On Process: A MrJayMyers Week in Review

August 12, 2016By jayart, Blog, Encouragement, process

Hey everyone,

Here is a process for an illustration I did recently. The original vision I had for this piece didn’t pan out the way I wanted. Here is what I wrote in my Instagram post when I posted the final:

This isn’t what I saw in my head. I almost scrapped it last night, but I pushed forward. Sometimes you have to throw it away and start over, sometimes you just need to push it a bit and test yourself. I chose to push.

I’m glad I did. It still isn’t what I wanted, but I have grown through it. I gained understanding about why this didn’t work. I was afraid. I allowed fear to create too much caution about how I mixed the colors and allowed them to blend. Overall, I am very happy with this take on Ant-Man.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Step one:

I first began by doodling and looking up different Ant-Man designs. This was a third or forth attempt at sketching him and by this point I felt I knew him well enough to really do my own take on him.

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Step Two:

Initial sketch and composition. I roughed out a few more sketches in my gestures thinking about the character and his attitude. He isn’t dark like Batman nor regal like Superman. He’s much more, bug references aside, like Spider-Man. So, I captured this gesture and then sketched it larger and began designing.

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Step Three:

Clean up the initial sketch and design.

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Step Four:

After taping the edges, I wet the page around the figure and started putting in the background color.

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Close-up

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Step Five:

Initial color for the figure. I knew I wanted to have an underlying red all over the character. I also, I began laying down the shadow areas at this stage.

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Step Six:

At this point, I was still very happy with how it was working out. This was the point I became nervous about what I was doing. I started laying in a red/blue that wasn’t totally mixed into a purple.

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Step Seven:

This was the stage I almost stopped on. I wanted the dark areas to be a warm grey-more tinted red. However, my watercolors don’t have a black and I tried using an ink wash brush I have to make that and it didn’t mix well.

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Step Eight:

I let it dry and began darkening the shadow areas better and started pulling out the reds more. I used color pencil to define the reds and add them to the grey areas. I then used my white pen with a brush and defined some small highlights. I then added direct whites and used my modded Pentel to add some texture. I still wasn’t satisfied with the shadows—so, I had just heard about a trick from Jake Parker about using purple to add texture and depth to the shadows. This was a last ditch effort to really like it and it paid off.

 

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Thanks for being great readers I hope you all have a great weekend.

Also, I’d love to hear what would you like to see me share here? or if you have any questions I could address?

 

Jay

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Drawn from Life: MrJayMyers Posts in Review

August 5, 2016By jayart, Blog, Design, Encouragement, inking, stories, children's tales, comics, children's books,

Sometimes we build so much we need to stop and remember what is behind us. This post is a refresher, drawing from a few key posts that maybe you’ve missed or might encourage you where you are right now:


If you relate to this: Need a tool to help you grow your skills in your busy life? 15 minutes is a load of time when your time is crunched. Whether you’re like me and have a family, full-time (non-art) job, responsibilities, etc., or you have your own puzzle to make work— sometimes for all of us, it can feel like there isn’t enough time to work on growing our skills. Sometimes, it can feel like we’ll never hit our goals. If that’s the case for you, check out the 15 minart challenge. It’s a challenge that will help you grow.

Check It Out: #15MinArtChallenge


If constraints feel bad, know this—they can lead to great results. Find that sweet spot to get stronger in your skills.

I still like how Jake said it,
“Creativity thrives on constraint.” — Jake Parker

Read: Find Your Creative Sweet Spot & Tools to Help: MrJayMyers Week in Review


Need Encouragement to: Grow your skills? Forge through? Give yourself some rest time, but mostly push those skills till it hurts?

Drawing is like working out. You have to build the art and creativity muscles. But, don’t overdo it. Rest is as important as working out. Balance the workout and rest. Here’s a key: while you’re doing it, if you run into a dry spell—focus on growing your skills, not waiting for inspiration.

Read More Here: MrJayMyers’ Lost Month in Review


Life truly is like a box of chocolates: there are some tasty times and some not so tasty. But, if we are going to get where we want to go we need to stay the course.

I’ve worked at all kinds of places. I’ve even given up drawing—for 10 years. So, don’t freak when you find yourself where you don’t want to be. Use it.

READ: On Growing Up: A MrJayMyers Week in Review


And just last week, this is what I wanted to pass on: you are your best and most important asset.

Don’t give up being you as you pursue learning from other artists. Figure out how you draw, by drawing often and by letting yourself out of the bag. Sometimes, “my stuff isn’t good enough, but that artist over there is” bug hits and it seems better to be like someone else. They are being them. You be you.

READ it here: On Being You: A MrJayMyers Week in Review


Recent Art:
Some of you might recognize this guy. I had to draw him with a Florid pencil. Initial sketch and color using my Winsor & Newton travel set.

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Process 1

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Process 2

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Process 3

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Process 4

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And here is the final scan. (The color differences are based on yellow light vs white light. Even the scan isn’t exact, but it’s close.)

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Two 15MinartChallenge drawings:

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(Side note: I tried coloring her and let’s just say, I’m glad I took this photo first.)

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Michelangelo was always my favorite.

Art Tip: See all those multiple lines right next to each other? They were done with a pentel brush pen that I modified. Mod your travel brushes, it’ll help.


This Week’s Recommended Tool:
Also a review from a past week, but sharing again along with some helpful info below if you got them:

Pentel Pigment Ink Brush Pen – Extra Fine : Permanent less likely to bleed with was over the top.

Pentel Fude Brush Pen, Extra Fine : Works well with ink wash.

Pentel Fude Brush Pen, Medium : Good for large area and for larger art/line needs.
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All of these I have modified. The cartridge is replaceable, but it is also refillable and that’s awesome. Check out the mods below. One more thing, these pens are squeezable, which means you have to control the flow of ink.

When I first got mine (years ago) I didn’t understand that and I got frustrated with them. But, the beauty is that not only can you squeeze ink in, you can withhold it and have really nice dry brush effects.

Remember, if you choose to buy these through the links above you are helping my family out and I truly appreciate that.

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Current Good Read:
I’m still making my way through last week’s book: Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days . Highlighting as I go.


Thanks for being great readers and for all your feedback, as I learn how I can help you on your art paths as well. I’ve got some ideas I’m excited to share with you all soon.

Also, I’d love to hear what would you like to see me share here? or if you have any questions I could address?

Alright guys, have a great weekend and keep creating. Here’s some words that hit the mark, to carry with you:

“Illustrators are word people who happen to draw. We work with one foot in a book, the other stuck in a paint pot. Our shoes are a disgrace.” —Wallace Tripp

Jay

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