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October 2017

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Art of the Blue is a
collection of works by artists
from all over. In it you will
catch a glimpse of their world
through the stories they tell
and the art they create. Introduction

Enjoy this selection and may This collection has taught me a few things. From Tata– striking characters are
you find inspiration. distinguished by their rich expressions; Ivy– magic can also be found in black
and white; Álvaro– if it doesn’t exist, bring it to life yourself; Maegan– children’s
illustrations are not just for children; and Bobby– an exceptional understanding of
anatomy lets you design amazing creatures that exist in far-off places like Ecor-117.
Also, from Iris– an all-out guide to drawing, painting and everything in between.
Like me, I hope you pick up a golden nugget or two from this issue.

Welcome to art of the blue.

© Maegan Penley
Grace Oris, Collector

Published by:
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Tatiana www.tatacheart.com/portfolio2016

Moscow, Russia
@tata_che_art on Instagram
All images © Tatiana Cherniychuk

I’m a character artist from Russia and I fell deeply in love with animation at first sight. As my grandma
always told me: “If you do not have the passion to do something well -- then don’t do it.” Being an artist
is not a choice for me because I can’t live without drawing. That’s my passion and lifestyle.

I tried to find a compromise between art and making a living through art. I tried a lot of different profes-
sions, but every time, I came back to my true love and nature– character design for animation.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be an artist and how to find the right balance. I have
a lot of thoughts to share with young people like myself. My first advice: do what you like to do and don’t
try to match the social standard. If your dream is precious to you, then fight for it! I was also surprised
about how your own personality reflects in your art. Sometimes it happens intuitively. When I create
characters, I realize that I’m doing a real person I know. That’s why it’s so important to stay open-minded,
to meet people, to observe the world around you, to have community, to learn all the time. That’s also
my passion– to learn something new, to try something new, to challenge myself. I’m sure that art has no
limits or scopes. This is a universal language that is clear for everybody. Last year I did an artbook based
on my own life experience and went to Burbank with it. I had doubts that people on the other side of the
world will understand my fears, my life, and my sense of humor, but they did. Because we all need the
same things– love and peace, we are all afraid of death, we are all different but so equal. The main thing
I understand now is to follow your heart and be true to yourself. This is my way to be happy.
Moby Dick Labyrinth Beast

Game of Thrones


Follow @tata_che_art on Instagram.

Tata suggests you check out:
@anya_gorlach @burunduchella and
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Ivy www.littlemissivy.nl
Little Miss Ivy on Facebook

The Netherlands
@littlemissivy_drawings on Instagram
All images © Ivy Gommers

Hi there,
I am Little Miss Ivy! I am a confident, pretty, young lady with big beautiful eyes like coals– a
symbol of never ending youth! I represent strength, fashion, art, creativity, love and also a little
naughtiness. Look me in the eyes and identify yourself with me! Catch me if you can, ‘cause I
sure am limited edition!

My name is Ivy Gommers. I’m the creator behind Little Miss Ivy. As a little girl I loved to draw,
create and inspire others with my illustrations, drawings and doodles. Nowadays I am a Graphic
Designer and recently started illustrating again. I finally returned to my first love. All my illustra-
tions are unique, handmade and drawn in black and white. Little girls are my most beloved sub-
jects. I’m hoping to inspire children and grownups to never let go of their dreams. Keep smiling,
hoping and loving ;)
Little Miss Fluffy

Top: Little Miss Blossom

Bottom: Little Miss Pierrot
Left: Little Miss Curly
Little Miss Redhood Right: Little Miss Swing
Little Miss Flowerrain

Top: Little Miss Country

Bottom: Little Miss Dragonfly
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Follow @littlemissivy_drawings on Instagram.

