Chelsea Kenna Illustration

Aaaah! Everything in your art is so fluid! How do you do that?

Asked by
lishadra

Your art is all pudge and squishelly, too. /)030(\

Thank you! Not to use a probably overused response, but practice is probably the biggest factor. :) In general I find that the more confident/experienced I am with drawing a particular subject matter, the more fluid my drawing will be. The best way to get to this point is to just draw that thing over and over again until you really feel confident about it.

Drawing from life is a big help in this regard too, especially when drawing people/animals. I recommend going to the zoo or a dog park (for animals) or a coffee shop/cafe/other busy place (for people). Because you’re not working with paid models, they’re not likely to stay in the same pose for very long, forcing you to draw quickly. This helps you get used to drawing quick, fluid strokes rather than freezing up while drawing. Figure drawing classes can help too although for this particular exercise you’d want sessions involving shorter poses vs. long studies.

As for the pudgy/squishiness of my animal characters, I probably have to credit a lot of Disney influence for that one, as well as obsessively studying this book as a kid. The key is using a lot of circles/round shapes in your character construction. Here’s a page from the aforementioned book on this subject: Designing a Cute Character (courtesy of this site). In general that book is a really fantastic resource for character design, by the way, I highly recommend it!

chelseakenna:

chelseakenna:

Here’s my finished piece for the Iron Giant show at A Little Known Shop!
The show is one day only: Saturday Sept 13, from 6pm-10pm
Facebook Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1585300521697270/
I’m going to try my best to attend, hope to see some of you there!

Just a reminder that this show is tomorrow night at 6pm!
I’m planning on attending. Not entirely sure how long I’ll stay, depends on how I’m feeling (per previous post) but hopefully I’ll see some of you there!

Good news for those of you who weren’t able to attend the show. Show curator Jessie Greenberg has set up an online shop where you can purchase the remaining pieces!
My piece is available to purchase if you’re interested: https://squareup.com/market/art-of-jessie-greenberg/chelsea-kenna-iron-giant-family
These pieces will be available for sale until Sept 30th!

chelseakenna:

chelseakenna:

Here’s my finished piece for the Iron Giant show at A Little Known Shop!

The show is one day only: Saturday Sept 13, from 6pm-10pm

Facebook Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1585300521697270/

I’m going to try my best to attend, hope to see some of you there!

Just a reminder that this show is tomorrow night at 6pm!

I’m planning on attending. Not entirely sure how long I’ll stay, depends on how I’m feeling (per previous post) but hopefully I’ll see some of you there!

Good news for those of you who weren’t able to attend the show. Show curator Jessie Greenberg has set up an online shop where you can purchase the remaining pieces!

My piece is available to purchase if you’re interested: https://squareup.com/market/art-of-jessie-greenberg/chelsea-kenna-iron-giant-family

These pieces will be available for sale until Sept 30th!

My contribution to the Fifth Element Art Book. 
I was thrilled to be a part of this project since The Fifth Element is one of my absolute favorite films ever. I even once had a hamster in college named Leeloo Dallas Multipass. 
I originally had a more elaborate piece in mind with more characters, but I hit the peak of my recent illness while working on this piece so it’s honestly a miracle I managed to complete it at all. 
This art book contains this piece as well as illustrations and comics from 79 other artists. If you missed the Kickstarter and are still interested in purchasing it you can do so at one of the following links:
Physical Copy
Digital Copy

My contribution to the Fifth Element Art Book

I was thrilled to be a part of this project since The Fifth Element is one of my absolute favorite films ever. I even once had a hamster in college named Leeloo Dallas Multipass. 

I originally had a more elaborate piece in mind with more characters, but I hit the peak of my recent illness while working on this piece so it’s honestly a miracle I managed to complete it at all. 

This art book contains this piece as well as illustrations and comics from 79 other artists. If you missed the Kickstarter and are still interested in purchasing it you can do so at one of the following links:

Physical Copy

Digital Copy

chelseakenna:

Here’s my finished piece for the Iron Giant show at A Little Known Shop!
The show is one day only: Saturday Sept 13, from 6pm-10pm
Facebook Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1585300521697270/
I’m going to try my best to attend, hope to see some of you there!

Just a reminder that this show is tomorrow night at 6pm!
I’m planning on attending. Not entirely sure how long I’ll stay, depends on how I’m feeling (per previous post) but hopefully I’ll see some of you there!

chelseakenna:

Here’s my finished piece for the Iron Giant show at A Little Known Shop!

The show is one day only: Saturday Sept 13, from 6pm-10pm

Facebook Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1585300521697270/

I’m going to try my best to attend, hope to see some of you there!

Just a reminder that this show is tomorrow night at 6pm!

I’m planning on attending. Not entirely sure how long I’ll stay, depends on how I’m feeling (per previous post) but hopefully I’ll see some of you there!

I’ve mentioned here and there that I’ve been REALLY SICK lately. Might as well finally share why!
"Morning sickness" is really a terribly misleading name. I’ve been sick pretty much all day every day for the past 7 weeks (it’s like having a 7 week long stomach flu). On the plus side I am told the worst may be over soon?
So, yeah! Hopefully my productivity will resume in a week or so? 

I’ve mentioned here and there that I’ve been REALLY SICK lately. Might as well finally share why!

"Morning sickness" is really a terribly misleading name. I’ve been sick pretty much all day every day for the past 7 weeks (it’s like having a 7 week long stomach flu). On the plus side I am told the worst may be over soon?

So, yeah! Hopefully my productivity will resume in a week or so?