Hi everyone--I'm a brand new member and figured I would plunge in with a short post about myself. I've been lurking here a while and reading up on tips, technique, etc. like a madman. Some of the members on here are so incredibly talented. Wow... I know I cannot be that good, but I enjoy admiring as I consider websites like this a kind of virtual museum.
I live in New York City and work at a Media/Entertainment company, though my job has *zero* to do with drawing or coloring.
Instead, I work on the financial and business side of the company. Nevertheless, I enjoy doodling during meetings and better yet... when I have spare time I adore creating drawings that are in an eclectic range from charcoal portraits (ala Masters Drawings--very rough drafts style) to pencil drawings to nudes and mandalas--though not 'nude mandalas'
... (actually, for the mandalas I have been creating very geometric shapes lately with a good old fashioned compass and ruler--painfully slow, but I have found a computer program tat does the same, so I might experiment with that art too) I . Lately, I have starting coloring (or is the word 'colorizing'?) some work... but the results have been mixed. Clearly I need to study some more technique and practice, practice, practice.
I keep a Canson Sketch pad in my office along with my many drawing pencils (mostly Tombow and Staedtler brands, with 2B and HB being my most often used hardness). I love to use my charcoal pencils (I find vine charcoal is too messy for me everyday) mostly from General brand (Med and Ex Soft), though I recently picked up some of the Tinted Charcoal pencils from Derwent but have not had time to use them yet. (So much to draw, so little time.) I also have an obsessive collection of erasers ranging from kneaded to magic rub to Mars, etc. Definitely an addiction.
Lately I picked up the colored pencil bug, and have been doing some learning. I've been experimenting (very very primitive things) but will post some work here when I feel more comfortable... though my tonal ranges and shading have a looooong way to go--its very frustrating at first. I currently have a set of Prismacolor and also a set of Polychromos.
When I'm not drawing or working, I have a goodly sized family (wife and five small kids at home--the family that colors together, stays together?
) that takes up most of my time. When online, I tend to spend time reading abotu techniques, watching helpful YouTube videos or drooling over supplies on DickBlick.com (do we all do that, or am I possessed?
) So, actually, I have some supplies at my job office, but also have supplies at home since the kids all want to use Dad's Pencils (which I do not mind sharing with them as long as they are responsible).
Anyway, here I am. Glad I found this place. If anyone has some good links to "Beginner" threads or sites on learning more about shading with color, please holler.