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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Car Have a Recall? Sketch in the Waiting Room


My car had a recall, which they warned me would take an hour to repair.  I figured that meant more like two hours, knowing the dealership, so I went prepared to study people with bold lines from my Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, and no additional colors.

This was all part of my preparing to take courses at The Center for Cartoon Studies in mid-summer.










One thing I really want to learn more about:  how little line information can it take to effectively render an expressive face?  Where do you get the most bang for your line's buck?  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

People as Silhouette Shapes


A while ago I spent a day or two sketching people as silhouette shapes.

In comics, the readability of characters depends a lot on their overall shape and the differentiation of those shapes among characters.

Drawing real people this way helped me see a bit more about how that works.











I used the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and a little journal which I don't like much because it doesn't take watercolor at all.  But it was perfect for this.

This was part of the "Sketch 100 people in five days" drawing challenge.



Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sketching While Watching Soccer

I have a nephew who plays college soccer and during the Fall season, I like to scribble away during his games.

The women's national team was playing on TV one day--what a great way to practice sketching the sport and get more people into my 100 People in Five Days challenge.















Thursday, July 6, 2017

Waiting Room Sketches Part One

Quick contour gestures of folks in the waiting room at the local Social Security office.  These were part of the 100 people in five days challenge from last spring.

Waiting in government offices for help really does give you lots of time to draw lots of people.











Thursday, June 29, 2017

Back to School: Drawing My Students During Presentations

My creative writing students know I am working hard to improve my drawing skills.  And since they are working hard to improve their writing skills, we bond over this working hard stuff.

Art is not for sissies.

Anyhow, they let me practice on them now and again, with the deal that I show them the results.

Since most of them can draw better than I can, we have some great conversations about "talent," hard work, developing skill, and the like.

All of these were drawn fast as the students worked.