Sunday 28 March 2021

Inking with Brush


I recently took advantage of a discount sale and signed up to Skillshare Premium. The first course I was eager to learn from is the Ink Drawing class taught by Yuko Shimizu. 

Yuko specialises in gorgeous hand drawn ink illustrations which are published in numerous high profile magazines, book covers, posters and all sorts of products. Yuko offers two courses on Skillshare - this one was focused on inking by Brush

For my project, I created my interpretation of the Japanese comic Lone Wolf and Cub.

Sunday 21 March 2021

Floral Composition in Ballpoint Pen


I decided that my previous attempt at ballpoint pen art was interesting enough that I could make this into a rashguard. The geisha v demon drawing would form the front and back panel but I needed something on the sleeves. I always like including flowers on many of my designs so it seemed natural to attempt a floral composite for this project. 

Here's how I put it together.

Thursday 18 March 2021

Affinity Photo 1.9 for Digital Drawing

This artwork of an assassin schoolgirl was drawn using Affinity Photo v1.9 and is the result of following a Domestika course by the artist Thomas Rohlf. 

I first purchased both Affinity Photo and Designer several years ago. but have never actually used them. Currently I use Adobe CS 5.5 which was released way back in 2013. So far the Adobe programs still work on my Windows 10 PC  but I'm aware they are no longer supported by Adobe. Already they crash without warning every so often. They could in theory cease to function entirely one day. Hence I felt it was time I should prepare myself and learn how to use the Affinity suite of products (since I do not wish to sign up to Adobe's subscription-only model). 

More about Affinity later but first, the Domestika course that I used to create my artwork:

Monday 8 March 2021

Ballpoint Pen Art


The humble biro pen has for a long time been the tool for some quite astonishing artworks by artists such as Shohei Otomo and Juan Francisco Casas. These two and many othersa show just what can be achieved with a simple ballpoint pen. So I figure I would have a go myself...

Tuesday 2 March 2021

Domestika Review - Composition and Color for Creative Illustration by Marcos Chin


This illustration of a Chinese Lion Dance was drawn using both Illustrator and hand painted from Chinese food ingredients (a wash of diluted soy sauce, concentrated Chinese tea and dabs of dipping sauce). Blending both digital and hand painted elements brings up some weird and interesting effects to the final piece. It was created as a result of following a course on Domestika by Marcos Chin.

Wednesday 17 February 2021

Domestika Review: Havi Cruz - Ornamental Lettering


It's currently lockdown here in the UK due to the COVID pandemic so I'm using the extra spare time I currently have to work through as many online art tutorials as I can. It's a rare opportunity for me to spend time investing in my artistic development. Vintage lettering was always something I've wanted to try my hand at so when I saw that Domestika offered a course on this topic, I jumped at the chance.

Monday 15 February 2021

Domestika Review: Abraham Garcia, Digital Shading Techniques


Abraham Garcia’s distinctive retro style is what attracted me to this course. I’ve dabbled with vintage design elements in some of my work but in those cases I was just shifting around ready-made vectors and shapes. This time, I wanted to create my own original design from scratch so I was keen to see what tips I could pick up from this course on Domestika.