Kristi O's Sketches

A collection of badly scanned pages from my sketchbook, filled with ramblings about the aformentioned badly scanned pages from my sketchbook. Intended as a daily blog, probably won't turn out that way.

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Here is the aforementioned painting that I think turned out well. Not going to lie I am still working on it (The rats under the table need a bit of fleshing out, and I was going to draw the stepmother coming down the stairs in the upper right), but I do like this one well enough that if I had to call it quits and move on from here, I would be pretty satisfied with the conclusion. This is somewhat of an inspirational painting for my take on Cinderella, which I think I’ve mentioned a few times now on this blog. The main difference in my telling is that there is no fairy godmother, so my Cinderella has to pump herself up to go to the ball. This exact scene probably won’t take place in the final story (If I ever finish it) but I did enjoy being able to try and flesh out a layout for the story. 

Here is the aforementioned painting that I think turned out well. Not going to lie I am still working on it (The rats under the table need a bit of fleshing out, and I was going to draw the stepmother coming down the stairs in the upper right), but I do like this one well enough that if I had to call it quits and move on from here, I would be pretty satisfied with the conclusion. 

This is somewhat of an inspirational painting for my take on Cinderella, which I think I’ve mentioned a few times now on this blog. The main difference in my telling is that there is no fairy godmother, so my Cinderella has to pump herself up to go to the ball. This exact scene probably won’t take place in the final story (If I ever finish it) but I did enjoy being able to try and flesh out a layout for the story. 

— 11 months ago with 1 note
Another WIP of the alleyway layout I was working on. I received some helpful tips from Crispy-Ghee that I incorporated into this second take. Not quite ready to call this one done, but at the same time I kind of want to move on from it. I struggled a lot with trying to get more texture into this image, and I’m still not all the way there. But I felt like it was time to move on, if only temporarily.I had been watching some videos from Ctrl paint.com and one of them talked about being stuck in the ‘Monkey house’. Basically you just end up working on one piece of art for so long your mistakes just start piling up. I don’t think this painting is that far gone, but I do think that I need some time away from it to think about how I want to approach it more. I ended up stepping away from this one for a bit and working on another painting which I feel turned out way more successful, so I’m glad I was able to take what I learned from this painting, even if it didn’t turn out how I wanted, and apply it to a future painting.

Another WIP of the alleyway layout I was working on. I received some helpful tips from Crispy-Ghee that I incorporated into this second take.

Not quite ready to call this one done, but at the same time I kind of want to move on from it. I struggled a lot with trying to get more texture into this image, and I’m still not all the way there. But I felt like it was time to move on, if only temporarily.

I had been watching some videos from Ctrl paint.com and one of them talked about being stuck in the ‘Monkey house’. Basically you just end up working on one piece of art for so long your mistakes just start piling up. I don’t think this painting is that far gone, but I do think that I need some time away from it to think about how I want to approach it more. 

I ended up stepping away from this one for a bit and working on another painting which I feel turned out way more successful, so I’m glad I was able to take what I learned from this painting, even if it didn’t turn out how I wanted, and apply it to a future painting.

— 11 months ago

Posting another in progress work here. This is the sequel to this previous illustration of an alley way I was working on. I put that alleyway aside for a while mulling it over and then inspiration struck one day and suddenly it turned into this fairly different alleyway. I might end up revisiting that original alleyway because Crispy-Ghee gave me some good tips on the illustration, it feels like a shame not to apply them. 

I’m still trying to figure out how to paint this sucker and I feel like I’m getting close to putting it on the back burner again. I’ve definitely got to practice my painting skills. I’ve been going through Ctrl Paint’s videos and the videos of Feng Zhu to try and pick up some pointers. I think I’m slowly learning stuff here and there, I’ll have to keep pushing along to see how it all comes together.

I’m not 100% sure of my composition here. I feel like it could be strengthened more but I’m not sure in what way. It’s hard to tell when you should step away from a drawing for a breather or whether you should push through. But I think I’m seeing some improvement even with some of my unfinished layouts. Now to just finish some of them!

