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In & Out of Studio 3D
Monday, 11 March 2019
More Drawing On Toned Paper
Topic: Drawing

Until I started this Drawing 101 class I had not used toned paper for drawing since I was in college (more than a few years ago). But I am discovering that I really do like the effect.

Good thing since I have a whole notebook of it now!

This was the 8th lesson from the class. Again, we were provided with a photograph to work from.

I do two things to help myself: 1) I use my computer to change the photo to black and white and then play with the lighing and contrast so I get good details to print. 2) I draw a grid on my printout and on my drawing paper and use the gridlines to transfer the drawing outlines.

These two steps help me immensly in getting a good result.


Our photo was a whole bundle of garlic bulbs with one featured. We were given the option of zooming in to work on only the featured bulb and working in more detail. That is the option I chose.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:00 AM PST
Sunday, 10 March 2019
Time For Another Old Song
Topic: Hymnal Art

I broke away from my usual style for the illustration of 'What A Friend We Have In Jesus' in my hymnal.

There were so many phrases that I wanted to highlight that I did them all!

It turned out pretty busy but it is not hard to focus in on different parts to isolate them.


This work was all done with markers.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:00 AM PST
Friday, 8 March 2019
Lettering Judges
Topic: Bible Journaling

On we go with the lettering lessons. This week they were unusual twists on block letters.

Here are the daily lessons:

JUDGES: Day #1 – Extreme Edits to Block Print – Intro

This week we will be exploring three ways to get a little more creative with our block letters. This is one of the novelty prints we will explore on day 3. But in the meantime, have fun recreating this intro word for the book of Judges.

The lettering starts in pencil with a big, fat outline of the general letter shape. Then a small Basic Round Capital is attached to the edge of the letter.

Draw the little letter with colored ink and then use black for the big outline. Erase the pencil.

This one is a lot of fun!



JUDGES: Day #2 – Short & Fat Block Print – Alphabet

There’s lots of fun to be had by making even small edits to basic block print letters. Today, explore this by making an alphabet that makes the letters shorter by one unit and wider by making the elements 1 ½ units instead of 1 unit like we drew originally.

You can see that I still had problems with that pesky S!

What other changes would you make on an alphabet like this? Draw any optional forms you like.

 



JUDGES: Day #3 – Inside Job – Alphabet

Oh, goody! We’re back to the letter-in-a-letter alphabet that we introduced on day 1.

In review, draw the outline of the big letter in pencil (outline only - no internal lines. Then draw in the little letter along the edge.

Use colored ink to trace the little letter and black ink for the large outline. Erase the pencil.

This really goes pretty quickly and looks great in use.



JUDGES: Day #4 – Slash Edge Blocks – Alphabet

This is another simple way to make block letters. Basically, the letters are only outlines. Where the regular letter would have internal spaces, all of these details are accomplished with only slashes.

None of these shaping lines have any dimension – just a line.

These look good when overlapped just a little – each one to the right tucks behind the one preceding it.



JUDGES: Day #5 – Extreme Block Edits – Bible Page

I couldn’t resist using the letter-in-a-letter style for this block of text.

I used a lot of different colors for the little letter inserts so it has a lot of movement. Notice how readable this font is.

I illustrated this page using the songbird from this week’s Drawing Room and added a bit of music for him to perch on.


So ends another week.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:00 AM PST
Thursday, 7 March 2019
A Bit of Whimsy
Topic: Drawing

In a Whimsical Drawing class the first lesson was on drawing fantastic flowers. These are all flowers made up as I went along.

This was drawn entirely in Prismacolor pens.

After the drawing was complete the background was filled in with brush marker.

This was another drawing that I reduced and printed to go in my interleaved bible.


I colored my print with markers and lettered a scripture to the bottom of the page.

Ddd

 

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:00 AM PST
Tuesday, 5 March 2019
Lesson 7 in Drawing 101
Topic: Drawing

Lesson 7 in the class Drawing 101 is again working on toned paper (as are all the rest in this series).

We were provided with a photograph to draw with the concentration on light and shadow. This one was of a padlock on an old door.


I liked my drawing so much that I scanned it and printed on plain paper in a reduced size. The I trimmed and added it to my interleaved bible and lettered a verse with it.


I really like this bible for glueing in full-page art.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:00 AM PST
Monday, 4 March 2019
Lettering in Joshua
Topic: Bible Journaling

It was time for another lettering lesson in the progressive series I started January 1. This week the focus was on the book of Joshua.

Here are the daily lessons:

JOSHUA: Day 1 – Block Lower Case – Intro

This week we are going to add to the block lettering in several ways. First up will be to create a lower-case alphabet. We’ll practice this process today using just the single word, ‘Joshua’.

