It’s week two of my Monster Art Challenge! This week has been an interesting one, art wise. I’ve been doing more without following a tutorial. I still followed one for the majority, but it’s nice to see that I can branch out and be happy with my results.
The Art of Sketching
Also in art news, I finished my first sketchbook! I started it last year in September. I didn’t draw in it every single day, and I had a few other drawing pads that I was working in at the same time. Still, this is the first quality, bound sketchbook that I’ve drawn on every page.
It was exciting to know that I was reaching the end and purchasing a new one. Strangely, it made me feel like I’m a real artist!
It’s also made me realize that there really are a lot of different types of paper out there. There is a huge difference in the 65lb paper in my old sketchbook and the 75lb paper in the new one. The new paper is a lot smoother, which makes it easier to draw on. However, it also makes it more prone to smearing. This isn’t an issue when I’m working in pencil since I normally erase it after I ink. But it is an issue when I use certain types of ink.
I have several Pentel pens that I use for inking. Their fine tips give me nice thin lines and are easy to control. But the first time I tried to use them on the new paper I had major issues when I attempted to erase my pencil lines. Smear, smear, smear. I needed a pen that would absorb better, so now I’m using Sharpie ultra-fine tips and that seems to have done the trick.
I’ve also done a good bit more coloring this week, and I’m really starting to understand why people recommend Prismacolor pencils. Crayola just can’t compare. They are like a cross between pencils and soft crayons. The color is beautiful.
So without further ado, here is my week in art!
Monster Art Challenge Day 9: Demon
This adorable little devil was done on 65lb drawing paper with pencil, Pentel ink, and Prismacolor pencils. For this one, I followed this tutorial by Fun2Draw
Monster Art Challenge Day 10: Succubus
I’m not completely thrilled with this one. It came out…okay. It was after doing this one that I realized I need quite a bit of work on hands. She has itty bitty hands! I followed this tutorial on Dragoart.com for this one. I think my main issue with this one was that it came immediately after drawing a demon girl, and they are so similar.
This was drawn on 65lb drawing paper with pencil and Pentel ink.
Monster Art Challenge Day 11: Reptile Girl
I started out with a tutorial for a dragon girl on this one. It was the closest that I could find to what I was looking for. However, I did tweak the drawing to exclude the horns, and I changed the face significantly to give it a more reptilian look.
This drawing was created on 65lb drawing paper with pencil, Pentel ink, and Prismacolor pencils.
Monster Art Challenge Day 12: Fairy
I really love Fun2Draw on YouTube. Clearly! Three of my drawing this week come from her tutorials, including this one for a Fairy Princess. She is easy to follow, and the drawings are so cute! This is one of my favorites for this week.
This is the final drawing in my first sketchbook! Drawn on 65lb drawing paper with pencil, Pentel ink, and Prismacolor pencils.
Monster Art Challenge Day 13: Insect Girl
My insect girl has two pictures because I wanted to show just how much color can change a picture. Personally, I like the pre-colored version better on this one, but the mister prefers the colored version. Regardless, I’m pretty happy with this little lady bug, especially since she was done without a tutorial!
This is the first drawing in my new sketchbook! It was exciting to draw on that very first page and date it. I can’t wait to see what kind of progress I make from here to the last page. Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with pencil, Pentel ink, and Prismacolor pencils.
Monster Art Challenge Day 14: Dullahan
This is another that I did without a tutorial. Straight from my head to the paper! I really liked this one, so I was very disappointed when the ink smeared so badly. Due to the smearing, I decided not to color it. I was afraid it would get even worse. Still, I like her quite a bit.
Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with pencil and Pentel ink.
Monster Art Challenge Day 15: Dragon
This is by far my favorite drawing from this week. It is just SO cute. This baby dragon is another tutorial from Fun2Draw. I didn’t feel like going with an anthro-style dragon, so instead, I made this adorable little baby super girly with pink skin and purple horns.
Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.
Next week, I have a ghost, goblin, alien, cyclops, faun, canine girl, and feline girl to draw. Stay tuned for more progress or join in by downloading my 30-Day Monster Girl Challenge and giving it a try.
Also, let me know which one was your favorite in the comments!