This morning’s warm-up, plus one from Friday.
I try to get loose first thing at the board or computer, when I can. It’s Monday, so there are times when I just deal with the work at hand right away. I’m still trying to perfect the tablet and stylus thing. Well, perhaps not perfect, but getting it going well enough for practical purposes.
Today was quick line for light and shadow.
It’s ‘scribble-ish’, but that keeps me on task, so to speak. I’m not concerned with whether or not it looks like my reference, but where the form is.
After doing caricature or portraiture… and I’m speaking for myself… I tend to become obsessed with making the form look like whomever, too early in the game. Even with obscure reference I pick out of a file. That can just become frustrating, if you don’t have an idea of the final art in your head, or, are interrupted by the focus crusher du jour – the phone, the job, etc. My thinking is, since I’m re-learning to draw on this thing, I may as well go back to basics. Which is also why ‘scribbling’ is a good idea – fast and furious and keeps your mind in line for a short period of time.
The sketch I did last Friday was done without reference; I was thinking about a historical documentary I’d seen about 20th Century scientists, recently. I’m sometimes struck by physical characteristics of people; such as the very tall, very short; about how their proportions differ. The main character in the documentary was very tall, very lanky. I normally draw people who I would suppose are fairly median – fairly proportionate to their height. Then there are those who, like this man, are more elongated. And, of course, it was to be a quick sketch, but I started into light and shadow, the background, the back story, and, well, I got carried away. This, by no means, looks like the man I’d seen, so don’t ask me!
Once again, this is my ‘warts and all’ theory; I’m still looking to be competent on this tablet. I figure, if I keep at it a bit every day, I got nowhere to go but up… at least that’s my theory.