I’ve just had my first few days of college. It’s all a bit scary and new to me, but I think I’ll be fine here after a while. On Monday and Tuesday we had an introduction to our theory classes. The remainder of the week is for studio work, and for that we’ve been doing some observational drawing.
The drawings below are from today and yesterday; the first one is a charcoal and pencil drawing, and the second is a pen and ink drawing with graphite pencils. Both pictures were created on A1 sheets.
Below is the watch featured in the drawings. For a sense of scale, I traced around my hand in the second picture.
I also drew a view of the watch through a pocket microscope in the second sheet, although I’m not sure how visible it is on the computer screen. I hope you like my drawings and stay tuned for more artwork next week!
At my college, art is mostly based on observation, and they don’t like more imaginative, fantasy art. That’s why I’ve decided to keep a separate sketchbook for all my Tweedle-related drawings. I’ve recently been experimenting with some manga pens I came across, so I chose to show you both pencil and pen drawings to demonstrate the difference:
I hope you like my cute and creepy Tweedles. They’re probably not creepy enough for Halloween, but I hope you like them anyhow!
As for Halloween, I’m not sure what costume I’ll wear, but it’ll definitely include the mask I made a few weeks earlier.
So to all of you readers, me and my Tweedles wish you a happy and spooky Halloween!!
Today, at 12:34 pm, I received my Leaving Cert results. As I turned on y computer, anxiety and panic flooded my thoughts.
I typed in my exam number to see my results, and then the exam grades appeared on the screen when I hit the Enter key.
I got 4 B‘s, one C, and a D.
Art is a fairly difficult subject, according to my art teacher. In all his time teaching, he’s only seen a very small amount of A‘s. So, I’m very happy with the B I got in Art!!
Also, my grades add up to 395 points. For those of you who don’t know how the Irish points system works, the more points you get, the better chance you have of getting a place in college. If I got around 100% in every exam, that would equal 560 points for example.
I’m very pleased with my results, and to celebrate, I’ve posted a drawing I made of a neighbour’s cat a few days ago that captures how I feel right now… enjoy!
Here is a picture of a Tweedle.
Built for sabotage, Tweedles are clever and agile machines, but they are also small and easily broken. They are often seen as mere pests that scurry in and out of the clockwork mechanisms that fill the cities of Wonderland. To most people, they barely pose any threat at all. Some people even consider Tweedles as cute, capturing and hacking them so they act as pets.
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While there are thousands of Tweedles scuttling along the streets, a few hundred Tweedledums roam around too. And Tweedledums are anything but cute.
They hide in alleyways during the daytime, aggressively protecting groups of Tweedles that as they share information and repair each other.
At night, the Tweedles scatter off to perform their jobs and the Tweedledums carry out the more heavy duty jobs, such as break ins and bank robberies, stealing things that could be useful to Tweedles, or their secretive masters. They have a retractable, mechanical claw, a flamethrower and even explosive ‘hedgehog’ ammunition to help them in their tasks.
Although the Tweedledums appear to be bigger, stronger Tweedles, they are in fact exosuits. A Tweedle will climb into the back of the exosuit’s head and pilot the Tweedledum with the levers and controls inside it using either one or both of their hands (depending on the Tweedle). Once a Tweedle begins to operate a Tweedledum, it will develop a strong attachment to the suit, even losing its self awareness to the point that it believes it is the suit.
When a Tweedledum becomes severely damaged, or if the Tweedle inside is knocked about too much and is broken, groups of Tweedles will help repair the suit, and another Tweedle will take the place as a pilot Tweedle.
Overall, Tweedledums are powerful metal giants, just a little taller than the average human. Each one is capable of holding their ground against a small army. They can take direct hits from cannons and still stand. They are the protectors of the Tweedles, and everyone else’s worst nightmare…
As the exams are now over and I have finished school, I am more free to do what I like. However, because I’ll be on holidays in the next week or two I will be unable to blog for a while. I was going to post another drawing, but since I’m going to be gone for a while more, I may as well make this post useful. So, without any further delay, I will share with you some of my hints on how to construct characters, creatures and other people in your artwork:
1. When creating a character in a picture, always start with pencil when draw them. As you develop them you can add or erase anything you want to until they look right. A lot of my drawings are completely pencil-drawn. By allowing yourself to make mistakes and changing or accepting them, you will be able to create interesting characters for your pictures.
