Is It Worth Doing A YouTube Challenge?

YouTube challenges have been a classic on YouTube for a while now. They are an easy way for video makers to interact either A.) with their community, B.) with other youtubers, or C.) just to have fun.

These challenges are usually easy to follow and understand, and I’ll admit that I have moments where I become obsess with watching them. And lately the challenges that have caught my attention are the ones that YouTube artists have been doing.

Cyarin, for example, is an artist that I first found and started following on Instagram. Then recently I found her YouTube channel where she does tutorial and challenges.

One of the challenges she did earlier this year was called the 15 Minute Challenge! Pretty much you take 15 minutes to speed draw something and create a video showing your creation. Below is Cyarin’s orginal video for this challenge.

 

Now, my artwork does not compete with hers, but I decided to accept the challenge since recently I’ve been focusing on improving the speed of my drawings.  Plus I wanted to see what it’s like to do a YouTube Challenge.🙂

I wanted to combine the challenge with something I’ve been working on lately, drawing children. I’ve noticed that my favorite human subjects are usually in their young adult phase, so I want to add some variety.

Which is why I picked to draw fan art of…well, I’ll let you watched the video to find out.😉

I never played the game, but I watched CommanderHolly’s Let’s Play of Undertale and had a blast watching the story unfold. She is so chill and she is always picking the videogames I want to play but don’t have time for, so I love watching her channel and keeping up with it.

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I haven’t decided if I’ll keep doing the art challenges found on Youtube, but this one definitely gave me a challenge, so I’m tempted to try others to help me become a better artist by challenging myself more. What do y’all think?

If you would like to do this challenge, I say go for it! It’s definitely fun to see what you can accomplish in 15 minutes. And recording yourself makes it so much easier to see where you need to work on stuff.

My Little Black Pen

Have you heard about the little black dress? It has been a staple in most closets since the 1920s. One of the best versatile pieces in a wardrobe that you can dress up or down given what you need for the occasion. It’s simple and yet can be the base for many great outfits.

In my art bin, I have my own little black dress. To be more exact, it’s a little black pen. This is the one I always turn to when I need to do anything. Whether that’s just creating a sketch or doing the ink for a big drawing. In other words, it’s the most versatile piece in my collection.

When I first got into drawing, I didn’t really understand that a good pen would be that big of a deal. If I remember correctly, the first time I saw this pen was from my friend who loved drawing. She talked it up big, explained how great it was, but at the time I had brushed it off because I was focusing on schoolwork.

A few years later, about when I started this blog, I finally decided to take her advice, and picked this from the campus store. I tried a variety of pens after that, but this one kept coming back to me as my favorite, the Faber-Castell PITT artist pen.

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Prepping on drawing an Inktober post.

So What Makes This One Different?

This pen lasts a long time for the size that it is, and has shown me time and again smooth inking. Of course, that also depends on the paper I used, which is still something I’m testing out.

Other pens have dried up on me after one or two pieces, and if you’ve followed my Inktober shenanigans, this one pen has been used for all of them this month. And it’s still going. I have noticed that the paper in my sketch book is a little too rough for what I prefer, but since I’m using it for practice instead of making prints, I don’t mind.🙂

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Do you have a “Little Black Dress” in the tools of your trade? What makes it your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

As always, thank you for reading my ramblings.🙂

Have a great day!

 

What I Think About Art Tablets…

Hello!

If y’all read last month’s round-up, you probably know that I got myself an art tablet. The actual model of it is the Wacom Intuos Draw tablet. It’s not the fanciest tablet you’ll find, but it is a great one to start off with, or so I’ve heard.

This was a big step for me, because this means that I finally feel like I need one to help further my skill in digital artwork. It might be a little crazy of a thought process, but that’s how my brain works. It’s like a leveled up.🙂

Anyways, today I would like to share what I’ve noticed in the difference between drawing with and without an art tablet.

An Art Tablet Saves Time.

Especially if you’ve never used one before like me. Below is the first piece I drew with my tablet. Those of you who use Instagram might have already seen it. It took 15 minutes to draw the sketch, and an hour and a half to draw it digitally.

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First Sketch with an Art Tablet

Before the art tablet I was using a mouse, and this would’ve taken about 5
-7 hours over the course of a week working on it off and on to complete it. Why? Because in the past I would get so frustrated with how much time it would take to get one line looking like I wanted it to.

It’s Easier To Experiment With The Art Program.

I first got Clip Studio Paint last year after an artist I admire mentioned it was on sale for like $25. I couldn’t pass up the deal. When I got it digitally drawing became so much easier for me, but I was still having problems with it. I didn’t feel like I could experiment with my options in the program because of all the hours I had to put into my drawing to make me be happy with it.

For my second drawing with the tablet, I redrew a piece I had posted on my Facebook page a while back. While drawing this, I felt like I had time to experiment with the brushes to find the textures I wanted for the piece to be created.

Of course, the finished digital drawing turned out a lot different from the original sketched piece. however, this one fits spooky, scary October, so I’m happy with it. It took about two hours total to finish it. (The video above is my work on it. You can see a couple of moments when I got frustrated and just drew weird shapes to calm my nerves.)

You Have More Variability.

What I mean by that is all of the brushes I used with my mouse changed when using the art tablet. Now I can change the pressure used to draw, making the art more unique and more similar to my traditional drawing. Which I love.

(Before and After)

I’ve only been playing with my new toy for a couple of weeks now, but I can already see some improvement in my digital art, which is always nice.🙂

Have any of y’all made the transition yourself from mouse to art tablet? Got any tips for beginners? Or just a thought about this post? Please comment below.

I hope you have a great rest of the day!

Please note that this post is not sponsored, whatever products mentioned are ones I personally enjoy.