In pencil, lightly draw out the word in a basic print as shown on the first line. Then draw an equal width on all sides of these lines. Ink the outline only and erase the pencil guides.

When I am using lower-case, I don’t make the elements as wide as when using all-caps. The lower-case letters are obviously smaller and have tighter internal spaces. Making the elements narrower gives some breathing room on the insides of the letters.



JOSHUA: Day 2 – Block Letters in Dual Case – Alphabet

Use the technique introduced yesterday to create a full alphabet for the upper- and lower-case block letters. The final alphabet will be personal to you because it is based on your initial writing of the basic round print letters.

What we are doing by using this method is helping you to develop your own personal style. You’ll note that my alphabet is not perfectly formed. This is okay with me because it is just a reminder sheet on how to construct the letters. I am not trying to match an ‘ideal’.



JOSHUA: Day 3 – Color Fills – Exploration

It’s time to play with color! I love this part of the process. Today we are going to write up another sample page of block letters (or you can make a photocopy of an alphabet you’ve already done) and experiment with a variety of color options. I did all of my samples in colored pencil.

 

1)      1- Down the left side practice blending colors on your letters. Although you could do these letters with any two colors you wished, I did mine in the rainbow – blending two colors on each line: red-orange, orange-yellow, yellow-green, green-blue, blue-indigo, indigo-violet.

2)      2- Use two tones of the same color to make the letters dimensional. Darker shade goes on the bottom and left of elements and is blended with lighter shade covering the remainder of the letter.

3)      3- Draw a wavy line right through the word. Color the letters above the line and the background below the line.

4)      4- Choose two contrasting colors to apply dots on every other letter. My caps have turquoise dots on purple letters and the lower-case have purple dots on turquoise letters.

5)      5- Six shades of the same gray were used to color successive letters.

6)      6- Alternating solids were used to color these letters.

7)      7- Dark colors (red and orange) were used to outline the letters and a bright (yellow) used to fill in.



JOSHUA: Day 4a – Your Own Alphabet – Design

Things are about to get really exciting! It is time to cut loose and design your own alphabet.

I’m going to have you start with the basic block alphabet we learned this week. But on a new piece of paper, use your pencil to sketch lines that extend and expand in exciting ways around the basic forms. Draw an A in single lines, make it a bit wonky, draw the lines that make wider elements, change the ends to angles, add stylish serifs. . . If you don’t like where it went, erase and do it again! You can see I drew over and over mine, making incremental changes until they were very close to what I liked.

Look over the whole sheet. Are there any letters that don’t seem to fit in? Now is the time to change them. Do you see elements that are repeating? Look for other places to incorporate those for a more cohesive look.

Now go on to the next page of graphics (labeled Day 4b)



JOSHUA: Day 4b – Your Own Alphabet – Finalized

Use ink to outline all your letters, making final adjustments as needed. Then erase your pencil. You did it!

If you created a funky alphabet like I did, it would look great if the letters were allowed to rise above and sink below the baseline when using them on a project. Use your new alphabet to write your full name, fitting the letters into shapes to create word art.



JOSHUA: Day 5 – Building Blocks – In Your Bible

Today we will combine any of the block lettering techniques learned to date (basic blocks, shadowed blocks, lower-case blocks, colored blocks, original alphabets) for use on a Bible page in the book of Joshua. I used mine with the Drawing Room lesson on ‘Rocks’ to illustrate the story of creating a memorial to the miracle of crossing the Jordan on dry land. That verse had exactly 12 words to fill the 12 stones!


Another lesson completed.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:00 AM PST
Sunday, 3 March 2019
Singing an Old Song
Topic: Hymnal Art

I have been doing more artwork to illustrate songs in my hymnal.

In the history of this hymn we learn that some of the lyrics are referencing Jacob's ladder. Knowing that, I got a picture in my head of climbing a ladder to get closer to God's kingdom, through the cross. 

The angels are mentioned in the lyrics as well. 

Other than the lettering (which is brush marker) and the line-art (black Prismacolor pens) the illustration is completed in colored pencils.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:00 AM PST
Saturday, 2 March 2019
Colored Pencil Blends - Part 2
Topic: Coloring

As promised, this is part two of the colored pencil blending lesson. This time we were to use one set of three pencils to color the same image multiple times. Then we used a variety of blending techniques and materials to test out their various effects.

I had a rubber stamp that I used as the article to color upon.

Here is my sample sheet.


Amazing what a difference these make.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:00 AM PST
Friday, 1 March 2019
More Colored Pencil Explorations
Topic: Coloring

I continued with the lessons in colored pencil to work on blends for shadows. We were to try out different and unexpected hues for light, mid-tone and shadows.

I was astonished at how these blends transformed one another of the colors. Actually, all of them worked to one degree or another. You can begin to see how one shadow color or another would work better for the lighting of a different time of day or a different source of light.

