Saturday, April 24, 2010


Well, I nailed my butt down to the digital drawing board and did it! Here's B! Feels good to be going forward with this project, thanks for the encouragement guys :)

 For B, I knew I wanted to do a beanstalk, and I wanted the beanstalk itself to be a kind of character, I toyed with putting faces on each bean in the pod, but it read too tiny, so I changed the peas into eyeballs, thorougly creeping myself out, lol. Hopefully the white teeth read ok, I was worried I had put too many of them and it obscured the mouth too much.
Lettering is kinda like torture to me...I kinda punked out on this one.The snippets are written in a photoshop font called palomino, but the big letters are hand drawn. Maybe when I'm finished with the entire alphabet, I'll revisit the lettering.
The biggest struggle for me right now with photoshop and digital art in general is that I use dodge/burn wayy too much, I'm trying to beef up my color theory so that I can pick the right colors and highlights in the first place without going through 20 minutes of playing with the hue slider:)

Onnn to C!


  1. This is an exciting project! I can't wait until you get to Dragons or Witches, etc. This is a good exercise. I was curious, do you do the values first, then layer the color?

  2. Ah, that's exactly what I did for the "B" piece. Painted all the swirly folds in black and white and then started coloring over them! I was reading a paper about Vermeer's process and wanted to try it out. The ABC theme is giving me enough direction to keep going, but all these alphabet drawings are probably gonna vary wildly as I try out different techniques...and maybe even veer off into different styles!

  3. What a great start to your Blog, it looks great. Only 24 more to go! : )

  4. Haha! Yeah, I'm thinking after I do the fairytale ABC's maybe I'll start all over again without a theme. Having an alphabet theme to guide my drawings has been a great tool to keep me from floundering, but it's getting hard to stay in the fairytale theme, because I keep thinking of things that start with "C" that I want to draw now that aren't fairytale oriented!


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