Nose Problem - Colored Pencil Stream
peace everyone on mathguard here and welcome back to another color
streaming this project on friday i think it was friday and at the end of the
streami asked you guys if you would want me to do another kind of pop-up
streamon monday and so overwhelmingly you wanted me to so i decided why not just continue this project and do another live
streamof it friday we were working on this eye and also the forehead i didn't really do any additional work to this project over the weekend i was actually kind of drawing up other things and so i still have a little bit of work that i need to do to the forehead i'm probably not going to even finish the forehead today i mean i'm not technically i'm not even done with the eyes but the goal is to get to the
nosetoday just talk about some some
nosestuff so of course if you have any questions for me you are more than welcome to ask your questions hey sherry and uh sarth sarthak hopefully i'm pronouncing that somewhat correctly welcome welcome good to see the two of you in the chat just doing some layering here with my light colors trying to apply more color to the forehead there's uh some gaps in the paper that i that i need to fill in with the tip of the
penciland this is this is the real tedious part of doing something that's uh really really realistic you know the paper is not perfectly smooth and so sometimes when you're filling it in it leaves little little gaps and stuff and...
to really get the drawing looking realistic you kind of have to spend that that extra time filling in those small little pinholes of the paper now i know that you guys can't really um you know you guys don't see this this uh this drawing nearly as clearly as i do over the live
streambut i think it i think it looks pretty good on the on video doesn't look too bad one of my studio lights is is kind of coming from this direction not not too steep of a direction and what that causes is it well from my perspective and the camera's perspective is you see a lot more paper texture showing through on the drawing and that paper texture isn't really there if i tilt this up you can kind of see so here's you can i know you can see a lot of the paper texture kind of the cottony look around these transition to darker colors and especially here around the eyes where some of the darker colors but as soon as i kind of block off that light it kind of changes and so i'm still uh still kind of working on my studio light positioning because i think it would actually be better if that light was kind of behind me a little bit but i don't have any room for it unfortunately it also makes it slightly difficult to uh work when i am looking at glare so i have to like move my head back and forth hello carol um uh jazl sergio good to see you as well catherine hello hello you are very welcome for the peaceful pastel tutorials i do have another peaceful pastel episode coming...
out this wednesday and i'm excited for it i'm really excited for it it's one of my favorite projects that i've done for the series so i hope you guys have fun with it so burnishing burnishing is a technique for
pencils and i i i would say that burnishing is certainly a good uh kind of a good direction to aim for when doing portraits especially if you're looking to do realistic portraits and for those of you that don't know what burnishing is essentially it is applying so many layers of your
pencils that like none of the paper shows through and you you kind of get this waxy finished product and i used to think that burnishing was like the only way to get realistic looking work and it does it certainly lends itself really well to to getting realistic
pencilwork until i started experimenting with polychromos
pencils and this paper here that i'm using the the paper that i'm using now is stonehenge vellum legion paper and this paper is just ideal for polychromos um and i've i never really liked polychromos if you go back you know a couple years on my channel and hunt down the numerous times in the live
streams that people ask me about polychromos i i always kind of avoided using these
pencils i've had them for a very very long time and i never really started using them until around this time last year and i kind of started toying around with them a little bit more and experimenting on different paper and what i found...
is polychromos these
pencils don't really like the smooth paper like the bristol plate that i usually use for my
pencilwork because you really need you need a little bit of grain a little bit of tooth in the paper for these
pencils to really shine and do what they do best on in my opinion you need some you need some tooth because these colors the polychromos are really translucent but back to the burnishing thing so with this with this drawing that i'm doing now even though i'm kind of getting like that smooth almost waxy look of a finish it's hard to say whether or not i can refer to this as burnishing because the amount of pressure that i've been applying throughout this entire drawing so far is about the weight of a butterfly i i barely touch the paper with the
pencilas most of you know my my general rule with with
pencils in fact my number one rule is never press harder than what is necessary for the color to show up and when it comes to working like this and working with this particular method with polychromos i almost i almost barely touch the paper at all and i just instead spend hours and hours and hours gradually letting that color build up i suppose at the very end of it it would still be considered burnishing even though at no point do i apply really any pressure to the paper just i keep it very very soft and gradually the color builds up and i use the the paper blender here to to smooth things out and kind of spread the color...
around in between layers and over time those layers just build up into what looks like a finished burnished look so i don't think i don't think you really need to you know think about burnishing as being the best method to go through for for portraits or realism because i i know that when when i was starting
pencils and i learned like the burnishing idea of of realism i immediately aimed towards that i was like well i want to cover the paper completely and i was like you know really laying down the color and i i was kind of skipping the in between stages of gradually layer layering the
penciland so i don't think it's a good idea to get too hung up on the idea of burnishing but instead focus on focus on
pencilcontrol i think that's far more important than the overarching idea of burnishing because burnishing i feel like is just a general term and not necessarily a technique although you can you can heavily apply
pencilto kind of go straight into burnish but i found that the the best and most realistic results come from come from just patiently layering very thin layers of
penciland not not trying to rush to the finish line with a heavy pressure and a lot of pigment um let's see here yes you can absolutely use an easel for drawing as well as painting uh i i'm working flat right now which i don't i wouldn't recommend i would i would recommend always using at least like a like bare minimum like a 20 degree angle um the...
reason the reason for that is if you're looking if your paper is laying flat like mine is and you're looking at it you're looking at it like this because your your viewing angle is not straight down right my viewing angle is is that like a 45 right so you're the way the camera is viewing the paper now this is kind of my angle that i'm seeing my drawing and what that causes is that causes foreshortening distortion perspectively from your perspective so if you always draw with the paper hanging out at a 45 degree angle when you finally look at your drawing flat on you're going to notice that you've elongated everything because and it's going to cause like proportional errors and whatnot so you have to be you have to be careful with working flat because you have to adjust your position and you need to you need to constantly be looking at your work straight on to make sure that you don't make those errors i already have my line art applied accurately so it's relatively safe for me to work on this project at a slight angle and i lean in every now and again just to make sure that i'm not doing anything weird uh the paper that i'm using is legion stonehenge vellum i'm gonna have to show this like a million times throughout the live
streambut yeah let's see here yeah polychromos
pencils are pretty expensive yeah they're they're pretty expensive i never know what to do with my left hand i should just draw a while with my...
left hand but then i wouldn't know what to do with my right hand hope everyone had a a good weekend anybody do anything fun this weekend that they care to share with the with the family personally i didn't do anything this weekend except to watch movies trying to think what did i watch on saturday friday i watched ocean's 11 with my wife that's always a good a good friday movie uh good good popcorn movie great cast um saturday what did we watch on saturday wife and i we watch a lot of movies um i can't remember what we watched on saturday but yesterday yesterday we watched two just awful movies they were just so boring um i'm i'm pretty i'm pretty what's the word i'm looking for i'm pretty aggressive with my movie reviews like i'm i'm really harsh i don't i don't take kindly to million 100 million dollar budget movies that i think are are garbage but we watched this movie called snatch which is all over the place it's a it's directed by guy richie and it was just it was recommended it was a recommended movie and i didn't i didn't watch the trailer or anything like that i just i was like it's recommended i'll just watch it and it was it had potential but the camera work drove me nuts it was all over the place the pacing the pacing of the movie is really just god-awful it's just so bad i hate movies that feel like you're in a car with somebody like randomly stepping on the brake and like...
making you move back and forth it just doesn't make any sense and then and then they like you know floor it and take off it's it's like a person that drives through the city and as soon as the light turns green they have to go as fast as they can approaching another red light and then they have to like slam on the brakes really fast it's just it's just so annoying i can't stand riding with drivers that do that um but that's what that movie feels like it had a pretty decent cast but it was really poorly directed um and fairly badly written the the the camera work in the very beginning of the jewel heist uh is so atrociously bad it's just so jagged and it goes with like these smooth unique transitions where the camera flips and stuff and uh the editor whoever did it is just so bad at transitions um it could have been it had potential but they failed miserably and then the second movie that we watched is this movie called confidence um i don't know anybody that i don't know any of the actors or actresses that that played in it there's a couple relatively well-known people that play in it and the story itself actually had a lot of potential it had a lot of potential but the the the casting director whoever picked the lead for that movie needs to never work uh ever again because whoever picked the lead for that movie doesn't know doesn't know what they're doing because the uh the main character he's supposed to be a con...