Here is my sample sheet. (the numbers reflect those on my pencil set)


Tomorrow, I'll share part two of this lesson.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:00 AM PST
Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Continuing Homework for Drawing 101 Class
Topic: Drawing

I've moved on to lesson 6 in my Drawing 101 class (artclasses.com) and it was on light and shadow.

I used toned paper and drew with graphite pencil and white pastel (for samplers), white colored pencil (for still life) and white gel pen (highlighted edges on still life)

Our first assignment was to take some items we had drawn in lesson one and use shading to make them dimensional. I did a few cubes spheres and cones on my first sheet:


Then a few cylinders and combined shapes on the second sheet. These sheets are both cut off as my paper was larger than the bed of my scanner.


The final project for lesson 6 was to draw an assigned still life from a photo supplied to us. I used a grid system to transfer the outlines.

I didn't like the fugitive nature of my white pastel pencil on the samplers so I switched to a white from my set of colored pencils.

After I had drawn and shaded the outline remained and I did not like it along the highlighted areas. So, I used a white gel pen over the pencil lines, smudging with my finger where it was too stark.


I guess that makes it 'mixed media'!

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:34 PM PST
Friday, 22 February 2019
Continuation of Block Lettering Versions
Topic: Lettering

Hope you're not tired of this series yet because we have a l-o-o-o-g way to go yet. I promise it will be worthwhile, though.

1,2,3 JOHN: Day 1 – Block Serifs – Introduction

 

We had so much fun with serifs on the basic round print several weeks ago that I wanted to repeat those options on the basic block print.

Since we are covering three books this week, we have three words on which we can get a taste of each of the three serif styles.

Start by writing out the words (and numbers) in the basic block print. To the first line add triangle serifs.

To the second line add basic serifs, which come in the form of blocks. When we drew the letters with lines, the serifs were lines. Now with the letters as blocks the serifs are blocks as well.

On the third line of text we turn the edge of the block serifs to the ‘flying bird’ form and, voila, you get ‘western’ letters.



1,2,3 JOHN: Day 2 – Chisel Serif Block Print – Alphabet

 

To create the chisel serif block print, begin by writing out the full alphabet of the basic block print in pencil. Pencil in triangle serifs as indicated. Note that some of these are half-serifs and some are full serifs, depending where on the letter they fall (see the difference in the tops of the H and the M and in the bottoms of the E and the T as well as the two separate feet of the N.)

Trace the letters along with the outline of the serifs using ink and then erase the pencil. You can decide at this stage if you want to leave the letters open or ink then in or fill them with color.

I like to leave my sample alphabets open as I can then clearly see the structure of the letters. When I am using them in a project, I can finish them off in any way I choose.

 



1,2,3, JOHN: Day 3 – Blocky Block Serifs – Alphabet

 

We discussed on day one this week the guideline for these blocky serifs – if the letter is lines then the plain serif is a line; if the letter is blocks then the serif is blocks.

One thing that was not pointed out is that the blocky serifs should be the same width as the elements of the letters. You will note that this sample sheet does NOT follow that rule. I tried to create the serifs digitally in paint software and I have much less control when drawing with the mouse!

This is the style of writing you will often see on athletic wear (sports jerseys).

Begin by writing out the basic block alphabet in pencil. Then pencil in the block serifs (doing a much neater job than me). Ink the outline of the letter, encompassing the serif, and then erase the pencil.

Again, you can choose to fill your letters like these or leave them open. Many sports letters are outlined in one color and filled with another (representing the team).



1,2,3, JOHN: Day 4 – Western Serifs – Alphabet

 

The western serif is an easy transition from the blocky serif, simply indent the block serifs with the flying bird shape.

You will begin by drawing out the basic block letters in pencil. Then add the block serifs and, finally, add the indentations. (Again, mine were done digitally so they lack finesse. Yours will, of course, be shining examples of what I should have done.)

When you have completed all your wing shapes, outline the letters in ink and erase the pencil. Then fill with ink or color.

 



1,2,3 JOHN: Day 5 – Block Print Serifs – Bible Page

 

Every week we complete the lesson plan by using the new lettering style in our Bible. We have three choices this week from the various versions of serifs on block lettering. Use any of these options to write out a scripture from 1st, 2nd or 3rd John.

On your page, sketch out the letters lightly in pencil, correct until they are exactly as you want them, trace over the pencil with pen and then, when the ink is dry, erase the pencil.

I made my block print more casual and added the basic block serifs. After inking them in solid ink, I used a gold glitter gel pen to draw a single vertical line through each letter. This adds a further element of creativity and demonstrates how you can make this lettering your own.


Done with another week!