Ivy suggests you check out:
@artbyxueping @penandink.nl and @

Left: Little Miss Curves

Little Miss Mermaid Right: Little Miss Leaves
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Álvaro www.fuegofatuo.es

@ignis_f on Instagram
All images © Álvaro Herranz

Ever since I can remember I have felt very didn’t really exist. That was probably the main
attracted to fantasy and everything regarding driving force that made me start making crea-
mythical and fantasy creatures. When I was tures: the need of giving them a real dimen-
a little boy I was totally obsessed with faer- sion. I first started sculpting as a hobby. All my
ies, merfolks, gryphons and any other fantasy university studies are focused on education
creature you can imagine. Probably Disney’s (I also studied art, but focusing on being an
Fantasia played an important part in that from art teacher), but soon I realised I really didn’t
the very beginning, but many other influences like being a teacher, so I focused on improv-
and authors’ work, such as Brian and Wendy ing as an artist and having a bigger presence
Froud’s soon left a deep mark in me. One of on social media so I could hopefully make a
my main frustrations when I was a child was living on my art before finishing my studies so
that it was so difficult to find toys depicting I wouldn’t have to find a job that would take
these kinds of creatures in the way I wanted most of my time, making it difficult to keep
them to look like, in addition to the fact that creating. I am so glad I took that decision and
knowing all those creatures I was obsessed with put so much effort on that.

with Wendy the Wendigo

Photo courtesy of @hgomezherrero
Kraken Larva
with a Kitsune pup
Photo courtesy of @hgomezherrero
Wasp Faerie
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with Ubaldo, a Black Unicorn
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Follow @ignis_f on Instagram.
Álvaro suggests you check out
Staring Faerie @eldodoalbino and @leesmenagerie
Learning to Draw

How to Draw Put simply, you want to go from the image on the left to
the image on the right.

(and actually nail it) The bad news: there are no shortcuts. You will have to
practice till the bones in your hand crumble.

A Drawing Guide for Beginners The good news: if you practice, you will improve. Each
Iris Hopp time you will be one drawing closer to the painting on
the right.

For the Absolute Beginner

Do you want to learn drawing? Whatever your current skill level is, you
can learn to draw and paint. Step One

image credits: Kabir Shah and Ruan Jia.

Let’s start our journey! There are various stages of being a beginner.

It doesn’t matter if you can barely draw a stick figure. It doesn’t matter Does your work look like
whether you’re 9 or 97 years old. You can be blind in one eye, be miss- the example here (or start drawing values, shapes and shadows. For exam-
ing half of your fingers, or have just discovered your passion for art this worse)? Then you suffer ple, while before you might have drawn an eye, now
early morning ... whoever you are, you can become the next master from symbol drawing. draw this abstract combination of dark and light areas.
painter of our era. If you work hard. This means you draw
your idea of reality in- Learning to copy is the most basic skill an artist needs.
Beginners as well as more advanced artists will find new treasures here. stead of what’s actually This is the first step towards analyzing references and
We’ve provided several lists of art books. there. other art to improve your own work.

This article gives a basic outline on how to go from godawful, eye-hurt- To cure your symbol One of the most famous exercises is drawing Picasso’s
ing drawing to decent artsyfartsy skills. drawing, you need a dif- Igor Stravinsky upside down. Holding it upside down
ferent view of the world weakens the associations of the lines with the concepts.
around you. Instead of Why don’t you try it right now? Grab a sheet of printer
drawing what you know, paper and a pencil.

How to Draw How to Draw

Here you go. Try to copy it to the Step Two
best of your abilities and don’t turn
the paper until you are finished. If you suck at drawing from imagination, you are a beginner.

Other exercises include grid draw- Maybe you can copy photographs perfectly, creating photorealistic pencil
ing, traced drawing and negative drawings. Maybe you still struggle with symbol drawing. Maybe you start
space drawing. off great with your paintings, but never manage to draw symmetrical faces.
You need Loomis.
There are art books that focus on
this type of exercise. Only the ex- The starting point is Fun with a Pencil by Andrew Loomis. Now you learn
ercises in these books matter; any the basics of construction, the skill you need when you want to draw or
pseudoscience or rambling on the paint from imagination.
author’s part can be ignored.
Remember that this book quickly touches on the basics; try to have fun with
The most popular such books are: it.

