I think I might actually be getting better at seeing values. These are in order from oldest to newest (top left to bottom).  I’m still just using only four values but I think I’ve gotten better at the process of discovering smaller sections of value.  In the beginning I just squinted and tried to block everything in as simply as possible, whereas now I try a bit harder to see what values behind the main value are making it show up so well.  It has made me smash my head on my keyboard more times than one, but getting it right is magical.

Still have to work on getting proportions right, though.  Anyway, crits welcome.

I didn’t want to hijack Noah’s tag with this stuff, but after giving it a cursory glance I don’t think he’d mind too much.  I hope.

Taking my own advice and playing around with some new materials + posting the disasters on tumblr.  Eye study a la David Kassan.  (Haphazardly attempted by looking at this video.  He makes it look SO EASY. *weeps softly*)   It took around 10 - 20 minutes.  I’ve been obsessed with his portraits for a while but I could never figure out how he built up such wonderful form with only black charcoal, white chalk, and midtone paper.  So I attempted it, and yes, it is as difficult as I thought it would be, but I got the gist and I can’t wait to do more detailed studies really soon.

Taking my own advice and playing around with some new materials + posting the disasters on tumblr.  Eye study a la David Kassan.  (Haphazardly attempted by looking at this video.  He makes it look SO EASY. *weeps softly*)   It took around 10 - 20 minutes.  I’ve been obsessed with his portraits for a while but I could never figure out how he built up such wonderful form with only black charcoal, white chalk, and midtone paper.  So I attempted it, and yes, it is as difficult as I thought it would be, but I got the gist and I can’t wait to do more detailed studies really soon.

Updating this thing for my own sanity.  This is basically half of what I’m working on right now (the rest of the stuff being studies and traditional things), but I’m hoping to get the majority of this done this week.  No wait, I promise it.  Even that impossible still life that I started before I moved.

Updating this thing for my own sanity.  This is basically half of what I’m working on right now (the rest of the stuff being studies and traditional things), but I’m hoping to get the majority of this done this week.  No wait, I promise it.  Even that impossible still life that I started before I moved.

<iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/42372767?color=ffffff” width=”500” height=”375” frameborder=”0” webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/42372767”>Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/uartsphilly”>The University of the Arts (Phl)</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>

jennathings:

aftermyhat:

Selfie.  Graphite on Canson sketchbook. Note to self: use smooth paper/texture next time

I just received one of the most touching and humbling messages I have ever gotten in my life, and I got it from this lady - and as I am incapable of forming actual sentences in direct response, here’s a reblog.
(Two years and you’re doing art like this!! Good lord!!!)

Oh my gosh.  Jenna reblogged my art.  Now I&#8217;m the one that is speechless. I&#8217;m going to be grinning for days. 

jennathings:

aftermyhat:

Selfie.  Graphite on Canson sketchbook. Note to self: use smooth paper/texture next time

I just received one of the most touching and humbling messages I have ever gotten in my life, and I got it from this lady - and as I am incapable of forming actual sentences in direct response, here’s a reblog.

(Two years and you’re doing art like this!! Good lord!!!)

Oh my gosh.  Jenna reblogged my art.  Now I’m the one that is speechless. I’m going to be grinning for days.