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Video: How the Comic Strip “Sheldon” is Created

15 May

I like this video, in which Dave Kellett, creator of the daily web comic Sheldon explains how he makes his daily strip.

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Drawing Unknown Faces, part 148

15 May

Kodomo no hi

Originally uploaded by manganite

Okay, here’s another attempt to give my own spin on a reference photo.

I know that it is going to suck, more or less, but you have to start somewhere. If I can’t find any good tutorial, I should try to learn it myself.

I didn’t start with studying the face, but, instead, began drawing right away. This is often a recipe for disaster, but I guess I’m allowed to suck when doing drafting experiments. Why else do experimentation in the first place, if it has to be perfect?

A few problems. How do you draw a face from another perspective? How do you draw hands from another perspective? All these things (and others) make it very hard to do these kinds of exercises. The only thing I can think of is to find two photos from different perspectives, and combine the both into one unique drawing.

Drawing purely from imagination doesn’t work for me at this moment. I just haven’t drawn enough heads and faces to have a feel for it.

On the other hand, the book by Christopher Hart, how ever crummy it may seem to me, offers advice on drawing the head from imagination. Perhaps I should revisit the book and see if I can learn something.

Here is the sketch.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 148

I feel so humbled by my poor skill to draw from imagination. On the other hand, I know now what skill I should acquire to be able to use a photo without copying it.

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Drawing Unknown Faces, part 147

15 May

While I was drawing this laughing boy from a photo, I was listening to the Art & Story podcast, a wonderful podcast about creating comics (something I aspire to be doing in the near future, once I have mastered a set of basic drawing skills).

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 147

Before I started, I studied the pose of the boy as closely as I could. How are the masses in his face and head distributed? If the head is a cube, how is it oriented in space? Were is the line that runs through the root and base of the nose (dividing the head in two equal parts)? Were is the base of the nose, and how does it relate to the base of the ear? How does the lower jaw line run, from the chin to where the ear shell is attached to the skull? Where are the eyes in relation to the nose? Etcetera, etcetera.

I guess I spent 30 minutes only on those kinds of considerations. After that prep work I was so invested in the drawing, that I was able (with the help of Jerzy Drozd and Mark Rudolph of the Art & Story podcast) to spend 90 minutes on the sketch. The only problems I had were the exact shape of the mouth, the size of the ear (especially the width) and how to indicate the hairdo without drawing individual hairs or even locks of hair. I’m not completely satisfied with the mouth shape, nor with how I drew the boy’s hairdo. The ear is one of the best I’ve drawn so far in the 4-plus months I’m drawing practically daily.

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Drawing Unknown Faces, part 146

15 May

A boy reading his comic book

Drawing Unknown Faces, part146

I used a Stabilo point 88 0.4 mm fineliner pen. Cross hatching is still a bit of a voodoo art to me.

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