7/24/17

Why I haven't updated, and New Year Art Journey 2017 Begins

Hello everyone,

I apologize for not having updated sooner. I don't usually tell much about private issues but I feel I need to tell those of you who have been supporting my journey and may have been wondering what was going on. I'm doing better now emotionally so I'm ready to talk about it all. This is a long blog, you have been warned! :)

Back in May 2016 I had to put my oldest kitty, Pistol to sleep. She was struggling with so many problems age wise it was so sad. It was so hard for me, especially because I still wasn't over losing my Boog in Aug 2015 and then I had to say goodbye to another furbaby.

Pistol

Then came along the anniversary of  Boog's passing. It was so hard to shake. It took about a month to get through the last of the anatomy videos and to post that progress.

Boog

Then BOOM! another heartache hit me out of nowhere. Little Stuart, who was a diabetic and ate special food and took insulin, became ill on Sept 4, 2016 and went to the vet. They did blood work and he had off the chart acute liver failure. I was DEVASTED!!!! They didn't even think a tube would help which I vowed never to tube another baby again. I syringed fed him for a few days and he did ok. I took him in that Saturday to see if I needed to put him to sleep. The vet said he looked good (not jaundiced yet) and was eating decent via syringe,so I took him back home to cuddle and love on him. Saturday night he quit eating, Sunday he went downhill fast. I knew from my experience with Boog it was time. So I had to put Stuey to sleep. I'm tearing while writing this but I'm going to be ok. I researched and found out that with him being a diabetic and a seal point somewhat, made him a risk for this.



Then a month later, Oct 8, Tinkerbell went on her usual monthly 2 day vacation that some of the older ferals (Mamma, Tuffy, Big Daddy Mufasa) take. On October 10th, the neighbors down the road decided that Columbus day was yet another holiday they needed to shoot off fireworks. Those people live about 3 houses down the hill, about 5 acres away and are constantly looking for any excuse to shoot fireworks. I figure Tink was trying to come back home and the cannon type fireworks they shoot off scared her off. She ALWAYS came back home in 2 days. All my feral cats are smart and know the routes of the coyotes and when they come out etc. And not to freak some of you out, I did get a very strong sign from the Universe that she was still alive in March. I just miss her so much.


Tinkerbell :(

Then Henry had gotten a bite on his neck and it was infected so he had surgery to drain that and sprained his back and had to stay inside for three and a half weeks. Vet said a cat fight, but I think it was from a field mouse that ran up a tree and Henry fell off. He had no scratches on him at all which is what you'd see from a cat fight. And I have seen them chase these big field mice up trees on our property.

Then Charming sprained his knee again, Rumpel sprained his tail (craziest thing I've ever seen) which healed in a week, we don't know what happened to Snow but she got an antibiotic and started to eat again. And then Mufasa got hurt (he was always coming home with scratches on his face) and had to have surgery and now he is an indoor kitty! He actually likes being inside. He is a cuddler and loves all the Mommy time he gets. I've tried to keep the others in but they get really agitated so I don't force it.


Mufasa who likes to be called Baby Boo now. 
(What Hiccup says to Toothless on How to Train Your Dragon 2)

During all of this of losing kitties,I tried to draw, didn't feel like it much but I did get some Schoolism drawing done, and I drew some easy things from Chris Hart YouTube videos.


Schoolism Fundamentals Class




My drawings from Chris Hart YouTube videos just for fun and practice of drawing.


I do love my  colored pencils, so I had drawn Elsa from Disney's YouTube Channel and decided to color that for hubby's Christmas present. My first try wasn't very good, so I redid it on different paper and practiced different layers for the skin etc and this is what I came up with. It was very therapeutic at the time.

First try

Second try (sorry the photo is so blue)

*Insert Note:
At the time of first writing this blog it was in January this year. Now it is July and I'm finishing this blog post!

