Hello, AC! How are you? I am fine.
I would like to be a better artist, and I don't know how best to proceed. About 18 months ago, or thereabouts, my co-workers saw me doodling and asked me to draw a picture of them surfing, but then one of them was also skateboarding off a ramp, and slurpees were involved, and... I did this. I think it was done in Sharpie?
My work since then has pretty much entirely been done at... well, actual work, generally in fifteen minute bursts during breaks. I grabbed a set of Faber-Castell pens, because they looked decent enough, and mostly just doodled stuff based on funny conversations we had at work.
This happened when one of my co-workers was sick for a week after we'd been talking about Oregon Trail:
This happened because we like Game of Thrones and someone kept touching my co-worker's @$
I played around with a set of colored pencils I had, mostly just dicking around to see what would happen.
Because Porgs are #totesAdorbs:
Because my co-worker digs Olenna Tyrell:
Because... fuck it, don't ask:
I decided at this point that I liked markers, so I grabbed a few Artist's Loft markers because Michael's had a lot of individual colors available:
This just kind of started off with my friend as a unicorn and I basically doodled until the paper was full:
My daughter is an AT-AT and she's dabbing and quoting Taylor Swift - again, don't ask:
Me and my co-workers are the Beatles, apparently:
My co-worker's daughter wanted to see Mommy as Rosalina:
I've now started playing around with realism.
This is a pencil sketch of my daughter when she's not a dabbing AT-AT:
And this is a recreation of a photo of my daughter and her best friend:
That last one is done with a Faber-Castell superfine black pen and a pair of Artist's Loft alcohol-based gray markers.
I'm at the point where I feel I should stop doodling and try to improve in some sort of organized fashion, but I don't really know where to start in terms of building up fundamentals or anything. And I lack the artistic language to describe what I can or can't do, or what, specifically, I want to learn. I like working with markers, I like the boldness and contrast and posterized look. To the extent I have a system, I generally flesh things out in pencil, starting with basic shapes or a skeleton, then fill in detail work with a fine pen and go over it with some markers for color, if necessary.
I would like to get a better handle on color theory, I guess? And a better grasp of light and darkness and shading? I'm not too bad at looking at something, and then producing a something that resembles the something I'm looking at, but I'd like to move beyond that.
Like... here are some things I dig that kind of represent what it would be cool to do:
They're not necessarily done in marker, but they all have a boldness that I like, a kind of sketchy interpretation of reality rather than just straight-up drawing something to look exactly like the something.
So... how do I get from where I am to where those people am? How do I refer to what it is I'm trying to get better at? What sort of tools should I be looking at? I should note that I don't mind putting in effort, but I don't have the time or money to take formal classes. I don't mind buying some books or watching videos or just doodling the fuck out of stuff.
Maddie: "I named my feet. The left one is flip and the right one is flop. Oh, and also I named my flip-flops."
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