Painting for my Cousin’s birthday – Taurus

He’s a weight-lifter who just won state in power-lifting. He’s also a Taurus so I decided to continue the zodiac project which I’d been putting off.

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So my goal was to give the piece a heavy handed impact and a strong center focus, with the eyes being the most rendered bits. Been experimenting with more impressionistic and suggestive styles for skin facial structure. I think the varied texture and coloring of the skin and the blob of black with little bits of brown that suggest curly hair turned out well. The backgrounds a little meh, but I wanted the focus to go straight to the blue/purple eyes. The horn and shattered stone cow represent Taurus and the traits associated.

To me, it looks a lot like a traditional portrait for Scorpio I did four or five months ago: cropped-determination41.jpg

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The theory and direction here was very similar, except it’s in watercolor and pen.

It’s crazy to think I’ve only just started my transition to digital art a few months ago, and I’m really proud of the progress I’ve made. I feel myself getting to the point where I can translate my traditional art style to my digital work in a much more fluid manner. When I first tried out digital drawing I was discouraged because everything felt disconnected. It felt like I wasn’t really building off of old skills, just learning something new. Now it feels like I’m slowly combining the two into something uniquely me.

Beyond the fact that this drawing was for someone close, it is important to me because it made me realize where I want to take my art and style as a whole. That’s something I’ve been trying to figure out for a long time, too.

 

Cheers,

Blu

Challenge: Abstract portrait using stacks of paper as a canvas

This turned out pretty clean all things considered. I used a stock photo of stacked papers as a base then drew the face (mostly splatter style, the nose was hard and took the most time), then accented the areas with other composites (the street is from Iowa City where I study). Tried a meatier style for the eye which is meant to be the focus with all the composites shooting out of it.

Here’s the stock photographers page who provided the canvas for free: Photo by Brandi Redd on Unsplash

17×30 inch at 200dpi

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copr Blu-art 2018, Arctic-Ink 2018

It’s pretty similar to the challenge I did here: https://bluebeard-art.com/2018/03/30/challenge-drawing-a-dragon-eye-using-a-leaf-as-a-canvas/

Except it’s mostly drawn where the dragon eye was frankensteined together with about twenty images and I really only shaded in the rocks and eye with the sketch in the pupil. That one was easier because it was all blending and less brushwork.

Here’s the original image (sourced above)

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Cheers!

-Blu

Winter – Artwork + Updates

One of the bigger projects I’ve been working on.

40×60 inches multimedia character portrait.

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I really like how it turned out.

In other news I submitted my portfolio to ‘Design by Humans’ which is a company that partners with artists from all over the world to print designs on clothing, mugs, phone cases and more. I didn’t really expect to get accepted, so it was a nice surprise when I got the email today and was able to set up my shop.

This particular design is the only thing I’ve set up so far, but there will be more to come after I make it through finals (probably in one piece…hopefully).

Anyway, all the links to that kind of stuff will be at the bottom of the art posts from now on to keep things organized.

Cheers,

Blu

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My Portfolio: https://arctic-ink.myportfolio.com/

My Deviant Art: https://arctic-ink.deviantart.com/

My Design by Humans shop: https://www.designbyhumans.com/shop/ArcticInk/

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Texture Drawing with Steps

For a texture based drawing like this, you kind of have to know what you’re going for, then accept that the result probably won’t look the way you think it will. I wanted to do a portrait of a character I’d already drawn, which is actually harder than drawing a new character, because you can’t just wing the features.

Step 1 (about five hours): Yes, texture drawings without blending are terrifying. I molded the textures I wanted to use into the correct shape then did some rudimentary blending and erasing out places for the drawn and more detailed parts of her face. There are some brush strokes here, but they are suggestive and serve mostly as a framework or placeholder for what is to come.

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Step 2 (about six hours): Drew the majority of the important bits in. Most notably the first few layers of the nose, lips,  teeth, hair and sweatshirt.

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Step 3 (around eight hours): I should have taken more pictures in between for this step, but it was a lot of drawing and redrawing to get the eyes to blend into the texture and create that cracked illusion. I did a lot of work on the skin and actually retextured a few areas to get it to work better. I did most of the skins texture in a fence brush (splatter blending style).

Most of the time spent was noticing little issues in light room and going back in to fix them a good seven-nine times.

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It ended up looking entirely different then what I’d pictured, but I like it a lot. Came in at only forty layers which is good, because it means I’ve gotten more efficient at reducing extraneous layers that make it needlessly complex to manage and edit.

Moving forward I want to look into re-balancing the darker marks on the right cheek, as they are too dark right now and are flattening the implied positioning of the cheek.

Cheers,

Lilith 🙂

Challenge: Drawing a dragon eye using a leaf as a canvas? (Hybrid composite drawing)

So this was kind of a weird challenge, I wanted to make a trippy wallpaper, but instead of “drawing” it on a blank canvas like normal, I wanted to see if I could do the majority of it in textures, on a texture. In other words turn a benign leaf into a spooky water dragon.

SO, this was my canvas (licence free). lol…

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I picked something hard on purpose, as a rule I wasn’t allowed to erase any part of the canvas. I had to turn this leaf into the eye of a dragon.

Here’s the thirty layers of shading and textures I added to my already busy canvas:

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I needed really heavy blacks to obtain any sort of com-positional balance. That was already void from the leaf photo. So I blocked out the blacks and sketched the form of the eye, making sure to keep the important parts away from the leaf’s busier channels. The main challenge was molding the shading around to fit the leaf, because it’d be very easy to blow out the wrong areas. For this reason, my shading and structure probably looks very rudimentary and inconsistent, but this has more to do with drawing around the problem areas.

How it turned out:

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I’m pretty happy with the result. It looks…weird. The water droplets on the eyelid don’t really make sense but they look cool if you don’t think about it, and my heavier mix of textures on the eyeball alongside the quick sketchy drawing of the skeleton on the crucifix ended up looking pretty intense. It is admittedly a cluster-expletive and completely unbalanced in a lot of ways, and it could use some cleaning up. But given the restrictions and how unmanageable that leaf photo was, I feel good about it. And being real, it does have a rather unique look. 🙂

Anyway, feel free to use this image for whatever as long as you credit me. If anyone wants the .psd or a .tiff format (full size) version of the image, be warned that it is seventy megabytes, but I can send it over google drive or something.

 

PS: I’ve had a few blog posts accidentally be released unfinished because I’m dumb and forgot I scheduled them. I’m going to stop slotting unfinished things assuming I’ll get back to them at some point, sorry for spam!

Cheers,

Blu ❤