Drawing and creative pursuits have always been a major area of interest for me. The ability to express myself online is one of the reasons I became so interested in graphic design, web programming, and later programming proper and UX design!
While I can draw digitally, I’m much more confident with a pencil sketch as a picture on a base layer, then digitally inking and coloring that.
This image started as a joke sketch given how much my partner and I enjoyed the Nintendo game Splatoon. I liked how the sketch came out so much, I worked to digitally ink and color it. This was one of my first “full” pieces of digital art!
I found a challenge on Instagram to create your “Villager Persona” from Nintendo’s Animal Crossing, and after discussing with my partner and friends regarding what animal and type I would be, I set to work on my sketch and enjoyed it so much, I wanted to see it in full color. Below, you can see the before of initial pencil sketch to the final, digitally inked and colored result.
While I may prefer a pencil sketch prior to m digital inking and coloring, I’m not completely lost if I’m without the ability to get a pencil and paper sketch as my base layer!
While I was still working to learn shading techniques in digital art, I sketched a quick female face with wildly messy hair to practice shading using not just shades, but various hues.
When hanging out on tradition BB style forums, I really enjoyed having art in my signatures. I sketched up and colored this quick “chibi” cartoon figure of my site avatar to use in a forum signature.
Sketching has certainly been an up and down road for me, but I am happy that I never gave up on it, and am always surprised at sketches that turn out well even after months of time away.
I have a long way to go as an artist, but I’m getting much stronger at dynamic posing and creating a sense of presence with facial expressions and movement.
This image of myself as a magical girl inkling from the Nintendo game Splatoon is one such sketch where I’m proud of it breaking away from stiff posing. I hope to ink and color this one soon!
(and hopefully one day, I’ll be better at drawing hands)
Often when I’m in a meeting or sitting and waiting, I tend to doodle away. As I’ve gotten older, it takes commitment to sit down and really commit to a fully detailed and fleshed out sketch. Regardless, I’m happy that I can continue to grow in my drawing skills, and I’m happy that digital art has provided me even more opportunities and intrigue to continue honing my skills!