Next in the “last year’s art” category is Spiclypeus shipporum. I drew this almost as soon as the discovery was announced, so there weren’t many skeletal references to go on when restoring this ceratopsian (misspelling the name in the search bar may have also had something to do with it). As such, the proportions are a bit wonky and the frill is too big, but on the whole I still like this piece.
As a fellow creative person, I'm curious how you do the faces on your dolls? Your dolls are awesome btw!
Aw, thanks! I’m assuming you mean my cloth dolls, like the ones below?
They’re drawn on in good-quality watercolour pencil first (I use Inktense), then I made the black areas blacker with acrylic paint mixed with flow-aid + add the light to the eyes in the same way.
I set the faces with basic art setting spray - the kind you use on charcoal drawings and the like. It probably wouldn’t hold up if they got wet, but since these are art dolls and not something I’d actually give to a little kid, that’s not much of a problem for me.
Also, before I drew on the features for the one on the right I needlesculpted the face first at the eyes, nostrils and mouth.
(If you were referring to the doll repaints I used to do, the process is basically the same, but I finished with a matte acrylic varnish instead)
Unfortunately, while the cherries were in bloom in Tokyo either I was busy, or it was raining so I could not paint outside. I took some photos of the sakura near my house to paint later and this is the result.
This painting was done on a watercolour paper sample we got while shopping in Sekaido art supplies store in Shinjuku. I wanted to try something a little bit different than usual: I first did a pencil sketch, then painted the picture using my Schmincke watercolours. When I was done with the colours the pencil lines where almost invisible so to add details and depth I used some white opaque paint and Conté pencil charcoal
PS. I was pleased with the quality of the CANSON paper. It matched my style of painting quite well and put up with the masking tape, paints, pencil and charcoal very well.
Medium: CANSON Heritage 300g/m cold pressed cotton paper
EYES, NOSE, LIPS: You have to make a sketch of it first, then use pen for outlines and make sure that it is waterproof to avoid unexpected errors. Mix colors of your choice. Wet on wet technique is the key to mix it properly. Use white Signo Pen for highlights.
SKIN TONE COLORS
Burnt, brown, red, yellow and orange.
You can use both wet on wet and wet on dry technique. It is depends on your art style.
WET ON WET: Laying one color over another before it gets dry. This technique usually used for galaxy painting.
WET ON DRY: Waiting for the first color to dry completely before laying another color.
GRADIENT: Start off with dark tone and continue on laying your brush until you achieve a fading effects.
DRY BRUSH: Your brush should be slightly wet.
HOW TO WATERDROPS:
First layer for petal, shape the drops, put shadows and highlights. Use white signo pen for reflection.
A watercolour illustration for a book called 「名建築の空想イラスト図鑑」(Famous Architecture Daydream Illustrations) featuring 20 illustrators painting famous, but no longer existing architecture marvels.
I painted a wooden fire station that was located in Aomori prefecture, build in 1920 inspired by Russian architecture, and demolished in 1982. Using old photos and plans as references I tried to depict the building and a fresh, late spring day using bright, saturated colours while staying true to the original building’s shape, details and colours.
“Be alone. Eat alone, take yourself on dates, sleep alone. In the midst of this you will learn about yourself. You will grow, you will figure out what inspires you, you will curate your own dreams, your own beliefs, your own stunning clarity, and when you do meet the person who makes your cells dance, you will be sure of it, because you are sure of yourself.”