I defected – Prismacolors. About 2 hours.
The leaf isn’t really drawn in front of the poppy so the overlap is not right. Simply need to draw one in front of the other.
No grid. No initial graphite sketch. No large sections blocked out – it was all done one little area at a time.
About 2.5 hours using Derwent Coloursofts. The scan saturated the colors – the original is nowhere near as polyester in appearance.
Here’s the same sketch, this time with 300 (versus 60 or so), and unsharp mask off.
I can’t see any damn difference.
This time set at 96dpi, and scanned in for a target of 4″ x 6″ (usually I scan it at original). Auto levels used in Photoshop as per usual:
4800dpi at 4″ x 6″. Took a couple of minutes to scan.
Several hours. I made numerous technical mistakes with the colored pencils (Derwent Coloursofts) and, of course, did it on Strathmore Drawing paper, 80lb, medium, which is bloody terrible for use with coloured pencils (it has great tooth, but is too coarsely grained).
No grid – this was drawn freehand. Nostril is in the wrong location, and the snout is too long. Shadows came up really dark – too dark. (For the shadows I used a blend of dark green, purple, red, and orange.)
The amateur entomologist who posted his photo on Flickr noted the following characteristics about this creature:
What: A grasshopper
Where: On a leaf
Thank you, sir. HB and cheap paper. About 45 minutes.
And no – I’m not making it up. That’s what its tail looks like…
Hold on. I just got thinking about what exactly this must be. Grasshoppers don’t have tails… So, after a little research my guess is that it’s his aedeagus – or to put it another way, his penis.
Paper: Canson sketch, 50lb, 3.5″ x 5.5″
Pencils: 3B, 2B, HB, B, H, 4H
Tools: Tortillion, kneaded eraser
Time: 1 hour +
Tutorial: Stars Portraits: A crap site, but an excellent tutorial
So, what did I do differently from the other day? I took my time, and I paid close attention to what I was seeing. That’s it.
Next go. I ignored the tutorial this time, which is why it’s better than yesterday. (It is a different eye.)
I also learned from my mistakes – I didn’t attempt to draw the highlight like a little square, thus avoiding what a currently unknown but rather opinionated Art Critic described as, “A window into the soul.”
Here’s the big version – closer to actual size.
Most egregious mistakes were, of course, the last elements drawn: Shadow on the eyeball above the iris, and shadow above the eye.
I didn’t follow a tutorial. Took about 45 minutes.
Quick sketch. About 45 minutes. Mostly 3B. Some 4H, HB, B, and 5B. Using a circular motion and a blender to try and get a soft skin affect.
Complete shite. But you have to start somewhere.
Tutorial used: The Artwork of Brian Duey: How to draw a realistic eye
It’s a good tutorial – I can’t blame him.
Couple more hours work and ta-da: The Final Frog. Actual size 8″x10″. I did not erase the grid lines before the final darkening of the colours – I guess I’ll remember next time.
And here he is, super small size. Which was part of the reason for doing this drawing – do it large, then scale it down to see how it looks small. So, here’s how he looks:
An accidental sketch – saw the photo and started to rough it out, then 45 minutes later I found I was done. Gorgeous photo on Flickr. He’s a rusty red color, with a touch of black around his lips.
The scan was 48-bit color, with the image subsequently converted to grayscale in Photoshop, which got rid of the “blueness” of the original RGB scan while retaining the fidelity.