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Shadow Men


Messin' with light and shadow and folds, with a Pentel Pocket Brush.

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New Tools

Trying out the Zebra brush pens Mitch Gerads gave me last night. Used in tandem with my trusty Pentel Pocket Brush, I may be honing in on the look for a crime comic project.

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Bar Sketching

While waiting for a friend at a local bar/eatery to watch the Bears on Monday Night Football, I doodled with my brush pen... Whether on a train, bus, at the park, zoo or bar, an artist needs to sketch surreptitiously as folks catch your gaze and become self-aware. I bounce back-and-forth between sketches, or just work quickly, sometimes taking 10-15 seconds for a small sketch before the subject moves. Spilled some ink. I went too far with shadows on that head, middle-left. Should have quit before I added shadows near his mouth. On this second page, I played with Snowboy. STOP! RAAAAOOO!

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Old Man Wrinkles

I took liberties with the likeness, but it's based on a photo I came across in my research on Nepal.

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Take a Mulligan

Carey Mulligan, that is. I grown quite enamored with this wonderful actress of depth and gravity, and pixie-like features. If you haven't yet, check her out in An Education, Drive, and the Dr. Who episode, Blink. She good. I drew this one in Manga Studio, with the Kabura pen - no under drawing or rough. The nice thing about drawing digitally like this is that I can make marks, remove, clean up, re-do and spot blacks with a click as I go. It's like being able to quickly erase ink, giving you the flexibility of a pencil sketch while ending up with a pretty finished drawing. I wanted to capture the sly, playful expression, reinforced by the border and composition. I modeled the hair on a second reference photo.

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Ridin' a Hitch

A couple of the better latest sketches of Hitch, this time directly with a brush, the old-fashioned way...

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Doodling

10:30 last night, and I was a little pooped. Wanted to relax and watch something, but my daughter wanted us to draw. I didn't feel up to generating the mental energy, but I'm glad we did. It was easier for her as she'd napped at night and got a second wind. "I don't know why people always have to sit in front of the TV instead of doing something productive...." This after she'd watched several episodes of Parks & Recreation earlier in the day - LOL!

Anyway, it was fun to just doodle for its own sake - fill up a page with a brush, especially after like eight jobs this past week.


Doodling like this, I'm not fulfilling the needs of the client, not designing or developing a character, not practicing drawing women, not working on specific techniques. Just drawing, just 'cause. The brain works differently then. Many times I've a general idea of what I may draw and it evolves on the paper; others I just start making marks and see where it leads. When drawing with a pencil one can explore and scribble, build up a drawing. Here, with a brush I work fast but choose my marks somewhat carefully, chiseling form and shadow like a figure from clay. Sometimes it's not about choosing what mark to make, but what not to draw.

I did do a few explorations of my li'l snowboy, who I've missed drawing. And I notice the lighting by default usually comes from my upper left - gotta switch that up and do more varied light sources.

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Another Attempt at Grace

As my results the other day in drawing Grace Kelly were moderately successful, I took another stab Sunday, jumping straight in with a brush again. Better this time, I think - balancing hard line, fine features, expressive dry brush and likeness. I did some minor re-touching in Photoshop.

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Brush Sketching: Katy Jurado

For my pal, Tim Hodge, upon request, from the Saturday Sketch-Day blog (Jody Nilsen's baby). For a larger scan and lotsa drawings by my sketch buddies, check the blog!

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Creative Contemplation

A writer friend of mine has said that thinking is not writing - writing is rather sitting down at the paper, typewriter or keyboard and doing the work, the actual writing. There is something to this. Many folks talk about writing, think about writing, but until they set something down, build up the skills, it's just talk. I've done my share of avoiding the hard work of writing. But once you've got some under your belt, some of the best bits of plot, character development and structure can come at unlikely moments - while showering, making a sandwich, mowing the lawn, lying in bed. Creators must be ready to snatch those gifts when the muse visits, record them before they vanish. But creators must also nurture their craft - the more one writes, sketches, plays or sings, the more supple and sparkling their creative mind will be.

Gene Fowler said, "Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead."

I guess that's the trick - to know when to stop staring at the blank page, jump in and get busy, and when to take a step back and just think.

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