Archive | April, 2010

Quick sketches

19 Apr

Two 6-minutes sketches of music legends, Count Basie and Charlie Parker. The Charlie Parker sketch did not go as smooth as you might expect after doing Count Basie. Sorry.

Quick sketch 1 on 2010/04/19Quick sketch 2 on 2010/04/19

Informal tutorial on woman’s portrait

19 Apr

This portrait of generic woman in front viewing perspective is based on a tutorial by John Buscema in “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way”.

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Generic woman, drawn live on April 19, 2010

The drawing looks a bit stiff and impersonal, because I didn’t take out the helper lines, nor did I use a reference photo for the personal details.

After having done the tutorial by John Buscema, I decided to use a photo from the Internet of Google celebrity Marissa Mayer for the personal touches. The face can be constructed up to a point, but after that you should fill in the details based on a reference or a person in front of you, so it has personality.

front view portrait of a woman, drawn on April 19,2010 (sketch 2)

My guess is that it’s best to keep it loose. The goal shouldn’t be likeness, but getting a feel for drawing a portrait of a woman.

For the second portrait of a woman in front viewing perspective, I gave it finishing touches by using a 3/4 view reference photo of Marilyn Monroe. The issue wasn’t to have a drawing of Miss Monroe, but rather have a nice rough sketch of a woman’s portrait.

front view portrait of a woman, drawn on April 19,2010 (sketch 3)

As I see it, the underlying structure of the face is very much the same for all humans. It’s the finer details that let’s us distinguish between individuals. By getting the generic structure in first, putting in the details is less difficult and a somewhat rewarding sketch of a famous person can be done, even if you don’t yet have mad skills to blow people’s socks off.

I think it’s all about having fun and being proud of what you’ve accomplished using what skills you have, and perhaps feel motivated enough to get some more by practicing like a crazy person, day in, day out.

If it isn’t fun, there’s no way you’re going to get through that phase of getting good enough to impress other people with your drawing skills. If it always feels like “work”, you are going to give up, like so many grown-up have done at some point in their “drawing career” as a young child.

Warm-up sketch for April 19, 2010

19 Apr

I did another daily recording of my warm-up sketch on my Ustream channel Draw, draw, draw!

This is my second attempt of drawing an Abyssinian cat called Denise van Outhuizen as a kitten. The is better than what I had yesterday, but still very different from the photo.

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Cute kitten, drawn live on April 19, 2010

Warm-up sketch for April 18, 2010

18 Apr

It amazes me each time that if you keep trying to improve, even your not so good sketches start to become better. This kitten was my first breeding cat. She was also very close and trusting to humans. Not so much buddy-buddy with other cats, though, unless they were kittens (she always tried to grab suckling kittens from her daughter, while she had no litter of her own, and therefore no milk).

Cute kitten, drawn on April 18, 2010

Pencilcast 04/17/2010 2:00PM

17 Apr

In my weekly hour long show on Saturday (23:00 CEST) I decided to draw Marilyn Monroe. I had practiced how to sketch her earlier today, and did some of the tutorials in “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way” by John Buscema, where he covered how to draw beautiful women. This is one worthy for a rematch next Saturday.

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This sketch is more or less the same pose as the reference photo, but completely constructed from basic shapes (no tracing was used). This is a huge improvement over what I did earlier today.

Marilyn Monroe, drawn live on April 17, 2010 (sketch 2)

After I did the formal 3/4 perspective view, I tried a front view, using a simpler drawing style. Not sure what I was doing, I got these results, which aren’t bad, just not as refined as what I did earlier.

rawn live on April 17, 2010 (sketch 3)