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I've not posted a new portrait drawing in a couple of days and the reason is that I'm having real second thoughts about it. I'm finding this challenge less than inspiring and whatever time I spend on it is at the expense of other things I also want to do, like drawing my comics, reading, or going back to running, which is something I've talked about at home for two years but not managed to actualy do.

I only have about 1.5 to 2 hours of usable free time (when I'm awake, alert and have no work or chores to do) a day, and I have to guard that well. That includes guarding it against using it in a way that doesn't bring me joy.

I will probably try another challenge in February though.
Janus-uary Day 7: Scalzi and Scamperbeast by Reinder
Janus-uary Day 7: Scalzi and Scamperbeast

Technically, we're on Day 9 now, but I'm still hoping to catch up by adding in an extra double portrait tomorrow. I expect the subject will be twins, and I have a reference picture in mind.


Today's portrait is of science fiction author John Scalzi and a kitten named either Sugar or Spice (he has two new kittens). In addition to being a fine writer of highly readable military SF, Scalzi is also a pretty good photographer, and when he posted this photo on his Twitter account, I realized that that would be fun to draw, so I told him I would. He said "Have fun", and... I did. But boy was this difficult to do. I realized that what with the photo being a bit grainy and blurry, the crisp ink lines I've been using lately wouldn't work. Instead, I decided to do a greyscale painting, like ink washes only in digital form.


Problem is... I can't paint worth shit. I've avoided all colouring in my daily drawings since mid-December for a reason: I wanted to isolate the exact theme I was working with more, and leave practicing other skills for later months, so colour and painting techniques would be tackled later. But for this, as I said, it was clearly necessary to paint, so paint I did. Aggie gave me a few pointers: to use a smudge brush in Sketchbook Pro (that worked well) and to use an image brush as a quick way to render the pores in his masculine but aging skin (that didn't work too well). She also wanted me to start early on highlighting, because the dead eyes of author and kitten (at that stage of working) bothered her.



Well. I'm not entirely unhappy about it. For all its flaws, I can see where it's a start to learning to paint, and the underlying portraiture of Scalzi himself is OK. The kitten, on the other hand, is a mess, because I had no idea what was going on with her face. This is why I normally prefer reference photos that have deep focus instead of all the mucking about with shallow depth of field that Scalzi does in his photography, much as I like what he does.



Oh, and I simplified the shirt. The shirt just confused me regardless of whether it was in focus or not. Since it wasn't the point of the exercise, I made it plain black and I'm not sorry.

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 More art is coming, but it's taking a little longer because I'm going out of my comfort zone a bit.
It just struck me that if I'm going to do these monthly art challenges for a year, I should focus on just one thing each month. And if color is going to be one of these challenges, then there is a very obvious way to make sure that during that month, I concentrate on color and nothing else.

Yep, I'm going to get in on the adult coloring books fad. Thanks, millennials!

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Reinder Dijkhuis
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Current Residence: Groningen, the Netherlands
Favourite genre of music: Singer/songwriter
Favourite photographer: Eadweard Muybridge
Favourite style of art: Hand-drawn line art
Wallpaper of choice: Thinking about getting a 1970s retro pattern
Skin of choice: I'd like a tighter one than the one I have now
Interests
If you want to draw NicoleNudes and her fiancé and get paid for it, now's your chance.


(A previous version of this post had a broken link, because DeviantArt will now do anything to sabotage links you add to journal posts, including fav-dot-me links. Use goo dot gl to shorten URLs and they will work. I hope. Or maybe HTML mode will work. Or maybe DeviantArt should fire its entire programming team and start over.)

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:iconazot2016:
Azot2016 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hi! I need you little help :) (Smile)
Can you +fav this work Lake
I participate in art`s competition.
Thanx a lot! I faved your work too! )
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Reinder Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
Sorry but no. I don't do this. A +fav is an expression of the fact that you like a piece of art, not a favor to be traded.
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mickyjenver Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the watch and favorite, glad you like what I do :)
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Reinder Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
You're welcome! Would you let me use any pictures from your gallery as reference for the drawing challenge I'm doing?
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mickyjenver Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definitely! I would love that! If you do anything, let me know and I can feature you, to hopefully get more attention to your page :)
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Zage56 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Excellent gallery! I like your story's and art! Gallery  B-) (Cool) 
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capn-gary Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
Thanks for the fave!

:D
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Shane-Emeraldwing Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the favs of my height charts, also I was wondering, would you perhaps be interested in an art trade someday?  I've been admiring your artwork and characters for a while now and I think an art trade would be really fun
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Reinder Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
I'd like to, some time... but my day job has been hitting me very hard in the past few months and it's not showing any signs of letting up. So, at a later time, I hope.
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Shane-Emeraldwing Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014   Traditional Artist
Oh yeah I've read enough about that on your updates to your comic, my day job has had a pretty good hold on me as well, my comic has been on hiatus as well, man it sucks, but yeah a later time would be good, just go ahead and hit me up whenever you get some free time 
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TheCosmicBeholder Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm having withdrawal symptoms from Abui and SpunOff! I hope you'll find time to continue them soon.
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Reinder Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Me too... I've been thinking about one of these comics all week. I just can't find the time to work on them.
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TheCosmicBeholder Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll stay tuned, patiently :-)
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Reinder Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Suffer no more: a new Abúi's Travels comic has been uploaded.
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Kyoshyu Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hah! I had no idea you were on DA! ;p
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GrindGod Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Thx for the :+devwatch:!
Interesting comic stuff! I will definitly take a deeper look into your gallery later.
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Shane-Emeraldwing Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
totally just realized that you are not on my watch (what's wrong with me!)
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DonnaBarr Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hi! I quoted you on the latest comment about what artists should be paid. Nice stuff, BTW!
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TheCosmicBeholder Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for watching Reinder!
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muttiniraq Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Talented work, thank you for sharing :)
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