Posts Tagged ‘drawing’

Graphite illustration from the Hunch Back of Notre Dame. Quasimodo has saved Esmerelda from being hanged, and brought her to the cathedral under the law of sanctuary. The Truands then charge the cathedral in an attempt to save Esmerelda. However Quasimodo thinks that they want to hurt Esmerelda, so he is committed to driving them off.  Ultimately though, everyone ends up dead.

In the book (I am told: I have not read it), it was emphasized that the cathedral was the most important character, so I tried to give the Cathedral character through the perspective, the dramatic lighting, and the clouds and smoke that surrounds it.

The Truands are an organized group of city thieves, so I didn’t want them to look too soldier-like. They are prepared for a fight, but not as well equipped as the king’s men would be.

Quasimodo and Esmerelda have retreated way up high on the balcony of the right bell-tower. If not for their torch, it would be impossible to see distinguish them for the human-sized gargoyles.

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Last figure from this latest batch of colored pencil figures that I’ve been posting. This one was done with a henna colored pencil on pearl paper with white for the highlights.

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Here is another figure drawing done in burnt sienna colored pencil, with white and cream for the highlights. I also worked in some henna colored pencil where the light comes out of shadow to give the figure some life. It looked pretty lifeless with just burnt sienna.

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Henna and white colored pencil on pearl paper. The henna colored pencil is a lot more pink than you might expect.

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Drew from a model in class for a few days using colored pencil. We started out sketching the figure in graphite first, then we went over the drawing lightly with a dark colored pencil. The graphite was then erased and we proceeded to render the figure with both a dark and light colored pencil.

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I really like how this Illustration came out. I knew that I wanted to paint sushi, but if I was going to spend fifty hours on a painting, it needed to be something really interesting and befitting of my unique sense of humor. So I just went for it. I was thumb-nailing, and stuff started to get kind of weird. And I liked it. So I decided on an illustration of a table in a sushi restaurant, with one human, and three big, ugly fish-heads.

Taking reference for this illustration was a lot of fun. It was an excuse to go out for sushi at the very least. I got an idea of what authentic sushi looked like and how it was presented, as well as the atmosphere of a japanese restaurant. Then I had my Male Asian friend sit at a table and make weirded-out faces at a female Asian friend, who I told to pretend to be a fish person. Really, I jus told her to throw her head back and gargle violently. I got the face that I needed. Then I went to my local H-Mart for some dead fish! I bought two frozen fishies and took pictures of them in my backyard bathed in sunlight!

To paint this picture, I used permanent acrylic inks to build up an extensive underpainting. Most of the background and all of the base colors were done in ink. Then I used colored pencil over the inks to bring out the little details. The colored pencils were great for the fishes scales because I could use their texture to my advantage. Everywhere else I had to try and minimize the colored pencil texture by keeping a really sharp point.

This method of painting is a lot faster than using acrylic inks alone. Because the colored pencil goes so well on top of the inks, they can be used for most of the shading. It’s like taking the benefits of painting and the benefits of drawing, and combining them into one.

You can view this picture anytime at shaunart.net

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Black and white pencil illustration of a scene from Jack and the Beanstalk. When Jack traded away his family’s last possession, a cow, for magic beans from a stranger, his mother, in anger, threw them out the window. The next day, Jack found that the beans had sprouted into a giant beanstalk, reaching up into the sky.

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The assignment was to choose a mythical animal, and draw what its skeleton would look like, pretending we were scientific illustrators for National Geographic or something. Being a Sagittarius myself, I choose the Centaur. It has a horse’s body, but where the horse’s neck begins, starts the pelvis of a man. The horse’s neck and head is replaced by the upper body of a man. This is one weird animal. They have two rib-cages, as you can see. So does that mean that they have two of all their organs? Or does one rib cage hold some of the organs and the other hold the rest? Can the top survive independently from the bottom? Is it an omnivore or a herbivore? All these questions…and no answers.

drawn by Shauna Leva

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Self portrait

For homework in figure drawing class, we have been drawing different parts of the head in our sketch books. This week, we were assigned to put all of those parts together and do a self-portrait.

I typically have a lot of trouble with self portraits because of the way the mind distorts what I see in the mirror. I never have as much trouble drawing other people’s faces as I do my own. But considering my past difficulty, I think that this picture came out pretty nice.

Graphite on Sketchbook paper.

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The title says it all.

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