Mark And Line
This is chipper, a squirrel that battles it out with my grandpa everyday. I thought it would be fun to make a little book about it as a way to practice and improve. Some of the advice I got from friends was to work on perspective. After taking this class it is hard not to go back and redo this one. I used a few different types of lines in this picture but I can see places that would really improve with cross hatching. The hands, pants, jeans, boots, and even the walls. Cross hatching adds so much depth because it gives you control of shading and shadows.
Grids are actually pretty fun. It helps with plotting, spacing, arrangement, and even perspective. I never really used grids until this class. I forced myself to use the mouse on these two projects and it was really tough. I have an I-pad with a cheap stylus, but I wanted to see if I could make something interesting just using the mouse. For the top image I used the grid and snap function to help keep my lines somewhat straight, and I was still jumping off the lines and it made a cool jagged effect for the eyes and teeth. I decided to rock it and just leave any weird lines that I made. For the bottom image I didn't use the snap feature at all. I just made some stuff within the sections of the grid. The dark blocks on the right were originally dice, but it was really bland, so I just played around along the dots and edges. I actually really dislike the rectangle shapes I used because they have a weird border of white around them. I think it is because of the way I used the layers, and also because I used the shape tool instead of making them myself.
I really need to start using texture, it gives so much depth to images. Without it the picture just looks 2D. This one is still by far my best attempt. I picked it for the shadows. I also managed to get some sheen on his forehead from the light. Another really small detail that I like is the wrinkles on the bridge of his nose. If I were to redo it, I would try to add texture for his hair. It is almost non existent except for on the left shoulder and the top of his head