Darren Hester

Sketch Blog

  • 2017-12-31 | Rough Portrait

    Digital painting created using only damp brush in Procreate. Based on artwork by Emilis Emka: https://goo.gl/Q8KBZe

  • 2017-12-25 | Jack

    Another drawing of Jack Skellington. This time using Adobe Sketch app.

  • 2017-12-16 | Afraid Of The Dark

    Sketch created with Linea App on iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.

  • 2017-12-11 | Hellboy

    Found some inspiration on Artstation.com this morning. I've always enjoyed drawing comic art. Hellboy is one of my favorite subjects. I used some of the new shading techniques I'm learning. Based on artwork by Ivan Fomin: https://goo.gl/D8XPtV

  • 2017-12-06 | Light and Shadow

    More form practice today rendering basic light and shadow in Procreate. Digital painting is new to me and it will take lots of rough sketches like this one before I'm comfortable with the process. I have to learn to see light better. Working in grayscale helps to simplify things.

  • 2017-12-01 | Samurai Jack

    Digital sketch of Samurai Jack created in Procreate on iPad Pro. Based on artwork by Darko Mitev https://goo.gl/t7P4MX. I purchased an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil last year and cannot recommend them enough. The drawing experience it wonderful. I mainly use an app called Procreate for most of my digital sketching. It's by far the best I've found for drawing and painting on the iPad. There are many other great apps available, but I'm trying to focus most of my time learning Procreate inside and out. It's awesome. You can learn more at https://procreate.art/

  • 2017-11-26 | Continuous Line Portrait

    Speed sketch using Micron ink pen and Koi Coloring Brush. I like to do these quick ink drawings to loosen up. Sometimes I try too hard to make a perfect drawing and it kills my creativity. Continual line drawings prevent me from overthinking things. You spend most of your time looking and the subject and just let your hand lay down the lines as quickly as possible. This adds a random, abstract look to the drawing. It's sloppy and has many mistakes, but that's also appealing in a way. I like how this one turned out.

  • 2017-12-30 | Gargoyle

    Created in Procreate. Based on artwork by Dmitry Solonin: https://goo.gl/E6odpw

  • 2017-12-20 | Girl Wearing Glasses

    Cartoon portrait of girl wearing glasses based on artwork by Danielle Estefan: https://goo.gl/ewBAPg. This was create using Linea App on my iPad. Still struggling with portraits (even cartoons), but I'm forcing myself to draw them in order to get more practice.

  • 2017-12-15 | Bear

    Sketch created in Concepts app with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Based on artwork by Steph: https://goo.gl/y3j1e8

  • 2017-12-10 | Hand Study

    Sketching every day is very challenging. Today I'm working on the anatomy of hands, which I struggle with. I'm trying hard not to judge my work as I practice, but it's difficult not to. You have a vision in your mind of how you want the final image to look, but you don't have the skill level to produce it. There's a gap between your current ability and what you know you're capable of. Daily practice is what will close the gap. Posting these sketches online helps to keep me accountable. It is encouraging to see the drawings stacking up over the past couple of weeks. Most of them are throw away images, but you have to get a lot of bad images out before you see improvement. That's just how it works. No shortcuts. If you're afraid of making mistakes you won't take chances and you'll only use the styles and techniques you're comfortable with. You won't grow. You have to push yourself to draw things you're not good at and be ok with the outcome. The goal it just to finish something and keep moving forward every day.

  • 2017-12-05 | Orc Head

    Rough digital painting of orc head based on a sculpture by Ekaterina Pushkarova - Katerin: https://goo.gl/5apbrj. This was created in Procreate using the default round brush. I'm learning the basics of rendering light in grayscale.

  • 2017-11-30 | Sneakers

    Ink sketch of shoes. Another quick sketch this morning. When you commit to a daily drawing schedule you have to be ok with simple sketches like this. You won't have time to create a masterpiece every day, and you wouldn't want to. The whole idea is to become a better artist by drawing more of the subjects and styles you're uncomfortable with. If you do that you're going to have some "bad" drawings because you're learning something new. Because I've been such a perfectionist in the past it's really limited my artistic growth. But I'm learning to let that go and just draw withing the timeframe I have. Sometimes that's two hours, other days 15 mins. That means a lot of my sketches are not completed to the point I'd like, but I still got some practice and learned something.

  • 2017-11-26 | Jack Skellington

    Jack Skellington, the “Pumpkin King”, from The Nightmare Before Christmas. This is the fist sketch in my new Strathmore Mixed Media sketchbook. I like the 5.5 in x 8.5 in size and the paper holds up with wet media fairly well. A good all purpose sketchbook I can keep in my backpack.