man so usually what you would associate with somebody like that is they're kind of smooth talking they're easy to convince people because that's the whole ideal right like you want a con man exerts confidence they're supposed to be smooth when they talk they're supposed to be charismatic and convincing this guy was about as lively as roadkill his his delivery was just just so boring and mono toned and the funny thing is he always acts like a tough guy throughout the movie but he has the girl he has he has the uh voice of like a 13 year old girl it's just uh it's just a really bad movie but the story itself actually had like real potential to to be a good movie it was just the cast was horrible the acting was horrible um and it and it it looked super low budget looked really low budget um oh sorry i when i talk about movies i could just go on and on and on forever i love i love critiquing and complaining about movies oh hey what's up chrissy and coffee cat i see you as well if i happen to miss anybody's questions because i had to go on my um my movie rant uh feel free to ask them again i was just kind of in the zone working uh on my forehead here well working on the forehead not my forehead but um yeah don't uh don't feel like you're spammy if you have to ask the question again because i don't ignore anybody's questions on purpose oh hey janice good to see you i remember last time i seen you in a live
streaming probably for a long time today so just so you know i was i was pleasantly surprised how many people showed up for friday's totally unplanned impromptu live
streamuh it was really really cool to to see a lot of new faces and see a lot of uh long time followers and whatnot it was it was super great to hang out with everybody and i was i was really quite surprised at how close i got to breaking my breaking my record of concurrent viewers as many live
streams as i've done over the years and i mean i do have a hundred thousand subscribers but that doesn't really count for anything because they never come to my live
streams but i've never broken a hundred i i've never broken a hundred concurrent live
streamor viewers before and uh yeah i felt like i felt like it was almost possible on friday's live
streammaybe maybe one day maybe one day oh thank you chrissy yeah i got i got some new lights a while ago yeah i figured it was quite early there for you janice yeah i don't know what you're doing up so early oh you watched the last live
streamlast night oh that's cool i hear you tammy yeah the patreon live
streams quite late for australian viewers and um pretty early for any west coast viewers also yeah i wish it's been it's been a struggle like most of most of my viewership is either in the united states or australia and the time zones between those two continents is next to impossible to coordinate with my own because...
i'm like in the middle and i don't want to do evening live
streams because that's when my wife is home and she's always like sneezing on my live
streams and as adorable as her sneezes are um she's also always at work all week so i try to spend time with her and not on the live
streamso i don't really like to live
streamwhile she's home because that just means even more time not being together or whatnot or somewhat not being together you broke a toe and the pain woke you up i am so sorry to hear that that is that is the the least fun way i can imagine waking up early well catherine uh hopefully my soothing voice can can put you to sleep not that i generally want to put my viewers asleep i know that uh i've gotten enough comments in the past to know that people listen to my live
streams and they listen to me talk and they fall asleep doing it so all right i don't think i'm gonna i don't think i'm gonna do the details up here like the skin texture i'm gonna start getting into the
noselet's see how do i want to approach this
noses are quite quite difficult so let's see to zoom into my reference photo just a tiny bit just kind of start with the nostrils it's usually the safest place to start kind of have your darkest values right there in the nostrils and i'd say one of the most one of the most common errors when approaching the
noseis the over emphasis on the bridge of the
noseor the shape of the...
nostrils i i find it far too common that people want to put lines in like they want to do like a hard line for like the nostril flares and really the tricky thing about
noses that i find tricky anyway is making the transition from like the cheek to the
noseand if you look i mean if you look at
noses you look at pictures of
noses if you like to do that kind of thing you'll notice that it's there's not there's not ever really a line there on if the face is turned to one direction or the other the face where you see more of the side of the
noseum it just kind of blends gradually into the rest of the face it just kind of goes away and just there's just nothing there to it most of the time to give it to give it form and it's just a gradient that kind of dissipates into the the cheek and i think that's what makes it hard for a lot of people because they want their
noseto exist they want it to be obvious like hey check out this
noseand um so because of that they end up putting lines that don't exist and so the that's the hard part the hard part is drawing what's actually there and not drawing what you want people to see because people want people to be able to see that they're drawing a
noseoh good morning good morning grandpa steve got your coffee sounds good thank you chrissy i i've been having a lot of fun with the
pencils lately actually i've been really enjoying uh the pace the pace of of this project here just...
extremely slow i'm not i'm not beholden to anybody with this project i'm not i'm not doing a tutorial per se i mean if you guys ask me questions i'm more than happy to give you insight on this project and
pencils in general but i'm not trying to over analyze i'm not trying to explain in detail the process i'm just kind of enjoying drawing and hanging out and that's that's why i kind of wanted to
streamon friday that's that's the whole reason i
streamed on friday was because uh i was bored my wife was at work and i was like i'm drawing this portrait i might as well hang out with some fantastic people chat about whatever comes to mind and just have some fun and so that's that's kind of what happened on friday and since you guys enjoyed that live
streamso much now i'm
streaming again exactly not trying to prove anything just at all it's exactly right hello andrea good to see you so anyway uh back to back to
noses so on this side of the
noseis the closest that you're gonna get to a line and i think this is this is probably the areas that gets messed up the most because the line is often totally overdone and the trick at least what i would refer to as the trick is to ignore the
noseas best you can and focus on what the color is of the cheek so all of the colors that are happening on the the other side of the
noseso you kind of you work in the negative space around the
noseand you avoid you you...
try your best to avoid creating obvious lines in the the coloring process so keep things really soft work slowly don't go don't go super dark right away even if the area is quite dark instead just build up build up the shape of where the dark colors exist and then gradually build them up from there i'm not going to do that i'm not going to color in the cheek i'm just going to color in a little bit right around the
nosehere some of the shadows that exist in the area i'm going to slowly try to build up the correct value that's happening on the cheek that surrounds the
nosethat creates that somewhat of an illusion of of line i i gotta say carol portraits they are extremely intimidating for
pencilnewbies but the the the challenge the the challenge that portraits give you can be some of the most fun you have with
pencils i don't think um there's there's certain subjects that i don't particularly like to to draw or paint or color but i still do those type of projects and every time i do one of those projects even if i'm not totally fond of it i still really i still really start to enjoy it and i always learn something there's there's never a project that i don't do there's never a tutorial that i make where i don't also learn something from it i always why maybe i don't say often enough but um i kind of feel bad sometimes because i i feel like i learn so much more than what i'm teaching...
in my tutorials because everything even if i do a similar subject let's say uh well a portrait for instance i don't i i might have a process that i follow or i go through for the for instance i did the eyes the forehead and eyebrows first and now i'm working my way down into the
noseand that's kind of the path that i like to take with my portraits um but i always do something a little bit different each time because i i don't feel in any way that i've perfected anything in regards to art or drawing or painting or anything like that and so i always do it just slightly different to see if the result is better and oftentimes it is sometimes it's not but i would say more likely than not with every project i kind of i kind of learn something one small detail at least that i can alter in future projects to kind of explore the potential of it and i mean this can be as small as the way that i hold a
pencilto as big as you know the the colors that i use or or which colors i apply first so there's a lot of things that i leave open to exploring uh with every project and even if it's the same kinds of subjects it was it was this reason that i started picking up the polychromos
pencils in the first place because i was like well i see a lot of people and i have seen a lot of people over the years just loving these
pencils and so i just had to explore them further to understand the differences that i needed to make in my own work to enjoy working with...
