Wednesday, April 10, 2013

And now, for random scribbles...

One thing I've been doing with the Ipod lately at work with Sketchbook Mobile, is doing these random quick doodles of people.  Many of these have taken no longer than 2 minutes, and the reason I've been doing these is to make an attempt to get myself to trust my initial judgments more without throwing them through a filter before it gets on a page.  They're crude looking, and obviously some of them worked better than others but it's the act of exploration on it's own that makes it worth the minutes it takes to do these.  It's been said that all the fancy technique and rendering in the world can't save a bad drawing with a weak foundation or statement, and it's very true.  I've found that at times it's helped speed my park sketching up too, which is ALWAYS a good thing.  It's actually nothing to get through about 12 or 15 of these on a break.

 Playing around with shapes.  Since it doesn't have to look finished, it allows you to try stuff you might not otherwise consider.

 Playing with lines!  And form.
 Yes. that's George!

Some new in-park stuff

 A sketch of the parents.  Was a bit rusty in the beginning that day but was starting to feel things again at this point.
 And then there's the kids.  Yes, the top one wanted to be drawn throwing up!  Yes, you WILL get these kind of requests now and then.  Prepare for them.
 Busch supervisor that I sniped at Festa.  Cool with it for the most part, but there is stuff that I would definitely alter about it.  Especially after seeing him up close.
 Incomplete Yoda in marker!  Those chartpaks can go quite the distance if you give them a chance.
 Random demo sketch from a morning at Scotland.  For the most part it hit the mark, albeit with subtle errors.  Then again, it's also a 4 minute sketch.
The little boy was cool, and the reason I snapped the photo.

DOOM AND GLOOM! Black and White night at The WAVE!

 The banner for the night.  I did the sketches and the logo for it, and the design was by Das Figurehead.  Totally done at the last minute, but you know what?  It couldn't have come out better looking.

All of these are done with the standard marker, but I decided to do some basic shading with the black color stick.  Granted, at work I wouldn't do this since it only takes up time that you could be using to draw the next customer, but when you're on your own it never hurts to take a couple steps into places that you usually don't get to explore too much.  Who knows, you might learn something!

I kinda "sniped" him from a distance when things were a little slow in the beginning.  Good practice from memory.  I'd obviously change some things if I did it again, especially if he actually sat in the chair, but I thought the decisions I made were pretty fun.

 Second's best likeness of the night IMO.
 Cute, but fun.
 Took a new chance on that chin that I normally don't.  This could be put to good use.
And with this one, I actually spent a little more time on, and changed up the approach a bit.  I'm actually very pleased that the majority of the forms came out like they were supposed to.