Need more variation….! Quick little break doodles every now and then from the monitor, otherwise my eyes will tire out a lot faster. 

It might be a while before I have any fleshed out digital posts, so I’ll keep my blog alive with sketchbook draws every now and then! Adult life is busy @__@;; 

I really need to get back to my new years resolution of drawing more guys u__u;; 

I haven’t posted anything in the last little while, sorry life has been super busy! I’ve got a number of asks piling up in my inbox which mostly consists of mediums/programs used and whatnot, so rather than replying individually I set up an FAQ over here!

On a sort of related note, thank you to everyone who’s sent some very sweet messages in the past little while! I don’t reply to everything (because I forget orz) but I do read them and really appreciate the support!! 

Anonymous ASKED:
i'm 16 and i would love to start drawing for real, but i'm not good at it at all and i have no idea how to start or what to use (a regular pencil? something else?) and i feel really dumb for asking this but i could really need some advice!!! thank you in advance and i'm sorry to bother you!

Hi there anon! There’s no real “how-to” guide on these sorts of things so much as it is a lot of practice. I think you’re overcomplicating the process a bit. Don’t worry, relax, and get that pencil on paper! As long as you can get a mark on paper, that’s great - no need to invest in any fancy art mediums just yet. However, if you wanna have a swing at other mediums like watercolours and acrylics there’s nothing to stop you from trying! 

I do a lot of small, quick studies in my own time with still life and replicating photographs. It doesn’t need to be overly complex in the beginning, something simple like a cup or a pencil will do. As the studies go on your eye will be able to pick up things like negative space and understanding the form of the object. And again - don’t worry if you feel that it’s not good, after all everything comes along with loads of practice! I know I have my share of distress about my drawing skill, which gradually improves with practicing and lots more to learn in the future. (If you go through my replies there’s a couple that showcases my art progression from early teens to now and ho boy it’s a lot to take in). I also highly recommend doing quick gesture sketches to get a feel of shape and form, Scott Eaton’s ‘Bodies in Motion’ is a great resource for that for the human figure. 

There’s a lot more I could say about this, but I can’t really find the proper words to say it lol, it’s more or less the same deal though. Good luck!! 

Hey! I just kinda drew you a little something as a thank you since you inspire me a lot : ) Have a nice day!

Hey! I just kinda drew you a little something as a thank you since you inspire me a lot : ) Have a nice day!

fictograph:

I was rather floored by the response to my cursory interest post.  So now it’s time to release one some actual details in an official post:

WHAT IT IS: I’m obsessed with this show, and I know other folks are, too.  I just want to connect professional and aspiring fantasy illustrators with a common interest by printing a book of fan art celebrating Game of Thrones.

I am looking to have a list of 100 artists.  I have a number of professional peers confirmed already, but the deadlines are far away, and it’s hard to say what’ll happen! With 100 artists - even if if half drop out - there will still be enough content for a book.

  • WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR: Composed illustrations. You need to fill a finished page and tell a story.  If you have a particularly good sample, please point it out.
  • HOW TO APPLY: Please send me a gallery or blog link or samples through my e-mail (gracepfongATgmailDOTcom). Do NOT start drawing without approval, expecting it to go into the book!
  • REQUIREMENTS: All pieces must be new for the book and not posted online until the Kickstarter begins.  Must reflect book or show canon.  Must be SFW.  
  • TIMELINE:  Deadline for Application is July 7, 2014.  Accepted Applicants notified by July 31.  Thumbnails due August 31. Sketches due October 31. Final pieces due December 31. Kickstarter will run from March 1-31, 2015 (in time for Season 5!).  Product should be shipped by the end of Season 5.
  • COMPENSATION: You will receive a free copy of the book and a flat fee (TBD).  There may be a chance of additional exposure. Amateur applicants can also receive critique to help them with the illustration process. You and a guest will also receive an invite to my next Game of Thrones Feast (in Los Angeles, CA), but you have to provide your own transportation and housing.  Any extra profit will be given to charity (TBD).  
  • Note, if the project receives a cease-and-desist from the owners of Game of Thrones, the project will be canned without compensation for anyone…. :( 

ABOUT ME: I am a programmer and illustrator from Los Angeles, California.  I’ve successfully crowd-funded two art books (and contributed/consulted on a few more), and after two years of doing nothing, I wanted to try something bigger. I just really like this show.  As project manager, I will handle deadline planning, graphic designing, campaign funding, and product disbursement, so all you have to do is e-mail me a file!

So yeah, that’s about it!  Send me your samples (gracepfongATgmailDOTcom).

If you know any artists who might be interested, please re-blog this opportunity for them. Thanks!

BANNER ART CREDITS: Coyfish, Fictograph, Jax Jocson, Zimmay, Dana Guerrieri. ((All these artists are confirmed for the book.))

Anonymous ASKED:
Are you going to the toronto animation arts festival this weekend?

I’ll be checking it out tomorrow, actually! Super stoked to check everything out + the storyboarding workshop with Kris Pearn (y) 

Some sketches for a sketch dailies prompt I did about a week ago. The past month or so has been really busy but things seem to be a little less hectic come next week so I’m hoping to be able to post more stuff soon! 

mintyburps:

The fruit of my four-month labour, done with a blend of digital and watercolour mediums.

Prints for the top piece are available at inprnt!

Hey there hey there, INPRNT’s doing a worldwide free shipping for today only! I added a few more of these guys in my shop (among other prints) so if any of you wanted prints now’s a good chance to nab ‘em (y)