donny nguyen.
donny nguyen.
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i have largely been working on the bestiary drawings but i miss other media. so, i’m going to throw in the odd experiment here and there for no good reason other than to provide some variety.

i have good days and bad days staring at this. i chose to self impose a basic colour combination and only paint in gradients. i’m going to try some other so called basic combinations as well. i’m going to guess they’ll be ugly / uglier.


the portraits and such that i’ve been doing in my sketchbooks seem to have gotten a nice response but i doubt i’d ever be asked to do something like that for the editorial illustration jobs that i think i’d like to get. and so i’m going to embark on a bunch of experiments to figure out how best to go about fully illustrating pieces in a way that i’m happy with.

it’s been interesting so far. i’m convinced that i will never be a photoshop guru but i don’t think i want to be. the number of things that seem to be possible doesn’t seem to have a limit. to boot, i don’t find a lot of the ways to do these things very intuitive but maybe i’m just a r’tard. besides, i love the tangibility of hand drawing and inking or painting the base and then finishing off the colour digitally. illustrators of old must’ve been gods without the tools that seem to be standard today.
anyway this is the first little test. this didn’t actually take me that long but maybe you can tell already by how appalled you probably are at it. ha ha.