Who Would've Guessed?
My finished illustration for viruul's One Piece collab project!
This is Turco, AKA Fake Franky. 
It took me far too long to get to finishing this, but life got in the way. It was a lot of fun though!

My finished illustration for viruul's One Piece collab project!

This is Turco, AKA Fake Franky. 

It took me far too long to get to finishing this, but life got in the way. It was a lot of fun though!

gregbisonsleysens:

My good friend Jordan
http://chewbaccastomper.tumblr.com   

I know I said this was my art blog only, but I can’t NOT reblog this. My super-talented pal, Greg drew a wicked awesome picture of me. I’m super pumped about it! Thanks, Greg!

gregbisonsleysens:

My good friend Jordan

http://chewbaccastomper.tumblr.com   

I know I said this was my art blog only, but I can’t NOT reblog this. My super-talented pal, Greg drew a wicked awesome picture of me. I’m super pumped about it! Thanks, Greg!

This is a companion piece to my Biomechanical Moby Dick piece. I think I might make a series with biomech sea creatures.

This is a companion piece to my Biomechanical Moby Dick piece. I think I might make a series with biomech sea creatures.

Built my own portable art table out of an old easel! Finally, I don’t need to draw on a horizontal surface anymore!

Built my own portable art table out of an old easel! Finally, I don’t need to draw on a horizontal surface anymore!

So, I got a couple questions about my advice post. I’m really happy that I did. I’m going to try to explain HOW I decide where to make the lines thicker to get my work to have more of that 3-D effect. This is gonna take a while, because I’ve never tried to explain it before, but it’ll definitely be great practice for me as well!

Alright, so my friend ingunnsara asked me to do #6 on the Artist Ask post, which was “Draw a same pic with your dominant and non-dominant hand.”

The picture on the left was done with my left hand, the one on the right, was done with my right. So, now you all know that I’m left-handed!

This was a fun experiment, but it was definitely difficult! It came out better than I had expected, but that’s not saying a whole lot!

Some Line Art Advice

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts where artists are telling other artists to make the outlines on the outside of a drawing thicker to make said piece more exciting. It kind of bugs me a bbit. Honestly, in my opinion, that doesn’t really help a whole lot. Those artists have good intentions, but it’s not what you should be looking to do. 

Be aware, that all of this is just my opinion, and it’s based only on what I have learned about drawing.

What I’m seeing when a lot of people are making art, is that they keep all of their lines the same thickness. What this does is make the drawing look flat, and unexciting. It looks flat because the artist isn’t showing that there’s any kind of light source with their linework. Thickening the lines on the outside of the drawing won’t make it any different. Having a thick outline, and thin lines on the inside of a drawing still leave it flat, and doesn’t convey a light source to your audience. When you are able to show this light source, your drawing will feel more “real” or based in some sort of actual 3-D space.

What I think people should be doing is experimenting more with line-weight. What I mean is that your lines should be showing your light source. You know how when you color something, and you put your shadows in? Well, you can do that with your linework too. You may personally not like how this looks, but I really do. I prefer to work in black and white line, so I like my linework to hold it’s own. I feel like a black and white drawing should be able to be seen as a complete piece BEFORE color gets added.

Here’s what I mean. I’ve got a quick drawing I did, and I inked it with only one thickness of line:

Looks pretty boring, right? Well, here is it again. Only the very outside outline is thickened:

That’s a little bit better, but you’re still not getting the impact that you could be having. Here’s that same drawing again, but with a lot of varying line-weights:

Personally, I really like it when black and white line shows where the light source is coming from. You can take my advice, or leave it. I just felt like I should spread some of the information that personally helped ME become a better artist. Please don’t feel like I’m trying to tell you that what I’m saying is the “end-all be-all” for line art. It’s just that I feel like outlines are one of the most important parts of a drawing, at least if you’re going for something comic or cartoon oriented.

None of this really applies to people who are painting/digitally painting so that you cover all your linework anyway.

If anyone has any questions about ANY of this, feel free to send me a message. I’ll be glad to answer anything you ask to the best of my ability.

I don’t have anyone to make things for, for Valentine’s day, but I made this. It’s a skull mixed with an anatomical heart.
Happy Valentine’s day to all my followers. I hope you feel loved today, even if it’s just a little.

I don’t have anyone to make things for, for Valentine’s day, but I made this. It’s a skull mixed with an anatomical heart.

Happy Valentine’s day to all my followers. I hope you feel loved today, even if it’s just a little.

A headshot of/for my really close friend, Courtney! I’m pretty happy with how it came out. This is a relatively new style I’m working with… I think I’ll stick with it for a while!

A headshot of/for my really close friend, Courtney! I’m pretty happy with how it came out. This is a relatively new style I’m working with… I think I’ll stick with it for a while!

One of my favorite Youtubers, Nathan Barnatt, posted up a couple of character designs he was working on. I decided to have a crack at them, and made a couple of head sketches for him!

One of my favorite Youtubers, Nathan Barnatt, posted up a couple of character designs he was working on. I decided to have a crack at them, and made a couple of head sketches for him!

Four of the knives I’ve made while Blacksmithing. 
Once I build my own, or work with someone who has a forge, I’ll start selling them. I’ll keep everyone updated.

Four of the knives I’ve made while Blacksmithing. 

Once I build my own, or work with someone who has a forge, I’ll start selling them. I’ll keep everyone updated.

The first of many things to start coming your way. I joined a huge One Piece collaborative project. This is the first character that I chose to work with. His name is Turco. He showed up right after the time skip. He was part of a group of pirates masquerading as the Straw Hat Crew. He happens to be imitating Franky. 
Franky is my favorite character in the whole series. I mean, my first tattoo is of Franky! Sadly, he was taken already, but I’ve seen some work by the artist who grabbed him, and I’m incredibly impressed with their work. I’m sure it’ll be great!
Once I scan this in, and color it, I’ll go for another character. We’ll see who I choose next!

The first of many things to start coming your way. I joined a huge One Piece collaborative project. This is the first character that I chose to work with. His name is Turco. He showed up right after the time skip. He was part of a group of pirates masquerading as the Straw Hat Crew. He happens to be imitating Franky. 

Franky is my favorite character in the whole series. I mean, my first tattoo is of Franky! Sadly, he was taken already, but I’ve seen some work by the artist who grabbed him, and I’m incredibly impressed with their work. I’m sure it’ll be great!

Once I scan this in, and color it, I’ll go for another character. We’ll see who I choose next!

I’m moving!

I’m in the middle of moving back to Massachusetts from California. Right now I’m in New Mexico! I should be back in MA on Christmas! I couldn’t really afford art school anymore, and I also came to the conclusion that it was about time I got my butt in gear, and jumped into the real world!

Oh yeah, I’ll be doing a lot more work once I get back to the East Coast. Be prepared for a severe influx of stuff!

My first blacksmithing project is complete! I’m super pumped about doing more of these!

My first blacksmithing project is complete! I’m super pumped about doing more of these!

HERE IS A THING I DID ONE TIME. YESTERDAY WAS THAT ONE TIME.

HERE IS A THING I DID ONE TIME. YESTERDAY WAS THAT ONE TIME.