Drawing RAPUNZEL on Wood

Drawing RAPUNZEL on Wood


Hey guys, so in this week’s video, I’m drawing Rapunzel on a piece of wood, and I’ve done this before Well, not Rapunzel. It was different artwork. I’ve drawn on a circular piece of wood before but that was almost two years ago. I checked the date on it Yeah, it’s been almost two years. So it’s about time I got another one done, and it’s one of those things I’ve been meaning to do, but I kept forgetting about. So finally getting my wood video in and this circle is bigger so I can get more detail on it, which is nice and I decided to draw Rapunzel because I was kind of stuck I couldn’t think of something original So it’s like okay. Let’s do some fan art and I realized Rapunzel is also something I’ve been meaning to draw because it’s one of my favorite Disney movies, and I’ve never drawn her before I don’t think so I figured it was time. So this piece of wood is just from Michael’s. I don’t think they’re very expensive. It was maybe five dollars or something and I think I even got them on sale when I bought them Unfortunately, I only have one this size that’s circular and I have one roughly the same size that’s rectangular and the rest of them are small like the last one I did. So I definitely need to get my hands on some more big ones, and I also wouldn’t mind getting some wood panel that’s just like actual wood panel (laughs) that is just ultra smooth um whatever the textures, but you know mine has a lot of dents and scratches in it and defects, and it has the border, I’d like something that’s just a rectangular piece of wood panel. That would be pretty nice. I think these wood panels are more for crafting type of things … I don’t know. I just think they’re not maybe not the best quality, but anyway, they’re good enough. So I think you can see some of the dents. You can see one on her shoulder You can see one on the left-hand side not really on her, but beside her hair. There’s some pretty nasty dents and scratches in this, but you don’t really notice them so much at the end. Plus, the pencil picks up so much texture from the wood all over that it actually adds a lot of character to it and you end up not really minding those defects. Some things I was going to say about the sketching process are now past that point. I kind of struggled with the pose initially. You were going to be seeing her looking over her shoulder a little bit. Well one of our shoulders would be raised and you see slightly behind that shoulder, but I just kind of really couldn’t get it to work, so I dropped that shoulder down a bit. It’s still a bit higher than the other one, and then with the eyes, I ended up redrawing them again. I drew them too small and spaced out, but everything else went pretty okay. And I do end up changing her bangs in the future right now. They’re fine, but see how there are sort of three pieces swooping over? I changed it so the bangs start a little more to the left, so that It just looks more like Rapunzel’s swoopy. Oh now, I’m busting in the colors. Oh snap! By the way, I used my Prismacolor Col-Erase pencils to do the outlining to clean up the graphite and then now I’m using my Prismacolor Premier pencils to color it in and it can be pretty tricky. First of all, when you’re sketching, you can’t press too hard even if you’re pressing quite lightly, it’s really hard to erase so that was something I was quite nervous about so I tried my best to keep the line somewhat light and the same with when I used the colored pencils to outline because I didn’t want a really harsh look so I didn’t want to do inks and when you’re coloring, it’s really hard to layer colors because the wood is quite smooth. There is some grain to the wood that you can see, but it’s still smooth between the grain of the wood. It’s a pretty smooth surface. It’s like working on a paper that doesn’t have any tooth and so it’s really hard to build up and layer. So I struggled a little bit to get in some shadows and get things blended nicely, but I think it actually looks nice with that softer look. There’s not super deep shadows or anything So okay. I need a drink of water, I’m losing my voice here. Oh yes, I just like the softer look that it ended up having anyway. So it worked out. It is a bit of a struggle though, so if you do this beware. and I found that it was a little bit easier to use my Prismacolor Premiers as opposed to my Scholars. I did use the Scholars previously, but I tried using them here when I did the border and I just couldn’t get enough pigmentation. The color just looked a bit washed out. You could see too much of the wood underneath and so I decided okay I’ll use my Premiers. The reason I didn’t want to is because it really eats up the lead when you’re coloring all around the edges, but I think it was a smart choice because the colors looked pretty good in the end, so … Yes, about outlining her eyes. I didn’t mean to make the outlines that thick on the top, yes, but her bottom eyelids, I didn’t want them to look that thick, but I was working my way up to where one of the grains was and it was like …It’s like a little mountain that you hit and coloring in the valleys okay. I’ll look super smooth and then you get to that little mountain and It just veers your pencil in directions you don’t want it to go and so it ended up being thick, but thankfully, it wasn’t distorted; the line is still the proper shape. It’s just thicker than I wanted, but it’s still cute and that’s really the only area that gets outlined in black as well. The rest just stays a more softer look and then so yeah for her skin I used the standard peach color, some light pinks, a bit of red on the cheeks just to make them a little bit darker, and then for the shadows there was a brown and a purple and for the hair, I’m doing brown and a few different yellows, and I tried to pick yellows that were slightly more muted. It’s not bright neon yellows or