Portrait – The Reilly Method

Handouts for my latest workshop class on the Reilly Method of drawing portraits.
This is the most intuitive way to draw portraits I have ever found. Based on relationships. When I learned it I used to get lost into the process of where to start, how to see. I created this sequence to un-complicate the thought process for anybody who learns it for the first time. So see it applied here’s a post and here another post

A Comic Page

I want to share this time a process from concept to execution for drafting inking and coloring a full comic page. It was really exciting to me ! First, this below is the background story pf how this comic came to be:

Background————

We are a group of friends from different countries in the FB group SW Comics, (Wes, Palma, Marion, Nicholas, Mark, Jutta, Jorge (+), Beliza, Cat, Jim, Holger, Sofiya, Marco, Paula, Carlos, Jane, Amy, Juliet, Jansi, Mia.. *see full list in the link** https://issuu.com/norightturn/docs/no_right_turn_20170425) led by Rene Fijten and we make stories!

Do you know or have heard about “Exquisite Corpse”? (Cadaver Exquisito) It is a method of creation in which people take turns developing a story or a project, it is passed on from person to person to keep developing and extend the story. This is how our “No Right Turn” has been done so far.

——————you can follow us in instagram @sketchingcomics————-

So, Rene gave me this


From here I drafted a storyboard


Then I fleshed out all the characters one by one


At this point I thought I needed another detail for the narrative, one more drawing so it goes with the dialog given.


All the drawings were brought into photoshop for resizing and do a composite, with the layout in the draft I made or close enough

Then I printed it and added the background manually to the hard copy


The next thing was to incorporate thedialog  bubbles for which I used Backissues font, a free font that it’s awesome for comics! For this I used InDesign


After that I colored the hard copy


And here is the final page all completed! 🙂


Some final thoughts:

Before starting it took me a few days to think about how to bring this concept to visual. Once I had the draft the whole proces was about 8 hrs 3 hrs one day and 6hrs  today.

I think I’m comfortable with this process now!

I hope you liked it 😉

All About Trees

The Arboredum in Forrest Hills is a great source for drawing and learning to represent the characteristics of different trees and they are identified by label! They also have an enclosed section with beautiful Bonsais as well

I recently did a demo video on a generic tree. Here it is:

Here my test collection of trees in different inks:

Some Tutorial Sheets

These handsheets were made for a past workshop for the local sketchers. They illustrate several concepts and tips for sketching

-How to draw gesture


-How to approach simplification of scenes


-The concept of Transitional Space when sketching interiors


These sheets will be available as PDFs at our urbansketchersboston Facebook group

http://www.urbansketchersboston.com

Join us if you live in New England!

Tutorial on a 20 min sketch

I gave a workshop yesterday and prepared some handouts on my 20 min technique for urban renderings. Here below, is the process from beginning to end including the color wash.

There was a great attendance, I am quite happy. I presented using a sequence of panels and the second half of the time was to put all this to practice by the local Urban Sketchers Boston. It’s been two years and our group is growing. We are about 415 members to date and Christ Tritt and I run it every weekend, planning meetups and researching the local architecture to give an insight on the site prior to visit. Now with great weather, we can do more plein air workshops like this.

This demos were done in a 9″x12″ Stillman and Birn Zeta series notebook heavy stock for mixed media. The linework was done with a Lamy Safari EF. Some of the black brush strokes in the values study were done with a multiliner brush pen.

I wanted a support that could be smooth enough for fine linework, heavy ink brush strokes and take a few layered watercolor washes, so I decided to use the mixed media notebook.

One of the things I wanted to emphasize is the drying time between the watercolor wash layers. When you are working on a fast sketch, the wash has to be light so it can dry faster, most important, the base layer, as it covers about 80% of the paper (I do leave a lot of white untouched areas in the peripherals of the sketch to allow it to “breath” visually)

First layer is the lightest value of the local colors on every area, the subsequent layer is massing the main shadows, the third layer is the smaller darker areas, and the fourth layer is the accents that will enhance key areas to give it depth and good contrast.

I concentrate most of the pigment toward the horizon line and toward the center of the paper. I create interest in the focal point/area during the prior ink drawing process by  doing more detail and making it visually heavy in those areas keeping the rest of the drawing very loose.

inprocess

Four Layers Fist Pass Step by step A contour line exercise adding values study

New PDF art – tutorials compendium “Living Creatures”

From the creators of “Pen and Ink” compendium previously shared here

Here at Sketching Workshop Facebook group community of 150 artists, we have been busy! creating our second publication PDF on “Living Creatures” a compendium of techniques by members of our Group. Eight authors from different countries:
Stacy Egan, Barbara Moore, Inge Leonora-den Ouden, Suzie Althens, Amanda Lee Conduct, Jane Pereira Siebert, Wes Douglas and Myself (with my tutorial on “Drawing Marine Life”)

living creatures

This PDF will be release this coming Monday to social media, and will be under the the Wiki Commons collection with license for free sharing.
Our previous “Pen and Ink” publication has been incorporated in art classes in several local art schools and widely appreciated.

At Sketching Workshop our motto is:
“What is not given is lost”

HERE it is below!

Living Creatures

A sneak peek into my watercolor tutorial on sea creatures

I am collaborating on a project (like my previous collaboration on Pen and Ink book) on “Living Creatures”. My theme is marine life 🙂

Today I submitted my finished article and will publish here very shortly as the head of the project assembles the work of several collaborating artists.

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A Collaborate Book Project -Sketching in Pen & Ink Tecniques

I am pleased to begin FREE distribution of this PDF that we, the Sketching Workshop Group have authored.

The SW group is a free association of urban / city sketchers across the world. 150 artists working mainly on architectural renderings, sharing mutual knowledge, and ongoing critiques of everyone’s work in a social friendly atmosphere. The group includes architects, and working artists.

This is our first collaborated project. We are eager to work together and share our tips and techniques across social media, including the Wiki Commons. Please feel free to redistribute. This is not intended for sale anywhere in the web.

This booklet has articles written by 8 authors, including myself. I also had the pleasure to do the final layout.

The work includes tips and techniques advise by working artists:

Jorge Royan -Buenos Aires, Argentina -Founder of the group.

Jennifer Lawson -Portalnd ME USA

Di Metcalf -Cape Town, South Africa

Doug Bodel -San Francisco, CA USA

Wesley E. Douglas -Chicago IL USA

Percy Acuña -Lima Peru

Jonatan Alcina Segura -Cáliz, Spain

and myself, Laura V. Sfiat -Boston, MA USA

Download HERE > PenInkFinal-Alpha

Microsoft Word - BBBBB Pen line work (JR)