In “a sketch a day” plan, I felt like drawing TFA Prowl and birds, since A.) I love both of them and B.) Prowl does love animals and nature in canon. So I used a 0.4 pen for the lines and shading. I had to use some research in some birds though. A shame that I’m not familiar of drawing birds of different kinds despite how I like them. I thought of using the brush pen for thicker lines, but ultimately I decided this is enough.
Ever since days ago, I thought if I could commit the “a sketch a day” plan to help me go through the healing. This time I picked a sketch of TFA Rodimus and Optimus as my subject matter. Once again, a pencil for the draft, and the brush pen for the inking. Since the draft is rushed, some of the foreshortening of arms may look silly in result, and the shading may be rushed. I was thinking maybe I should just stick to simple headshots and poses tho.
So months ago, someone requested a sketch of TFP Ratchet as the boy from The Last Guardian, with Trico. Later, the same person requested another sketch, featuring TFP OP as the Armored Knights from TLG. Due to the animation project at that time, the request was not complied until today, when I remembered the request and decide to finish it once and for all.
Since the request require a crossover between two characters whose designs I’m not familiar with, I basically did some research, particularly on the Armored Knights. I took attention on the armour patterns to make sure it’s the same armour from TLG.
As I said in previous posts, I had lost my blue pencil, so I resorted to 2B pencils, with a softer grip than before, so A.) my hands won’t hurt too much, and B.) the draft won’t stick on the papers too much. Then I drew the lines with a brush pen.
I realized that I enjoyed drawing with brush pen a lot. They are soft, and allows more versatility in line thickness. Which is why I drew 2 more of these sketches after the Sari one.
I also planned to draw a sketch of Pre-war Blitzwing being enraged, and I drew a sketch yesterday. Unfortunately, my physical condition, plus a need to rush the sketch, cause the expression to look tamed by comparison. Perhaps I would draw a more intense version once I could figure out how to draw it better.
Seeing how the TFA Megatron + plasma piece look interesting to me, I decide to explore more of the theme where Cybertronians emit plasma while suffering from intense emotions. This time I picked Sari, mostly because it’s easier to draw, and she was overloading from extra energy in canon.
I lost the blue pencil, so I used the yellow pencil instead. I drew with a 0.4 pen, then a black marker for BG, before moving on for blue markers.
Turns out that A.) drawing blue after drawing black could cause some muddying of blue and B.) drawing blur markers with yellow pencil traces could cause unintended colour mixing. Overall the sketch is…okay. I would see it more of an experiment tho.
Also noted, I had drew more than one sketch within today. I did not expect that, and I think it’s time to A.) take a rest and B.) settle for simple headshots and sketches without any fancy expressions and poses.
Previously, the sketch yesterday had cause some stress on my thumb base, since I haven’t take much breaks or any braces during the process. This time, heeding the experience, I take some breaks and wear the braces throughout the process.
This time I opt for a bigger sketch, with the upper body only to cause less stress in fine tuning. I only planned to draw the sketch today and the inking tomorrow, but since I felt fine enough, I decide to complete the inking today anyway. I started with the 0.4 pen, before moving on with brush pen for thicker lines.
I felt that with much precaution, I could draw a simple sketch each day while healing, so I could provide some distraction while providing more sketches for viewing.
So to make me more in ease with my hand recovery, I thought if drawing a 10 min sketch would help, and so I drew a sketch today. However, I became too ambitious for my own, and what is planned to be a single character sketch became a double character sketch.
From my experience, the character’s parts are too small, and my brush pen require much fine tuning. As a result, there is much stress on my thumb base muscles. Would consider drawing a bigger head shot next time I will draw a sketch.
So two days ago, I completed the presentation for the FYP. Yesterday, I decide to complete a tumblr request featuring TFA Wheeljack. I used blue pencil for lighter sketch, and a brush pen for softer strokes. My right hand was cramped from the constant drawing, so I may not draw much until June. Still, I finished the sketch, and may try to draw more of them soon.