Friday, February 18, 2011

Another Sketch / more inspiration

I meant for the Steig image to be smaller. Oops. I have been looking at his watercolors and artwork. It's simple, but deceiving. The lines are well placed, the colors are spot on, and it's effortless.

I feel that I am in constant battle between spontaneity and control. I do feel myself being really tight in the drawing at times. Other times, it's effortless. I've always wondered, "how do you get that spontaneous drawing?" I feel when I work on a single drawing over and over, I tighten up. At the same time, I want it to be loose. How does someone like Quentin Blake do that? He does a drawing over and over sometimes, but he doesn't tighten up.

This is probably why I like my sketches more. I redrew this scene from a pb I am working on. I like my new approach. I don't know if it's exactly right yet though.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Character Studies

I didn't realize until I was about to post this that I redrew Jenny the exact same way I did my pen and ink study. I like it though. Anyhow.....

As I have been developing my comic strip, "Buttoned Up," I have been pushing myself to know my characters. I know who Buttons is, I know who Bev, and I believe their personalities communicate well through my comics. Jenny has been more of a difficult challenge to me though. There's a definite idea I want this character to be. A sweet, caring girl in her teenage years. Beyond that, I didn't know what drives her thinking. What her likes are and what not.

So I made this character study recently which was a lot of fun. Getting to know Jenny better is definitely helping me write my comics. The drawing I did in the top character study is so perfect. That's the idea of her I want.

Plus, I think it's important for me to make her not popular but stick out and be casted as weird or different. Not a goth or punk different, but she doesn't fit into any group specifically. It just seems that she would not be understood by many people. I hope that made sense.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Spot Illustrations

It's more a study. One of the two is done in pen. The other is with a brush. I heavily favor the brush. I use a tiny sable brush that can get me incredibly fine lines. Even though I use the brush a lot, I seem to mimic a lot of pen and ink too. I do like pen and ink a lot too. One thing I do not like though when I use the pen is that the line becomes almost brittle. I like the fluidity of brush work. It's always a balancing act. I like this drawing too.