àà Drawing on the Right Side of the Good news: you can download Loomis’s books for free right here. from Loomis’ “Fun with a Pencil”
Brain by Betty Edwards
Step Three
àà Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson
You will also benefit from going through perspective. Perspective is anoth-
All you need to start is some cheap er fundamental skill, and sadly one that many ignore.
paper and a pencil. Go through one
of these books and then start draw- While it’s of huge importance for vehicle designs, architecture and the likes,
ing objects from life frequently. you will also need it for nature or figure drawings. Any perspective book
will do fine. If you’re still drawing on paper, you’ll need to add a ruler to
“Drawing on the Right Side of the your toolkit now.
Brain” is an excellent book to get
you started. A minus point is that it I recommend Perspective Made Easy by Ernest Norling, because of its low
is filled with pseudoscience blab- threshold. You’ll go through the book with ease and it’s filled with exercises
bering by the author. Yet, the exer- to make sure you keep up with the author.
cises work and you’ll get results in a
matter of days.
Picasso Stravinsky from Norling’s“Perspective Made Easy
How to Draw How to Draw
For the Beginner Vilppu is best known for his vid- Solidify your grasp on basic shapes levels higher, but it’s very tedious work. Scott Robertson
Continue Your Journey eo lectures, but you could also go and lighting. You learn a large part has a very logical, mathematical approach. You have to
through his book The Vilppu Draw- of this by drawing from life: ping- buckle down for it. Are you ready to grind?
So, now you’ve got the very basics ing Manual. pong balls, books, the tea kettle.
As for Loomis, after Fun with a Pen- Keep analysing what you see in-
àà you are able to draw objects cil, go to Figure Drawing for All It’s stead of mindlessly copying. Break
from life Worth and Drawing the Head and up large structures into basic
àà you are getting rid of symbol Hands. shapes. Analyse shadows. What is
drawing the effect of reflected light? How do
àà you understand the importance Then there is Figure Drawing: De- highlights behave on a wet surface?
of construction. sign and Invention by Michael
Hampton. The four basic shapes are:
The rest of the journey is grinding.
Focus on getting proportions right. àà the sphere
Draw from life, draw from photo All your artworks and studies should àà the cube
references, draw from imagination. start with a solid construction base. àà the cone
Analyze everything, keep drawing, Practicing gestures will keep your àà the cylinder
drawing, drawing. Expand your vi- figures fluent and lively, whilst
sual library. studying anatomy will make them Keep in mind deformations, for ex-
look somewhat human. ample, the egg shape, which is a A typical beginner’s mistake is the so-called chicken
And...keep refining your knowledge. deformation of the sphere. scratch, also known as a hairy line. This means drawing
Construction is useful for any sub- your lines with multiple short strokes instead of a long Imagine how much worse this sketch would look if it
For figure drawing, you could con- ject. When studying from life or Hardcore Grinding fluid stroke. was all chicken scratch and insecure scribbling.
tinue with Vilppu, Loomis and reference, you break the subject
Hampton. Choosing between these down into simple shapes. When Two books that focus on fundamen- It’s better to draw clean lines. Knowing where and how Of course, the solid lines are drawn over an initial sketch
is a matter of personal preference, drawing from imagination, you tal skills are How to Draw and How to draw your line is part of your basic drawing knowl- (very important when doing line-art), but even the initial
but for best results, study them all, reverse this thinking process: you to Render and by Scott Robertson. edge. Practice drawing long, steady lines with confi- sketch should not suffer from chicken scratch. You can
starting with the one that appeals start with a basic structure to con- The techniques and exercises are dence. If unsure about your drawing, think about your consider a sketch your art blueprint. You need clean
to you the most. struct the whole. solid and will push your art several next line placement instead of wildly guessing. lines for clarity.

