How hard can it be?

Ask me anything   A collection of sketches and ramblings inspired by comics, books, history, animals and more by Cecilia Olivera-Hillway.

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Dog sketches at the gourd festival.
The best part about selling crafts at an outdoors venue with a relaxed atmosphere, is that a lot of people bring their dogs with them! I couldn’t quite sketch them portrait style since they were moving, but I certainly got inspired by them.

Dog sketches at the gourd festival.

The best part about selling crafts at an outdoors venue with a relaxed atmosphere, is that a lot of people bring their dogs with them! I couldn’t quite sketch them portrait style since they were moving, but I certainly got inspired by them.

— 2 months ago
#sketches  #sketchbook  #dogs  #pug 

I’m not sure I’ve mentioned it on tumblr, but painting, doodling and sketching aside, I make gourd crafts.

I love making things with gourds because it’s like a character design challenge. There are many different gourd shapes and I have to picture what kind of character might have a shape like that. I sometimes add details like pistachio ears, beaks, bulging eyes, etc. to complete the design. Other times I give the characters winter clothes, because I like them. No two can ever be trully the same.

On May 3rd I’ll have my first booth at a gourd festival, so wish me luck!

— 3 months ago with 1 note
#gourd art  #animals  #birds  #gourds  #crafts 
Gleaming the souls.
I made this one as a homework assignment which was to make a rough painting meant to convey a mood. I decided to base it on The Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which I was re-reading at the time. I will probably make more drawings based on that book, but I don’t think I will polish this one. I’m still struggling to find my “voice” in digital painting.
I recommend this book series by Laini Taylor. The setting alone is more interesting than the usual YA books.

Gleaming the souls.

I made this one as a homework assignment which was to make a rough painting meant to convey a mood. I decided to base it on The Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which I was re-reading at the time. I will probably make more drawings based on that book, but I don’t think I will polish this one. I’m still struggling to find my “voice” in digital painting.

I recommend this book series by Laini Taylor. The setting alone is more interesting than the usual YA books.

— 3 months ago with 60 notes
#madrigal  #daughter of smoke and bone  #laini taylor  #digital painting practice 
Tradigital.
I took this photo of a photo on my Cintiq as part of an assignment for an Art History class I’m taking. It’s meant to reflect on how I love creating with all sorts of “traditional” tools but now I sort of have to replace everything with the digital medium to be more “efficient”.
You can see a couple of my sketchbooks, tools, gourds, etc.

Tradigital.

I took this photo of a photo on my Cintiq as part of an assignment for an Art History class I’m taking. It’s meant to reflect on how I love creating with all sorts of “traditional” tools but now I sort of have to replace everything with the digital medium to be more “efficient”.

You can see a couple of my sketchbooks, tools, gourds, etc.

— 4 months ago
#tradigital  #sketchbook  #gourd  #beautiful chaos 
I’ve been awful about posting new stuff, so I’ll give a more consistent updating schedule a try. I’ll start by posting some of the stuff I’ve been doing lately.
This is from a class I’m currently taking. We had to gather reference and try to replicate it without color picking and doing more “graphic shapes”. I like the results well enough, but I still feel at a loss when it comes to using color instinctively.

I’ve been awful about posting new stuff, so I’ll give a more consistent updating schedule a try. I’ll start by posting some of the stuff I’ve been doing lately.

This is from a class I’m currently taking. We had to gather reference and try to replicate it without color picking and doing more “graphic shapes”. I like the results well enough, but I still feel at a loss when it comes to using color instinctively.

— 4 months ago with 1 note
#color studies  #homework 
I leveled up in the illolifeRPG game, so here’s the level 2 sheet. I really need to improve my digital painting skills FAST.

I leveled up in the illolifeRPG game, so here’s the level 2 sheet. I really need to improve my digital painting skills FAST.

— 6 months ago with 2 notes
#IlloLife RPG  #character sheet 
I’m still alive an kicking. I have been really busy doing lots of things yet I have not posted anything… I should work on that.
Anyway, I heard of this awesome idea to make an RPG of art improvement by Chris Conlon and decided to join in. Here’s my level 1 character sheet and hopefully I will reach level 2 soon :)

I’m still alive an kicking. I have been really busy doing lots of things yet I have not posted anything… I should work on that.

Anyway, I heard of this awesome idea to make an RPG of art improvement by Chris Conlon and decided to join in. Here’s my level 1 character sheet and hopefully I will reach level 2 soon :)

— 6 months ago with 1 note
#Chris Conlon  #IlloLife RPG  #Art challenge 
I’ve been sick the past few days, and my brain has felt sluggish and uncooperative. To make things worse I’m at the point in my unfortunately usual cycle where I feel like I don’t know how to draw at all. So I’m trying to force myself to at least draw something and here it is. This will also be a good test of just how big the resolution of the image ends up like with my new tablet and Zen Brush…

I’ve been sick the past few days, and my brain has felt sluggish and uncooperative. To make things worse I’m at the point in my unfortunately usual cycle where I feel like I don’t know how to draw at all. So I’m trying to force myself to at least draw something and here it is. This will also be a good test of just how big the resolution of the image ends up like with my new tablet and Zen Brush…

— 8 months ago with 5 notes
#zen brush  #monkey  #sketch 
Quick marker sketch of Red Lantern Razer.
I had dismissed the Green Lantern Animated Series as something not worth watching since I am not a big fan of the CG animation it has, but I had a storyboarding workshop with Giancarlo Volpe who showed us some of his GL storyboards and scenes and I was surprised by how much emotion was actually portrayed and how my classmates, who had actually seen the show, reacted to it. So I gave it a try and it Razer is by far my favorite.

Quick marker sketch of Red Lantern Razer.

I had dismissed the Green Lantern Animated Series as something not worth watching since I am not a big fan of the CG animation it has, but I had a storyboarding workshop with Giancarlo Volpe who showed us some of his GL storyboards and scenes and I was surprised by how much emotion was actually portrayed and how my classmates, who had actually seen the show, reacted to it. So I gave it a try and it Razer is by far my favorite.

— 8 months ago with 1 note
#razer  #green lantern  #sketch 
At the expo there was a guy with the coolest hair and I kept thinking he would make a great character/sketch, but I never got the chance to sketch him while I was there. So of course when I was doodling today, this happened.

At the expo there was a guy with the coolest hair and I kept thinking he would make a great character/sketch, but I never got the chance to sketch him while I was there. So of course when I was doodling today, this happened.

— 8 months ago with 1 note
#doodle  #sketchbook pro  #crazy hair