piasharn: (Mochimerica)
I've been playing around with my new art software and tablet, and I'm feeling much more confident with it. For a while, I was worried that this program was too advanced for me and that I had bitten off more than I could chew. I've been working with it a lot this past week, and I think things are finally starting to fall into place. In particular, I feel like I'm understanding how to use layers a lot better.

Of course, not knowing much about the layers feature just makes me feel stupid all around. Adobe Photoshop is pretty much the standard program, and it's had that feature for years. However, I always used simpler programs that didn't have them, so I've just never used them before. Also, since most of what I was using it for was fanart that I was doing for fun, and because I had no intentions on doing digital art professionally, I wasn't too concerned that I wasn't using Photoshop.

I do wish that SAI was available for Macs, however. I was watching some walk-though videos on YouTube last week, and it seems like a nice midway point in terms of art programs. Not as complicated as Photoshop (or Corel Painter, which is what I bought), but more advanced than the programs I have used in the past.

So things are coming along. Perhaps not as quickly as I would like, but I'm getting there. I've been experimenting a lot, although I haven't done anything worth saving. I did color a couple of Hetalia sketches by Himaruya, including the one of mochimerica you see as the userpic I'm using for this post. Of course, it's very simple and only took me about 20 minutes to finish, which isn't the same as a original painting, but still... I'm happy with how it came out, and that's what matters, right?

I'm still planning on getting back into some drawing classes, because I know I'm not as competent at the basics of drawing as I should be. Since there isn't anything being offered during the summer semester, I'll have to wait until autumn. I suppose I could just set up some still life arrangements in my apartment, but for whatever reason, I learn better when I have to physically attend a class, rather than doing it on my own (or taking an online class, for that matter).

I still haven't located the cable for my digital camera. But that's mostly because there is construction being done on my apartment building, and I had to get everything that was near the windows away so the workers have room to install new ones and cut holes in the walls for a new ventilation system. This means that my futon is shoved up against the bookcase, and I have to climb over the coffee table to get to my computer desk (it's not a big apartment, in case you didn't figure that part out), and everything else is is in disarray and has been that way for almost two weeks and can't go back to normal for another week or two.

I need to find it before Comic-Con, though, because I want to take a lot of pictures. Well, as many as I'm able to... what with the massive crowds and me being short to begin with, most of what I see is other people's backs. I'd forgotten it was coming up so soon. I guess I won't be cosplaying this year either. One of these day I will. I'm not sure just what character I'd cosplay as now that I think about it. I guess I should decide on that first, eh?
piasharn: (Mochimerica)
I've been playing around with my new art software and tablet, and I'm feeling much more confident with it. For a while, I was worried that this program was too advanced for me and that I had bitten off more than I could chew. I've been working with it a lot this past week, and I think things are finally starting to fall into place. In particular, I feel like I'm understanding how to use layers a lot better.

Of course, not knowing much about the layers feature just makes me feel stupid all around. Adobe Photoshop is pretty much the standard program, and it's had that feature for years. However, I always used simpler programs that didn't have them, so I've just never used them before. Also, since most of what I was using it for was fanart that I was doing for fun, and because I had no intentions on doing digital art professionally, I wasn't too concerned that I wasn't using Photoshop.

I do wish that SAI was available for Macs, however. I was watching some walk-though videos on YouTube last week, and it seems like a nice midway point in terms of art programs. Not as complicated as Photoshop (or Corel Painter, which is what I bought), but more advanced than the programs I have used in the past.

So things are coming along. Perhaps not as quickly as I would like, but I'm getting there. I've been experimenting a lot, although I haven't done anything worth saving. I did color a couple of Hetalia sketches by Himaruya, including the one of mochimerica you see as the userpic I'm using for this post. Of course, it's very simple and only took me about 20 minutes to finish, which isn't the same as a original painting, but still... I'm happy with how it came out, and that's what matters, right?

