Tag: digital painting

Drawventure February 2015


Hey everyone! The next Drawventure is this Saturday, February 7th. For those on the other side of the planet, feel free to join in on Sunday! I’ve been looking forward to this day all month!! I absolutely love Drawventure because it’s a whole day devoted to art without any other nagging responsibilities. It’s a time to be selfish and pick at those creative curiosities that accumulate over time.

If you haven’t heard of Drawventure before, I invite you to join me in this monthly art marathon to improve ourselves as artists. The beautiful thing about art is that there is always something to explore and skills to develop. What are your goals as an creative individual? Do you wish to become better at color, anatomy, composition? Join me and many others who also have the same dreams as you to become better artists. Below are simple steps on how to participate!

  1. Create a list of weaknesses you want to work on
  2. Tackle the challenge and draw!
  3. Share your progress with the hashtag #DRAWVENTURE

Right now, think about what challenges you encounter with your art. Be honest with yourself, the first step towards improving is pinpointing your weaknesses. Share your goals with your peers on social media with the hashtag #DRAWVENTURE so we can all support you on your adventure. This month I’ll be exploring a different medium, digital painting! I’m really excited to dive in this medium for the entire day and discover a workflow that works for me.

I encourage everyone to explore #DRAWVENTURE and support your fellow peers. A simple cheerful comment or helpful advice can work wonders on an artist’s development. You might be surprised to see there are a lot of artists that have the same challenges as you. I can’t wait to see everyone’s art work, let’s make this the best Drawventure yet!

It would be super awesome if you could help spread the word about this art marathon and share this photo. To learn more about Drawventure, visit the previous posts with helpful tips and this post where it all started.

Powerpuff Girls Character Redesign

[one_third pos=”first”] TORIANDOLLIE_BUTTERCUP [/one_third] [one_third pos=”last”] TORIANDOLLIE_BUBBLES [/one_third]

As most of the kids growing up in the 90’s with awesome Cartoon Network tv shows, Powerpuff Girls was one of my favorites. The show was a huge influence on my childhood, so much so I called my big brother Mojo Jojo, and still do. The graphic shapes and pop colors captivated me along with all the details of Townsville. Most of all I loved the three girls, Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup and how each one had a unique attitude.

With that in mind, I found the Powerpuff Girls to be the perfect subject to experiment with digital painting. Before starting the series, I gave myself the following goals: Explore color, texture, and costumes to reflect their personalities. Most of all I still wanted them to work as a series. Below is the process of the first piece I did.

[one_third pos=”first”] TORIANDOLLIE_BLOSSOM [/one_third] [one_third pos=”last”] PPG_BLOSSOM_WIP [/one_third]

I started off with thumbnails of all three girls before I even started painting. Once I was happy with the sketches, I proceeded with a tight sketch of Blossom. I made sure the tight sketch was pretty close to what I wanted before laying in flat color, since it’s the foundation for the rest of the piece. After laying down my flats, I continued with adding darks and lights. The next step I went to town on details. Now for the fun part, I’ll do multiple color versions to see which one conveys the mood of the character the most.

This project taught me a lot of cool tricks in photoshop. I learned to keep pushing forward even when I was struggling or wasn’t sure what to do next. I hope this was useful for you and encourages you to experiment with your own art. I’m really happy I pushed myself to do this project and can’t wait to practice more. Comment below with your favorite cartoon character you would like to see me do next!