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Panda bear

11 Aug

The thing about rules of thumb to help you draw something is that it should be in the back of your mind, not in the forefront. If you start to draw formulaic, the result will be predictable and dull. So acknowledge there is a certain recommended way to look at things, throw it away completely, except for a faint rudiment of the idea, an echo of an echo. Just take the rules with a pinch of salt and lighten up. You make the rules, because you’re the Creator, the one who makes something out of nothing.

That is kind of what I tried in this sketch of a Panda.

Panda bear

I knew the head is divided into three parts, the skull (a sphere), the long part of the nose and the muzzle. I roughly indicated where the skull was, drew the eyes, which led me to the nose and then the muzzle. The torso and legs were just sketched in on sight (so-called “blind drawing”), as was the rough indication of the fur.

This isn’t a good drawing, but it is a start. To improve I think I need to make it slightly more schematic, based on what I know is underneath what I see, then in similar drawings loosen up a little, drawing slightly more freehand. As I explained in an earlier post, Construction versus Straight Ahead, there are always two fundamentally different approaches to drawing, and both are equally valid methods. They complement each other. Depending on the style you’re after, you should mix and match how you approach your subject, from the inside out, and the outside in, like a clay modeler adding pieces of clay and a sculptor hacking off pieces of stone.

That is all.

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Still life, part 3

11 Aug

While I was downloading the iPhone SDK 3.0 from the Apple Developer Connection (almost 2 GB!) I had some time to kill. So I made this sketch of the rubbish near the window of my little kitchen. You know, where you put those things you need often, but done want to have laying around between the dishes: hand soap, detergent, etc.

still life, part 3

Only, what is this bottle of Coke doing there? I have no clue, but it was where it was, so I put it in the sketch.

Anyway, a fun drawing exercise to sharpen your drawing skills on things you normally don’t notice until you need them.

That is all.

Drawing another sweet mutt

11 Aug

When I saw the photo of this dog on Flickr, I wondered why I had dismissed it earlier. The expressiveness of this dog makes it hard not to make a great drawing of it.

Scruffy dog, part 5

I also made a time-lapse recording while I was drawing. The video lasted originally 60 seconds, at 24 frames per second, which tells me I needed 24 minutes to create the sketch.

Now I only need to study how to construct dogs, instead of using reference photos for the pose.

That is all.