I'm still planning on getting back into some drawing classes, because I know I'm not as competent at the basics of drawing as I should be. Since there isn't anything being offered during the summer semester, I'll have to wait until autumn. I suppose I could just set up some still life arrangements in my apartment, but for whatever reason, I learn better when I have to physically attend a class, rather than doing it on my own (or taking an online class, for that matter).

I still haven't located the cable for my digital camera. But that's mostly because there is construction being done on my apartment building, and I had to get everything that was near the windows away so the workers have room to install new ones and cut holes in the walls for a new ventilation system. This means that my futon is shoved up against the bookcase, and I have to climb over the coffee table to get to my computer desk (it's not a big apartment, in case you didn't figure that part out), and everything else is is in disarray and has been that way for almost two weeks and can't go back to normal for another week or two.

I need to find it before Comic-Con, though, because I want to take a lot of pictures. Well, as many as I'm able to... what with the massive crowds and me being short to begin with, most of what I see is other people's backs. I'd forgotten it was coming up so soon. I guess I won't be cosplaying this year either. One of these day I will. I'm not sure just what character I'd cosplay as now that I think about it. I guess I should decide on that first, eh?
piasharn: (Monkey)
As usual, click on the thumbnails to see the full-sized images...

Dia de los Muertos Tattoo


This is a tattoo design I did a little while ago for a coworker. She wanted a Dia de los Muertos skull with a flower on the side. Because her skin tone would prevent colors from showing up well, she asked for it to be in black and white. I did some initial designs, and she decided that she liked the 3/4 view with a rose the best. While I was working on more designs, she was looking at tattoos online, and found ones with flowers around the skull and another with butterflies, so she asked me to incorporate those elements.

These next two images are actually a couple of years old. I was going through some old papers and found them, so I decided to scan them in as well.

Chickadee Holiday Card


This was a holiday card that I drew back in '08 that I meant to send out to my family. I can't remember why I didn't... I think work got too hectic, and by the time things had calmed down, I had misplaced the drawing.

Yes, I know that I screwed up the beak. I have a bad habit of not using reference pictures that I really need to get out of.

Tree Goblin


A couple of years back, I wanted to do a series of drawings of fantasy creatures, goblins and trolls in particular. Like most of my projects, it was abandoned. While I like how the goblin turned out, I'm not very happy with the background. It should have been smoother, and in hindsight I think I should have used cooler colors to help make the goblin really stand out. Parts of the goblin (the ears and nose in particular) were inspired by Blix from the movie Legend.
piasharn: (Monkey)
As usual, click on the thumbnails to see the full-sized images...

Dia de los Muertos Tattoo


This is a tattoo design I did a little while ago for a coworker. She wanted a Dia de los Muertos skull with a flower on the side. Because her skin tone would prevent colors from showing up well, she asked for it to be in black and white. I did some initial designs, and she decided that she liked the 3/4 view with a rose the best. While I was working on more designs, she was looking at tattoos online, and found ones with flowers around the skull and another with butterflies, so she asked me to incorporate those elements.

These next two images are actually a couple of years old. I was going through some old papers and found them, so I decided to scan them in as well.

Chickadee Holiday Card


This was a holiday card that I drew back in '08 that I meant to send out to my family. I can't remember why I didn't... I think work got too hectic, and by the time things had calmed down, I had misplaced the drawing.

Yes, I know that I screwed up the beak. I have a bad habit of not using reference pictures that I really need to get out of.

Tree Goblin


A couple of years back, I wanted to do a series of drawings of fantasy creatures, goblins and trolls in particular. Like most of my projects, it was abandoned. While I like how the goblin turned out, I'm not very happy with the background. It should have been smoother, and in hindsight I think I should have used cooler colors to help make the goblin really stand out. Parts of the goblin (the ears and nose in particular) were inspired by Blix from the movie Legend.

*yawn*

Jun. 18th, 2010 11:46 am
piasharn: (Fruit of Knowledge)
Geez, I've been so tired lately, and I can't seem to figure out why. I swear, I could probably sleep for 20 hours a day if I let myself. I've been taking additional B and D vitamins, but it doesn't do more than take the edge off.