How to Draw How to Draw

A List of Fundamentals Practice get good at it and enjoy drawing it. Settling means YouTube Channels
stagnation. Keep challenging yourself, keep improving. àà Feng Zhu School of Design
There is a lot to a finished artwork. Many of the compo- Yes, it’s still about practicing. These exercises continue Push your boundaries. àà CG Master Academy
nents are related: light affects colour, construction is a forever, no matter how far you get on the road: àà Sycra
tool to apply anatomy, and so on. More Art Resources àà Proko
1. Drawing from life. This greatly increases your sense àà Robotpencil
Your Fundamentals: of depth and values. This can range from drawing a So you’ve travelled from Betty Edwards to Vilppu. àà Shaddy Safadi
candle in your room to painting the largest building of Good job! Here you go, more recommendations to àà Look also for lectures by Glenn Vilppu.
àà Basic shapes the town. keep you going:
àà Anatomy and construction Digital Art
àà Light and value Find model drawing classes in your area! And whenev- Books for Beginners:
àà Perspective er you don’t have classes, draw your friends or use a àà Cecile Hardy, Better Figure Drawing Learning to Draw and Paint Using Computer
àà Colour mirror to draw yourself. Why do you think artists draw àà Francis Marshall, Drawing the Female Figure Programs
àà Composition so many self portraits? àà Michael Hampton, Figure Drawing: Design and
Invention If you’re new to digital art, check out www.ctrlpaint.com.
You can’t learn these one by one. Rather, you start with 2. Gesture drawing and quick-pose drawings. Prac- àà Ron Tiner, Figure Drawing Without A Model Getting used to a new medium requires some practice,
“basic anatomy”, “basic perspective,” and so on, and ticing this will preserve the energy in your drawings. àà Walt Stanchfield, Gesture Drawing for Animation so give yourself a few weeks. Start out with a hard round
work your way up to “advanced anatomy”, “advanced àà Famous Artists Course “brush,” and worry about the other tools later on.
perspective” ... Useful sites for both are: àà Charles Bargue Drawing Course
www.artists.pixelovely.com See also www.enliighten.com.
Here is one minor guideline, though. Put most impor- www.posemaniacs.com More Advanced Books:
tance on these: àà Books by Bridgeman, Hogarth, Bammes and Don Digital Art Programs for Drawing and
3. Studying from reference. This can be life draw- Graham Painting
Basic shapes. Everything is built up from basic shapes, ing, but also drawing from photo references, or study- àà Gary Faigin, The Artist’s Complete Guide To Facial
so get a good grasp on these. ing “master artworks” (artworks of high skill level). The Expression Most widely used is Adobe Photoshop, which is pretty
importance here is to analyze your subject. When you àà Giovanni Civardi, Drawing Portraits: Faces And much industry standard. You’ll find that most digital paint-
Solid construction. A fully rendered piece will look fully understand it, you’ll be able to recreate it later and Figures ing tutorials are aimed towards Photoshop users. Corel
shitty if the starting construction was faulty. use it in your art. Master studies are especially useful for àà Jack Hamm, Drawing the Head and Figure Painter is another program used by many professionals.
studying drawing and painting techniques. àà Robert Beverly Hale, Drawing Lessons From the Of course, these are the more expensive programs.
Distinct values. Values let the viewer “read” an im- Great Masters
age easily. Check this. Does the image still look good 4. Getting out of your comfort zone. Is there some- àà James Gurney, Color and Light (check out his blog Many beginners start out with PaintTool SAI because
in greyscale? Is the thumbnail clear? thing you don’t like to draw? Then draw it so often you too!) of its low cost price, or Krita - which is completely free.