I've been so busy learning so much. As some of you know my computer went crazy on me around October with the new windows updates and things kept running in the background so I couldn't use it, hence the analog way of drawing with my lessons.

Here is a list of the classes I've taken so far and some photos that I can show.

The Complete Figure Drawing Course by Riven Phoenix (tons of photos on previous posts)

At Schoolism:
Drawing Fundamentals with Thomas Fluharty (dog and frog above)
Gesture Drawing with Alex Woo

At Craftsy:
Perspective for Sketchers with Stephanie Bower
The Essentials of Sketching Architecture with Stephanie Bower
Essential Perspective Linear Techniques by Patrick Connors
Colored Pencil Essentials with Susan Rubin
Realistic Textures in Colored Pencil with Cynthia Knox
Essential Techniques for Better Drawing with Patricia Watwood
Dynamic Detail in Pen and Ink with Steven Reddy (I learned inking grayscale with this one)

I have a few more classes on colored pencil drawing I will get to sometime, I have watched them and learned valuable information that can be carried over into any media.


Perspective for Sketchers Class


The Essentials of Sketching Architecture

Dynamic Detail in Pen and Ink

I'm still working on this class and another of his classes at Craftsy. But this was really helpful in making me see the lights and darks. 

I'm also still learning "The Fundamentals of Lighting with Sam Nielson" at Schoolism.  This class is tough one! It is really stretching the ol' brain muscles for sure. I'm having to use pencils even though this is being taught for digital. Lighting is so important in illustration and animation. It is like one of the leading characters if you stop and think about it. And there is so much to learn about it to get it right. Sam says it takes awhile to get the hang of it and it won't happen overnight. Now I see why there are these long lists of names under "Lighting" in the animated movies, as well as the other departments.




I've also played around earlier this year with colored pencil tutorials on YouTube from Kirsty Partridge and every now and again quite a few perspective tutorials from Circle Line Art. 








I also used this book on perspective "Perspective Made Easy" by Eernest R. Norling, and did a lot of notes and drawing with it, here is a reflection drawing I admit I was proud of this!




So now the other day (July 21,2017), Schoolism and Craftsy sites have been acting up on my husbands laptop I've been using for accessing these classes. It is an old XP version so it is understandable. I get "unsupported browser" a lot.  I started to panic, (and was frustrated about computers around here not working!), and then realized how much I truly miss digital. And when I started these classes and this art journey it was because I wanted to learn from the digital masters and create beautiful digital illustrations. I do enjoy pencils and watercolors, but my heart belongs to digital. My husband wants me to go back to digital drawing too and in all the classes I've taken I keep hearing "do what you love." I've been listening to Monday Morning Art Talks by Stephen Silver on YouTube again recently, (he is also an instructor at Schoolism), and his talks have also made me realize that I need to learn what I want to do and stop messing around with pencils and watercolor for now. 

I have wanted an iPad Pro for some time now so I broke down and finally got me and iPad Pro 12.9 with an Apple Pencil Saturday. It will be here in 2-3 weeks!! I hear using Procreate is as good as Photoshop, so I'm looking forward to going back to digital to learn. I'm still going to get my desktop fixed, but our house gets too hot these days to even use it so I'm waiting until it cools down because I'll be wanting to get on it too! 

Well, I think that sums up the last 7 or so months of what's been going on. Thank you for reading. I know it was a long update. I will make them shorter in the future and really try to keep up with them. 

Have an awesome week!

~Kirsten







9/2/16

Art Journey From My Mind #18

I'm tearing up thinking about this anatomy art journey. I remember when I restarted it on Dec 24, 2015 and said to myself while looking at the #189 video, "Wow, I can't wait to be able to do that! "



Well, that day has come! 8 months and 3 days later (I finished on August 27)  I reached that #189 video, and I drew that figure, with all this knowledge running around in my head! I am really humbled and proud of myself that I was able to learn it. I was frustrated A LOT of the time, wanted to just quit sometimes but then kept telling myself to enjoy the journey, you got this! You CAN learn this!