Anyhow, I don't have anything really interesting to write about, so I'll just post some more BSSM fanart.

(I really seem to get onto themes with fanart, don't I? For a long time, it was nothing but Harry Potter, and lately it's been nothing but Sailor Moon. I swear, I do have other interests.)

Queen Beryl (Black and White)

Queen Beryl (Color)


This was drawn free-hand in ink, and I don't think it came out all that bad, all things considered. I wasn't originally planning on coloring it, but I decided that I really need to practice my digital coloring.

*yawn*

Jun. 18th, 2010 11:46 am
piasharn: (Fruit of Knowledge)
Geez, I've been so tired lately, and I can't seem to figure out why. I swear, I could probably sleep for 20 hours a day if I let myself. I've been taking additional B and D vitamins, but it doesn't do more than take the edge off.

Anyhow, I don't have anything really interesting to write about, so I'll just post some more BSSM fanart.

(I really seem to get onto themes with fanart, don't I? For a long time, it was nothing but Harry Potter, and lately it's been nothing but Sailor Moon. I swear, I do have other interests.)

Queen Beryl (Black and White)

Queen Beryl (Color)


This was drawn free-hand in ink, and I don't think it came out all that bad, all things considered. I wasn't originally planning on coloring it, but I decided that I really need to practice my digital coloring.

More Fanart

Jan. 3rd, 2010 08:46 am
piasharn: (Don't Phase Me Bro)
Happy (belated) New Year, everyone.

I've been working graveyards for the past month or so, and while it can be hellish when we're busy, I've found that the quiet times early in the morning offer a nice opportunity to do some drawing. And since I've rediscovered how much I am fond of Sailor Moon (especially the Dark Kingdom), I've been doing a lot of doodles of them lately. Hence this...

Click to see the full size image!


Sadly, my quest to find new fanwork of the DK has not turned up much, and most of the recent stuff I've found is Shitennou/Senshi, of which I am not a fan. (Although Four King Hell does have me laughing my ass off most of the time and loving it, but it's the exception rather than the rule.) *sigh* Well... there does seem to be an active anime-based DK fandom in Russia, but since I don't read/speak Russian, I'm still screwed. I can still enjoy the fanart, obviously, but what I wouldn't give for a well-written KxZ 'fic that I haven't already read a thousand times...

In any case, I've been in this phase for the past several months where I just couldn't seem to do anything artistic. I'm really hoping that I'm starting to pull out of that slump, becuase it's been affecting me in a lot of negative ways. The quality of my drawings still isn't as high as I'd like it to be, but I'm hoping that it will improve as I get back into shape.

More Fanart

Jan. 3rd, 2010 08:46 am
piasharn: (Don't Phase Me Bro)
Happy (belated) New Year, everyone.

I've been working graveyards for the past month or so, and while it can be hellish when we're busy, I've found that the quiet times early in the morning offer a nice opportunity to do some drawing. And since I've rediscovered how much I am fond of Sailor Moon (especially the Dark Kingdom), I've been doing a lot of doodles of them lately. Hence this...

Click to see the full size image!


Sadly, my quest to find new fanwork of the DK has not turned up much, and most of the recent stuff I've found is Shitennou/Senshi, of which I am not a fan. (Although Four King Hell does have me laughing my ass off most of the time and loving it, but it's the exception rather than the rule.) *sigh* Well... there does seem to be an active anime-based DK fandom in Russia, but since I don't read/speak Russian, I'm still screwed. I can still enjoy the fanart, obviously, but what I wouldn't give for a well-written KxZ 'fic that I haven't already read a thousand times...

In any case, I've been in this phase for the past several months where I just couldn't seem to do anything artistic. I'm really hoping that I'm starting to pull out of that slump, becuase it's been affecting me in a lot of negative ways. The quality of my drawings still isn't as high as I'd like it to be, but I'm hoping that it will improve as I get back into shape.
piasharn: (Tibetan Prayer Flag)
Hmmm... it's been a while, hasn't it? *wipes off the dust*

Anyhow, I hope that everyone has a very happy [insert holiday of your choice here]. Here's some non-holiday themed fanart. I think I may be starting to pull out of this artistic slump that I've been in for so long.