pencils and once i once i explored them they're they're kind of my preferred second
pencilbecause i always like prismacolor and even though luminance
pencils are amazing
pencils they they work just like prismacolor so there's no difference there except i have less colors to choose from but polychromos
pencils are significantly different and i think the approach with them has just different techniques that i wanted to explore and i'm having a ton of fun working with them that sounds like a very exciting weekend grandpa steve very exciting indeed i think the movies that i watched this weekend were probably less exciting than watching grass grow i think i would have preferred to trade places with you i think i would much rather enjoyed some nice weather on a front porch with some nice iced tea please give away prismacolor i wouldn't mind doing a giveaway all right so i've applied some of this color here kind of building out the shape of the
nosea little bit keeping things really really soft trying to just get the shape of the outer edge of that
nosevery very small commitment here with this color so i didn't draw any hard lines i just focused on the shape and the color of the cheek around the
nosei didn't i it's like it's not even like i'm drawing the
nosei'm actually i'm making i'm not it's like i'm removing the
nosefrom the face and only focused on the cheek color instead but now i'm going to put in...
some some shapes and start bringing in the structure of the
nosea bit very very carefully um again if i missed if i happen to miss any of your questions please don't don't hesitate to ask it again i try to keep up with the chat but when more and more of you come in it makes it a little bit harder for me all right let's see here and kind of focus on any any darker shapes but that are lighter than this brown that i applied this side of the
nosehere is quite dark so just kind of lightly fill that in and let's see here the round part of the
nosekind of starts just a little bit lower than this edge of the nostril so it's kind of here and comes around like this so it's like this kind of shape not quite a circle not quite a circle kind of has a flatter edge over on this side and then even a slightly flat edge going up with the shadow kind of like here so i'm using a lighter color to establish the shape of the darker shadow of the
noseso doing this is basically the safe method because i can i can comfortably color it in knowing that it is nowhere near as dark as i need to go which gives me plenty of flexibility and because i'm coloring it so lightly i can always come back through here with my eraser and hide a lot hide a lot of the color let's see then this nostril over here is very very subtly there um just so so small kind of points here so nostrils kind of shaped like this and i'm just gonna i'm just gonna like barely add a line...
here that is easily hidden and i'm going to lift off that graphite so that that graphite doesn't mud up my colors it's a very very soft line for that edge of the nostril there all right now i'm going to grab the light skin color uh kind of map out where the highlights are so i'm going to kind of work around the highlights so i have like the center bridge of the
nosethat has pretty much the lightest color so this color is pretty safe to kind of apply around to that highlight uh will i ban the incessant chatter i already did i am 31 i'm 31 that's how old i am i haven't gotten that question in a while not too many people ask me how old i am i'll be turning 32 in january so only only three more years before i retire that's all i got left enjoy it while you can only three more years and then i retire oh thank you i'm glad you like the uh the way the portrait's coming along i i like it too it might it might be my best portrait that i've ever done by the time i'm finished with it partially because it's going to be the most time i ever spent on a portrait and usually those two things have a really strong correlation you know the best thing you've done and also it being something you spent the most amount of time on so a whole bunch of correlation between those two things which is why i always i always always always stress the importance of staying patient staying patient with your art and doing your best not to rush all...
of those uh all of those things uh what will i do with all of the spare time in retirement oh i just i don't even know i will just draw and paint and do whatever i imagine after after three three more years and a you know a few months um uh i'm gonna have a ginormous library of tutorials i do um how many projects that i do last year i think i did somewhere around 25 projects last year and if i take an average each of those projects have five parts which means roughly 12 hours for each project let's see so let's say about 300 hours worth of tutorials a year right that i that i've done up to this point um so i might have i might have around a thousand i'd say that's like a low estimate i probably have a thousand hours of tutorials that exist on patreon right now and in i and i've done that in like two years so in three years uh let's just say five thousand i think that's a reasonable number five thousand hours of tutorials and um so my website that i'm building that i mentioned a little bit on friday will have so many hours of tutorials it would take you years to get through them all and so i won't have to make those anymore i don't have to keep making the same tutorial over and over again if you can simply watch them over and over again and so i won't have to make i won't i won't have to make those tutorials for a living because you know i set myself up to not have to make them anymore and it isn't about not...
enjoying that it's not that i want to stop making those tutorials because i don't like doing it i love doing it i love teaching and i'll never stop teaching it's something that i love to do but right now i have to operate with the mindset of a business i have to i don't have a choice like if i want to i mean if i'm going to retire when i'm 35 then i need to uh i need to be in the mindset of a businessman you know i i can't escape that that's just the reality um so i have to think about finances and money and stuff and so i have i am beholden to making tutorials that are compelling enough to make money from but when i'm not beholden to that anymore i just get to do whatever i want and just have pure enjoyment like this like i love doing this you're just hanging out chatting with you guys and uh and and drawing whatever i want as slowly as i want talking about whatever i want i like that i don't when i when i'm in tutorial mode um it's still enjoyable i still really enjoy it but it is tiring like thinking and verbalizing my thought process always remembering to tell you which color i'm using just like being in tutorial mode is very tiring which is why i usually keep my live
streams below two hours so um i guess i guess retirement if i had to think about it because i i don't really think about it much what i'm going to do um would essentially just be live
streams without without that that extra pressure of uh...
being in tutorial mode and instead just hanging out chatting about whatever nonsense we get into because we get into all kinds of weird nonsense um yeah so that's that's basically all i can come up with at the moment sure there will be other other things that pop up later on but for now that's that's what i got yeah i was well my initial plan was to retire at 40 but if i can do it at 35 why wouldn't i um if you're if you're wondering if you're wondering like you're if you're asking yourself wait you're 31 and you're talking about retiring um so a little bit of background for those of you that don't know um ever since i was like 15 16 when i first started working i had i had almost a full-time job since i was 15 years old and i don't like i don't like working for people i don't i don't work well with people i don't work well for people and uh so i always told myself ever since i was like 15 16 years old that i'm not working my whole life i'm gonna retire as fast as i possibly can my i my dad has insane work ethic and growing up and seeing all of his hard work not really pay off for much um i was i always told myself ever since i was young that i won't have any part of that i don't want nothing to do with 80 years of work and two years of retirement um so uh i just planned accordingly and now i'm just implementing that plan as of last year i started really uh thinking about what i needed...
to do and so that's that because i i don't i don't require like a million dollars you know i i live i live very very simply and i do that on purpose i do that so that i don't have to make them um i don't i don't have to make a lot of money in order to retire i need to just make enough and then i'm good and i'm done and then i can just be beholden to literally nothing i can i cannot worry about uh you know if my is my website doing okay are my courses selling are people watching my youtube videos i mean i barely worry about that stuff now but i mean once i'm once i'm done done then i'll care even less yeah retirement is unpressured teaching i can just do it for fun and not have any any worries or consequences about uh like having to i don't know make a certain amount of money or something like that yeah i'm i'm not quite a minimalist because i like to have a lot of stuff but um i feel like the the the a lot of stuff that i do have is more practical than other things and one of the things that i avoid is like the small expenses that that people don't think about as much like going out uh and getting coffee or something along those lines i mean i don't drink coffee any anyways but i can still go to starbucks and get a tea but why would i i can i can buy like 400 tea bags for the cost of a single tea from starbucks and that's like that's like six months worth of tea and so i just uh i i spend i spent my...
entire life with that mindset and so i don't i've never i've never made those types of regular purchases and um and because of that i can retire whenever i want i mean if you if you want me to be like honestly i could probably retire next year to be honest with you i could probably just go all in for the next 12 months and then just be done but i i feel like i'd have to sacrifice quite a bit to do that and uh i'm not really in a rush so all the the other thing that i'm going to do when i retire is is get in shape i'm gonna like work out i'm gonna become a gym rat that's what i'm gonna do probably not a gym rat but focus focus more on my physical health a little bit more than i do now i spend uh quite a bit of time working on my desk and uh that's just because i need to do a lot of planning and prep work and you know preparing for tutorials and whatnot but once i um i don't have to do that anymore then that excess that excess time can just be spent uh riding riding a bike or doing something physical you're on your second year of no buy only needed art supplies i let's see uh this this sketchbook which was i think like 10 euro roughly around there um i'm trying to think was there any other art supply that i bought this year it was august of last year it was i'm pretty sure it was august of last year the last time i bought art supplies and i bought i bought sketchbooks for uh inktober of last year i probably spent...
