Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Spending a longer time doing these gouache paintings in my sketchbook. Initially I started doing this with the idea of just getting done what I can within that lunch hour. Now I work on something over a period of days until I am satisfied with the finish painting. I either continue on it the next day or take it home and work on it.
The painting on the left is something I've been working on for some time now, I think going on three days and I am still not finished. The one underneath it is one that I did in forty five minutes.
Monday, September 2, 2019
It's been a busy holiday weekend. Celebrating a 22nd Wedding Anniversary I took my wife out to eat on the night of and then we went out to celebrate with the children the very next day.
I still managed to find the time to do a number of digital figure sketches and some gouache sketches as well.
The images I am posting here are the digital figure sketches I made on Saturday and Sunday.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
It took me five one hour sessions to finish this gouache painting in my Sketchbook. I took a scan of the painting after each session to show the progress and also to evaluate my approach. Looking back I think that I still need to be more deliberate in the first stages. That is to say instead of just covering the page with an approximate drawing and approximate color I need to more carefully consider what I want the end result to be or make up my mind about what I'm trying to accomplish. For one thing I wasn't sure how I was going to fit that yellow pole on the left side of the painting and even now I'm not sure if I should have included it at all.
What I should have done was a quick preliminary sketch where I would've worked all this out. But then again this is my sketchbook and as such it was never meant to be more than a sketch. There's a lot about this I am happy about though, so all in all it was time well spent working on this.
The order of the progression is from left to right.
Monday, August 26, 2019
Found myself doing quite a bit of Pencil drawing recently. For a while when I draw I would more often than not reach for a stylus and start drawing on my tablet. I find that I prefer drawing and painting with traditional media. Nothing is wrong with digital, this is just my preference. I enjoy the experience of drawing or painting more when I use actual paint and graphite.
I am posting here some of the drawings I've done this past month. I also completed a video tutorial on drawing the male head in pencil which is available on Gumroad. The cost of the video is $12. Click on the link below to purchase the video
Gumroad Drawing The Male Head In Pencil
Friday, July 26, 2019
Been a little while since I posted something. Life has been so busy. I started teaching a painting class on Saturday's. I am continuing to work on My YouTube Channel and my Patreon site as well as continue to work my 9 to 5.
Most of all I continue to work everyday on a drawing or painting. The best thing I've done as far as art is concerned is to stay committed to that hour lunch session where I work in whatever medium I choose. Some days I go home and do a bit more work. I also may work on one piece for a couple of lunch sessions.
The drawing on the left is a recent one that I did in two sessions. Watch the video below in which I work and discuss this drawing done in watercolor pencils.
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Monday, June 24, 2019
For sometime I have been doing gouache sketches on my lunch hour at work. Just recently I decided to change things up and do a pencil drawing and record my progress.
I was really unprepared to do the type of drawing I did with the materials at hand, a couple of mechanical pencils and my sketchpad. Some wooden pencil would have been better and I might have finished the drawing in one lunch hour instead of two (could've been two and a half). The drawing is what I felt like doing that day so that's what I did.
I edited the videos I created and posted it on Gumroad as a real time tutorial in two parts. The video bellow is a condensed version of the tutorial.
The video is available for purchase on Gumroad https://gumroad.com/l/XWOac
Or you can view it as a Patreon member at the $3. tier https://www.patreon.com/gilrobles
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Back on Rebelle again.
This software produces the most satisfying images because the look is so much closer to traditional media than any of the other software I've used. While there are other software that successfully mimic traditional media Rebelle manages to do so with a minimal amount of adjustment to brush properties or any technical stuff. It not only looks like traditional media it's almost as intuitive as picking up a brush or stick of pastel and painting with it. Almost. It is still software after all but with a not too steep a learning curve.
Below is a video I posted on YouTube in which I create the image posted on top of this page.
Links referred to in the video:
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
I started with a pencil sketch just to indicate proportions and placement on the page. I then cover the whole page with a semi thin layer of paint. I am only looking to lay in a very general representation of light and dark shapes and color.
I continue to develop the large shapes, refining them and letting the larger shape lead me into smaller and smaller ones within the shape. In this way the details begin to emerge, not by trying to define the details right off but by letting the bigger outer shapes lead me to them.
As the shapes become more and more refined and the details begin to emerge I make sure to develop the background at the same time. I choose the color because of the blues and purples that are reflected in her face and hands. There was a blue curtain in the room where I took the photo reference and the light shining through the blue from those curtains and maybe bouncing up from the jacket added the cool colors reflected on her face.
Here is the final painting. Throughout the process I placed my brushstrokes representing my best guesses at color, value and drawing and I continued in each step to make corrections until I arrived at my finish. My strategy is work from the general to the particular but only emphasize what is important.
If you want to explore the gouache medium further I have an instructional video available on Gumroad which you can purchase at the following link https://gumroad.com/l/cRwic
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
On the left is the first gouache sketch in my new sketchbook. I have been keeping a sketchbook dedicated to working in gouache on my lunch hour at work.