— 1 year ago with 2 notes
Another attempt at colouring a background. This background existed for a while in tonal only, I never posted it to tumblr because I wasn’t really happy with how it turned out, but I decided to try and paint it since I was looking for another background of mine to colour for practice (EDIT: Apparently I did post it to tumblr and simply forgot I did so, the original is here . The original has a lot more rocks than the finished piece, I originally envisioned it as a forest where all the dirt and grass had worn away, leaving only rocks, but I decided to turn it into a dried up river to make it a bit more interesting by having more than just rocks and trees in there).I think I did a better job at pushing stuff into the foreground/background with this one, but at the same time I think that parts of this painting need a lot of work, the tree second from the left for instance seems off to me, I think maybe I should have added more highlights but I was afraid that would takeaway from the centre of interest. I tried to add little puddles of water to try and reinforce that this is a dried up river in an old forest, but some of the puddles didn’t turn out so great, definitely need to put still water on a list of things I need to practice.I’m not sure how the colours will look on this since my laptop needs a bit of calibration, I tried to go for a muted colour scheme, not so sure if I like the green/blue/red tones all together, might have been better sticking to just two of the three, or primarily using two and leaving the third for an accent. 

Another attempt at colouring a background. This background existed for a while in tonal only, I never posted it to tumblr because I wasn’t really happy with how it turned out, but I decided to try and paint it since I was looking for another background of mine to colour for practice (EDIT: Apparently I did post it to tumblr and simply forgot I did so, the original is here . The original has a lot more rocks than the finished piece, I originally envisioned it as a forest where all the dirt and grass had worn away, leaving only rocks, but I decided to turn it into a dried up river to make it a bit more interesting by having more than just rocks and trees in there).

I think I did a better job at pushing stuff into the foreground/background with this one, but at the same time I think that parts of this painting need a lot of work, the tree second from the left for instance seems off to me, I think maybe I should have added more highlights but I was afraid that would takeaway from the centre of interest. 

I tried to add little puddles of water to try and reinforce that this is a dried up river in an old forest, but some of the puddles didn’t turn out so great, definitely need to put still water on a list of things I need to practice.

I’m not sure how the colours will look on this since my laptop needs a bit of calibration, I tried to go for a muted colour scheme, not so sure if I like the green/blue/red tones all together, might have been better sticking to just two of the three, or primarily using two and leaving the third for an accent. 


— 1 year ago
I had some unexpected time off from work due to a city-wide state of emergency (My part of Canada was trying its best to become the next Atlantis), so I ended up hunkering down and working on this background.I got a bit adventurous here, this was my first attempt at doing a background in colour. For a long while now I’ve been focusing on value, but I decided to try my hand at painting with colour. I tried to be a bit more painterly here too, I think it’s pretty good all things considered. For sure I think I can work on it a bit more, but I’m generally happy with how things turned out. I think I could have tried to push the contrast a bit more, and try and make the places where light is hitting more obvious to help push things in the foreground/background a bit better. There’s a bit of irony in that this was the first background I painted in colour, and it’s for a story in which the world has it’s colour sapped from it, leaving everyone affected a lifeless shell. The main character is a girl named Paulette who is saved from having her colour stolen by accidentally falling into the waterfall home to the spirit of Blue water. It’s then up to Paulette and the colour spirit to trek across the land attempting to find the hiding spots of the other colour spirits in an attempt to restore colour to the world. If this sounds somewhat familiar it’s because it’s an old story idea I had a while ago, formerly starring a boy named Palette. 

I had some unexpected time off from work due to a city-wide state of emergency (My part of Canada was trying its best to become the next Atlantis), so I ended up hunkering down and working on this background.

