Sunday, April 04, 2010

Sunday Sketching!!



Busy, busy, busy... got a few drawings in..

12 comments:

glauco.caon said...

I like your sketches and oekakis.

About the sketches, do you actually still draw them observing people, or do all those come from imagination?

And would you mind someday putting one of your sketch or oekaki process in Youtube like those speed working videos? (y'know, with a Desktop Recorder, like freeware CamStudio)?
Thank you btw.

chromasketch said...

thanks glauco..

as for your questions.. yes, the sketches are from life... sometimes i do put the black outline in afterwards though..

I've actually been trying to work on a video.. i get kind of nervous on camera though.. so.. the drawings haven't been coming out that good.. so I'm waiting for a good one before i post one..

mokou said...

when you sketch from life, do you memorize how they look then jot down the sketch, or do you look between your sketchbook and the person a lot?

im trying to draw people in public and i sorta blank out, i get mixed up when they start moving...

chromasketch said...

mokou: yes there is some memorization involved.. i tend to try and remember a shape or a gesture that the person has taken.. the simplest way I can.. (either shape, or lines that represent what's happening) after i get that down i draw the details on top.. sometimes if the shape i see is obvious i'll draw that in.. along with that big major shape.. the nice thing about this.. is you get everything at once.. so if they move.. you can still refer back to them for details.. such as clothing... etc.. but you have already have the pose.. so you're just fitting those details onto the structure. also everything is still in a very simple form.. so you can still change things if you like... i like to use simple lines to indicate angles of limbs and stuff.. and then draw the volume in after... you've probably seen this before.. but.. i did this small tutorial http://theartcenter.blogspot.com/search/label/Brian%20Wong

hope this answers your question...

oh one more thing.. it's important to not really worry about how good or bad the drawing is.. often ppl tense up because they're so worried about doing bad drawings.. some times it's just not your day... but it's ok.. the next drawing is another opportunity...

I find that sometimes when you make a mistake, it frees you from worrying about the drawing.. and you are free to just draw..

mokou said...

thank you a ton, i tend to get really wrapped up in worrying if the drawing looks "right" or not and thats when i start to lose focus and it sorta spirals down from there... i like the big shapes idea, it's something i could wrap my head around to make sketching easier

i love the art center blog, ive seen your tutorial before but now that i've tried sketching in public and what you explained here i can absorb it better and try it out for next time

again thanks for the advice, i'll definitely keep it in mind for next time and itll surely help!!

chromasketch said...

oh one last thing.. the big shape isn't a original idea.. there are many people before me who have used.. for a different take on the same idea.. check out Rad Sechrist. he has some in depth tutorials.. and if you haven't already.. check out books by Walt Stanchfield he has two of them out and goes into the philosophical side of things.. I own them both myself. and find his thoughts on the subject, fascinating.. in fact I reread his work a lot! If you're not sure if you want to invest in the books.. maybe buy one first..or.. the articles in his books used to be posted online as pdf's.. i'm sure someone must have them..

if all else fails. practice and learning from your own mistakes.. sometimes you are your own best teacher...

mokou said...

yes! i love rad's blog, and i own the first volume of drawn to life, i had the pdf of his notes when it was still floating around. i absolutely loooove walt stanchfields teachings, hes my favorite each page of that book makes me feel like ive learned some secret about art haha although ive read his notes over and over i still have that blank out when i sketch from life, but i think with practice i'll hopefully get over that and be able to apply the stuff ive learned.

chromasketch said...

yup! keep at it!

glauco.caon said...

Thanks a lot for you answer, chromasketch.

It's still incredible you draw so many observation poses everyday, that you might be a living human figure encyclopedia. And I understand how this is important in the Animation field. Most people (sometimes even other artists) have little consideration for one's sketches, because the beauty and expression that can be found in these drawings is something very special, you just can't "eye grab" it the same way it happens with other images.

chromasketch said...

Glauco, no prob. Hmm.. it's not as special as one might think.. I think it just comes down to a matter of what you like to do.. I happen to like doing observational sketches.. plus... because of the location of my workplace I'm in an area.. which allows me to easily sketch others.. so right condition.. and right interest..

I'm sure everyone has their own interests, I don't think observational sketching is "necessary".. my point is.. find what you like and draw what you like... I happen to like this. :)

haha I've always liked looking at sketches and pieces that looked more loose and sketchy..

glauco.caon said...

"find what you like and draw what you like... I happen to like this. :)"

Good point. For I know that I like to draw only sketches! I'm always trying to use them in a... commercial way, if you understand what I mean. professionnaly, I'm an independent 2d animator, teacher and producer, living in South Brazil.

Still, I defend there is something special about them (the sketches), and it's all about the "Chaos" they bring altogether. Like, we seldom have
the same degree of expression in cleaned-up artwork as we HAD before the sketch's cleaning. And I'm not including colors here because it has nothing to do with the drawing being a sketch or a cleaned-up drawing. That's also the reason I appretiate very much the oekakis you make: sketch+color. For me at least, they work as "finished artwork", but don't tell "the chief" I said that. :D

chromasketch said...

i guess to each their own.. i guess when you like something.. chances are.. there is someone out there who likes what you like..