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Old 03-27-2020, 09:20 PM   #1
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Sometimes I Do Stuff.

So I've been trying to stay productive. I picked up some small canvases a while ago and just haven't gotten around to using them, so I figured I'd try something kinda simple. I haven't done any painting on canvas or anything since like 1998 or something. Never been particularly great at it but I figured I'd give it a try.



Drawn and painted from scratch based on the opening still shot from the 1940s Fleischer Superman animated shorts. Altogether it's better than I expected. Not bad for being 20+ years out of practice, I figure.
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Old 03-27-2020, 09:24 PM   #2
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Hey, man. I didn't know you had art chops! Keep it coming!
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Old 03-27-2020, 09:35 PM   #3
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Hah, sometimes. I used to draw more than anything but it's been a while since I practiced regularly.

When I was in 8th grade I got to go to some special arts school once or twice a week as part of some program, like two kids from every school in the state got to go to this school for whatever their "talent" was. Mine was visual arts and the other kid's was music, I think. It was fun. I definitely could have applied myself more but I had a lot of fun and learned a lot. I always felt guilty though because I felt like a lot of other kids deserved it more than me, but I'unno I didn't book it.

Just tough to find time to practice anything in recent years, but Time is one thing I have plenty of at the moment.

Took about an hour to do the sketch and then about 12 hours to paint it. Painting the black outlines was the most difficult and time-consuming part. The colors were the easiest because the shading of the original animation was very minimal, which is partly why I wanted to do this.
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Old 03-28-2020, 06:45 AM   #4
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Inking has stopped me dead in my tracks. I like to draw, but my hand isn't steady enough to ink well. I'm sure practice would help, but I don't have a lot of time on my hands anymore. Or the guts to do it.

Regardless, this is some really sweet stuff. I'm glad you shared, and hope you get some more out there!
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Old 03-28-2020, 09:49 PM   #5
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Not a huge fan of inking myself, as it feels rather redundant, but sometimes I force myself to do it if I want the pencil drawing to hold up and not get all smeared over time. Some things I just leave alone. For a while I went through a phase where I sketched exclusively in pen, which was a pretty good challenge because it forces you to really take care with your lines. Also eliminates the "inking" step, even though the finished product looks more "sketchy" than smooth or clean, but some things look better that way. Not a bad way of enforcing discipline.

My biggest problem with drawing is that I have an incredibly heavy hand. Always did. My teachers tried everything they could to correct it but I could never shake it. Even if I just "sketch" you can see the indents on the other side of the paper. Obviously a problem because it's very hard to correct any mistakes if you put your lines down too thick. Using a mechanical pencil helps a little bit, since it's a much finer point than a regular #2. I've tried several different brands of "drawing pencils" but they generally still draw too thick of a line, which I acknowledge is still at least partly my own fault. But a mechanical pencil or regular Bic pen generally works pretty well. I still press too hard but it's not as much of a problem.

When I do ink, I generally just use a regular Bic pen. I feel like I have more control than with a regular felt tip; even the fine-point ones have
a little bit of "bleed", and I don't like that. Depends what I'm working on. I know some people ink with a brush, and having done all the linework on the above piece with a brush I can definitely see the appeal, but man, that must take forever. And the fine details are such a bitch. I'unno how that's some people's preference. Bless 'em, though.

I also don't have any patience and have a really hard time leaving anything for later, so if I start something I almost always force myself to push through and finish it, even though that's not good because you'll often rush things that way. It's just how I'm wired, though.

I did start on something else; if it turns out acceptable I might share it.
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Old 03-29-2020, 12:10 AM   #6
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For someone that hasn't done any work with paints in a long minute, that Superman painting looks really good, man.

Since there was a discussion about inking your images, fine point sharpie markers work well, but sharpie pens are really good with taking care with and around the detail work.

As for mechanical pencils, I found that PaperMate Sharpwriters to be more 'tolerating' than BiC's - the BiC lead tends to break off a lot easier if too much pressure is applied, or if you fast sketch at multiple angles. The only downside for a SharpWriter is that you have to rotate the cone on the pencil to extract more lead.

Anyhoo, that's a nice painting that you've shared for us, Leo.

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