I got a bit adventurous here, this was my first attempt at doing a background in colour. For a long while now I’ve been focusing on value, but I decided to try my hand at painting with colour. I tried to be a bit more painterly here too, I think it’s pretty good all things considered. For sure I think I can work on it a bit more, but I’m generally happy with how things turned out. I think I could have tried to push the contrast a bit more, and try and make the places where light is hitting more obvious to help push things in the foreground/background a bit better. 

There’s a bit of irony in that this was the first background I painted in colour, and it’s for a story in which the world has it’s colour sapped from it, leaving everyone affected a lifeless shell. The main character is a girl named Paulette who is saved from having her colour stolen by accidentally falling into the waterfall home to the spirit of Blue water. It’s then up to Paulette and the colour spirit to trek across the land attempting to find the hiding spots of the other colour spirits in an attempt to restore colour to the world. If this sounds somewhat familiar it’s because it’s an old story idea I had a while ago, formerly starring a boy named Palette. 

— 1 year ago with 1 note
I feel like I should post this because I’ve been working on it for a while now and I’m not really getting anywhere. I feel like I’m close to putting it aside out of frustration but maybe if I post it here I’ll remember to come back to it later.I’d like to make more of a connection between the standing figure and the castle, and I find that I keep playing with the angle of this scene and as a result I haven’t really gotten anywhere. I’m starting to feel a bit burnt out on layouts but I still feel like I need to keep working on them. 

I feel like I should post this because I’ve been working on it for a while now and I’m not really getting anywhere. I feel like I’m close to putting it aside out of frustration but maybe if I post it here I’ll remember to come back to it later.

I’d like to make more of a connection between the standing figure and the castle, and I find that I keep playing with the angle of this scene and as a result I haven’t really gotten anywhere. I’m starting to feel a bit burnt out on layouts but I still feel like I need to keep working on them. 

— 1 year ago with 1 note
An updated version of the previous background. After getting some advice from Crispy-Ghee I tried my hand at painting some texture onto my surfaces. I think I still need to practice my painting a bit but I’m liking how this turned out, not bad for a practice run. I might go and add my characters to this scene, at which point I might talk more at length about what ‘series’ of mine this scene belongs to. 

An updated version of the previous background. After getting some advice from Crispy-Ghee I tried my hand at painting some texture onto my surfaces. I think I still need to practice my painting a bit but I’m liking how this turned out, not bad for a practice run. I might go and add my characters to this scene, at which point I might talk more at length about what ‘series’ of mine this scene belongs to. 

— 1 year ago
Another attempt at trying some painting, didn’t quite turn out how I was hoping but I’m planning on taking another stab at this one sometime.

Another attempt at trying some painting, didn’t quite turn out how I was hoping but I’m planning on taking another stab at this one sometime.

— 1 year ago with 1 note

So I figured it was probably time to update this art blog again. Most of the times I feel like my doodles aren’t really internet worthy so I just refrain from posting stuff, so here’s a background that I created a little while ago.

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— 1 year ago

Trying my hand at doing some layouts for my Cinderella story. I’m finding that in my rough sketches I always end up with very different vanishing points for parts of my pictures, which always results in the more polished sketches looking pretty different from my rough doodles. Also I keep choosing to do interiors that have stairs in them which gives me a bit of grief, I find that I have a hard time figuring out how to treat the stairs. Should stairs have an additional perspective to them? Should they be given a third perspective point so that they narrow at the top? How does that work with the perspective of the rest of the room?

The first image is one based on a sketch I did, and as a result I feel like the proportions are all over the place and the composition is weak. I think the horizon line is too high too, and the stairs seem odd to me. I’m not sure what it is but I feel like they curve almost instead of going up in perspective.

The design of the second image was based off an illustration I found here: http://www.archantiquesservices.com/stepbystep.asp so it’s a bit stronger compositionally but I ended up cheating it a bit and made it one perspective instead of two because I was having trouble figuring out how to do the stairs. 

I think it just goes to show I definitely have to practice my perceptive a bit more. I don’t think I’m terrible per-se but definitely not quite up to snuff yet (and my background design skills need a bit more work regardless). 

— 1 year ago with 2 notes