Timelapse of a 25 Minute Felicia sketch from Darkstalkers.
I wasn’t happy with the way it turned out, but decided to go on ahead and post it cuz I went through the trouble of recording it anyway.
- MUSIC: Do I See Color - Adventure Club
- SOFTWARE: Sketchbook Pro 7
Q:When inking what is the best way to go about using line width? I find myself using the same line width for every line throughout the entire image. Some people say to go over your image to add thickness to certain parts where the shadows may be But I always see artists inking with different variations of line widths effortlessly without going over their lines. What is your advice to break out of this cycle? Does it have to do with pen pressure?
It all depends on your drawing style/method. There is no right or wrong way to draw. I sometimes draw line weights with pressured strokes. Most times, I build up line weight. Often, I use the same line width throughout. It all depends. The method isn’t important; the final image is.
Of course, pressured strokes make for expressive drawings, but etched and built up lines also have a special look to them too. It’s really all up to your personal tastes. The method doesn’t make or break the artist, the image does. Don’t get too worked up on this kinda thing. ^^
Q:Hey Rob Chasertech recently asked you about how did you get to where you are now, and you mentioned an "eye opener" you had. I'm in a position where I've started to take my art much more serious but can't seem to reach the level where I believe I'm confident in what I do. Could you possibly share some advice or even the "eye opener" you had? By the way you give great tips and advice.
It’s hard to explain…
It’s just that moment when everything “clicks” for you. Everyone’s eye-opening realization is different. But basically it was a summation of all the practice and studying and application that I’ve done over the years starting to make actual sense on all counts. Most of the time, it’s just one and the other, or one and sometimes the one right next to it, or one and another jumping around back and forth… if that makes any sense. But never once before does everything connect all at once, until it does.
You’ll know it once it happens. But if you wanna see it happen faster, just keep drawing, studying, and applying what you take in. It’ll happen. :)
A couple of random 10-minute scribbles for break this evening.
Q:Hey dude, just wanted to ask how long did it take you to get to the level of speed and consistency with your artwork that you're at as of now? It seriously blows my mind on how quickly you're able to dish out pretty fleshed out sketches. Keep up the great work man! Can't wait to see more of Rat Rage too. :D
Thanks for the kind words! Hm..
I launched my online presence around late 2005. Was pretty much as crappy as they come. Got more serious around 2008, where I focused on drawing more efficiently: memorizing shapes, learning anatomy, retaining anatomical knowledge after studies, etc. This was a gradual process that took about 3 years to get comfortably down. (Note that throughout this whole time, I had a regular 9-5 job and every day I’d come home and practice until I went to sleep.) Was still garbage though.
Around late 2011, I really started to “feel” myself and my personal style. Started playing around more with exaggeration, styles, developing spatial awareness, composition, advanced coloring technique and theory, etc. Had to learn how to draw men better because I drew women too much, haha. Started to feel a bit more confident. Took the plunge to quit my managerial position at a decent-paid hotel gig and focused completely on my freelance work. Still had a lot of growing to go as an artist at that time.
Fast forwarding, between 2011 and 2013, I still wasn’t as great as I thought I could be. Just recently for the past year I’ve been really confident in my skill (had this eye-opening experience about a year ago). I still make it a point to try and practice and draw every day. I feel comfy with getting what I see in my head on paper, but it’s still not as great as I’d like it to be, but I now know the method to keep improving on it (again, that eye-opener). But where I’m at now is a byproduct of all that above. I plan to obliterate the current me that’s writing this right now next year, and then the next year obliterate the me of the next year, and going on and on until I can defeat all my old selves.
And I think it’s that— I just simply love drawing and illustrating and making stuff. I love to create. If I didn’t, I don’t think I’d even be half near where I’m at right now. :)
Q:What's it like drawing on a tablet compared to drawing on paper?
Q:Digging the art. A lot of nostalgia in here keep up the excellent work.
Q:Thanks a bunch for answering my question on the Cintiq matter. I even posted it two times, trying for the second one to be more short and straight to the point as possible. So thanks again man! I'll take your word for it.
Yeah. Also, depending on the Cintiq you get, people may tell you that the colors are off. That only holds true for the older Cintiqs (1st gen 21UX, 12WX, etc.), they were horrible with blues and purples particularly. The current Cintiqs (13HD, 22HD, 24HD) does NOT have that problem and if you do get one of them and notice that the colors are off by default, make sure you calibrate it correctly (which takes about a good 4 hours to do) and you will be fine. :)