We're back again with another Art Attack! If you're new to the series, this is where I share my drawings and the process behind them. A behind-the-scenes look at my artwork, if you will. This is not to say that I'm very good at art, or that I'm a professional in any way. In fact this is the opposite, and serves as a reminder to how I first started, and lets me track my progress too!
So if you caught last week's post, you'd know that I found and tried a brand new art style! It was based off several outdoorsy-themed vectors I found on Google, and I compiled all the ones I liked and combined them all into this:
I really liked this piece; it's simple and minimalist, while still having enough detail to create a comprehensive landscape.
Anyway, since my friend inspired me to try this new black and white, cartoony art style, I thought it'd only be fitting to draw a similar piece for her!
She really likes hiking and running outdoors, and has a penchant for cosmic stuff which were a really good fit actually. And I could even use some of the vectors I had already found.
Here were some of the vectors that I referenced!
I knew I wanted the mountains in the background with some planets, stars and an alien coming from a spaceship or something. She'd shown me a tattoo design with an alien and spaceship that she wanted to get, and I thought it was really nice and cute. And it would fit in so well with the piece I had in mind.
From the mountains there would be a river running through the middle and there would a cliff in the foreground with her silhouette standing on it looking towards the mountains.
Once I had a clear picture of what I wanted in mind, and I had all the vectors I needed, I set out to sketching!
I initially had some trouble with the cliff since I had to get the angle just right. But I think I managed to pull it off. This was the final sketch:
I really liked the cabin and the tents that I drew from the previous piece, and decided to put them in the midground since there wasn't anything else there.
After cleaning up the pencil marks, this was the final look!
I think I kinda screwed up the circle outline a little bit, but overall I liked how this piece turned out! The shadows on the mountains look legit, and I think the perspective worked, though maybe some more shadow distinctions on the cliff would make the foreground pop out more. It's alright though.
I was gonna give this piece to my friend as-is, but I figured a frame would be a lot nicer presentation-wise since it's a gift. And IKEA just so happened to have frames that fit exactly right! What a happy coincidence!
I think with the frame it looked perfect. The circle may have got cut off a little bit but it's okay.
So I actually finished this piece in mid-June but I didn't see them until July because of my knee injury. But when I finally gave it to her I was so happy that she liked it!
After all this style was completely inspired by her (along with the many vectors I found on Google). But it always reminds me of her. This was the first piece of art I ever gave her and I'm so glad (and relieved) she loved it!
Btw that is my art instagram profile if you wanna check it out here!
Thanks for reading!
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