A Sketch A Day : Today

I know. I know. I’ll get the day numbered. Later. Anyway, it’s obvious I was not in the right mood yesterday and can be seen on my previous sketch. I even rant on how I dread to draw hair on my Instagram and a friend suggested that I draw a hijab clad lady instead. So I drew her.

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This pretty lady is Wan Effina Wan Rahim. A darling friend of mine all the way back  from college. I hope I did justice to her pretty face.

A Sketch A Day : Day uncounted.

I’ll get the day numbered back on track later. For now, here’s for today, my Indian princess.410383784306568810_5922842 410405865555521518_5922842 410415508377857178_5922842

Sketching Today

Today’s sketch. I have done it. I finally complete a drawing that involves hair. Yay!

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A Sketch A Day Project Continues

Still working on it but I hardly manage to keep up with the promise of one sketch per day since it has been a crazy month with a lot of things going on at the office. This kind of arrangement will continue on to March with 2 events to look forward to (Ahem.. and my birthday of course).

Other than that, as you can see, I’m putting more effort in my little sketches by bringing in some colors to it and actually finishing it till the very end. Yupe! No more halfway projects and it wont be a sketch a day challenge any more since I made a pact to myself that I have to finish  the one that I’m working on before moving on to a new sketch. Oh well yeah..I guess it wont be sketches any more too. Instead it’ll be finished drawings. But..

…whatever.

So picking up from where we left off
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Better? Well slowly but definitely.

2012 Sketches

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Some of my random sketches I did back in the year of the dragon ( that’s last year if you’re not familiar with the Chinese’s calendar. This year is snake.). Mostly were done using pens and watercolors in a blank A5 sized notebook.  Just thought of sharing it in here as part of showing my progress and maybe a little wishful thinking that I might have grown out of my comfort zone from my very first try to today… even if it is only a little bit.

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A Sketch A Day : Day 17 and 18

Day 17 and Day 18 respectively and I’ve slowly putting colors in my sketches. Can you see? I’m starting to put more effort in my little sketch project. Oh well.. one needs to upgrade one’s skill (and I dont know why I called myself ‘one’. It just sounds fancy that way).

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I kinda tired doing headshot. Aren’t you tired seeing it as much I am tired doing it? Maybe we’ll try and work on other things soon…..ish. As for now, the only thing that is extremely tired are my eyes and my legs. So I’m going to sleep early. I had one event early this morning (as early as waking up at 5am!) and I need to get myself prepared for another one in Kota Kinabalu next week among other projects that I have to brave through at the office. Yup! I’ll be leaving Cinta Hati at home (It’s going to be my first time leaving him for work purposes and you should see the joy in his eyes when I announced the sad news).

Cisss!

A Sketch A Day : Day 16

Playing with colors and trying on a new challenge. The challenge was to create something for 3 minutes without thinking. Just draw and see what come out of that 3 minutes. I basically had a lot of practice drawing a head shot and have had already acquire a “cari makan” image ( a go-to image that you know by heart ) in my head with just minor changes in the details. But the coloring part was all do and no thoughts. So it ended up like this. Hahaha.
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This is fun. Should do more of this challenge in the future.

A Sketch A Day : Day 12, 13, 14 and 15

Day 12 – 3 different expressions of a bald girl.

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 Day 13Cinta hati. I thought of giving it a try, drawing someone that I know personally instead of images of random people. The result turned out quite sucky because I kept over thinking every little detail that I thought I knew by heart. Like the positions of his eyes when he squinted, the rows of his teeth when he smiles and so on. So the line become too thick and it was just messy because I kept erasing and redrawing those lines over and over again. hmm.. Oh well.. better luck next time.

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Day 14 – Focusing on hair because I’m bad at it. I dont have that much patience so I always end up halfway. But then again, I should explore other way of drawing hair instead of focusing on every strand. Well, obviously this kind of thing requires experience and I’m still lacking in that department.

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Day 15 – More hair, more frustration and a work half done. Spot coffee stains on the paper from my breakfast that I had at the office infront of the PC. Deliberately did that. Thought it added more edge to the sketch. hehehe

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This last picture was a request by a friend on Day 15th. Decided to add some watercolours in since I havent touch any in the last couple of months. Even the paper used was from a silver-ish glittery card stock (you can see the sparkles of the paper at the right corner of the image). Wanted to see the effect of pencil on a card stock which made the blending much smoother but the watercolours didn’t really mix well with the card stock. So after some times, the color will fade out and is easily scratched out. I guess due to the shiny and smooth texture of the card stock.

Point is, always coat it with a layer of varnish (or whatever sealer on the market) on all the works done. It is to lock the colors of the artworks in place. Yeah.. Yeah… Only with experience and constant search of knowledge that one would know. hey.. I’m working on it.

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It is said that a cost effective color locking technique (or some people called it sealing) is by using a hair spray to coat your work. I dont know about it being cost effective though because my hair spray is expensive! But if you dont have anything else and you happen to have a hair spray laying around (I did!), worth to give it a try. I gave it a try on an artwork that I did using oil pastels on a cotton+ synthetic canvas and it worked just fine. It gives out a matte look as compared to a varnish (shiny) sealer. I dreaded using varnish because it spoils my brushes and I’ve yet to find the best way to clean the varnish out of those effected brushes. So every time I did it, I parted with one brush *sigh* (luckily they were inexpensive brushes). Oh a spray mount works well as a sealer too, but I havent try it so I cant vouch for that.

A Sketch A Day : Day 10

I tried to play more with facial expression and something other than a profile shot. So I figure this image of a father kissing his ticklish baby with his 8PM facial hair would let me work on both expression and hair.

I normally spent less than 40 minutes in total for each of the sketches from this project. The reason is because I mainly did it at the office, early in the morning before I get on doing what I’m paid to do and of course, in between work stuff for some final details (final? what final? All those sketches look unfinished. Pshhfft! ) before I start posting them online.

I do hope my little passion will grow into something bigger. Someday. But for now, we’ll keep on improving ourselves, deal?

Cheers.

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A Sketch A Day : Day 8 and 9

Happy New Year!!
Here are my drawings for Day 8 (which I did at home) and Day 9 respectively.

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