I am so in love with your work, all of it! I love the way you create your characters, they remind me of animations or valentine cards from back in the 60's. I've always admired this style of art and have been wanting to learn how to for a while, I've made few attempts but can't seem to get a grasp on the techniques/concepts. I'm a sophomore in college majoring in art (specifically in cartooning) and I consider myself to be on the lower end compared to my peers' talent. If you could give me a little advice, it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks you
Thanks! So what specifically do you want to know about? My process is fairly broad, if you want to give me a specific piece as reference and ask about certain specific elements of the painting, I can do my best to give advice.
My first general piece of advice is you need to be drawing constantly, using reference and understanding other peoples styles. Second I suggest life drawing! A lot of it!
well I love all of them, but this piece will do for explaining to me what it is that you do. I guess in general, i'm wondering about how it is that you draw so many figures in different positions(I'm guessing that's where the life drawing comes in ). It seems that you know exactly how each of your characters' limbs would look from every angle. Do you use actual animals for reference while drawing/painting? Do you use any reference at all? I find myself trying to make my own character but never know where to start, so I draw a random shape (or line) and make a character out of it. And I tend to depend on a visual reference when I'm drawing...well, anything. I almost always have to be looking at something to draw "it". If I try to make revisions, they end up pretty bad I'm sorry for all of the questions and commentary, you're probably really busy lol. but thank you for your reply and for taking the time to explain things to me
I use photo reference for animals sometimes, especially if its a commission of someones pet. I sometimes do life drawings at zoos but I never really end up using it for any characters. I usually use a marker or ballpoint pen and sketch out a bunch of poses and then pick one and draw that on watercolor paper and then paint it. I hope that helps!