I came across a video by Sycra about his Iterative Drawing method. He considers himself more of an analytical person – not “naturally” artistic – and Iterative Drawing has helped him become a better artist while appealing to his analytical personality.
You can watch the video on YouTube – Sycra describes what the method is around 9 minutes in. It’s basically drawing the same small thing over and over, each time analyzing what could be better about it and then doing that. So don’t bother drawing a whole detailed figure – you’re wasting time. Draw a bunch of hands first, then move to heads, then something else. This lets you skip over those 10,000 hours you supposedly need to become really good at something.
Artists can also iterate color – develop a good color sense by trying out different color combinations in quick succession. I love doing this – it’s just super fun to see all the colors at once, like when I drew original characters for the Avatar universe.
My partner introduced me to Yoyo the Ricecorpse, who he found on Tumblr and who seems to be everywhere! Y.T.R.’s super-cute, off-kilter drawings and animations are immediately evocative. Her works can be anything from a 3-minute action-packed music video animation, to photo-illustration hybrid GIFs, to watercolor-and-ink characters.
It was SUPER HARD to narrow down just ten images, I am not even kidding. Below these are all the links, including Yoyo the Ricecorpse’s Etsy store!
Links for Yoyo the Ricecorpse (check them all out – they all have different things):
I love Stephanie Pui-Mun Law’s Shadowscapes Tarot so much! Actually, I already wrote about it in 2014 but I wanted to bring it to your attention again because it’s lovely. (This post has all-new images, so be sure to look at both.)
What I notice this time around the “scapes” part – the landscapes and how many of the cards show two or more “worlds”, like sea and sky, and how the main figures on the cards often occupy the space between. Click on the images to see the details at Pui-Mun Law’s website, Shadowscapes.com.
Heather Penn is an L.A.-based game and webcomic artist. She was the environmental artist for the Kickstarter-funded game Classroom Aquatic and is now art director and lead artist for Overland. A lot of her art looks 2D but is actually 3D! She does do 2D art, though. Penn has started a blog for her upcoming webcomic, Protean Sea, that I will be checking out when it starts.
Here are a few artworks by Penn that I like a lot! You can click on some of them to go to their Tumblr posts.
Tarot of the Magical Forest, by Leo Tang, is a deck featuring cute animals. The animals’ wide eyes have a touch of creepiness to them, but not so much that it’s off-putting (to me, anyway).
Strength is my favorite, and is my favorite Strength card of any deck I’ve come across – so cute and really only possible in an animals-only deck.
The Hanged Man bat, likewise, is clever.
The Major Arcana show several kinds of animals, but the Minor Arcana have just one type of animal each:
pentacles = foxes
swords = cats
cups = rabbits
wands = frogs
Below are some other cards for your perusal. You’ll notice that there are two editions – the one with the swirls is the 2005 Taiwan printing and the one with six languages is the 2008 Lo Scarabeo edition.
The working title for this is “Aries Leda”. I was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Study for the Head of Leda, the hair of which has always reminded me of ram’s horns. (The horns were very challenging for me, very geometric.)