around like 200 euro for that and i hadn't bought any art supplies up until this sketchbook i'm almost certain i'm almost certain no no no i take that back i did buy about 15 of uh
pencils so i needed a couple colors in polychromos a couple colors and the the carbothello pastel
pencils and so i bought maybe 15 euro of
pencils earlier this year i can't remember when but then i got this sketchbook last week but i actually got this sketchbook technically for free because i use the jackson's uh i use the jacksons handmade soft pastels for the peaceful pastel series and uh jackson's um they they while they sponsored the first episode and they hooked me up with a page for the season one starter pack right so you can go to you can go to jackson's art supply and you can look up unmask art and you'll have the season one starter pack and so every time the season one starter pack is sold i get a little bit of a commission because i'm i'm a jackson's affiliate and um since that i was able to buy this sketchbook with just my affiliate account which means i technically got it for free because i just used i just used my affiliate account so technically i didn't even buy this sketchbook i just got it i just got it for free but yeah that's that's the only supplies that i've bought in like the last year i really really really uh diminished my expenditures because i know in two i want to say 2018 yeah i'm almost certain 2018 i...
spent 11 000 in art supplies 11 000 yeah yeah so there was a lot of a lot of expenditures in 2018 in 2019 it was still um i think it was right around four or five or something like that i don't i don't remember it uh you missed what i said wait uh let me go back i'm trying to make sure that i don't miss any questions oh hello ellie by the way from amsterdam i was i was in amsterdam last year right around right around this time i want to go back amsterdam the food oh the vegan food in amsterdam is just so good i want to go back so bad the vegan junk food place oh gosh it was just it was awesome it was so awesome i want to go back so bad um i would like to ask you since uh since you will be retired can you still make money and declare taxes well yeah technically like just because i retire doesn't mean that i won't continue collecting money from my uh my business like it's not like i'm gonna when i retire i'm gonna delete my youtube channel and i get i get money from youtube i'm not going to delete my website or anything like that all of that stuff is still going to exist i'm just not going to um like i'm just not going to continue building it farther i'm just going to kind of do my own thing that's that's my idea so i i still have to pay taxes um no i do not i don't blend with a white
pencilbecause a white
pencildesaturates colors sorry i'm trying to get to questions that i missed i had to scroll up a little...
bit doing my best um i should do a road trip i want to do a road trip with bike uh i yeah i would like to do a road trip that would be a lot of fun uh watch the how to make a living off youtube but how did wait i'm not is that i don't know if that's a question or not uh coffee cat yeah 11 000 did include some uh some tech equipment but still a lot of it was supplies half of it maybe i'm trying to think half less than half of it was tech equipment like i didn't buy a new computer or anything i did buy a new camera that is part of it am i vegetarian i'm actually vegan yeah i've been i've been vegan for 11 years yeah i'm waiting i'm waiting for everything to go back to normal and uh amsterdam might be the first place i visit get some get some of that super tasty food yeah they're the the vegan places in in amsterdam are so much better than london yeah london london has probably the worst food i've ever had uh ever experienced that wasn't that wasn't the the best place to get vegan food sorry i don't feel like i've been drawing very much i've been trying to catch up on the comments uh and the questions and stuff so again i i apologize for uh if i happen to have missed your question or comment or whatnot yeah we're all we're all waiting for normality yeah definitely i think we're all very anxious to for things to get back to some some semblance of normality i'm i'm really looking forward to the...
for a chance to go back to the united states to see my family it's coming up on a year coming up on a year since i saw my family last so i don't like that at all i i'm used to seeing them twice a year and now going a year without seeing them just feels really um feels really bad it's always you know you you you try to keep up as much as you can when you live long distances away from your family uh you know trying to keep up with their you know their daily life and whatnot but no no part of no part of the the communication really fully uh prepares you for the changes that you experience when you go a really long time and then you visit them again makes it really really hard uh and i mean when i most of you know that when i graduated high school i i joined the military and it was it was only two weeks after i graduated from high school that i left i left my hometown and i've never lived there since i mean when you're when you're 18 you're not grown up at all you're still a child uh and that doesn't dawn on you until many years later and so i essentially grew up without my family and so sometimes it's sometimes it feels really disorienting being around being around my family because i've spent i've actually spent all of my adulthood uh away from them and so the the changes and just the the differences that we have now is sometimes overwhelming it just feels like it feels like a dream sometimes so not being able to go back to...
the states and visit my family is very very tough i don't i don't i don't like it at all can't imagine can't imagine anyone liking it really let's see let's see let's see uh you tried soft pastels you like how fast they add color and the final effect but your throat and eyes get itchy interesting i don't think that's normal if if you feel like you're if you feel like you're having that
problemyou can maybe try to have a fan that points the opposite direction to kind of keep the airflow blowing away from you you can you can try that and see if it helps i've never personally had that
problemso i i can't um relate to it very much um do i take supplements no i don't uh you've been vegan and vegetarian for a while but i heard you have to compensate for the b12 and the iron um there are there there's a lot of information about a vegan diet that exists on the internet and anytime there is a lot of information about anything you're going to come across nonsense and i would say almost overwhelmingly so when it comes to diet because there are so many experts on on diets uh i don't i don't want to give any like dietary um what's uh like dietary advice but what i can say in general is that uh it doesn't matter if you're a vegan or not a vegan if you're not eating properly you need to take supplements and a lot of non-vegans are still b12 deficient iron deficient and deficient of all other...
types of vitamins and minerals so from my experience my 11 years of experience i've had probably around i've almost gotten my blood tested every year being vegan at least at least seven of the 11 years i've had blood tests done uh and b12 has never been an issue iron has never been an issue so either somebody's doing it wrong or uh i'm doing it right that's the only that's the only like general thing that i that i can say regarding that oftentimes you get uh we haven't talked about veganism in a long time on the live
streams but usually the negative information that you'll get is not unbiased information the the source is from from my experience the source is overwhelmingly biased against a vegan diet when they make when they make claims like that and so it's it's very difficult to get to the the real information because there's so much information and anytime anytime it comes to diet it's always statistical it's always it's always statistical information because that's really the only way they can study diet is through statistics they can do individual studies but the results of the studies are always statistical because everybody is different you know you feed everybody peanuts you're gonna kill off like eight percent of the world's population and there's nothing wrong with peanuts so um i just say that to emphasize that uh everybody needs to take their their health into their own hands um and...
probably spend a lot less time um like listening to uh other people about it especially people that tell you that you should do this or you should do that if i say you should start your day with a a nice peanut butter and jelly sandwich then anybody with a peanut allergy is gonna struggle real hard so all right let's go back to the the lighter color here i really like how dull this
pencilis i still haven't gone as dark as i need to on parts of the
nosehere but i'm slowly but surely building up kind of building up my colors uh how do i blend my
pencils um so with the polychromos i'm using this just this plain paper blender but sometimes uh sometimes you just you just keep layering you just you just keep layering and it's not necessarily that the
pencils are blending it's just that the colors are being mushed together on top of one another if you if you take a a blue pen and a red pen and you draw a bunch of lines or a bunch of dots between the two colors it's not that the blue and red ink is mixing together it's that the colors are so close together that if you look at it from you know a normal distance it's going to appear purple and that's just because you can't really differentiate between the red and blue dots anymore it kind of just fuzzes and turns purple
pencils is really a lot like that you don't necessarily have to take the pigment from one
penciland the pigment from another and get like a perfect...
