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Two cats sleeping

4 Mar

I have two cats who grew up together and are very fond of each other. This means they like to play, chase and sleep together.

The latter is of course an opportunity for me to draw them, at least, for as long as they keep the same pose. After 15 minutes one of the cats repositioned itself, and the other did as well. That is how much time I had to draw these two furry darlings of mine. A quick sketch, no more.

Two cats sleeping

That is all.


Sketching The Watchmen

4 Mar

I downloaded the two trailers of The Watchmen and captured a frame which I found interesting. I can see that I still have problems with putting things on paper in the right proportions.

Of course, I used the right proportions for the frame (1920 pixels wide and 800 pixels high), 12 by 5. My first naive attempt was a bit discouraging. What had gone wrong here?

Watchmen - 001

The frame was correct, 24 cm wide and 10 cm tall, but that was about all that was correct with my drawing.

The next day, I started with measuring the photo and saw that Night Owl was one-third of the width of the frame in the picture. He was much broader than I had drawn him.

So, I tried again, and this time the result was much better.

Watchmen 002

There is a lot I can still improve, obviously, but the overall impression is much better. On the other hand, the semi-circle in the background has a smaller radius than in my drawing. As I discovered in the drawing of the tennis player, getting the background right makes drawing things on the foreground so much easier.

I guess I have so more studying to do before I can draw scenes like this with less effort. I could use the shortcut of drawing with a grid over both the photo and the drawing, but I think that is cheating. I doesn’t learn me to judge proportions by looking at my subject. I need to develop an intuition for those proportions, to get them roughly right in my first draft.

That is all.