How to Draw How to Draw

There are many more options: MyPaint, Artrage, even Drawing the Environment àà Richard Williams, The Animator’s Survival Kit
in-browser ones like deviantArt Muro. Find something àà Preston Blair, Cartoon Animation
you like. Knowing your fundamentals is more important àà Preston Blair, Advanced Animation
than choosing exactly the right program to start out
with. Random Tutorials, Speedpaints, and
Drawing Animals
Use any resource you can. If you want to use online tu-
àà Ellenberg, Dittrich and Baum, An Atlas Of Animal torials and videos, go ahead!
Anatomy For Artists
àà Goldfinger, Animal Anatomy for Artists You have one problem here: a lot of people who can’t
àà Ken Hultgren, The Art of Animal Drawing draw still try to teach others how to draw. And as a new-
àà Vilppu, Animal Drawing bie, you often can’t distinguish the good from the bad.
Try to get references or recommendations for a teacher,
but don’t hold yourself back. Reading one bad tutorial
won’t do much harm long-term, as long as you keep
reading good ones too.
àà David Bellamy, Watercolour Landscape Course
àà J.D Harding, On Drawing Trees and Nature You can learn a lot by participating in the following
Iris Hopp
àà Jack Hamm, Drawing Scenery Seascapes And Land- communities:
scapes àà www.4chan.org/ic
àà Stanley Maltzman, Drawing Nature àà www.ConceptArt.org www.irishopp.com
àà June and Alwyn Crawshaw, Outdoor Painting Course àà Crimson Daggers
àà WiPnation
Drawing Comics / Animations
No matter how harsh it sounds, critique is good for you Iris loves life and learning. Drawing is the passion
àà Stan Lee, How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way and your art. that brings everything together, from fiction books to
àà Eadweard Muybridge, The Human Figure in Motion
biology classes.
àà Jack Hamm, Cartooning the Head and Figure ___________
àà Scott McCloud, Making Comics This guide was originally written by Artfag and published on Hubpages.
Big Cat sketches by Kent Hultgren Republished with permission.
àà Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics
àà Will Eisner, Comics and Sequential Art
Images are from /ic/ or extracts from the books recommended.

How to Draw How to Draw

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Maegan www.maeganpenley.com
@maeganite and

United States
@maegansmonsters on Instagram
All images © Maegan Penley 51

I am a children’s illustrator, currently living out in the backwoods of Georgia with my hus-
band and a very large slobbery dog. My work usually consists of kids or silly-looking mon-
sters, and I love to make people smile and tell them a story through my images. Although
I have been drawing since I can remember, I suppose I have had a bit of a slow start to my
illustration career– it has only been the past four years that I have been working in earnest
to pursue my passion for illustration and create compelling images (other than doodles
here and there)… and now, I can’t imagine doing anything else!
Arachnus Dethicus
Follow @maeganite and @maegansmonsters
on Instagram. Maegan suggests you check out:
@ericalynschmidt and @grazingdinosaurpress
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Bobby www.bobbyrebholz.artstation.com
Etsy Shop

United States
@bobbyrebholz on Instagram
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I may be known in the professional world as a senior concept artist and a drawing instructor, but not
as one who absolutely hates popcorn and sushi. For years, people have been trying to get me to eat
the “good” sushi but I think it is absolutely horrific. And for the movies? I’d rather have Reese’s Pieces.

Art means everything to me. I can’t imagine a day going by where I’m not sketching, whether it’s
traditional or digital. I have been drawing since I was four years old and I still learn new things. I love
the thrill of accomplishing a new artistic feat whether it’s color practice, composition, or anatomy.

My main artistic goals are to become an art director in games or film and to create the single scariest
creature in film history, the latter having been my goal for years. This is one of the main reasons I am
moving to the West Coast next year as soon as my lovely wife finishes grad school. I just look for-
ward to what 2018 will bring. The unknown is always scary and fun at the same time. I know that it is
going to be a big year: becoming a father, participating in the Game Developer’s Conference (GDC)
in San Francisco, and growing my Patreon page. My personal project, Ecor-117, has turned out to be
a much bigger project than originally thought.

I am just happy that I can create art everyday and that I have people who support me.

Pemagort Alzeroth
Juggernaut Hombik
Follow @bobbyrebholz on Instagram.
Bafrogort Bobby suggests you check out:
@art.300 @mikecorriero and @kirileonard
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