mixture sometimes it's just that the colors exist so closely to one another on the paper that they appear to be a different color and really you can you can take that approach to
pencils and and get you know the best results that you you can imagine and you don't necessarily need a unique tool of blending or anything special for the for the
pencils to you know look good but you know different techniques will have slightly different results for instance blending with solvent i used to blend with solvent all the time and i still do blend with solvent when the occasion comes but i do it far less often than i used to not because blending with solvent is like a bad thing to do but because i learned the the subtle differences between the looks so if you blend with solvent as opposed to just layering a whole bunch you're going to you're going to notice a few things and the first thing that i noticed that i wasn't really a fan of when using solvent is that you're kind of left with a fog like you can you can actually wipe it off so if you a good way to test this is just take a few dark colors say like blue and black and purple and something and just apply it to a paper and then blend it with solvent and do that a couple times just kind of you know get a good thick layer of
pencilon the paper and then blend it with solvent and then let it dry you let it dry for a little bit and then just wipe your finger on it just uh swipe your finger...
across it and what you'll notice is that there's like like a a white fog that sits on top of the the colors and i don't think it is doing any damage or anything like that but it dulls out the color like it just it feels a little faded and for as long as i've been doing
pencilportraits i've always kind of steered away from relying on blending with solvent when it comes to skin tones because that white fog i feel like um even if you wipe it away it kind of seems to return or never truly go away and so i always felt like the skin lacked a bit of luster um from blending with solvent and so i i tended to avoid that but when it comes to doing hair i don't think that it has a negative effect because you know you can go a little bit brighter with your colors in the hair very safely you can't really do that with skin without the risk of making it irreversible and messed up so uh i still use solvent and hair and fur and stuff because i feel like it's it's a lot safer than than skin i feel like the colors and skin are just a bit too delicate and they need to be a bit more precise than the colors and hair and fur so oh hello victor yeah you're a little bit late uh i think i've been
streaming for like two hours now not i'm not quite sure i lost track of time but i'm still here so whether whether you're late or not not too important i won't i won't hold it against you don't worry got to start going darker with my...
my shadows here so things are going to get a little tricky it's always when you start incorporating the darker colors that i feel like it gets it truly gets hard dark colors dark colors i think are what scares most people and skin but you you gotta gotta use your colors you gotta go dark sometimes sometimes it's easy to start with the darkest color and then gradually work out to the lighter stuff but as many portraits as i've done at this point it's hard to say really i've i've started with really light colors i've started with like the darkest colors and no matter what you start with i always feel like it's the the meeting in the middle that is the hardest to accomplish the transition from the dark excuse me the transition from the dark colors uh can be just so daunting sometimes and just feel like it's impossible one of the one of the hardest things to avoid is a dull transition and what i mean by that is like say um some of these shadows here are are so dark that i need to incorporate black into them and so the transition from where those shadows are like almost black to you know
coloredpart of the skin if you pull that black into those brighter areas you're going to kind of deaden the skin and so that's where you have to you have to use like a lot of precision with your your color saturation that's probably well not probably that that's the reason why there's like so many uh instructors teachers whatnot that have...
this philosophy of don't ever use black kind of thing and that i think that topic came up on friday um and as you know i i don't i don't think that that's the the right way to describe it i think the the more accurate way to describe it is that you have to be real cautious anytime you use the color black because you don't want it to diminish the quality of the work obviously you want it to improve it you want it to to make it better and in order to do that you have to use it correctly and i think that if you teach people not to use black you're never letting them learn the right way to use it i don't think the avoidance of something is the best the best approach do i still want to write a book someday yes actually i do that's probably something i'll i'll pick up after retirement is uh is writing a book i'd love to just write a story of some kind i don't even like i i find so many different stories interesting that uh the kind of story that i would want to write i don't even care about like it could it could be about anything um as long as the characters are interesting to get to know i enjoy i i'll enjoy a story gosh i feel like the
noselooks weird i suppose it kind of looks weird because of this nostril over here this nostrils not quite shaded the way that it needs to be let's try to fix that shall we that looks a little bit better uh no
problemarnav it just makes it harder to follow the chat if you just repeat...
the same message over and over again distracts people from conversations they're having see i got that highlight that uh that falls on the edge of the
noseso i'm going to just use a little bit of a light um ivory to just kind of protect that that small little highlight right on the edge of the
nosei feel like i need to apply a bit more color on the outer edge here where the cheek is just to set the
nosein place a bit more maybe it will look a little less awkward with a bit more skin behind it i feel like this uh this dark color is coming in a bit too much into the bridge of the
noseso i'm just gonna kind of soften that a little bit another benefit of taking this approach to
pencils you know very very light layers and gradually letting the color build up is that you can actually do a tremendous amount of erasing and sometimes you just need to erase some things yeah i think that's i think that's better i can come back with my darker colors and kind of reshape that that transition where it kind of goes into the bridge of the
noseand then down to the tip of the
nosei feel like that transition was just just a bit too um kind of like crossing over the bridge of the
nosea bit too much oh this cheek over here looking forward to how i uh how i shade that uh what is my opinion on eraser
pencils what is i'm not sure i know what you're referring to as an eraser
pencilyou mean like
pencils that have an eraser on them i'm not sure if...
i have an opinion on like eraser
pencils or or are you talking about something like this you're talking about like any racer
pencilthingy like this uh tombow mono eraser if you're talking about this i love this thing yeah actually this thing should be out because i'm going to use it to create some of the highlights and stuff some of the uh texture in the skin i'll use that to pick up some of the the color to create some skin texture yeah yeah it's it's great these are basically the only two erasers that i use this detailed uh tombow mono eraser and then uh just a kneaded eraser the i i don't like i don't particularly like the rubber erasers because they leave so much like eraser dust behind and it drives me nuts i hate that stuff i do not like eraser dust so i i tend to lean towards exclusively using my kneaded eraser um and then for detailed stuff i'll use the tombow mono eraser all right let's see um probably yeah i can shade the
nosei need to sharpen this
pencilit's driving me nuts give me a give me a second all right uh what is the kneadable eraser for well i mean it's an eraser it's just it's used for erasing the benefit the benefit that i find in kneaded erasers is that you can shape them so if i need to erase like fine details i can just do this with it um and then also what i do a lot with it is i'll i'll roll it into a cylinder and i'll roll it on the paper that way you can erase like large...
areas but you also can just pick up a lot of excess graphite like you can see this line art for the hair if i don't want the graphite to be so dark then i just take my kneaded eraser and just kind of roll it on the graphite and instead of like erasing the whole thing instead i just pick up a little bit of the excess graphite and i can still see the line art but now i don't have all this graphite on the paper so that's one of my favorite things about the kneaded eraser the other thing which is really great is that they last like forever because you can just mush them up and mix them and it cleans it essentially but the only the the downside to the kneaded erasers is since they're a little sticky if you drop it on the floor you're pretty much going to want to throw it away because it's just going to it's just going to be gross and if you get a hair if you get a hair in your kneaded eraser just the thought of that makes me you know uncomfortable i won't oh i won't talk about that anymore but yeah kneaded erasers are great they're they're like my favorite any any tool that gives you a lot of control um is what i like so the tombow eraser a lot of a lot of control the kneaded eraser a lot of control small paint brushes a lot of control so yeah kind of how i kind of lean towards that stuff here's here's a good example like i need to erase a little bit of this brown to lighten it a bit so i instead of like trying to erase the whole...
