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Summer at Bag-End by kelleybean86
Summer at Bag-End
"Old Toby. The finest weed in the South-Farthing."

I recently visited the Hobbiton movie set in New Zealand and was blown away by the abundant colors and beautiful landscaping. I tried to capture that sense of life and light in this scene of two old friends enjoying a pipe together.

PRINTS available here: www.inprnt.com/gallery/kmcmorr…

PROCESS and more behind-the-scenes at my blog: kmcmorris.blogspot.co.nz/2014/…
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There are a lot of things I love about digital painting, and I will defend it against anyone who suggests that it's "cheating" or "not real painting." However, if you are just starting to learn how to draw, I don't recommend starting with digital painting.

The only way to get better at drawing is to draw a lot. Artists like to say that everyone has to create 10,000 bad drawings before they can start creating good ones. While this is an oversimplification, it's also very helpful to keep in mind.

If you're just starting out, you'll probably make a lot of bad drawings and it will be frustrating, and you'll start looking for ways to avoid that frustration. This is natural, but it also leaves you vulnerable to the siren song of digital painting, which promises easy answers and quick fixes. Here's why I don't think you should leap into digital right away:

1. Learning the programs will distract you from drawing. Photoshop and Illustrator have a lot of little buttons to learn about, and keeping track of your layers and preserve transparency settings takes some getting used to. If you're also learning the basics of drawing, it can all be overwhelming - and possibly make your drawings worse.

2. Fancy brushes and textures can be a crutch. Many digital beginners place way, way too much emphasis on different kinds of brushes and textures. These texture brushes can come in handy, especially if you're a concept artist who needs to render things quickly. But they can't replace drawing skill, and it's easy to spot an artist who relies on them too heavily. (See Chris Oatley's post on "the Texture Monster.") Don't think that using a tree texture brush is the same as learning to draw trees.

3. You'll want to buy the most expensive equipment. Trust me, it's only a matter of time before you meet a Cintiq evangelist and start drooling over that $3,000 piece of equipment. You'll start to tell yourself that your drawings would be so much better if you had the really good stuff. Yes, it's important to have decent equipment, but don't think that fancier hardware will save you from having to get through those 10,000 bad drawings. As an analogy, think of a person who wants to lose weight and get in shape, but keeps fretting over having the perfect running shoes or the best treadmill.

If you're just beginning to learn to draw, keep it simple: get a pencil and some paper, and start drawing. If you can go to some life drawing classes, that's great, but don't fret too much over buying the right books or watching the right tutorials or buying the right Wacom tablet. Just draw.

All you need is to wrap your hand around a pencil and draw.

Note - if you are already doing digital and you enjoy it, don't stop. I would never tell someone to stop drawing in a way that they enjoy. But make sure that you're practicing traditionally too.
The Lost Princess by kelleybean86
The Lost Princess
"As Princess Rosamond grew up, everybody about her did his best to convince her that she was Somebody; and the girl herself was so easily persuaded of it that she quite forgot that anybody had ever told her so, and took it for a fundamental, innate, primary, first-born, self-evident, necessary, and incontrovertible idea and principle that SHE WAS SOMEBODY." - From "the Lost Princess" by George MacDonald

Process pics and more at my blog: kmcmorris.blogspot.com/2014/09…
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APE, the Alternative Press Expo, is a large art and comics show taking place this October in San Francisco. I'll have a table there with some friends. If you're attending the show, I hope you'll stop by and say hi to me!
Princess Ka'iulani by kelleybean86
Princess Ka'iulani
Princess Ka'iulani was the last princess of Hawaii, who fought to reverse the hostile takeover of her country. You can read more about her story and the process of this illustration at my blog: kmcmorris.blogspot.com/2014/09…

This stock photo was used as reference: elandria.deviantart.com/art/Ta…


Prints available here: www.inprnt.com/gallery/kmcmorr…
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There are a lot of things I love about digital painting, and I will defend it against anyone who suggests that it's "cheating" or "not real painting." However, if you are just starting to learn how to draw, I don't recommend starting with digital painting.

The only way to get better at drawing is to draw a lot. Artists like to say that everyone has to create 10,000 bad drawings before they can start creating good ones. While this is an oversimplification, it's also very helpful to keep in mind.

If you're just starting out, you'll probably make a lot of bad drawings and it will be frustrating, and you'll start looking for ways to avoid that frustration. This is natural, but it also leaves you vulnerable to the siren song of digital painting, which promises easy answers and quick fixes. Here's why I don't think you should leap into digital right away:

1. Learning the programs will distract you from drawing. Photoshop and Illustrator have a lot of little buttons to learn about, and keeping track of your layers and preserve transparency settings takes some getting used to. If you're also learning the basics of drawing, it can all be overwhelming - and possibly make your drawings worse.

2. Fancy brushes and textures can be a crutch. Many digital beginners place way, way too much emphasis on different kinds of brushes and textures. These texture brushes can come in handy, especially if you're a concept artist who needs to render things quickly. But they can't replace drawing skill, and it's easy to spot an artist who relies on them too heavily. (See Chris Oatley's post on "the Texture Monster.") Don't think that using a tree texture brush is the same as learning to draw trees.

3. You'll want to buy the most expensive equipment. Trust me, it's only a matter of time before you meet a Cintiq evangelist and start drooling over that $3,000 piece of equipment. You'll start to tell yourself that your drawings would be so much better if you had the really good stuff. Yes, it's important to have decent equipment, but don't think that fancier hardware will save you from having to get through those 10,000 bad drawings. As an analogy, think of a person who wants to lose weight and get in shape, but keeps fretting over having the perfect running shoes or the best treadmill.

If you're just beginning to learn to draw, keep it simple: get a pencil and some paper, and start drawing. If you can go to some life drawing classes, that's great, but don't fret too much over buying the right books or watching the right tutorials or buying the right Wacom tablet. Just draw.

All you need is to wrap your hand around a pencil and draw.

Note - if you are already doing digital and you enjoy it, don't stop. I would never tell someone to stop drawing in a way that they enjoy. But make sure that you're practicing traditionally too.

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kelleybean86
Kelley M
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
I am a freelance illustrator from California. I graduated from Academy of Art University. When not drawing, I enjoy gnawing on sticks.

Website: kmcmorris.com
Blog: kmcmorris.blogspot.com
Twitter: @kelleymcmorris
Print shop: www.inprnt.com/gallery/kmcmorr…
Etsy shop, where I sell pencil portraits: www.etsy.com/shop/drawworm

My husband and I are working on a video game together - I'm doing the art for it, of course! You can check it out here: playcrea.com/
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Caoc Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Like so much your Epic Movies illustrations. The Cleopatra is one of the more accurate non sexual-iced illustration of Cleopatra I ever see. Really impressive good work.
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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poetorpirate Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
Hey!  Your gallery is AMAZING!! I hope its ok but I used a pic of yours own my blog.  I gave you credit and you can find it at makeyourownadventures.blogspot.com.  If you want me to remove it just let me know and I will do it ASAP.  Again Amazing gallery!!
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Since you linked back to this page and gave me credit, it's fine. Thanks for checking! :)
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JulieCampan Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love your art ! It's beautiful ! :D :)
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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pixel-putty Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful work!
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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syd-draws Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great gallery! 
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Super-Her0 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome gallery! I really like the stylization in your works X)
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