The leg muscles were just as crazy to learn as the arms, there are so many of them! 





The feet were simple compared to what I have crammed into my brain lately. Haha!





Then of course we added the whole kit and caboodle in a front and back 3/4 pose.






There are additional videos with 17 various poses that I will do one or more a week. And then there is 18 dynamic characters after that to draw. But I'm so ready to get back to The Magic Box and Schoolism and learn tips and tricks for digital drawing so I'll be alternating between these. 

Thank you for following my anatomy art journey. I'll keep posting about my digital art classes too. 


Until next time,
~Kirsten 

8/4/16

My Art Journey Update #17

Hello, it has been a long time since my last update! I left off with the back of the arm muscles study and wanted to get through some more of the lessons before writing another post. 


Here are the lower front arm muscles in different hand poses. All of the poses certainly do make it a challenge getting the muscles in the right place with all that twisting and turning. Towards the end he mentioned that was the hardest section. I was like "Thank goodness!" because I thought I was having a learning problem!!! 



Next up is all the muscles on the top half of the body, front and back with light and shadows. For the life of me I couldn't get the shading to look right on the back. I did it twice, but I'm not going to worry about because I have 19 different poses to do after I finish the anatomy section. He said he is going to teach some shading techniques so I'm looking forward to that! 





Then he has us do "a test" mannequin with surface anatomy to show how the curves of the body from all the muscles we've learned look. (On the "test" drawings he uses different styles to draw out the figures. It challenges and blows my mind!)



Next stop....  the hands. Those are some seriously crazy looking parts of the anatomy! Very interesting too. 





And of course then we add onto the figure with shading.... 



And then the surface anatomy mannequin...


Now off to learn the muscles of the pelvis area, legs and feet (22 videos!) I'm seeing a brighter light at the end of the tunnel. 

Thank you for reading and have an awesome day!

Until next time, 
~Kirsten 

7/18/16

My Art Journey update #16

Wednesday I had to redo my sketches of the mannequin outside view of the arms in different positions twice. I don't know what the heck I was thinking the first time around!!! I was about to go batshit crazy and had to tell myself to "enjoy the journey " often. I finally got them to match up like they are supposed to be.




Thursday I drew 4 more different angles of the forearm and it's getting easier to draw as well as know where the muscles are supposed to go! 




Then today I got my mind fried with the back arm view with different angles of the hand. 





Thank you for reading.......until next time!
~Kirsten 

7/12/16

My Art Journey From My Mind Update #15

I finally finished section 108 to 143! Woohoo! He is showing us how the muscles look on the front and back with a side by side view, the inside view (left image) and outer view (right image)



Onto the next section to learn the rest of the muscles. I only have 82 videos left out of 225. I'm so excited!!!!!

~Kirsten

7/1/16

My Art Journey - Anatomy Drawing Update #14

Happy first day of July!

I wanted to get a certain section finished before I posted again. I’ve gotten through videos 120-135! I have 7 more videos before I get to 3rd section of the muscles. I’m excited to be more than half way finished!



I was told to hang on to the neck muscles page I drew on 6/9 because we would be adding things to it. I had to re-do the 3/4 view one because I didn't think I'd have enough room for the arm muscles and didn't want my back view to be lonely on a page by itself.



And then I added arm bones....humerus, ulna and radius along with the pelvis and rib lines.
Some biceps and pec muscles.



The lovely deltoids and abdomen muscles



The serratus, oblique, dorsal, triceps, trapezoid, and shoulder muscles




Then I finished out the stylized mannequin and did views with light and shadows on muscles then a surface anatomy



Whew! That was a lot. Now on to creating one of his character designs in video lesson 136, this should be interesting.


WOOHOO!


Have a safe and Happy INDEPENDENCE DAY holiday, and until next time,
~Kirsten