nosei can just kind of tap on it just in that area and then now that that excess brown is not there anymore so i can move on and correct it uh doesn't the paper get dirty no it does not nope and for me it never gets dirty anyway when i use the kneaded eraser when i when i roll it it it cleans the paper uh the color this is cinnamon this this color here is called cinnamon if you want to know all the colors that i have out that i've used in this so far um i listed them all on friday's live
streamlike in the grand scheme of things i wouldn't refer to i wouldn't not refer to this live
streamas being a tutorial um even though i've given you know a lot of a lot of tips or ideas on improving your
pencilwork um yeah it's it's it's not it's not a tutorial and i wouldn't describe it as such but if you guys have questions uh about if you guys want to make this more more of a tutorial you can always ask me questions that's that's all i'm trying to say chat dictates the level of tutorial so the more the more questions you ask regarding the process here the more it turns into a tutorial um what did that miss oh hello steady point yeah that's another great thing about the kneaded eraser uh with with
pencils you can use watercolor paper but i don't i don't like watercolor paper so it's not it's not a paper that i that i use with my
pencils and i tend to lean towards more smooth papers with...
pencilwork not not a huge fan of uh of texture on my surfaces so i don't tend to use the more textured papers like watercolor there's nothing wrong with watercolor paper i just want to make that very clear i don't have anything against it and it is a good paper but paper is is a personal choice so don't take too much from my personal choice to avoid color watercolor paper uh you gotta go carol okay um well i'd be doing more
streams with this project most likely i this is just kind of a fun project for me to like hang out and do and i don't i don't have any time commitments to it so most likely if you guys want me to do another
streamuh like let me know uh maybe i'll do another
streamon friday i i kind of want to bring back like at least one one
streama week on youtube like i used to uh i stopped doing it last year but um i've kind of gotten into a place where i feel i feel like doing that again but the the the more you guys want me to do it the more likely i'm going to do it i enjoy hanging out and answer questions regardless so eventually i'll i'll do another one but as far as this project being part of that um it'll most likely be part of it for a while because this this is gonna take me a long time to finish i mean i haven't even gotten to the hair yet and one thing that i've actually never done with
pencils is attempt a photo realistic hair never never attempted it so i'm gonna have to...
think really hard on on how to approach that process and uh probably take me a long time so i would say it's safe to expect seeing this project a few more times on a live
streamuh what was the book that i recommended a while ago uh oh um uh jonathan livingston seagull yeah that's that's the title of the book um are they going to be quite this early uh well do you want them later sneaks uh thank you pancho so much for the super chat i enjoy hanging out with everybody as well that's why i love these uh these these live
streams uh let me check i am so zoomed in on my reference boat i don't know what color the hair is the hair is blonde but it's uh the lighting isn't super bright so it goes from blonde to like a mid gray brown so it's it's like a mix between blonde and brunette but it i would say it's most it's it's much closer to blonde than than the brown yeah the colors the colors that i used for the skin uh i listed them on friday's live
streamum let's see i'll i'll do it again really quick because there's no i'm not using very many colors so just the skin colors here 103 271 130 265 no 263 169 132 189 so those those are the colors i that i've used in the skin for this project uh but with that question i want to also explain that just because i've used these colors in the skin doesn't mean that these are the colors that you'll use for every portrait you know skin comes in different...
colors and shades and stuff and i i make my adjustments as necessary a lot of these colors will be reoccurring for sure in many portrait projects but don't don't put too much emphasis on the colors a particular portrait take because there's there's a lot of variables when it comes to portraits and so you want to make your adjustments accordingly and you want you know you you want to understand why the colors are being used and less about the particular colors that i'm using because i i could have used you know different colors here and got a similar result uh i just chose i think what what i felt would be easiest to mix together to get the result that i want so just keep that in mind don't put too much emphasis on on my colors um oh you got up early and you can get up a little earlier but okay well the the idea sneaks is for me to start around noon and just
streamuntil i get tired of doing it either either i finish what i'm doing and then the
streamends or i get hungry or something or tired and i end the
streambecause of that or people stop asking me questions and i run out of things to talk about uh that's essentially what's going to end the
streams so i mean if you don't get to the
streamright when i start like i'm not going to hold that against you i know personally when i watch live
streamers i like to be there when they start so i don't miss like inside jokes that might exist later on in the
streambut um you know i...
streamfor a few hours minimum each time that i that i do these um does not really have it a time frame that i'm aiming for i've been playing a lot less video games now and i think that's i think that's what's actually like um doing doing the
streams and being more productive just overall artistically i've been much more productive the past um i don't know three or four weeks now and partially because i i haven't been playing much video games and i haven't been playing much chess either kind of on a video game and chess hiatus at the moment not really i haven't even i haven't been studying chess or doing anything really chess related for a while but uh i was playing a lot of video games like last month but that kind of hasn't been the case that recently and so now i just spend more time doing art stuff like i i actually drew a lot over the weekend so i'd been filling up this sketchbook so i drew this one saturday just trying to work on my this like when i draw for just myself this is what i draw like like i don't do stuff like this the only reason i do stuff like this is because because i started making
penciltutorials but this is what i like to do in my free time um and then i did this one on saturday as well uh really i've been working on my anatomy uh recently and i um there's this there's this korean artist uh young take him i sometimes i mix that up i'm pretty sure it's sometimes...
it's kim young tay online but i think i think it's um young take him uh he's he's a character development artist from korea and he has this just i love his work uh he's he's more digital three-dimen and 3d artist but i i love the proportions that he creates in his his anime style look and so um i tried to design a character this is this is that character as you can see like the legs the legs are like the legs just go on forever um but i'm trying to learn how he manipulates his anatomy because it's it's extremely unique but it looks for to me anyway some people don't like it but to me it just looks just really really good and so i was trying to mimic his style uh with that last one and that i drew that yesterday but um yeah it's it's really unique and i like it a lot but that's what i draw like when the cameras are off and i'm just doing whatever i want and i used to do quite a bit of the the anime manga type stuff early on with my youtube channel but i got more into the fine art of things as i wanted to learn how to color and i you know naturally you want to be good at those things you kind of have to study realism because it's you you take what's natural about human anatomy and then once you start distorting it you still have to have a really good grounded foundation to make that look to make it look correct uh put those together like a coloring book yeah yeah maybe something like that oh hey there harry good to...
see you my friend oh it's been it's been a real long time since i had the pleasure of having you in the live
streamgood to see you good to see you yeah video games video games do take a lot of your time but i i really enjoy i really enjoy playing video games something that i've done ever since i was little and i grew up i grew up on video games uh just a part of who i am really actually that's going going back to the the topic of what i plan on doing when i retire um it is a dream of mine to make a video game to make to to make my ideal video game maybe maybe even two of them since i have like two genres that i really really like i really like first person shooters and i love action rpgs those are my two favorite genres of games and i'd love i would love the love love to make an action rpg in my lifetime that would just be um like probably the greatest thing i feel like i had ever accomplished so i'm going to spend my time learning how to code and do game development and stuff i already have like the most minimal amount of uh experience doing that but um yeah it's it's been it's been something that i've wanted to do ever since i was little game design was always my like future plans when i started drawing people and stuff my dream was to be a character development artist i wanted i wanted to create characters for video games because i just wanted to see them i wanted to see them move i wanted to see my characters like come to life and...
and interact with a world and have a story you know i've i've always been compelled to to write stories although i never really do it i just i like thinking of stories that characters i design are a part of and just all of that stuff i would love to i would love to make a video game have just a small group of of friends or whatever to uh to design it and just make it a reality there's there's so many there's so many videos on youtube of of indie game developers that you know they self-publish and self-develop games and then they they host them on platforms like steam and whatnot so it's it's totally viable to just do it by yourself it's it's just crazy it's just crazy you'd like just develop a game by yourself and i think that would be one of the coolest ways to spend my time did i read ready player one i did not read it but i did watch the movie it seems like it would be a really good book yeah making video games is definitely not easy definitely not easy uh no i don't play dark souls uh that one like the i i prefer the two-dimensional uh the two-dimensional perspective view not so much like the third person view that dark souls is my my favorite game of all time is diablo ii so that type of action rpg um oh yeah grandpa steve i missed that question so question do i use a color picker when working from reference photo yes i absolutely do um using using a a digital image and some kind of photoshop like program if you have the...