2. Don’t plan your characters initially – Sometimes I draw some rough lines for human figures to get the proportions right, but usually I just draw. Start drawing either the head or torso and expand your character from there. After a few minutes, the character will start to emerge.
3. Once you’ve drawn the basic character, give them personality. Whether they’re shy, evil, mad, or confident, observers of your artwork won’t know that you’re character possesses any of these without some sort of visual evidence. My mischievous Tweedle character wouldn’t look so mischievous without the smile stitched onto his face.
4. Now that you’ve sculpted your character this far, you need to think about their background. How did they get to be the character they are? Where do they come from? For example, the Tweedle on your right was built by some sort of mad scientist for an unknown purpose. Simply knowing your character’s history will help you to really understand how to draw them.
5. Finally, attention to detail can really bring out your characters. While not entirely necessary, even the small pocket watch chain on the hatter or the teabag hanging off his arm, for example, can improve the overall look of the character.
These tips are simply based on the way I create my own characters in my pictures and drawings. They might work for you, they might not, but I hope they are useful to you in one way or another.
I’ve been experimenting a lot with my Tweedle characters recently (based loosely upon Tweedledee and Tweedledum from Alice in Wonderland). I recently gave a leaving present to my school principal (who has helped me a lot throughout my time in secondary school) which consisted of the school logo being built by Tweedles. Although it came up a bit dark on the scanner, the original was drawn on the back of watercolour paper, mounted and put into a frame:
I hope this post provides good advice for both budding artists and people in general, and hope you’ve enjoyed this short insight into how I create the beings that populate my artwork.
I said last week that I’d see where the brush would take me, but I’ve been drawn back to the wonderful writing stick known as the pencil this weekend.
I haven’t created many drawings recently, spending most of my time painting, so I decided to do a couple of observational sketches to get me back into the feel of drawing.
The first two sketches on this post are the observational ones. This first picture is of the small mannequin that can be seen in one of my previous posts:
And this sketch is of a small toy tortoise that I found lying on one of my many cluttered shelves.
This third drawing, however, is a more fantastical scene, my own little tribute to a movie called The Matrix.
It’s interesting to work with graphite instead of acrylics for a change. The pencils I used for these sketches were a HB, 2B and a 6B. I often use an eraser as well, not only to rub out mistakes, but to add more light and bring out the shade.
Upon reflection, paintbrushes feel smoother than pencils when working with them, and thus more therapeutic. Pencils can be exhausting , especially after an hour or so of repeatedly moving your wrist, but worth the effort in the end. I think I prefer brushes due to the nice flow they have, and I think the next post will include a painting, but it certainly was interesting just to take a break from painting and to return to older methods of creating art.
If you want a closer look, feel free to click on the images above, and as always, thanks for reading!
As you can see in the photograph (right), I am holding an ordinary 2B pencil made from recycled materials.
Let that thought sink in for a few seconds…
Now, what if I told you that it wasn’t a pencil, but a drawing of a pencil on a carefully cut out piece of cardboard? Although many of you would have been immediately suspicious of this black and white piece of stationary, some people who I have shown the pencil to (outside the blogosphere) were indeed mistaken. I was amazed that by holding this 2D drawing in a specific way from a distance, one could easily deceive themselves into thinking that I was in fact holding a real pencil.
To make the fake pencil, I simply drew a drawing of a pencil (using a pencil) onto a bit of card with the aid of a ruler, and then cut out the drawing with a scalpel. I made many of these pencil drawings before, but they all either got damaged or lost, so I made one specially for you to see. Sorry about the picture quality of the photograph, but I’m limited to using an old digital camera, and my photography skills aren’t the best. To your left is a scan of the pencil drawing should you want a closer look.
It was an interesting experiment in creating something very 3D out of a completely flat material. I like the sort of art that makes you think twice, and I hope my little drawing has achieved that for you today.