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Portrait Course, lesson # 28

18 Apr

Portrait Course 20110418 # 1

Finished ink sketch of a male model. While the model as a whole is fine, I need to practice on the features, especially the ears.

There will be a break of four weeks until the next portrait course lesson. That will give me an opportunity to brush up on my weaker points.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this brief report of my portrait session.


Sarah Jessica Parker

14 Apr

My guess was (and still is) that I keep making the same mistakes over and over again, and that those mistakes are preventing me from getting better at drawing (well there’s some progress). I want to escape “amateur hour” and get more serious about my craft.

I picked a photo from my TV guide of Sarah Jessica Parker and decided to stick to it as close as possible, using rather crude tools (4H pencil and Pentel Color Brush pen) for rendering a full body at such a small size (less than 20 cm high).

Sarah Jessica Parker

While the end result might not surprise you if you have followed me lately, how I came to this result is what interested me and might interest you too. So I recorded the full 20 minutes drawing session with my iPod Touch on a stand (mic stand with a clamp to hold the mic).

In the inking stage my voice becomes very soft, as I’m trying to see the whole picture. I’m sure I’m using both halves of my brain at that stage, preventing me to talk in a normal conversational voice. I’m sorry for that. I guess once my process is more established, I’ll be able to give more attention to talking to you guys and gals.

Some observations. Drawing what you see, isn’t literally drawing what you see, but rather observing, reasoning, forming an idea in your mind, and executing that idea. Since that idea can be wrong, it’s important to stay loose in the initial stages. As you can see in the video, I went into detail far too early, and made some wrong assumptions.

Furthermore, since inking is permanent, it’s important to form some kind of plan in your mind’s eye, and use the sketch to formalize that plan, containing little reminders and hints of what you were thinking. It’s about how to put something on paper, where and with what line quality. I think sketching should be an important part of the inking, and be used to annotate your though process. It isn’t a rendering, but rather a visual guide for the inking. A sketch is not a drawing, not a finished piece of art.

I need to change my attitude to sketching and treat it like the intermediate step it really is. Less is often better, because it’s less confusing for the inker (which is the same person here, but doesn’t have to be).

Testing Pentel water brush

19 Mar

Today I received a Pentel water brush over the mail (I ordered it abroad). It is basically a brush with a water container. This means you don’t have to dip in your brush into water in order to clean it and you can be far more economical with your water when you’re on the go.

watch on Ustream

I used gouache paint to do the coloring. Afterwards I inked the painting with a Pentel color brush pen. Unfortunately, I made some mistakes while inking. Since it was just a test, it really doesn’t matter, but I mention it anyway.

Pentel water brush 2010/03/19

Live drawing on Ustream on February 27, 2010

28 Feb

Just wanted to let you know that on my other blog, Pencilcast, there is a post about a live drawing I did on Ustream. Click on the image to go there.

Live drawing on Ustream on February 20, 2010

21 Feb

Just wanted to let you know that on my other blog, Pencilcast, there is a post about a live drawing I did on Ustream. Click on the image to go there.

drawn live on February 20, 2010

Drawing test

19 Feb

This video was meant to test if I can use my web cam to stream live analog drawing. I also tried my new Pentel color brush.

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Here is the finished piece.

Drawn live on February 19, 2010

Drawing cars, version 0.0.5

8 Nov

If you want to draw something well, I found that you have to be emotionally invested into your subject, either because you love the subject, or you love drawing the subject.

If you don’t love the subject, you need to find a way to love drawing the subject, and the most obvious way to do that is to challenge yourself. One of such challenges I try to set myself is to draw each version of a subject a little better than the last version.

But what defines better, you might say? Well, I think better is when I notice details I didn’t see before, or when I’m able to draw a certain curve (or straight line) with confidence. So, it is not so much the result, but the process which I use to see if I have improved.

In short, if you want better drawings, immerse yourself in the process of drawing. Find new techniques or ways of looking at your subject (or what shortcuts to use for a similar result).

Drawing cars, version 0.0.5

At version 0.0.5 of this Dodge Stratus I’m pleased I kind of got the proportions right and I drew most of the details much better than previously (version 0.0.4).

I used a 0.5 mm Pentel blue lead in a mechanical pencil to do the pre-sketching and traced the blue line with regular HB black lead pencil (the wheel wells were filled in with 4B lead pencil).

That is all.