tool sitting right in front of you to make your life easier why would you not use it right like that's imagine imagine a carpenter needing to know the length of something and instead of using the tape measure that's sitting right in front of him he instead decides to just eyeball everything that is that is just like having all of the tools to to make your measurements more accurate but then just for no apparent reason deciding not to use it so i mean when i'm when i'm working on something especially something that i'm investing a lot of time into and hopefully given that i've been working on this for like three hours now almost three hours um and i'm not even i'm not even remotely close to being done with the
nosewell maybe i'm somewhat remotely close to being done with the
nosethe level of precision that i'm going for in this project i i don't want to make guesses of my measurements so yeah i mean i haven't used the color picker the entire time that i've been working but um yeah i take the time i always take the time to study my reference photos that's one of the things that i that i often stress a lot uh in tutorials and in tutorial live
streams is the importance of knowing your reference photo like really really well you want you want to know where colors are showing up and you want to you want to know where the details and the textures change so anytime i do anytime i do a project either something like this where...
i'm just doing it for myself or i'm doing a tutorial i always spend a considerable amount of time just staring at the reference photo and studying it understanding the light and understanding the colors and how they change and where they change i look for all of the subtle shapes that occur in in the pictures and all of that so i i do i spend a lot of time just analyzing the reference photos so that i can make so i can make accurate measurements and anytime i can use a ruler i'll use a ruler a metaphorical ruler or a metaphorical tape measure i should i guess i should say but yeah that's that's a good question steve good question i'm glad you i'm glad you brought that up because i i don't want i don't want people to think that you have to avoid using things to make your life easier because there's there's people there there's people that make claims about art that just don't make any sense people that uh say some people say that if you use a reference photo at all it's not art which is probably one of the dumbest things i've ever heard in my life but those people exist and their art is garbage um most of the time anyways most of the time anybody that says that if you look at their work it's nothing good to look at so take their take their advice with a giant grain of salt because they're delusional and then there's people that you know they they call tracing cheating unless it's just line art then...
tracing isn't cheating um i mean there's there's a bunch of things like this that exists in the the world of art that people make claims about but if you have you if you have a tool to make your life easier never be ashamed to use it because uh any any master from 200 years ago or however far back you want to go i guarantee you if you were to travel back in time and show them show them a light box they would they would just use it in a heartbeat and just be mesmerized if you showed them a projector their heads would explode and they would also use it on everything they could possibly use it if you went back 500 years and gave davinci a a camera a digital camera that he could just take a picture of something and always have a still image of it he would use that till it broke just for everything because i mean it isn't about i would say art is never about making things or or keeping things difficult it's not about keeping things difficult there's there's progress that can be made to simplify things and to make things easier i mean if there was a
pencilif there was a
pencilthat automatically adjusted its color to exactly what you need i guarantee you everybody would use that
penciland there'd be a crowd of people on the other side screaming and hollering about it being cheating or whatever so i just yeah i don't i don't worry about none of that stuff i just i just do whatever i want uh sorry i might i probably missed some some comments...
you guys that was a good question that was a good question you got me ranting a little bit let's see did i miss anything do foreign my stomach keeps making noise probably gonna have to call it a day soon call it a day eventually and get something to eat i haven't eaten anything yet today i've been up i've been up since six o'clock so i've been up for a little while and i haven't had anything except a glass of tea and half a cup of water so i'm gonna need some food eventually i made tacos last night for dinner so i'll probably have some of those i love tacos i'm using like the smallest amount of this brown to darken this side here i need to i had i had a couple questions recently about these paper blenders that i use and one of the questions was how do i clean it is what i use um this is just i think this is usually used for charcoal um i i don't know but i use this for for cleaning my paper blenders so that it's like two different grits of sandpaper i think this is like 320 and this is 400 but this is how i clean my paper blenders so that's how i get the excess color off it's also really great to make them have like a really nice sharp point for details and stuff but i had a question for that the other day so i thought i'd show you guys um how i clean my paper blenders i think i bought that i have like a whole bunch of them i think i got like a pack of four or five of them uh a few years ago um for pastel
then i got an electric
pencilsharpener and i don't need anything else to help me sharpen my pastel
pencils so uh you have a good day too uh lucy appreciate you coming by and hanging out if you want me to have a meal on camera yeah i don't know about that i don't i don't i don't know about that not uh not that kind of youtube channel you guys you guys ever come across those goofy super goofy youtube channels it's always like um it's always like a girl too and they eat like they have like a table just filled with food just like so much food and they eat just like they they they eat like a mess just a hot mess um oh it's disturbing i don't recommend looking it up but if you've had the unfortunate uh pleasure of of seeing those videos yeah i i'm not i'm not one of those channels i don't wanna i don't wanna eat on camera oh in case you're wondering um i don't press really hard with my paper blender either i make about just about as much pressure with my
pencilas i do my paper blender so i have a little dot on her
noseright there drive me nuts there we go uh since i changed up my studio am i still using the standing desk no no um i had it i had an issue with what i built for the standing desk so i was probably about four to five centimeters too short and one of the bigger
problems was that the reverse essentially happened instead of sitting too much i was standing too much so now i i invested in a a very comfortable...
gaming chair that's just i can just sit here all day i don't though i i mean i've been sitting here for the past few hours now but uh before that i wasn't sitting um i i take breaks regularly so that's what i do like i'll do you know some leg exercises and just stretch out a little bit walk around my flat so i just take regular breaks and i sit now went back to sitting got rid of my standing desk attachment thingy that i built um because it just it just wasn't it well one it wasn't high enough which made it actually worse for my comfort level but it also took up a lot of space so i wanted to simplify things and not have such a small amount of space oh first time to live
streamwell welcome welcome you're absolutely right some people are into some weird stuff that is so true yeah if you try if you try up the paper blender to blend the pastels just use polychromos or pablo because it doesn't really work with prismacolor or the waxier thicker uh
pencils and also you want to use um not the smoothest paper but like a vellum paper that's where you're going to get the best results another really really great paper is the strathmore toned gray paper or toned tan paper yeah it's really good idea to take breaks from sitting and that's that's what i just do now instead of standing because the only way to take a break from standing all day is to sit and so um i would just lay down in bed i would just be standing for several...
hours and then like have to lay down it feels it feels better to sit for a little bit and then take a break from sitting like walking to the kitchen walking back or doing some stretches or something like that um so the taking a break the opposite of sitting is easier than taking a break the opposite of standing is what i found basically good morning wendy hello hello hello uh can you add layers blending like this yeah absolutely i mean i've added so many layers to this project already like right around the eyes and everything what you what you'll notice if you if you start incorporating this technique into your
pencils what you're going to notice is that blending with the paper blender pulls off some of the pigment and so your darker colors get a little bit lighter and that happens a little bit more as you layer and so you you just have to keep adding color essentially a little bit heavier each time in between like blends does this
noselook right i feel like it ah that color does not look good on at least on my monitor and this doesn't look that great i've had you guys looking at this
nosefor like several hours now and on camera i don't think it looks really that that appealing in person it looks pretty good though i'm not quite ready to take a picture of this and post it on instagram maybe maybe after the next live
streamsession where i get some of the cheeks done or whatever or i actually get the eyes and the forehead and the
but i think i'm i'm just about ready to to call it a day i need to get i do need to get some food i just can't stop when i when i uh get myself in the mood to just sit in color for hours and hours it's it's hard to pull myself away from it i just want to keep drawing my hands aren't shaky yet from being super hungry so it doesn't it doesn't yet bother me to be hungry but i need to take a break eventually oh hey there shaundry good to see you i heard you uh had a bit of fun with uh cece and christine yesterday the left nostril looks smaller yeah right now the left nostril is not um yeah there there you go left nostrils fixed yeah i'm trying to i'm trying to work this shadow in correctly the shape is almost a triangle with like a rounded bottom so i'm like slowly trying to build this the this shape and i think once i get this shape a little bit more correct the
nosewill start to appear more normal looking also the transition oh that's what i'm missing i'm using gray the the transition between the bridge of the
noseand where it goes to the tip of the
noseuh is really difficult to get it looking right and it's gray i'm missing that's what i was missing i was missing the gray gray might be the most overlooked color in portraits people don't tend to think that skin is gray but i would say that skin is mostly gray i would say skin is gray with a with touches of color saturation control is one of the most...