Luna and Artemis


This was done for a contest over at [livejournal.com profile] sm_artists.
piasharn: (Tibetan Prayer Flag)
Hmmm... it's been a while, hasn't it? *wipes off the dust*

Anyhow, I hope that everyone has a very happy [insert holiday of your choice here]. Here's some non-holiday themed fanart. I think I may be starting to pull out of this artistic slump that I've been in for so long.

Luna and Artemis


This was done for a contest over at [livejournal.com profile] sm_artists.
piasharn: (Grahm)
Whizzer


I loved the My Little Pony toys as a kid. In fact, I still have all mine. This one is Whizzer, and she was the first one I received over 20 years ago. (How I've managed to remember that obscure detail is beyond me.)

Anyway, I've been trying to practice coloring images digitally lately. I picked a MLP because they're easy to draw, not too complicated to color, and it seemed like it would be fun since I've been on a bit of a 1980s nostalgia trip lately.

I didn't get the proper shade of pink on her body (you can see a picture of what the actual toy looks like here), and I am fully aware that her eyes are supposed to be gem -like. However, I didn't feel like drawing them that way. :p

For the record, no, I don't know what the symbols on her bum are supposed to be. I always thought that they looked kind of like beanie hats. You know... the ones with the little propellers on the top?
piasharn: (Naraku and his Mask)
Bella in B&W


So... about posting some non-HP fanart... Not yet. Obviously. Although I swear that I am working on some. ¬_¬
piasharn: (8008135 (Penny Arcade))
Save me, Hermione!


I swear, one of these days I'll post some fanart that isn't HP related. Really. ^^;
piasharn: (Tibetan Prayer Flag)
Dear gods, I know that I was warned that we would be busy around the holidays, but things have been ridiculous! And it's not just the patients. It never fails to amaze me how some of the nurses and doctors can have that much education and are still total morons!

I'll be very happy when I can go back to a mere 40 hours a week. Yes, the overtime pay is nice, but right now what I really want is a good night's sleep. I'm behind on so many things that I need to do. *sigh*

Since I don't want this entire post to be me whining about being tired, here's some artwork:



Also on the plus side, the solstice has passed. So every day is going to be a little bit longer. (And a little bit warmer, although that's not as big a deal to me anymore. ^_-)
piasharn: (Dr. Byron Orpheus)
I finally have some pictures of San Diego uploaded here. Most of them are of Balboa Park (because I live a few blocks away from it and spend a lot of time going for walks there) although there are a few of the ocean.

Art Update

Oct. 27th, 2007 03:17 pm
piasharn: (Flying Spaghetti Monster)
I finally got around to scanning in some more images from my sketchbook. As always, click on the thumbnails for larger views and notes.



I meant to upload some photos I've taken around San Diego, but (surprise, surprise) I've mislaid them. I should find them once I finish straightening things up around here.

Eureka!

Oct. 19th, 2007 02:04 am
piasharn: (Eve plus Leaf)
Before I moved, I had started working on a series of sketches of various Harry Potter characters. Of how I see the characters, which does not always agree with the versions we see in the movies or book art. I can't remember why I started this project exactly... I know I wanted to have them as a reference for something...

Anyway, the sheets got misplaced whilst moving. (The problem about having a lot of books and papers and art materials is that I couldn't remember what had been placed in each box. Locating them required shuffling through a lot of paper. (I got a crapload of left-over cardstock for free a few years back, which is why I use it so often. It's also why the sheets are not conveniently located in a sketchbook where I might be able to locate them more quickly.) I found them, placed them carefully aside, and promptly forgot where. This is really pathetic when you realize that my apartment is not that large!

Long story short, I finally relocated them and scanned the images in. I've only got the twelve portraits done so far, but I'm planning on drawing all of the main characters and perhaps some of the minor ones as well.


And because it's late (early... whatever), I'm not going to make thumbnails. You can find all of them over at my DeviantArt gallery.

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