Monday, December 1, 2008
For whatever reason, I haven't been doing much sketching lately. I think it's been close to two weeks since I even opened my sketchbook. Most likely due to schoolwork, and Thanksgiving break and the like. But today I finally got to sit down for a bit and do a few. Each of the above took around 10-20 minutes. The first is of my little brother, then a Jack Black, Ben Stiller(s), and a George Lucas. I was pretty happy with all the likenesses. One thing about sketching, at least for me, is that I need to constantly be drawing, otherwise it takes a bit more to warm up and get into it. At times, doing so might feel more like a chore, but I find that once I force myself to sit down and do a sketch, it's harder to put the pencil/pen down than it was to start.
I encourage everyone to listen to this podcast by Stephen Silver on his philosophies about sketchbooks. http://silvertoons.com/silvertoons/podcasts/Artcast003.mp3 Stephen is an amazing character designer who is the lead character designer for Kim Possible, Clerks, and art director for Danny Phantom. He stresses the importance of sketching as a tool to better your drawing skills.