere. The instructors we very helpful in their tips on how to draw faces. The models were fun to draw as well.

I'll have to admit I was struggling between wanting to draw cartoons / caricatures and trying to approach it as a realistic study. My internal struggle revealed. I'm going to show what I did last night, and some of what I wish I'd done.

I threw in some of the drawings I'm not particularly fond of too. If you look at the Whoopsie image you can see that was where I really wanted to caricaturize her face, but kept wanting to go back to realism, which made it weird in the end! I tried drawing a cartoon version of her really small so that maybe that would get me out of wanting to draw caricatures. Nothing wrong with caricatures, but I just wanted to pull myself out of my comfort zone.

I show some edits I made over a few of my drawings to make notes of what I should be aware of next time... Things I need to make note of, size ratio of facial features, taking the time to lightly sketch before committing to darker line work / shading, and take my time. The whole reason I attend these classes, workshops, and events is to improve my skills, so it's okay to mess up drawings, and badly might I add, as long as it means I'm learning and growing as an artist.

This experience was a great one and I hope to attend future events! For now I'll be following around my boyfriend and try drawing him while he's working haha.

Long time no Blog (Art dump)

Phew, okay it's been a while, and I'd like to rectify that with a blog post that sums up the rest of my November comics! Here we go:

I fortunately stuck to my schedule and got all of these done in November, but was very busy with my freelance jobs that I wasn't able to post them here. A little late on here isn't too bad right?

Notes: Uh hmm there's a few days missing and I have no idea where they went on my computer! I'll update if I find them.

Next up I'll be posting the work I've been doing for Nathan Fowkes' Schoolism class and a little blurb on last week's Schoolism Live Workshop in Berlin.

 

November Comics

So on the heels of Inktober I felt I should continue making small ink paintings / inkings in November. This time my plan is to work on one panel comics each day. I really enjoyed working in ink and wanted to learn more, and increase my skill using it. I also have been wanting to share mini stories and ideas without committing to a full comic strip.

It's fun to share little moments and experiences.

Some more personal than others.

I found that by the weekend I got pretty wiped out, not by doing these, but just creating client work in the meantime. So I'm sticking to posting these comics on the weekdays so I don't burn myself out. 

 

 

Inktober 2015 Final week

Inktober ended during all the Halloween festivities. I had accomplished my goal of creating an inked piece of work each day on the day that it needed to be completed. 

Now to reflect

This was my first time participating in Inktober, and I enjoyed the challenge of completing an inked piece every day. Some pieces were more successful than others. Some pieces I enjoyed while other pieces my audience enjoyed. It was great to explore all the ways I could approach each piece, and not having a tight focus helped me with this. 

Some troubles

Pentel Black ink brush

Pentel Black ink brush

I've never used a brush pen like this one before so I had some trouble learning how to dispense the ink.

As you can see the lines are not bold and solid (as intended). This of course could make for interesting texture, but had annoyed me through out most of the Inktober drawings. One moment it seemed like I fixed the problem the next the problem still persisted. By the end I figured out the problem.

First you need to squeeze this pen (brush side down) and hold it for a moment. The ink will finally come out.

Then you'll need (scrap paper) to brush the ink into the bristols.  

Sorry for the blurriness holding the camera and drawing is a challenge for me haha.

Sorry for the blurriness holding the camera and drawing is a challenge for me haha.

Finally you can make solid lines. 

To be honest I don't know if this is the best way to use this brush pen, but hey it worked and I'll still continue to learn how to use it.

Another trouble I had was sometimes having a scanner and sometimes only having my camera on my phone. The quality of the images fluctuated because of this. There was one week where I was too sick to come into my studio so most of the images were taken with my phone's camera. Next year if I decide on selling my work as prints I'll make sure the quality is excellent. 

Despite some troubles, I managed to get all 31 ink drawings done! 

So what's next?

I have an itching to do small inkings each day and try to continue the flow I've got going here. I know some of my art friends are thinking about doing more as well. 

What I plan on doing is creating one panel comics for each day of November. The comics will feature slice of life and dream themes. I think I can manage to do this. I know it's already November 2, but I'll just make up for it. As long as life and work are still in a good balance I think these can be done each day this month.

 

Inktober Week 4

Most of this week I was sick, however I still pressed on!

My first online Schoolism class!

I've started my Schoolism subscription last Thursday. The class I'm taking is Pictorial Composition with Nathan Fowkes. I hope this class helps me super charge my compositions! Today I worked on our first assignment. I won't go into too much detail of the assignment, because Schoolism has an affordable subscription model they'll be releasing soon! http://www.schoolism.com/

The images I used were from City of Lost Children, Twin Peaks, and Concept art for How to Train your Dragon. These are only being used to further my understanding of composition.

I look forward to the rest of this course!

I'll be updating on my personal project later this week!