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Bearly running

26 Sep

Well, it is hard to run if you are only wearing such an outfit. This was just an exercise in coloring. The sketch started as a pencil drawing, which I inked and colored.

Bearly Running

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Junk drawing

26 Sep

I believe there is great value in so-called junk drawing. You may have heard of sloppy writing, where you write bits and pieces as pearls in a story chain, as they randomly come to you. There is also such a thing as junk writing, where it doesn’t matter what you write, as long as you put words on the page. The idea there is to take away the fear of the blank page. Drawing has equivalents in sketching and doodling. Sketching is visual note taking and doodling is a means to take away the need to make every mark on the paper perfect, the fear of being seen by the outside world as a hack.

Junk drawing

Doodling could be called “junk drawing”. You don’t really care about the outcome or any structure. You just put lines on the paper as they come to you. It may be things you have seen during the day, or even fun designs (like the music logo which I drew several times).

The value is that you free your mind. You don’t have any responsibility to fulfill, only a page to fill with fun doodles. It’s like a walk in the park, fun to do, but it doesn’t have a real purpose. Of course, afterwards you feel revitalized and ready for some real work.

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The advantage of having a pencil sketch in between

26 Sep

Look at these sketches of some character that came out of my imagination.

More caricature prep, part 12

They are basically the same sketch, but the bottom one is a revision of the top one. While I was finishing the top sketch I saw the ear was too close to the eyes. I know the head can be seen as a cube, with the eyes on the front and the ears on each side (left and right). The first sketch didn’t take that into account.

This is just an exercise, practice, but it still shows that it is handy to do some preliminary sketches before you commit to a final look. That isn’t very “street artist-y” of me. As a street artist you’re supposed to think on both feet, and not have the convenience of making preliminary sketches before committing to a final version. Your first version is your only version, final or not. If you do a bad job, you’re going to starve (or at least not have a good income) that day, probably depending on handouts from people who take pity on you, rather than on payment by satisfied customers.

I’m sure many studio artists would have a hard time working like that, because they seem to be so busy fussing about their sketches, searching for the best approach, weighing between art and commerce, between what you like and what the client wants.

If, on the other hand, you only get one opportunity to get it right, if you don’t have a safety net, you’d better make something special, something unique, people can’t get anywhere else. And be quick about it too, because people aren’t going to wait too long for you to finish. You probably also need to be somewhat of a talker too, to keep people’s attention with showmanship while you’re working, and to attract new potential customers from the passersby.

And you know what? While you may think you stink, others, who have less trained eyes, may appreciate your rejects, because they are so unlike a photograph. Anyone can take a snapshot (not really, but that is what they assume), but only few can draw.

Still, I feel I need more practice, more learning how to use the tools and see the world through the eyes of an artist. Can you sense how little confidence I have in my skills? I really shouldn’t, but I can’t help myself being an always present art critic, always thinking I could do much better.

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More caricature preparation (conclusion of B-series)

26 Sep

These are the last two sketches in my B-series of preparatory drawings for caricature drawing. The outlines are done with a thin Faber-Castell PITT artist brush pen and the coloring is done with Copic markers on copier paper, using a sheet of paper underneath to capture any of the bleed-through marker fluid.

More caricature prep, part 11 (version 14) More caricature prep, part 11 (version 15

You can clearly see I’m still struggling with the coloring. I guess I have to be doing this for many years before I can put the colors down with any perceived confidence. Yeah, that’s a nice way of putting it. I won’t say it in a straight manner, because that would be too self-deprecating and hurt my artistic soul.

While I see benefit in foregoing the drafting part of a drawing, namely that you are forced to work fast and be confident, I also see disadvantages, namely that you can become sloppy and prefer producing effects instead of doing some solid drawing.

I see I’ll have to do some serious practice with pencil drawing, perhaps even take the blue pencil route, because the direct method doesn’t really seem to work for me. I’m too concerned about messing it up. I guess that’s fine if you do it, say, once a week, but doing it every day just kills the art, at least, my art.

So I’ll take one step back, hopefully to take two steps forward once I’ve figured out this drawing-humans and having a fine-tuned feeling for proportions thing.

Back to the drawing board it is.

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