10 Day Check in for #JulyDisney Guys

It has been 10 days since I started this monthly portrait challenge for #JulyDisneyGuys and I have some thoughts on it. So I thought I would blog it out and check my self-progress and well interview myself to see what I could do better.

Am I on track?
Yes, so far. It is going well. I have no problems doing it in the time I have alotted for it.

What’s your biggest accomplishment this month?
Jack Sparrow, Li Shang and Aladdin are two of the best ones I have done so far. I really love the toning on Aladdin, it is my cleanest work and the gradients were so smooth! I loved it! With Li Shang, I really had a good time with it, and it is also very clean gradients and I think I rendered the vision of his regality well. I also loved the fact that his skin is so transluscent. With Jack, I love everything about it! From his cooky expression, to his nice skin tone to the many details on his hair and hat, I really had a great time painting him. I was also so excited for him, maybe that is part of why they look good!

I also put up YouTube Videos for Jack Sparrow and Kristoff, which are accomplishments! I feel like I can show my process confidently.

What’s your biggest challenge right now?
I think for that, it is still Olive skin or darker skin tones. I painted Naveen and I think that was really a bummer, I wanted to make him look great, but he turned out.. meh! I will re-do him definitely, but I think I will have a challenge when it comes to darker skin.

I also am having problems with Backgrounds and finding the light on figures. I did the moon too dark on Prince Kit and he looks like he is glowing. I need help with color compositions, and compositions in general

What should you do differently?
I need to focus on my problem areas, finding the light and varying skin tones. I also want to try to make the Disney guy look closer to Canon in terms of size. I painted Prince Adam/ The Beast too small and I think that is part of why I am not happy with it. I have to be careful to paint them in correct ages too.

I think conceptualizing before the painting is important. All that planning helps out. I really planned out a few paintings well, like Wart from Sword in the stone , Aladdin and Jack Sparrow. That is part of why they really look well composed.

I also want to do more expressions! I enjoyed doing Flynn Rider’s Smoulder!

What are you looking forward to learning in this challenge?
– Definitely learning about many skintones and drawing male faces.
– Composing pictures better
– Better portrait background
– Hair and clothing textures
– Aging the character.

Asking myself these questions definitely put a lot of things in perspective for me. If you want to do a check in for your challenge, you can also use my questions!

Keep Creating!

Here comes the June Bugs

I finished the JUNE MONTHLY CHALLENGE #Junebugillustrations and I am so proud of myself.

I did quite a lot of studying for this challenge. First, I studied bugs/insects with their different forms and wings and details. This pushed me to really look down to the smallest details and to study how to paint transparent/transluscent material. I also had to break down their forms in order to get them looking decent on paper. I probably had the most difficult time with the beetles and the scorpion (I still think they’re not done right). This also leads me to think that I still need further studies on texture and detail work.

Second, I studied people. I studied skintones, I studied facial planes and construction. I even studied hair. ( Though, I still feel I need more on that) I studied qualities of each Ethnicity that I encountered and the clothes that they wear. I studied details on jewelry and embroidery as well as pattern design. I still need a lot of help when it comes to that, but I can see myself improving.

Third, I studied composition. I did not make floating heads. I had to make each piece a story. A small painting that has life. I am proud that I committed to it. They all look pretty good. Most of them tell a story and I am so glad.

I collected them all and made a small video to show everyone the pieces. You can check out the pieces here