Every morning, I do a quick five minute sketch. This is one of the best things an artist could possibly do to improve his or her technique.
You get good at drawing at a decent pace. The timer is brutal. As it should be. No forgiveness. No mercy.
You get good at managing your time with the pencil. You simply learn to not waste time.
This ends up applying to other things as well. You’ll notice you’ll find your more efficient at other aspects of your life.
But, I also want to mention, I also start off mornings with gratitude. I say what I’m thankful for.
And this morning? Allie.
Allie is a rock. She’s very reliable. Very responsible.
If you haven’t been reading this blog, long story short, I’m married with an adult son. But I have two models that I use regularly. Allie is the blonde and Roxy is the brunette.
I see Allie more than twice as much as Roxy though. Allie is way more reliable.
Anyways, every week, we look for poses. And sometimes, we’ll do a similar pose.
Yes, I’m a fantasy pinup artist. But lately, I’ve been doing a lot of space themed ones. Coming up, I’m working on a larger painting called Selene’s Rangerettes – Defenders of the Moon.
Sounds cheesy? It’s supposed to. It’s an homage to that old sci-fi except this time, with the women naked. Because I’m a pinup artist first. Every once in awhile, I’ll do something outside of the fantasy realm.
Selene is the Ancient Greek Moon Goddess. I’ve painted Allie modeling for Selene several times now.
So I painted those two similar poses. And you know what? I’m getting more and more comfortable with those poses.
Try it! Hopefully you have a reliable model you can work with.
Not gonna stop
After I did that last one, I did the one listed in my latest blog post about how technique is more important than the tools you’re using. And now I’m doing yet another one – that Selene’s Rangerettes.
When it comes to ideas, why not take something old and make something new out of it? Do you think the Greek Gods and Goddesses still do all the same stuff they did 500 years BC?
I’m doing Selene’s minions with rockets and laser guns. Because, why not?