It’s been ages since the last blog post, but it took me a long time to finish the newest drawing. It’s a drawing of Tokyo Shinjuku based on a great photo by guen-k.
It took me so horribly long because it’s a city landscape (I need to stop drawing these, the rows of background buildings are horrible to make). The drawing is much lighter than the reference photo, but I think it still looks ok.
Anyway, you can find more similar stuff on my DeviantArt profile or on this website, so, feel free to look there. And feel free to comment here or on DA.
In my last post I was describing how I started drawing a large picture of a city landscape and I promised to report on my progress.
And then, Christmas happened, so I didn’t get to drawing as much as I would want. With all the family gatherings, visits, meeting old friends, eating more food than necessary, wrapping presents, unwrapping presents, watching movies, relaxing, resting and sleeping, one can hardly find time to do anything else. But I managed to draw anyway, so here is the progress.
On the pictures below, you can see two stages of the drawing I have done in the past days (I am too lazy to count the days but it was more than a week). I must admit I am quite slow, because I am not used to colours much and I am drowning in all the details.
So far, the worst part of the drawing were definitely the cars on the highway on the right. Not the windows, but the cars. And this is bad news because in the left bottom corner of the drawing, there is a large carpark full of cars. If I draw a city again in future, I must avoid the stupid vehicles, there are too many of them!
Epic city coloured pencil drawing – phase 1
Epic city coloured pencil drawing – phase 2
A few weeks ago, I found out about a competition organized by a Polish book publisher Dwie Siostry. To take part, you had to send in a script or storyboard of your own book for children (in Polish or English) and 4 illustrations for the book. If the jury found your ideas and pictures good enough, you could win one of the prizes (publishing the book when it’s finished, money, etc.).
My friend Claire (who likes writing) and I (who can’t write at all) decided to try to send our entry as well. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it in time to meet the deadline. So now, we are left with a basic idea for a book and 3 illustrations that I did. That may sound a little disappointing, but it was fun, so who cares.
So far, it seems like one of my many unfinished projects. Hopefully, we finish the book anyway and try to send it in next year (the competition looks annual to me). In the meantime, you can look at the three pictures I did here (one of them is below, just to let you know what to expect).
Illustration of an island