Monday, 15 October 2012

Drawing camouflage

It is Monday and I am trying to get into the habit of sharing my 'how to draw' videos with you! This is a slightly more unusual one, but apparently a lot of people want to know more about drawing camouflage! How about that? This week's tutorial is aimed at helping you to improve your drawings skills. In this video I am just concentrating on how to do camouflage, because it's quite hard if you haven't got a technique to work from and develop.


Drawing camouflage: If you would like to follow this video and learn about drawing camouflage, you'll need a sharpened pencil, or better still a technical pencil, which never needs to be sharpened, a good eraser, and a sheet of cartridge paper to draw on. Also select some appropriate camouflage colours, some greens, browns and lighter colours, like maybe a yellow-green? The advantage of watching and following this video is that you can hit 'pause' whenever you like or even go back over something again if you need to! So anyone can learn and have a go at drawing camouflage. The only drawback is that you do have to put up with looking at me for about two minutes at the beginning - I can only apologise for the director's decision!

I would love to get feedback from and you so by all means go to my 'contact' page and send me your thoughts on this video. If you would like to see more videos I have worked on, just got to www.videojug.com here! Or visit my blogspot blog page, where you can find many more tutorials and tips, click here!

If you would like see more of my 'how to draw videos' on this site. Go to my link labelled 'videos' in the top menu. You'll find it on the far right. All that's left to say is 'good luck and happy drawing'!


Friday, 12 October 2012

Drawing children


Today I thought I would share with you some sketches that eventually led to one finished piece of artwork, so you can see the evolution an artist goes through to get something right. In this instance we are talking about drawing children, and in particular little boys!


Drawing children: Prior to these sketches I had never drawn a young child in much detail before and so it was a real learning curve for me, and you can see from the sketches that some work, and some just miss the mark for all sorts of reasons! It is very brave of me to share what I can consider my less than successful pieces, but I wanted to illustrate a point really.
Often the sketching phase of any project is where the most fun, work and brain power are used. It is often when I am doing sketches and roughs that I prefer to work in complete silence, so that I can concentrate more on what I am trying to achieve.
All the sketches below are just drawn using a soft leaded technical pen. I prefer to use technical pens, because they never need sharpening and so you can concentrate more with out interruptions. Also I am absolutely useless at sharpening pencils, and end up whittling away most of the implement! You can see more of my artwork of children by visiting this website here!
Now this sketch has humour, but needs more work….?

        This one is getting closure and it a better drawing all round, but the dog isn’t quite working…?


This one works. He’ s a little older, which is OK. It’s funny and lively and the dog is interacting more with the little boy. You may recognise this one? It's on my main website!




Thursday, 11 October 2012

Poule de Luxe logo

Poule de luxe is a company that specialises in luxury house-hold goods and in particular lingerie and ladies nightwear! Earlier this year I worked on updating their logo, which is to be used on some future products!


Poule de luxe: As their name might suggest their logo is a chicken, a rather beautiful chicken, but they wanted it updated a bit with the addition of a globe, a painterly style globe that would draw on some of the colours they are currently using in their lingerie! This was a very different project to what I normally do, but quite enjoyable. I had lots of fun coming up with different colour combinations and in the end they had over twenty to choose from. To be honest the colour combinations were endless and so I forced myself to stop at twenty.

The artwork was created digitally in Photoshop Elements, which was the quickest way to produce lots of different colour combinations for them, and allowed me an easy way to change individual colours if the combination did not suit their needs.
All in all it was a great way to use Photoshop and made a change for me from working conventionally, and hopefully they will come back with more work for me in the near future.
Here is the final colour range they chose – hope you like it?

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Drawing dragons

Well as you can see it has been over a month since I lost blogged. That is because I have been experiencing technical problems with blogspot.com, which I am hoping are now resolved!

Drawing Chinese dragons: It is Tuesday afternoon and I am trying to get into the habit of sharing my ‘how to draw’ videos with you! This week’s tutorial is aimed at helping you to improve your drawings skills and producing a really good drawing of a Chinese dragon. In this video I am just concentrating on how to do a really good dragon sketch, because it’s quite hard if you haven’t got a technique to work from and develop.


If you would like to follow this video and learning about drawing Chinese dragons, you’ll need a sharpened pencil, or better still a technical pencil, which never needs to be sharpened, a good eraser, and a sheet of cartridge paper to draw on. The advantage of watching and following this video is that you can hit ‘pause’ whenever you like or even go back over something again if you need to! So anyone can learn and have a go at drawing wonderful dragons!
I would love to get feedback from and you so by all means use the message box on this page to send me your thoughts on this video. If you would like to see more videos I have worked on, just got to www.videojug.com here! Or visit my blogspot blog page, where you can find many more tutorials and tips, click here!