….I look the same ..but when someone else uses the filter their a whole new person 🤷🏿♀️
Often times I like to look at my old sketchbooks to see my progress over the years. Looking through them I noticed that my drawings are good but my sketchbook is pretty boring and basic. With any of my sketchbooks I do not use a particular sketchbook for one theme like one book for doodles, fashion, typography,etc whatever I was feeling that day is what I put in my sketchbook. Which can appear messy and all over the place. Which is not something I would not want to show off to someone or use as a portfolio.
This year I want to get better and more confident when it comes to my art. This is where art Journaling comes in, I know what art Journaling is but it was never something that crossed my mind to do. I was recently watching YouTube videos and come across videos of artist showing their sketchbooks or making their sketchbooks then it downed on me to make a art journal…..anyways lol I thought of the idea of a whole year of art Journaling even though it’s February starting March 1st up until March of 2019 I will be be doing weekly, sometimes daily videos of page drawings in my art Journaling basically building my journal together.
But first thing first we have to start with the basics. The meaning for the ones who do not know what a art journal is.
Art Journal- An art diary, art journal or visual journal is daily journal kept by artist. Often containing both words and sketches and occasionally including mixed media elements such as collages.
There is no perfect way to explain it, all you do is pick theme any theme. The theme that I am doing for this journal is portraits, I want to get better at doing portraits, so this entire book is going to be about portraits, lettering and some collages.
drawing is part of my creativity. I started off drawing by tracing pictures from my computer screen, I would look up cartoons images on Google trace them, then I would color them in. I remember tracing The Simpsons a lot, I loved, loved, loved The Simpsons when I was growing up that was my favorite show for the longest time. It was Homer and Bart that I used to trace. I used to take the paper out of the printer and use it to draw. I would place the paper against the computer screen and take my pencil and trace the character then I would color it in. I traced for a little while I don’t remember my age but I was in elementary school when I use to do this. After months of tracing I wanted to be able to look at the images be able to draw what I saw. So instead of tracing them I practiced looking at the image and drawing what I saw. I did this until I got good at it, by this time I was in middle school. I now wanted to be able to take a images and remix it into my own, still redraw the image but in the way that I see them in my head. A year or two later I am now in high school at this point I was able to drawing whatever character or object that came to my head, would draw a lot of monsters..very colorful monsters. Monsters were my go to when it came to drawing, they came easy to me I feel like everyone who draws at one point drew monsters either they started off or have some connection with monsters.
portraits…portraits..portraits..portraits are my worse emey I was never that good at doing portraits. What stops me from being bad at them in my opinion is the nose, are the hardest part of a face for me. I just recently discovered a way of making a nose that would not come easy for me but look right to me. I like doing patterns and drawing monsters and aliens. Now to this present day I wanna get better at doing portraits, So I bought a new sketch book that I want to use strictly for portraits. I also thought it would be a good idea to have sketchbooks with a theme, I usually have on sketchbook and every page would be something random. I thought I would show my journey.
come Sketch with me.
this my first portrait! in this sketchbook I do not really like to draw portraits they never come out how I Invision them to but I did pretty good with this one. This drawing I got inspired by a picture of me. First I sketched it out with pencil it took me about 3 to 4 weeks to do this, I would sketch bits and pieces of it at a time. I did not want to rush this drawing so I took my time with it. After weeks of erasing, adding and changing the image I finally came up with a sketch that I liked.
I traced over the pencil with Pigma Micron pens (0005,05,01,02,brush) I used 01 and 02 to trace the eyes and the inner ear, I used 05 to outline the mask and the neck, the brush I used for the thick hair streaks, I then used 0005 the thin hair streaks and to trace the outline of the entire head.
I used Prismacolor pencils ( Dark Brown, Sienna Brown) dark brown for the outline sienna to fill.
I did not have blue hair in the picture, I just love blue hair so I added it in, I had blue hair a few times.
I used Prismacolor ( True Blue, Light Cerulean Blue). True Blue ( dark blue) I used along the outline of the hair and also in the center. I then used Light Cerulean blue ( the light blue) I used to cover majority of the hair.
I got the yellow mask idea from a snap chat filter, it was a bear it was pink and the other bear filter was black. I love the color yellow so I made the mask yellow.
I used Prismacolor ( goldenrod, spanish) Goldenrod I used on the outline of the mask, I then used it in the center as well. Spanish Orange I used to go over and fill in the rest of the mask.
I added the pink hair mainly because I thought it would be cute.
I used Prismacolor ( peach, pink) I used peach to outline and ad a little in the center and I used pink to color in the rest.
I put together a video for you guys check it out
All October I will be participating in the Surely Simple art challenge check back everyday for drawings for more info Surely Simple Challenge
Tip # 1 Doodle
Start of by doodling, lets say you have the urge to draw something but not sure what to draw? Try doodling before you draw. It does not need to be super perfect, doodling is just another way to help get your mind going.
- Cut out a small sheet of paper
- Get a pen or pencil
- Start drawing
Tip # 2 Sketching
If you have an idea in you head but not sure how to draw out your idea? Sketch your idea. Sketching can help your vision come to life, figure out how much detail to add. Sketch by Using a pencil, trace over it with a pen, color it in.
Tip # 3 Drawing with a theme
From the title it is self explained a theme can be anything like
The list goes on. Another theme could be different shades of pink, blues, reds, greens, etc. themes can help generate ideas for you and can also help the viewer understand what you are showcasing.
Tip # 4 free drawing
Anybody can free draw. For example when you are in class and the teacher says to draw the first thing that comes to your mind. The first thing that may come to your mind is a house sitting on a hill, next to a tree, with sun the in sky,with a blue sky, or a rose. you can use anything to free draw like (pen, pencil, marker, paint brush, color pencil, crayon).
Always remember Be yourself when you draw what makes a good artist is it coming from your perspective. What make a bad drawing is recreating another artist art work your drawing may not come out like the another artist art work. Why? That artist had a certain perspective and way they saw things your perspective is not the same as theirs. Your perspective and the way you feel is what separates you from everyone else.
Did i miss anything? or want to add something? comment down below i would love to hear your thoughts and Suggestions.