This is another example of the fact that looking at your online drawing shows you all the things which still have to be done. I thought I could call it finished, but I still need to work on the contrast – some parts of the drawing/painting still need to be darkened. Well,,,
I have difficulties with drawing feet, and so I was looking for some useful video tutorials on YouTube.
The first one I found was this one:
It is only a bit more than 7 minutes long, and it shows you how to draw rather cartoonish looking feet.
Another more detailed video, created by Sycra, is this one:
Have fun watching!
This drawing is based on a digital painting I did some weeks ago with Artrage. Again I used baby oil as a solvent, and I am excited how strong the colours get when you do that.
This is the second of my horse portraits which I did with the pencil tool in Artrage and my graphic tablet.
In the beginning it is a bit strange to draw on the tablet and look on the screen to see your strokes. However, the more I practise it, the better it goes. I also noticed that drawing from a photo reference makes you see things you would not if you would not be drawing it – the distance between the ears, the size of the eye, the size of the muzze, the exact position of eye and ears and so on. And sometimes I won’t notice flaws until I upload the drawing …
With all the drawing and painting with Artrage going on I don’t want to neglect my coloured pencils. I must admit it is not easy to stick to that goal: Artrage has something addictive to it, especially since the moment I found out how to adjust the settings in order to make my graphic tablet work properly. So I had to kind of drag myself back to the cardboard, but when I had my pencils moving over the paper I felt fascinated again. So I hope to be able to keep that balance between traditional art and digital art!
I think the hooves of horses are about the most difficult thing to draw, especially when you have to draw them in a very small size. So I did a very big one, trying to capture the essentials of it.
I decided to focus more on sketching and drawing. Artrage offers pencils and felt pens as tools for drawing. Drawing with /on a graphic tablet is fun – you can easily erase wrong lines. I also decided to practise the drawing / sketching of horses; I love those beautiful animals, but they are not easy to draw.
So until at least the Easter weekend I will do a daily sketch of a horse or a part of it.
Some time ago I did a digital painting with the same theme – a dragon in the forest. You can see it here: Now I decided to have a go with coloured pencils. As you can see I changed the drawing a bit.
I used baby oil as a solvent almost all over the drawing with the exception of the left hand side of the darker tree. Here I wanted the bark to look lighter – almost white-ish.
The drawing has the size of 17×24 cm (6,7 x 9,4 inches), and I worked about 6 hours on it (from the pencil sketch to the last finish). Coloured pencils are definitely not a fast medium! But it is easy to store the drawing and the pencils away and to get them on the table again the next day.
I consider the following tutorial a very helpful one: it is relatively short (about 8 minutes), it lists the single steps and it lists the colours of the pencils.
There was a time when I hated doing backgrounds. In fact I didn’t do them. But now I really enjoy doing them after getting the pencil sketch down on the drawing cardboard. In this case here I particularly enjoyed using all my shades of blue and even some greens. This drawing is not meant as a realistic drawing of a whale shark swimming in the sea. I had the movement of water in my mind and the multitude of shades it can have, and in contrast to that I painted the big, rather static form of the whale shark.