The last couple of years, since I got the birds, I started to do less art and crafts than I had previously done. The birds slightly (totally) took over my room but in January, I claimed back a small art area.
I have also set myself up a space in the conservatory so that I can so anything that can't be done in my bedroom out there.
Before, I was doing mostly (More) Charcoal Drawings
and had a couple of goes with watercolour
So I've been trying some new things out now, trying to break out from just doing charcoal drawings. While I really enjoy them, sometimes they can be limiting and I can't always achieve what I want too with them.
A lot of this stuff is bad, tbh. It's me finding my way with certain new materials, but as I want to be doing artwork at least once a week, I want to share it with you all.
It's rather Star trek inspired, as you'll see.
So the first thing I wanted to try was a sketch where I didn't trace the image to start with and just drew it from looking at an image.
I was pretty happy with the outcome. Everything seems to be the right proportions and in the right place.
I used a pencil to outline everything then went over it in a fine black pen.
For the colour, I used some pens I got for Christmas called Chameleon pens. You can fade them so you can get a gradual shade of colour, they're pretty nifty. I've used them just as regular pens here.
I then tried another, different angle, drawing free-hand but using my watercolour pencils this time. I wanted this to be an exercise in skin tone as well.
The drawing itself is okay, but I was pleased with the skin tone I achieved.
Next i tried Zoe Saldana, who didn't come out so well on any level.
She has a really beautiful and flawless face which makes it super hard to get right. Wrinkles and marks are a lot better.
I then started another Zoe picture in charcoal before abandoning it due to her perfect, flawless face!
So then I tried something different, using a likeness of Uhura/Zoe (which isn't like either of them) and doing a cute thing, which, is cute, but really doesn't look like anyone, except a young woman.
As Zoe is a young woman, it's still a win. I used the watercolour pencils but didn't add water.
I then decided to do another Spock. I wanted this one to focus on the eyes to see if I could achieve the look I wanted.
This came out pretty well. I was pleased with the eyes, but frustrated with the rest.
Today, Chameleon bought out a range of pencils that are supposed to be great at blending. I have the set ordered.
I'll probably get more of there pens as I have a set of 30, but there was a set before that of 22 so I'm missing some of the more everyday shades, which will give me more range.