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April | 2015 | SketchTime

Bored on a plane?

Make amoebas from the dredges of your tea cup!

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@ an advanced age…

It takes only a few marks to add decades to an invented character. Crows feet, heavier lids, skin irregularities can be convincing. The low angle cell phone pic adds some extra drama.


Stationary subjects

Sketching from life size sculpts is great practice. Only the light moves. Look for typical exaggerations in anatomy (extremely large hands, heads) that the sculptor uses to make the subject look more dramatic.

Quick portraits

Quick sketches of artist Faith, an unsuspecting coffee drinker at Cafe Ipé, and a pastel artist at work in Montmartre.


Scribbling, a gateway to character concepting

I find it challenging to loosen up my style for character invention. Drawing small, random shapes with a light Copic brush pen often helps. In this case, I happened to be sharpening a Colo-Erase, and spotted a shape that resembled a sort of swirling feline genii. I added a little push in Photoshop to bring out some dimension.


Jekyll-Hyde, A Strange Sketch

Fun imagining the transition from Dr. J. to Mr H.
Can you watch the transition without staring into his eyes?