So here it is.
So I’m starting a series of drawings that feature floral entities. They are my first depictions of African American alternatives. Much like myself, I’m exploring masculine femininity.. Here’s a progress shot.
I’m using Micron technical pens in: 01 and 005. I’m trying to compensate for a few errors I’ve committed so far. I’m happy with the direction it’s going but I also said that about the second picture in my Progression of pen post. So, there is no way to tell where this will go. Actually, I’m on pins and needles about whether or not this will work out….
Shut up Archer.
I think I’m seeing a pattern here…
These are from an old concentration I did. I was really into post apocalyptic ideas. Which I still am. But it heavily influenced my art at one point or another. I was big into vibrancy too. Now that I am doing the pen thing, I haven’t much time for color but these are my favorite from the concentration. I’d like some constructive criticism.
From the top left (beginning) to the bottom right (most recent) I think my pen skills have improved in a matter of days… Scary isn’t it? I was really quite surprised because for so long I was terrified to mess with it but Mike (mentioned earlier) said that mastering pen and watercolor pretty much means you’ve mastered everything. I beg to differ but I see what he is saying.
The technique I’ve used in all four trading cards (which are about 2.5 by 3.5 inches in size. Yea, TINY!! ) was this silhouette forming type of hatching. I can’t cross hatch to save my life so to compensate I used this technique to show texture to sort of mimic depth. Difficult, yes, but quick!
The reason I chose such small dimensions is because I have such an extreme hangup about working small. I’ve worked in such a pigeonholed size bracket for so long that working small and too large is like swimming with meat strapped to me in the Everglades. Well… so is using pen, so here I am…using both small paper AND pen.. I’m in the danger zone.
So with this is my main character (Who I have yet to name) that I am trying to perfect. I don’t really like the second attempt only because i tried hatching and that is not my strong suit. I should implement more blocked in color (i.e. black) but it’s still solid in proportion (except the nose curses!) I am only starting out in pen but so far I like it, it forces precision which I like and it requires technical skill. My comic instructor Mike told me I should get quicker with it though because I take my time (so that it looks right but that is just the perfectionist in me) I can say it has made me quicker.