A quick warm up today before I get to finishing up some work that NYCC interrupted.
The Uni-ball Signo 207 is a nice sketching pen. The ink is dark gives thick bold strokes. You have to commit to every line, which means that a better sketch is one where every one is formed in your mind before it comes out of your fingers. I’m too guilty of shaping the lines as I go, seeing what my scribbles suggest rather than thinking things through beforehand. Even if it’s only a microsecond before.
Whatever I’ve been watching or working on recently has a way of sneaking in. This week I’m working on a Tolkien Painting, just finished one of G.K. Chesterton, watching the first season of Dogfights, and had to draw a crowd of protestors on a comic page.
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Today all I have to offer is this pile of heads. Does this qualify as a sketch? Or is it more of a doodle? If I label it a “study” does is suddenly have more worth? These questions have left me needing a cup of coffee. Having to change a diaper at 3am (my son’s not mine, I’ve been fully potty trained for more than three years) has also contributed to this current need, masking itself as a want.
I also type pretty fast, so now I have less energy than when I started the above paragraph.
Daily Sketch for Tuesday March 13, 2012 – James the Giant Tamer
I may have gotten a little carried away with today’s sketch, but not being on a deadline at the moment means I have the time for such tomfoolery.
Daily Sketch for Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012 – Lightning McQueen from Pixar’s Cars.
Cars have always been hard for me to draw. I have to have lots of reference and it takes a lot of brain power for me to be able to pull one off. So naturally I started this sketch three times before finally figuring out something that was even close to decent.
In order to even get this close I played a trick on myself. The first couple of times I approached Lightning McQueen like I would a real car. Here’s the body, the wheels, the windshield and so on, and each time it looked like a failed attempt at a car, and not like a failed attempt at McQueen. It just didn’t have that cartoony, fun personality that the character has. So I thought of him instead as a character and not a car. Here’s his head, this would be his nose/mouth, etc.
And that time I came up with what you see here. A recognizable attempt at Lightning McQueen. And I only had to fool myself to pull it off.