Rainbow Quartz

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      School is finally out and that means I have more time to binge watch my favourite shows and draw. This drawing is of the character Rainbow Quartz from Steven Universe. She is a fusion who is in one of the more recent episodes called “We Need to Talk”. I won’t spoil the episode but I have to say it was one of my favourite parts of the series. Rebecca Sugar (the executive producer) is one of my “idols” in the way of art. I’ll show Rainbow Quartz’s appearance here. You can ‘like’ this post or comment if you’ve seen the show or enjoy it. Okay I’ll talk to you later. Bye 🙂

My Tools & What Products I Use

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I have gone through so many art kits and products that sometimes work. Being that I don’t have that much money to spend on art supplies, it’s been really difficult to find a decent kit. But I have found one that I really like, which is affordable. Although I am in love with Prismacolor, it is so expensive for such a small variety of coloured pencils. It’s about 40 US dollars for a 36 assorted coloured pencils. You also have to purchase blenders and sharpeners. However, I have found one kit that really was impressive, however there were some downsides to it. I purchased Reeves Drawing & Sketching Complete Set back in January. I actually purchased it on E-Bay for about $9.00. It includes 10 coloured pencils (lemon yellow, orange, red, pink, violet, light blue, blue, leaf green, brown, black), 4 sketching pencils (HB, 2B, 4B, 6B), one graphite pencil (HB), 2 blending stumps, 1 sandpaper block, 3 small sheets of paper, 1 eraser, and one sharpener. As far as the coloured pencils go, they were all bright and vibrant, so I really liked that. They are blend-able, but they will leave marks if you use them roughly. They are not soft like Prismacolor, but if you use them a bit lightly, it does work the same as Prismacolor pencils. The sketching pencils were great. I always use the HB for sketching out and the others for shading. The shades are really bold and soft. The eraser wasn’t cheesy, it erased marks completely if needed. The sharpener was good. For some odd reason, I thought the blending stumps were for the coloured pencils. So I tried using the blending stumps on the coloured pencils to blend more, but it made messy marks and it was not enjoyable. I’ve heard they’re for charcoal or graphite and that I was using them wrong. So I haven’t used those as much. I have not used the sandpaper block because I never found it to be necessary. If I have extra time I will experiment with it. If you used the sandpaper block you can comment on how it works below. Anyways, I’d give Reeves 4.5 out of 5 stars because of it’s convenient price and the overall quality. If you use any products that you find absolutely great and amazing, let me know in the comments section. If you want me to review any art kits comment below and I will try to get them and make a review on my blog. Also, I will be making a Twitter account. I’ve heard it’s a great place to connect. I will be posting the link to that soon. I’ll post soon guys. Bye. 🙂

Reeves Website: http://www.reeves-art.com/

Prismacolor Website: http://www.prismacolor.com/home

Drawing Disney

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Disney has been famous throughout the years, and people of all ages can enjoy it. Some like the look and design of the characters, while others like their characteristics. However, some like both. What I did in the two drawings above is capture the design and the characteristics in each character; Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), and Queen Elsa from the popular film Frozen (2013). Snow White is pictured as this innocent, beautiful character, and what I found to be a nice colour was the red in her lips and bow. Elsa is pictured as a strong yet beautiful woman. Her hair is not blue but the colour associated with her the most is blue. If you are wondering how I created the texture in Elsa’s hair, you can find that in my previous post on portraits. Disney is amazingly beautiful in all aspects and I’ve loved Disney all of my life. My favorite Disney movie is still the Little Mermaid after watching it when I was maybe 2 or 3 years old. I did like Frozen when I watched it last spring, and I do like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. If you like any Disney movies or have Disney art, feel free to share it with me. If you like this post or want more Disney drawings, liking and subscribing would be great. Thanks. 🙂

Self Portraits and People

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From Frida Kahlo to Vincent Van Gogh, self portraits have been a part of the arts for ages. However, some find it difficult to create a ‘realistic’ image of someone. However, there are tips and principles to go by when drawing a self portrait or just a portrait.

Hair is really difficult to draw at times. Especially when someone doesn’t know what they are doing. Hair is very detailed and difficult to create. However, thin pencil strokes create a texture that makes the hair seem almost real. Along with pencil strokes, a highlight, mid-light, and low-light are required. This defines the hair and makes it seem wavy or straight, meaning more texture. I used black as my low-light, purple and blue as my mid-light, and green in between my highlight and mid-light.

Although most of us rely on a peach coloured pencil for skin, it is better to use more colour. In the drawing above, I have actually coordinated blues, greens and purples into the skin, along with yellow, pink, red, brown, and white. Let’s face it, nobody has just one shade of one colour of their face. With different varieties of colours, you can shade and define the skin, making it more realistic. Also, using directional lines is essential. If someone’s cheeks are round, you can show that through directional lines. If someone has less round cheeks, you can use directional lines to show that also. I know that this takes time, but it definitely looks a lot better in the end.

I hope you found this useful, and if you have any questions about my drawing, feel free to ask in the comment section. If you can subscribe to my blog and like my posts, that would be awesome. 🙂