Tuesday, 26 December 2006
Sunday, 24 December 2006
Thursday, 21 December 2006
This is a drawing I did a couple months ago for a friend from my old work place. She's been buggin' me for about a year to do a picture, any picture (she ain't the only one and some have been waiting longer). I was supposed to give it to her but it got creased by accident by someone on my course, (I won't say who, they don't even realise that they did it), so I've been meaning to redo it, and finally did, but I didn't like the new version (not posted because it's that bad, no really) So I thought I'd clean it up, and do some photoshop magic with it. (I haven't done any "finished" PS for about 8 months to a year ). I thought I'll just do quick colours but then got carried away. I decided to remove the outline, Arthur de Pins style (check he's site in my links, this guy is BAAAD!). So here it is. Got the itch now, must do moooorrreeee..... :)
Monday, 18 December 2006
Ok, enough of the deep talk, More drawing A quick sketch of my cousin, I decided to mess around with it in photoshop. I haven’t used photoshop to do any finished illustrations for a while (almost a year). Might do a couple over the next week or so. I think I need to have some fun now. I like the letratone-ish one the best.
Some painful, but important truths have come to light over the last 2 weeks. I guess that’s why I’ve been going a bit deep lately. While I’ve been studying (at uni), I’ve not really had the chance to reflect on my work. Deadline after deadline with no real time to look back. I think I need drawing lessons, or rather, “perception lessons” (I believe drawing is about the way you see things, not how you hold a pencil, even though technical lessons help). I’ve been made to realise (thanx again to Mr Dash) that since starting my course, all I’ve done is draw. I draw as much as I can, when I can, but that’s the problem. I’ve been drawing with no real purpose. All I’ve tried to do is one pretty picture after another without really taking anything from it. Not to say that drawing for the fun of it, isn’t beneficial, but I realise that I definitely need to “study” what I draw. A balance of both; study and fun. This became really apparent to me with this group of drawings.
I was watching the special features of Lilo & Stitch and I saw some of Andreas Deja child studies. Beautiful drawings, done with a brush pen (I think) of children in a Hawaiian class room. He not only captured the aesthetics of a child, he also caught the essence, mannerisms etc. I’ll take some DVD screen grabs and put them on a separate post, I just don’t want he’s work next to mine right now, makes me look bad. LOL
Anyway I tried to do the same with my 7 month old cousin, (the most beautiful baby I've ever seen, my drawings did not do her justice). This is probably one of the most difficult, but insightful things I’ve done in terms of drawing. I really struggled to the point of frustration. She moved around so much. Never stopped moving. This definitely illustrates all of my weaknesses, and shows how I go about drawing in the most extreme way.
I wanted to edit out some of the drawings because I really don’t like most of them, but the mistakes are probably the more important drawings (providing I learn from them of course). So I put in all the drawings to keep my ego in check and to remind me of how far I have to go.
I changed my mind about showing Mr Dejas Work, now my ego truly is in check, enjoy :)
Sunday, 17 December 2006
Left 5min, right 2min....
Sketch no.1, I really tried to make this sketch accurate. Took about 10mins. Proportion wise I think I captured the model, even in the face, but It's a weird drawing, and I have no idea why. Could be my lack of knowledge of anatomy, could be the fact that I was trying to do a "pretty drawing" anyone out there got some advice for me...?
loosening up 5min sketch....
More 5min sketches The bottom drawing is a single line drawing, your pencil doesn't leave the paper....
2min single line drawing with my left hand...whoa.
Ok...a step further...30 sec single line drawings without looking at the paper...double whoa.
more 30 second poses....
These were the last 2 drawings of the session. I don't know why, but I really seized up. Maybe because the drawings I did before were "fun" with no real pressure to do "the perfect drawing." With these ones I was like "Ok, time to get serious and draw properly" Even the size of the drawings shows how seized up I was. It seems I can only let go with the quick drawings...
Model walking, trying to convey sadness...
Fellow student Tim :)
One angry pose, one from below.
I rendered the top to the same level as the bottom only to realise that my measurements were wrong. Took the leap of faith and just rubbed it out. Problem is I had about a minute left to finish it. Tried to do a quick sketch, but I was in "careful drawing mode" so I left it. Damn...
Monday, 4 December 2006