I wanted to grow in my painting and drawing skills as well as having a better understanding of the medium. This is now my second gouache sketchbook having started the first one sometime in February and finished it in late May. The first entry begins the challenge of striving to make the next painting better than the last. Looking back at the first sketchbook I like how I that by comparing the last and the first paintings I managed to be able to handle the paint a bit better and improve on what I am able to do with the medium. I hope to repeat the experience in my new sketchbook.
Below is a video tour of that first sketchbook.
if you are interested in the gouache instructional that I mentioned you can purchase it at Gumroad using the following link... https://gumroad.com/l/cRwic
Sunday, May 12, 2019
There are several reasons why I paint self portraits. Most are very practical.
First of all is the convenience of having an ever ready model. I am always available.
Then there is also the ability to practice different techniques, styles, expressions, mediums, etc.
I have also painted myself as an old pirate or used my portrait to represent a character in an illustration. Those were fun to do but I usually am more serious about doing self portraits. Even as I use the painting to practice any one of the things I mentioned I also try to inject honesty in how I view myself or I may want to give a hint of something in my character that I try to communicate to the viewer.
Below is a video from my YouTube channel in which I discuss painting self portraits as I paint the image above.
For more instructive videos you can check out my Gumroad page https://gumroad.com/robles
For my Patreon Page mentioned in the video you can click on this link https://www.patreon.com/gilrobles
Friday, May 10, 2019
I remember when I was a kid and got a brand new box of crayons the first thing I would do would be to open the box and stare at all the colors that I had to choose from. I wasn't thinking of all the big things I could create, I had no masterpiece in mind. It was more about how I could play with all these colors. I wanted to make something with it but it was more about experiencing the act of creation, of watching an image form from under my hands as I use these wonderful, colorful materials.
The result may not be a masterpiece but it certainly was fun and helped me to consider new approaches in how I draw something or how I use the material.
Thursday, May 2, 2019
For a little over a year now I have been working each month on making enough sketches to produce a downloadable PDF Sketchbook for my Patrons on Patreon.
I constantly challenge myself to make the next one better than the last and I think that has helped me to stay disciplined and to improve. I look forward to collecting the drawings and posting them.
These are some pages from some of the sketchbooks that I post monthly on my Patreon Page. The sketches include some digital drawings that I created in some of my drawing videos for YouTube and Patreon. Sketchbooks, Hi-Res images and exclusive videos are available to view on my Patreon page for those who care to join, but there are also a great deal of public images that non members can view. https://www.patreon.com/gilrobles
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
I am continuing to work on a video series of drawing male characters. It's a lot of fun drawing the more extreme characters. There's just a lot more you can do with the less heroic characters. They're just more interesting to draw.
The first video in the series can be viewed on YouTube the others I am posting on my Patreon page and eventually making the entire series available on GumRoad.
Below are the drawings for part two which is posted on my Patreon page.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Drawing faces from imagination involves more than knowing how to draw that generic head where you place all the features according to a structure or particular method. Of course whatever method you choose to use is important to start but how do you go from there to develop a character. You have to exaggerate and distort the underlying structure to create something unique and breathe life into the image.
This is part of the fun of sketching from imagination and even changing what you see if you use reference so that it will more closely communicate your idea or story, a skill very important to illustrators and story tellers.
I am starting a video series based on exploring drawing faces with character from imagination. The first video in the series (below) will begin with drawing a generic head. Although there are many excellent videos on drawing according to the Loomis Method or the Riley Method I thought it was necessary to start off with this as a foundation for developing character in the faces of people that are drawn from imagination.
The other videos in this series will be available on my Patreon page and when I complete the series I will also post it on Gumroad to stream or purchase.
Gumroad (although this series is not on Gumroad yet there are still a number of instructional video ready to stream or purchase) https://gumroad.com/robles
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
It seems as though the best work that I can do is a balance between some progress and a lot of things I have to work on.
I wish I could get to the point of a lot of progress and some things I have to work on.
I've been keeping up with my gouache sketchbook in which I paint on my lunch hour at work. Sometimes it takes me 2 to 3 lunch hours to complete the sketch. I think that I've been going more slowly and not trying to rush to get everything done with in that hour. I have also come back to a sketch days later or even weeks later to make corrections.
These images were sketches I came back to to make corrections.
The two images below show how much I reworked an image. I think when I started the painting I really didn't feel up to it at the time but I decided to fight to be disciplined enough to maintain my routine. I came back to the sketch about a week later to correct the image. I got to a point where I couldn't make any more changes because the paint had gotten too thick and I was concerned that the paint would start to crack if I layered anymore. I still was not satisfied with the sketch but thought at least looked better than the initial sketch.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
I think that if I had the time to do anything I wanted all day long I would just sketch.
Sketch as many different things from life and imagination as I wanted. Sketch in as many different ways I can think of, with as many different mediums as I can think of trying. Watermedia, pencil, charcoal, ink, oil, digital, etc.
If I sketch long enough it usually leads me to be more ambitious and I will begin to think of doing something more finished. Larger works usually follow but between finished paintings are many, many sketches and between the time I spend sketching are hours of working a 9 to 5 to pay the bills. Life would be perfect if I just got paid to sketch.