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I haven’t had a moment to post lately! I’ve really been slacking on these hour long practice sessions, not in the application of technique but in the actual final drawing. So I’m spending the last few days actually plotting out a decent drawing. So my almost finished image from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight:

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Some days drawing is like pulling teeth… I didn’t do a proper warm up either so if I intend to work later I should get some doodling in today! I put my main guy Berin into a mage pose that I’d usually use for Emir. Didn’t turn out as awkward as I predicted!

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Back to my Nautical Forest Machines:

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Wish I had spent more time forming the foliage but I’m getting less and less disappointed with the way these are turning out!

Another toned sketch after Justin Gerard:

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Much simplified and tying into my comic as usual! Instead of a firmer paper, I went with softer Prismacolors. A lot more sharpening but certainly easier to get a dark line.

It feels odd to do a study of a drawing for some reason. So I opened up some toned drawing images from Justin Gerard and mixed it with some Nausicaa:

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The papers I have been using are scraps or backing or packaging paper which are rather soft. I may grab some tougher paper for the rest of these studies… Definitely feeling better about my sketches though! Maybe my point in this 21 Days has really been “More Beautiful Drawings.” Crud. I haven’t been sticking to my Nautical Forest Machine theme lately… I should do some before the days are finished!

Okay. Last character portrait to get me comfortable with the medium. Tomorrow I start a toned study on real paper!

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I flubbed on the toned paper drawing yesterday. In fact the day before was sub-par too. So I got y schedule back together and took the time to really draw:

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Gaaah more wrinkled paper! I’m totally off my groove today. I took the morning off to rest and tried to do a bit of work at night. Which is silly because I’m horrible at working after my day job, especially if I haven’t done any work in the morning. Oh well. I had to squeeze this portrait out even though it’s of one of my recurring characters. Uuugh. Tomorrow will be better!

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Oookay tonight I’m finally going to iron out all this paper… Silly. Till then we have sheep:

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Not the best ever. I added more white to the sheep than the mountains, yet the mountains are brighter! Must investigate this. Tomorrow I’ll get back to my crazy Nautical Forest Machines theme.

Oookay I finished the Nausicaa study. I’ve never spent so long on a study of someone else’s work so it was a great experience for me. However I got rather impatient in the latter half since I was showing my progress daily. So it’s not perfect but at least I learned!

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And I’m so glad I did that one first! I practiced my short strokes and learned not to be fussy because it honestly doesn’t matter in the end. So now I’m going to start working on toned paper sketches. I’ve never excelled at them so that’s what I’m going to study for a while. I was really unprepared this morning (note the wrinkled paper even!) but here’s the first:

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Just the main character of my comic to start off with. I’ll start doing master studies soon.

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