Monday, October 31, 2016

What's the difference Between a Character and a Person?- Step One

Welcome to the second post of our series! Today we will be talking about the difference between drawing a generic person versus drawing a character. A character is usually already established as either a person that you already know, an actor, a TV or movie character, a Meme, (The one factor that would be different would be if it is a character in your imagination if anyone else out there also likes writing stories:))


What about that character makes that character recognizable? Let's put it this way. Since Halloween was Monday think about if you were going to dress as this character for Halloween what are the first things that you would want to get for your costume. For Example, if you were to go as Harry Potter you would most likely draw a lightning scar and get a pair of glasses.  For example, here is a snippet of  a post you that will be coming soon of STEP BY STEP CHARACTER DRAWING with Harley Quinn from the new movie Suicide Squad.

At this point of the drawing, I had finished putting what is iconic about her face in. The first thing is her hair. Left side red, right side blue. The second thing that is very iconic is her necklace that says PUDDIN. I'm not a super realistic artist. By no means do my drawings look like photographs and that's okay. If you get the iconic items down than the drawing will "look like" the character. 

Here is a drawing of some superheros I made them rally sloppy but you can probably tell who they are based on some of their iconic items.

Challenge: On your own draw some characters making the iconic elements clear but don't worry about the rest. I know that I have done a lot with super heroes but they are a great place to start because it id easy to find what is iconic. If you desire a warm up that is a little more of a challenge you can go for fairy tale characters.

Note: When you are just drawing a face remember that every face is unique. Look for what makes that face iconic if there is anything specific, (beauty mark, gold tooth, etc.) Sometimes it's not as obvious so you can just focus on these things. Face shape, Lip shape, eye shape, hair style, and than the color of all of the above.

Good luck on your drawing!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

So You Think You Can Draw a Character? - Colored Pencil - Marilyn Monreo

I recently got a big new set of Prismacolor pencils. (Please put in the comments if you want me to do a review of the pencils.) I learned from a recent art class that I took that when you are working with a new medium it is a good idea to start with black and white so you can practice working with your darkest dark and your lightest light. Value is a big part in making any picture look realistic.

Always start with making a value chart so that you can see what your medium is capable of.

Then you can take a look a what you want to draw. First looking for the darkest dark and lightest light.
Then you draw everything in between. Soon you will have your full image. You can then go through randomly and fix any details that you noticed that are wrong. 

Of course, you won't get everything perfect but that is what practice is for.

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Lion with Oil Paints

This is the very first oil painting that I have every done. It is a painting of a lion in Africa. I choose a lion because lions are my favorite animals. The techniques that were used were lifting the paint. All the hair done on the mane was done by dipping a pallet knife in paint, pressing it against the canvas, and then lifting it up.

On the face, I took full advantage of the length of time that the oil painting gave me to work with the material.
I'm looking forward to have the chance to work with this medium more and more.

Oil Painting

I am pleased to announce that the theme of this week will be oil painting!

Oil paints are a unique paint. It takes a very long time to dry, enabling you to have plenty of time to work with the material. This allows for blending and smooth edges. The downside is that the oil paints themselves are very expensive as well as you need to buy more additional tools when you work with oil paints as supposed to acrylic.
I hope you enjoy what I have in store for you this week!

Thursday, October 13, 2016


This week was kinda of a warm-up week for the blog. I wanted to show you guys some more pictures and examples of some of my charcoal drawings. Next week I am planning on doing a  more step by step drawing project.

The one above her is an example of what my art instructor calls five-minute warm ups. When you finish the warm up then you can go back later and really work on the details. 

This one is a spaceship! Just kidding it's a cup. This is an example of staring and staring at on object and then putting all the highlights and shadows on the paper.

So, why use charcoal? 

Charcoal is very easy to blend. It is a fun and easy way to really practice highlights and shadows which are very important building blocks in realism drawings.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Multimedia Eye

Multimedia Eye,

This is the picture of an eye that I drew. What made this project fun was that I had no original intention of making this at all. I had simply been warming up with a stick of charcoal. I had drawn the outline, eyebrow and  the shading fo the nose. Later that night i had gone to Michaels and had seen that they had a sale on white charcoal. I bought some and when I went home I saw the eye and decided that it need the white of the eye. I put that in and forgot about the whole thing for a few days. I had been working on a painting for my Nana when I saw the eye again. I was working with blue paint. With the paint brush already in my hand, I got to work to completing this eye. The final result is what you see about. Please put in the comments if you like drawing, painting or just in general creating eyes.

Here are some more pictures of the eye:

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Welcome to Creative Indulgences!

My name is Emma this blog is all about exploring different art mediums and technics. Every week I will post some of my creations with the weeks topic. I encourage you to join in the fun and go on this journey with me!

Somethings about myself are that when I was little I was bitten by a Zonkey. I did not receive any super powers from this experience. I have a love of art, playing guitar and writing. Right now I am working on a novel. I play guitar as part of my churches worship team. I have won 10 different art competitions throughout my life so far.

 I really hope you enjoy my blog! I want to hear from you guys! Please post in the comments a little bio about yourselves. What if we made it a game? If you would like you can post two truths and a lie and I reply back guess which one is a lie.