anything. I try to make it a bit more closer to the natural blonde color of hair. Yeah, not much else exciting to say about the coloring, I don’t think. Initially when I first started this picture, well before I even started the sketch, I thought to myself okay I’m gonna make something cool and I’m gonna put it up in my online store because I need more original art to put up because I don’t want it to be just prints, I want original stuff to sell too, but I often don’t have stuff to sell and when I do, it sells out right away. It’s like, okay I need to make something new to throw up in my store and it’d be really cool to have a piece of wood and I ended up liking it too much and I don’t want to put it in my online store and It’s not only just that the art turned out nicely. I mean like I said, Rapunzel, like Tangled, is one of my favorite Disney movies. I really like Rapunzel so I kind of want to keep her, plus it just looks great in real life. With any artwork, it looks 10 times better in real life than it ever will in one of my videos or in a scan or a photograph. When you see art work in person it is so much more majestic, and I feel like with this piece it’s even more so because of the wood and the texture and the colors and I took some photos of it and I was trying to adjust the color balance in Photoshop and I just could not get it to look as nice as the colors in real life. Oh the struggle, so yeah, I think I’m just gonna prop this up on my little shelf behind my desk because I like it and so I think I want to keep it. What I like about the … you know how I said, I want to try some wood that doesn’t have the borders, but what’s cool about the borders is it makes it feel like a finished thing, you know you don’t need to frame it. It’s got dimension to it. It’s got a border. It’s just really cool-looking. It feels very finished, and I don’t put any varnish on mine. I actually just tonight tested out spraying some varnish on my old blue bear wood piece that I did and it worked fine. It just makes it slightly glossy. I mean it already is a bit glossy because it’s waxy, but it made it a little more glossy, so I don’t think I’m going to spray Rapunzel. I don’t know, maybe if I get a more matte fixative then I will, so yeah, but for now, we’re just going to stay unsprayed. I just I love the rustic look of it, because your instinct is to really smooth things out, and so there are areas where you can’t lay down the color as well. The color gets lighter because the wood is ultra smooth in that spot and so it can be frustrating because you’re trying to get it to look even and no matter how many times you color over it it’s not as dark as areas around it, but that just adds to the rustic feel. It’s ah … Now I wish I could just do so many drawings like this, without wanting to keep them all. I want them to go around the world and go to peoples’ homes but I get so attached sometimes. I’ll definitely have to make more. I’ll have to make so many, so many wood artworks that I don’t even know what to do with them, and I have to get rid of them. That would be great. So yes, oh yeah, not only did I get in a character I have been meaning to draw and how I’ve been meaning to do a wood video, I’ve also been meaning to do more pencil crayon stuff. So kind of killing three birds with one stone in this, so that’s pretty cool in the background initially, I was thinking oh, maybe I’ll draw some bushes and things, just kind of some outdoor scenery and then I changed my mind and decided to do a brick wall similar to what her tower might look like if it was made of stone. You know kind of stone bricks is the idea I was going for and I decided to put vines on it so that’s what I’m doing and that’s pretty much it for the background. I also made a bit of a gradient, which is something I don’t do enough. I tend to make my backgrounds a little too plain sometimes and I think to myself, oh, I need to do gradients it’s just a little things you think of after, but it really helps so the brick is not all just one color everywhere. It’s lighter around Rapunzel and it’s darker around the edges and so that just helps with the composition I think and helps make it a little more interesting and with pencils, it’s so easy to blend. So here, I’m busting out the Scholars because I didn’t want to use my nicer pencils to color the outside, especially because the outer edges are more rough than the top surface, and so it really wears down the lead, but once I started doing the purple I was just not happy. It didn’t look great at all and so this purple you’re seeing right now is the Premiers. It’s just creamier and better and I actually colored over top of the pink after right here. Yeah, so it just brightened it up a little bit, but it was nice because I had the Scholar as a base. I didn’t even end up using too much of the pink lead but for the purples, exclusively, the Premier pencil so you don’t need fancy pencils to do this. It’s just they can they lay down color a little bit better. So here’s some nice close-ups of all the texture. I really wanted to try to show the beauty of it, but it’s so hard through a video So yeah, that’s my close-up shot and that is it for this week’s video. So thank you guys for watching. I’ll see you in my next video and here’s a quick shot of Blue Bear if you want to see what she looks like and I’ll link to that video at the end as well, so yeah, thanks for watching guys. There’s time that passes between these two shots not meant to be continuous but it feels a little bit jumpy, but whatever, so it’s okay chasing it in there … phew … That’s it That’s the thingy! I just go back and tweak a few things and like I added some camera shake right here when the ball hits the camera it tilts side-to-side and I realized that because I was not zoomed in at all. When it rotated ,there would be black you could see just

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