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:16 PM PST
Friday, 15 February 2019
Progression of Lettering Styles
Topic: Lettering

We are, this week, tackling week 7 of building on lettering styles.

DEUTERONOMY: Day 1 – Enhanced Blocks – Intro

This week we will learn three ways to adapt the basic block lettering to create other creative styles for our Bible journaling.

The sample word below is a taste of day three – making stencil letters.

Start with all of the word written out in pencil using the basic block letters we learned last week. Then draw in a little break where the letter parts change direction.

Ink in the letter and erase your pencil outlines. You may choose to leave the letters open as they show here or fill them in solidly with ink or color.



DEUTERONOMY: Day 2 – Rounded Blocks – Alphabet

The first full alphabet we will cover this week is the rounded block.

 

Use pencil to write out basic block letters in both upper- and lower-case letters. I have done the sample with narrower elements that the alphabet we learned on last week. Work still for a consistent line width. The next step is to draw a circle at the end of every line ending. Keep the circle contained inside the line so it does not make the letter taller than the original pencil marks. Then trace around the letter, in ink, using the rounded ends instead of the squared off ones. Erase pencil and fill in solid.

 


 

 

 

DEUTERONOMY: Day 3 – Stencils – Alphabet

The stencil alphabet goes back to being an all-caps lettering style. We got a taste of this on day one.

 

Start with all of the alphabet written out in pencil using the basic block letters we learned in week 6. Then draw in a little break where the letter parts change direction. Note that the H only has one break in my sample. You can choose to add a second break on the right side. Also note that the Q does not break at the tail, even though it is a direction change.

 

Ink the outline of the letters and erase your pencil outlines. You may choose to leave the letters open or fill them in solidly with ink or color as shown.

 



DEUTERONOMY: Day 4 – Solid Rock – Alphabet

This is similar to a novelty style that was taught here in July 2018.

 

Begin by drawing out your basic block lettering alphabet in pencil. Convert your smooth outlines to lumpy, bumpy ones and draw in a few ‘cracks’ extending inward from a few of the dips. It is okay if your letters look a bit misshapen. Trace the outlines and cracks in ink and erase your pencil marks.

 

·         These make great letters to write stacked words by starting your text at the bottom and making sure all the words above rest directly on the letters below

·         Shading these darker along the bottom of each element and a little in the cracks give a great look of dimension

·         You can also draw a lumpy shadow under and to one side of all the elements to make them look more solid

·         Drawing the letters so they touch each other, and even overlapping a bit, will seal them together as words better

 

 



DEUTERONOMY: Day 5 – Fancy Blocks – In Your Bible

The ‘Solid Rock’ version of the block letters was used sparingly on this page in Deuteronomy.

 

Your assignment is to use one of the enhanced block styles learned this week on a scripture in your Bible in Deuteronomy.


That's it for another week

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:06 PM PST
Friday, 8 February 2019
Numbers of Lettering Styles
Topic: Lettering

Continuing on with my series on progressive lettering development, I have a set of lessons based in the book of Numbers in the Bible.

Day 1 – Block Letters – Introduction

We are moving now into an entirely new letter form – the basic block. We will only be working with an upper-case.

 

Note that all of the letter parts are the same width, whether they are verticals, horizontals or angled and whether they are straight or curved. On the sample I made these elements one unit wide which works well with a letter height of four units. The letter widths will vary as you can see with the M below.

 

Be sure you are working in pencil throughout the design and layout stages and only ink your letters after they are exactly the way you want them.

 

Just as we did with the basic round letters, we will be exploring a variety of ways to customize this basic style over the next few weeks. So, work now to develop good form so you have a good base from which to branch out.




Day 2 – Block Letters – Alphabet

 

This is the full alphabet for the basic block letters (capitals only).  Just as with yesterday’s sample this is a four-unit letter height with one-unit elements.

 

Strive for consistency in your letter forms. The hardest letter to achieve is the S with its double curves, though that seems to be a common problem with most alphabets. This is one of the reasons it is important to start with pencil and only ink after everything looks like you want.

 

You do still have some leeway in the basic forms. I think I may have gotten the W a bit too wide and I note that the Q is the only letter that has a non-blunted end. Try correcting these in your own alphabet, or offer them as options on your page so you can choose between forms if you like when using the alphabet for a project.

 



This afternoon, we have a bonus page for you! Since you may wish to write your scripture reference in the same block lettering as the rest of your project, you’ll need to have the numbers in the block style.

 

I have provided 1-9 and 0 for you in the basic block. Write these up as a reference and then, as we go through the lessons on enhancements, edits and embellishments you can apply the same rules to the numbers as we do to the letters.

 

If you don’t like the exact style these are drawn, please feel to edit your set to suit yourself.



Day 3 – Shadowed Blocks – Alphabet