  • 2017-12-28 | Batgirl

    More rendering practice today. Based on artwork by Corey Smith: https://goo.gl/4DTt2q

  • 2017-12-19 | Grayscale Sculpture

    Basic values rendered over a quick sketch I made in Linea.

  • 2017-12-14 | Blue

    Created in Linea App on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil. Based on artwork by Sidas: https://goo.gl/JpfbM6

  • 2017-12-09 | Skull Study 2

    More value practice this morning. This image was created in Procreate using the "Gesinski Ink" brush. It has a gritty texture like the "Damp Brush" I used yesterday. I was able to get the basic values on this sketch fairly quick, but it needs more work. I just ran out of time. I usually have 1-2 hours in the morning to focus on drawing practice. Whatever I can complete during that timeframe I post to my sketch blog.

  • 2017-12-04 | Cartoon Santa Claus

    From the intro of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

  • 2017-11-29 | Cartoon Skull

    Sketch of skull based on an artwork by Ivan Fomin - https://goo.gl/4EjaDA. Since I'm practicing my drawing every day, I'm always looking for inspiration. I have several sites I browse for ideas and artstation.com is one of my favorites. The site showcases all kinds of artwork and I will often try to replicate some of the pieces I like. I think the term for that is "fanart". It's a good way to learn. When I use another artists work as inspiration I'll always like to the original and give credit.

  • 2017-12-27 | Daedalus Head Gesture

    Created using Adobe Sketch and Procreate. Based on an artwork by Sorin Lupu: https://goo.gl/x94UZq

  • 2017-12-18 | Cassette Tape

    Linea sketch based on a drawing by Jim Bradshaw: https://goo.gl/Bcjnb6. I have a few of these lying around the house too.

  • 2017-12-13 | Angry Man

    Sketch created in Linea App on iPad Pro. For basic sketching Linea is hard to beat. Simulates a graphite pencil very well. Learn more at https://linea-app.com/

  • 2017-12-08 | Skull Study

    Rough values of light and shadow sketched with damp brush in Procreate. I like the gritty texture of the damp brush. It's hard for me to loosen up and just lay down rough paint strokes. I'm used to doing a lot of line art that is filled in with flat color. I'm going to do more studies like this to get comfortable framing out the basic form of an obect without any details. For reference, I used a skull image created in ZBrush by Jonathan Rush: https://goo.gl/fz2vnv

  • 2017-12-03 | Eleven from Stranger Things

    This is the second time I've tried to draw Eleven. Portraits are really difficult for me. I feel like I can get close to a resemblance of the person I'm trying to draw, but it's always off enough to frustrate me. But I did enjoy drawing this and tried several new shading techniques. I just need more practice drawing people. Based on artwork by prawnm33: https://goo.gl/uFYDiV.

  • 2017-11-28 | Glowing Eyes

    Silhouette of man with glowing yellow eyes. Didn't have anything specific in mind to draw this morning so I played around with an ink brush and some watercolor. I used a highlighter for the eyes.

  • 2017-12-26 | Portrait Study

    More practice with Adobe Sketch app. Based on artwork by Sasha Tudvaseva: https://goo.gl/1nD938

  • 2017-12-17 | Slappy

    Slappy the living ventriloquist dummy from the Goosebumps series/movie. Slappy has become the most popular villain and character in the Goosebumps franchise, appearing in more books and media than any other character. I created the initial sketch in Linea, then painted in Procreate.

  • 2017-12-12 | Inhuman Fanart

    Procreate sketch based on artwork by Hicham Habchi: https://goo.gl/g4fUfS. I'm working on blocking out the basic forms and values and trying to avoid jumping into the details to soon. I'm learning if you don't have a solid foundation no amount of detail work can fix the image. Also trying to work with large, soft brushes then work down to smaller ones. It's starting to click for me now. With more practice I will find my flow.

  • 2017-12-07 | Orc Head 2

    More value painting practice. I layed down the initial values in grayscale, then added a green color layer over the top. This version is better than my first attempt, but I need much more practive. Based on a sculpture by Ekaterina Pushkarova - Katerin: https://goo.gl/5apbrj.

  • 2017-12-02 | Talking Man

    Watercolor sketch of cartoon man speaking. Since I posted a digital sketch yesterday I decided to go analog today. At one point I was considering switching to a 100% digital workflow, but I enjoy mixing things up and still love working with traditional mediums. This sketch was based on artwork by Rise One: http://go.shr.lc/2AGMICO

  • 2017-11-27 | Old Brick Building

    Watercolor sketch of an abandoned brick building. I've done very little architectural drawing. I'm trying to practice drawing more subjects I'm not comfortable with. That's how you improve. In the past I wouldn't have posted a drawing like this, but I want to share my progress along the way as a learn and grow as an artist. You'll see all my efforts, some will turn out better than others, but I'm learning something either way.

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