So here I am again with more skulls, the last pure skulls for a while I feel, although I might draw the occasional one just to keep in some kind of practice. Next up, more skulls, sort of. Skulls with muscle on them in fact, and perhaps some figure drawing practice since I'm already rather rusty; but that's for the future. Right now we have the last lot of skulls I did, but this time without referring to anything while I drew them. After each skull I went and looked at my anatomy books, or at a photograph to see where I went wrong, hoping to improve the next time. I did, but I'm not going to lie, even on the best of the following the anatomy and proportions are decidedly dodgy.
Yesterday, on the recommendations of several people going back quite some time, I downloaded Artrage, a "natural media" art package for the computer. Getting used to it could take some time as its user interface is quite different to that of Photoshop, my usual package of choice. No, I know what you're thinking ("Hey, I need some chips!") but I don't consider this either against my goal of getting better at illustration without relying on the computer, or the topic of this blog, which has much the same focus. Really the idea is to get better at art in general, not just in real media, but I believe that getting better using real media is a huge part of that. So anyway, Artrage...
So I've been meaning to write this post for a few days now, and somehow I keep not managing to do it, but at least this time I'm making a start; only time will tell if I make it to the end in one go. I've not managed to get all that much practice in over the last two weeks due to having guests, being busy at work and being generally lazy at home. I did get some done however, and what follows in this post is part of it. You may recall in the last post I said I was going to practice drawing skulls. I wasn't kidding.
So I finished that little project I was working on about a week ago. It was an illustration for my Brother's birthday card, which is why I can't post it yet (On the off chance he decides to read the blog between now and August), but I shall once he has the card in his hands, along with step by step descriptions and illustrations. It was primarily digital I'm afraid, but it's still the first piece of finished art I've done in a while. So that was a week ago, and I'd done no other off-work art between the last post and that, so what have I done since?