I’ve read Dune recently (not for the first time). Anyway, the book was great, so I decided to draw a picture of one of the Fremen from the book. This is actually supposed to be a specific character from the book, but I’m not telling which one. Have some mystery in your life.
Below, you can see some of the work in progress stages of the same.
You can find a larger version of this picture on Deviantart.
Dune_Work in progress 1
Dune_Work in progress 2
The drawing with the dead robot in a forest is finally complete. I must say that it got harder and harder with time, mostly because it doesn’t look that good and it was hard to find motivation to finish the bloody thing.
Because I’m not happy about the picture, I’ve decided to criticise it heavily so that you don’t have to in the comments. The picture is boring, it’s just a brown-green mess, it looks dirty and dull. The only part I like is the tree on the right, in the foreground, I think that looks quite good. It’s not clear what is what, what is stone, what is grass, what is a tree and the background is too light.
It’s good to try new things (like drawing a forest) but sometimes, they just don’t work. I think my next picture will be something more technical again, probably a city, I’m doing ok in drawing cities.
You can see a larger version of the image on Deviantart.
Robot in the Forest
I’m back with another of my incredibly irregular WIP reports.
You can see my progress with the “Robot in the forest” drawing below. As usual, I’m not happy about it, it looks like a green mess. On the other hand, nature itself looks like a green mess too, so it may be ok.
When the picture is finished (which should be soon), I’ll need to do some magic with contrasts in the computer, because it looks incredibly dull now. All the colours are light and everything is brown and green and blends together. Maybe drawing nature and forests isn’t my thing. 😀
Robot in the forest_IV
And now to the pencil philosophy.
I’ve noticed recently that I tend to use only a few colours in most of my drawings. I use a few colours a lot, if that makes sense. You can see the evidence on the photos below.
I have (and use) two sets of coloured pencils, Faber Castell one and a Derwent one. It’s quite sad to look at the Faber set. All the nice and happy colours on the left are almost untouched, and the dark side is overused. As Darth Vader once said, don’t underestimate the power of the dark side. But if you overestimate it, you’ll find that your dark brown pencil is getting smaller and smaller with every picture you draw.
I think I’ll need to draw something yellow now, to restore the balance in the universe.
Faber pencil set
Derwent pencil set
Here’s another blog post, so what’s new?
It’s hard to beat getting Daily Deviation on DeviantArt I wrote about in my last blog post, but I will try. Because the big news is, that I got a package with the first (and hopefully not last) book that I have illustrated – Into Exaltia by Heather Rivera. A proper book that was published and that you can buy on Amazon. A link to Amazon is here, go on, don’t be mean and buy it. It’s not like you have something to lose, right? Money is designed to be spent.
I’ve finished reading the book (I haven’t read it yet, I always got descriptions of the illustrations from the author and I drew them) and I can say it’s really good and fun to read. I admit I am not a young reader aged 9-12 (who the book is mainly for) but that didn’t stop me from enjoying reading it.
I’d like to announce that this is the end of the advertisement part. Except it’s not, because I took a photo of the book as well and you can see it below.
Under the picture of my progress on the “Robot in a forest” illustration.
Robot in the forest
Into Exaltia book
Before I start talking about my new picture and how the drawing goes, I need to share some news. I have a profile/gallery on DeviantArt, I post all my finished pictures there. And a few days ago, my Shanghai city illustration got a Daily Deviation.
For those of my (non-existent) readers who don’t know what that is: a group of DeviantArt volunteers and staff (the Council of Elders) every day pick a few pictures – Daily Deviations – that they feature on the main page of DeviantArt. Getting a Daily Deviation was an unrealistic dream of mine, because the pictures that get it are really good and look very professional. So it was a surprise when my drawing got it. And thanks to that, lots of people saw my drawing and many of them liked it.
I guess I am now officially good at city landscape. 😀
Anyway, back to the robot in the forest. Despite not having as much time for drawing as I wanted (which is my usual excuse and I really need to stop repeating it), I think I managed to draw quite a lot of the foreground. Check it out on the pictures below.
Robot in the forest – II
Robot in the forest – III
My last picture, the Warcraft orc, has been finished for some time now, so it’s time to start working on something fresh and new.
A friend of mine told me a few days ago, that I might want to try drawing something else than just copying photos (he said it in a much nicer way, but I think this is the main thought). And I think it’s worth a try.
I’ve decided to to draw a rainforest with a mysterious old broken robot standing in the middle.
I don’t plan to explain why is there a robot in the rainforest, where did he come from and why is he broken. It’s better to make the audience think about it and to make the picture more enigmatic (I am also too lazy to make up a backstory).
Anyway, there is a first photo of a very early stage of the drawing below. I should explain that the odd green thing on the right is supposed to be a tree.
Robot in the forest
At last, the Warcraft orc is finished. You can see it below, and there is a downloadable larger version on my DeviantArt profile.
I have absolutely no idea about all the weird copyright laws that exist today, but I hope one can still draw a Warcraft orc, right? I don’t know, maybe I committed a war crime by drawing the orc, maybe I didn’t.
Anyway, there are a few imperfections about the orc but I think it generally looks ok. If you have any opinions, advice for improvement, feel free to express yourself in the comments.
I don’t know what to write next so there are some technical parameters about the drawing to fill some space:
- it’s drawn on a 35×50 cm paper, 120g
- I used Faber-Castell Polychromos and Derwent Artist pencils
- it took a few weeks to draw this (I can’t be bothered to measure it more precisely than that)
Warcraft orc drawing
After a very long time and a medium existential crisis, I’ve decided to write a new blog post.
The large drawing of the city ended quite well (you can see it here if you haven’t had the pleasure yet). It was well recieved by the general public, I had an astonishing amount of 4 positive comments on DeviantArt, containing words like “wow” or “cool”.
But, enough about the past. I am working on a new large thing now. It’s the orc from Warcraft III. I hope you’re familiar with that picture of a huge face of screaming orc. I have started working on the face and I’m using two types of coloured pencils this time: Derwent Artist and Faber-Castell Polychromos. There is going to be a lot of black space on this drawing so I also bought a few cheap black coloured pencils, there is no need to waste the fancy ones.
I have a feeling that the drawing started well. Hopefully, it will end well as well.
The orc from Warcraft III – early stage
The orc from Warcraft – a later stage
Finally, I have finished the large (bigger than A4 qualifies as large, right?) drawing of the city. I have also discovered that the city is Shanghai, which is a nice surprise because I was under the impression that it was an American city.
I must say I’m glad I finished the drawing, because it was starting to get a little tiring (it took very very long). The result is (my opinion) good but not perfect. If you want to see the picture in bigger resolution, download it, or buy a print of it, check it out on DeviantArt.
Shanghai drawing – colored pencils on paper
Welcome to another of my random progress reports. If you remember the big city picture from my last blog post, you can see that I moved to the left part with the horrible car park. As I predicted, the cars are annoying to draw, I think I am building deep hatred for cars in me. I’ll have to draw a few meadows to get over it after I finish with the city.
The most of the foreground is done now, which means I can start working on the middleground. It might be a bit challenging. There are lots of small buildings in the back with no details. I don’t think I have ever drawn anything like that with coloured pencils. But maybe I am great at it, I won’t find out until I try?
By the way, you may have noticed (or maybe you haven’t) that the pictures I put here look a little light, dull and not very colorful. That’s because it’s just photos of the drawing, I didn’t do anything more to it on the computer. In the end, it’ll need fixing the contrasts a little.
That’s all for today’s report.
Drawing of the city – part IV