Monday, April 17, 2017

Fun_ChocoChippo


Sometimes for stress relief I'll draw on stuff I know I'm gonna throw away, like this old cookie box.

Not normal,

Reuxben

Friday, April 14, 2017

Fun_MusicalNotes


I burned through my last sketchbook and needed a new one. Luckily, I stumbled across this old musical score pad.


I've made an effort to kill off every sketchbook-ish pad and pen I have available, so this was great timing.


I also wanted to try more interesting models, rather than the same old source, and I find it's way more motivational studying drawings than photos.

Not normal,

Reuxben

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fun_HipHopi


Just saw this sitting around right where I left it years ago. It's one of the earliest art pieces I can find...I painted this little Hopi guy when I was 8 or so.

Not normal,

Reuxben

Monday, April 10, 2017

Fun_BannerSnoward


My "new" winter banner, by the way, based on Snoward. Should probably update it at some point...

This is notable because for the first time in 10 years, I've re-drawn the text. Still kept Z, though. I replaced the chalk brush for Steve Ahn's Ultimate Brush. Scandalous.

Not normal,

Reuxben

Friday, April 7, 2017

Fun_Charades


Gesture round up time, starting with something I enjoy quite a bit: drawing over old, ugly drawings with disposable gesture studies.


I also like drawing over every plausibly viable surface, such as the front and back, inside and outside covers of my sketchbooks.


This is just a spread I thought looked neat, 30-second version on the left, 1-minute on the right.

Not normal,

Reuxben

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Fun_BestYears


Today is the 10th anniversary of Removal, which means I've been posting art online for ten years! To mark the occasion, I thought I'd recreate, with minimal tweaks, the very first art I ever posted online, though I did swap in a bluer tone since it felt more fitting for Yale.


My first post was a drawing of my very first series's characters, Ben and Marty, while they were watching the season premiere of 24. I still have the original drawing and (97kb?!) digital file stored somewhere...regardless, my goal was simply to recreate the piece with my present, all-digital process, but not to trick it out with colors and stuff. Looking at the (3MB) update, I feel I haven't progressed enough in 10 years, though I do recognize I've gotten better in some areas.


Marty was inspired by my suitemate, Ryan, who loved Back to the Future, and these two were to star in my very first series, called Four Best Years, which was based on the wacky hijinks of my suite.


The series never got past the planning stages, though, because I soon lost my suitemates to room draw and then spiraled into an abysmal, seemingly unending vortex of self-hatred'n'stuff, but hey, all's well that etc.

Not normal,

Reuxben

Monday, April 3, 2017

Fun_TimeIsNyao


A little Nyao sketch because we're short on time (5/9/17).


I'm trying to post daily on Instagram and Twitter again, but I've only been starting on those posts after dinner, so only about 3 hours per post at most.


However, I do spend some more time polishing them for Removal and Removal Too, my archive sites.


The majority of the day is spent on training and my main project.


But for this post, I couldn't think of what to draw; having learned that Comey just got fired, it's hard to think straight.


After frantic doodling, with an hour to spare, I finally came up with a Nyao sketch, and inked it with KNKL's neat, gruff "Reptar" brush.


I also tried getting a little more experimental with my layers, too, using pushed saturation, darkness, etc. layers but aggressively masking away to yield additional tones, meanwhile still relying heavily on the Reptar brush.

Not normal,

Reuxben