difficult aspects of of working with color and a lot of people overlook the power of using gray in their work that's cool chandra i'm glad you're glad you had fun it's it's really cool to think that so many of you are friends with my sister and that yesterday christine met my sister in real life um i've only i've only well aside from the people i knew in real life before i did youtube stuff um i've never met anyone subscribed to my channel other than one time which was that random occurrence where they uh they recognized my wife and myself uh up in goddance a few years back aside from that i haven't met i haven't met anybody in person yet and my my sister beat me to it my my sister beat me to meeting a subscriber in real life this is kind of funny but it's really cool it's it's really cool that um well one that i have such a cool sister and that she became such close friends with so many of you that i mean chandra you face time with my sister more if not more often than i do you have a closer relationship with my sister than than i do um it just makes me just makes me laugh but it also i think it i think it just goes to show you how awesome all of you are it's just awesome it's it's so cool it's so cool and i love it i know i know uh wendy you and cece were trying to organize some time to to meet up while she was in north carolina but uh yeah the distance was a little bit far since you were still like eight...
hours away which i didn't think that you would have been so far away because eight hours is it's an eight-hour drive from ohio to new york and i wouldn't have thought that well if cc is already in north carolina uh you're in south carolina right like i wouldn't have thought that a state that shares a border that you guys would have still been that far far away from each other uh as far as teaching do i think that i'll do a patreon detailing the process you look at in studying a reference photo hmm i i could i never i i guess i never really thought about it i mean i've done i know i've done like some digital tutorials where i talk about reference photos i think i've i think i've spread it out but i i've never dedicated an actual tutorial to that exact thing maybe maybe i'll do that because i don't think that could just be like a one day tutorial um so maybe i can do that in the in between the next pastel uh project or next
pencilproject or something it's it's really hard to actually teach the way i look at a reference photo because what i what i see with my eyes comes from like years of experience of trying to understand the way things change through the image and i i feel like that's something that is much better learned by experience than you know trying to talk through it but i can do my best for sure i can try to i can try to talk through it but it is it is something that does take a bit of experience...
to to get good at because i can explain you one photo or even two photos but being able to take that and move on to photo number three by yourself and do self analysis is is a lot different it's it's kind of like uh if you're in if you're in college or whatever and you have to do like a critical analysis for a story or something but you've never done a critical analysis so like this is like english 102 or something and the teachers like here read this and do a critical analysis and you're like well what's a critical analysis like what do you what is it that you're looking for and what is it that you're looking to explain with your critical analysis um it can be quite ambiguous and even if the teacher gives you examples of a critical analysis of a particular story or something that doesn't necessarily prepare you to analyze the next story by yourself and so it's something that you have to it's something that you have to just do repeatedly and gain a little bit of information over time and so it's really experience that allows you to start analyzing solo hopefully that makes sense um yeah yeah she she told me that wendy yeah she told me that uh what am i doing now yeah i need to bring in some lovely pinks probably going to finish off with this so if you guys have any last questions before i go i'm just going to apply some of this pink and maybe do a little bit of last blending before calling it a day i am not saying that...
mine that the
nosethat i'm doing is complete just that i'm getting kind of hungry and i'm gonna get some food um pastel pastel tutorial tomorrow for all the lovely people on patreon i already posted that project earlier today so you should have got an email but wednesday a new episode of peaceful pastels will be out and thursday
pencilproject starts on patreon as well and i'm i'm not promising anything but i i may i may live
streamfriday let me know in chat if you'd like me to live
streamagain on friday uh what what version of the chair did i get i i don't know this is this is the 2020 version it's brand new they just came out with it this year uh when am i
streaming next any ideas well hope maybe friday depends depends on if you guys ask nicely i mean just so rude all the time and just expect everything from me and you never ask nicely so if you ask nicely then maybe friday if not friday then probably next monday probably kind of sort of bring back like the monday normal live
streams uh a little bit but yeah if i if i'm feeling up up for it then i might do another friday
streamuh the the thing is with the friday
streamis that on fridays is when i record the next episode of peaceful pastels and so if i'm too tired then i'm not going to
streambecause if you think the the tutorial
streams take a lot out of me the recording an episode of peaceful pastels is that's that's a that's a task that's a task...
because i you know i want the i want the lesson to be coherent so i'm like on high alert for a full hour straight making sure audio's good making sure camera is good the lighting's good and all that stuff but yeah if i do these
streams more for fun why not do a digital art drawing
streami won't do a digital art drawing
streambecause i packed up my my drawing monitor because it was just in the way i wasn't using it enough and um the drivers i i can't find the drivers online to fix the the issues that i was having with it because i i did another like uh drawing monitor review and it was a different brand from a different company and so to install it i had to uninstall my previous monitor drivers and then i gave that one away so the new one that i got i gave away to a friend and the the old oogie one that i had i i couldn't find the drivers for and i was never doing digital art stuff so i just kind of i just packed it up and put it in storage so i don't i don't have it available easily available um and i don't really feel like messing with it to be honest with you although i have been i have been really into uh digital art recently past few weeks i've been watching a lot of digital artists just to um you know just do like painting characters and stuff and it has one and i've been wanting to get uh the drawing monitor out but i just i've been enjoying working on this paper working in this sketchbook working with pen and ink...
and so it's just uh yeah probably just stick to this uh the other thing is i you know working with
pencils fits my channel and i don't want to shift around the topic so i like just stick to pastels and
streamfriday okay okay asking nicely all right since you asked so nicely yes you ask so nicely uh the secret of making the eyes look wet is using the right colors in the scleras it is all about the scleras if you make them white you will have awful cartoon looking eyes you have to go dark you have to go gray um my my one of my favorite colors is actually this earth green for the sclera's and then just like some warm or cool grays and then of course a bit of pink that's really that's really the secret because there's a lot of contrast that is in the eyes and it's not just from the black of the pupils so that's that's what you have to get correct in order to make them look good it's all about the whites of the eyes the scleras all right i'm going to do a little bit of blending here let's see let's clean this off a little bit got some colors there uh hello from russia well hello i i i haven't learned how to read the russian alphabet yet so i'm not even going to try to pronounce your name but i've always wanted to learn the pronunciation of of russian it's not so much different than polish in terms of pronunciation but i can't read the alphabet yet so i need i need to get on that...
all right i'm gonna just do uh some blending here and then i'm gonna call it a day and uh i will i'll shoot to
streamon friday but i won't guarantee anything because like i said first thing that i do friday first thing that i do is uh get up when my wife leaves for work which is around six and i just set up and i i start recording uh an episode of peaceful pastels and you know what i now that i just not just thought of that i actually don't have a reference yet um so i don't i don't know what the next episode's gonna look like i always i always grab like a random character reference so that i have like an idea in mind and then i just make it up on the spot uh but i always i always have some kind of reference to guide my idea so i need i need to do that before friday and then um sometimes i like to just after i record it i like to just do the editing this past week i didn't know i didn't do the editing until um sunday or saturday or something all right i think that
noselooks pretty good so there's i'm trying to adjust for the light shining on it yeah i think that i think the
noselooks pretty good um but uh anyways that is going to be it for today i'm glad glad you guys came by and hung out hope you enjoyed the
streamit seems seems most of you have enjoyed the
streamwhich is always good i'm going to get some tasty tacos for lunch so you can be jealous of that and then for those of you over on patreon i'll see you...
tomorrow about the same time and then wednesday a new episode of peaceful pastels and then possibly see you guys on friday so i hope that you have a fantastic rest of your monday feels weird to be a monday yeah it seems kind of weird for today to be monday for some reason um anyways have a great rest of your day and i'll see you later take care peace you