Angry pants

So, the free internet connection I was using earlier managed to eat the first post that I was so lovingly crafting. The one I had written was in part about making mistakes, so the fact that I managed to lose the whole thing before posting it makes my angry pants even tighter and more bitter. Chew on the angry pants and taste their bitterĀ fibers!

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… Moving right along.

I have come to the conclusion that it’s good to think about characters before attempting to draw them. Der, right? This was something I already knew, but when I was attempting to design a character the other day, I seemed to forget the thinking step and went right into drawing.

Now, I do remain a proponent of aimless doodling, don’t get me wrong, but when you’re drawing something for a purpose or attempting to design something, it pays to give it a little thought first.

I had come up with a couple of pages worth of rough doodles that I wasn’t happy with when I suddenly thought “Hang on…”

So, I sat down and thought for a while, jotted down some typically hasty and illegible notes, then proceeded to draw with a plan. Much better.

Here’s a bunch of concept/character sketches, in order of progression.

Obviously I’m testing out a range of characters and ideas here, so it all gets a bit jumbled, but it did feel better once I had more of a plan. Next up: Less of the bleeding obvious…

As promised…

Here are some drawings of ladies. This one in particular being Vivianne Van Kitty from last month’s Dr Sketchy’s. This was a rather eclectic session for me, not in style, but medium. Basically I tried a bit of whatever I had on hand on the day, so starting from pencil, moved to colour pencil, to ballpoint pen, to brush pen. This bunch were done in the session:
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Often I’ll take some of rougher pencil ones and use them for inking practice at home, and this time was no exception, so here are the fancier ones I spent more time on. They’re a bit more refined and don’t have the loose spontaneity of the in-session ones, but it’s all good practice.

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And while I’m at it, here’s some more recent stuff. I was doing a lot of portraits of people over on Whitechapel, from this fantastic thread where people post photos of themselves for you to draw. It’s going great guns this year. Here’s a couple of my humble offerings.

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And now something I just did for fun, for a friend.

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In other news, Os Mutantes were phenomenal on Friday night. I cannot recommend their music enough and they were such wonderful, energetic, enthusiastic performers. Joyous all round.

Speaking of energy, I’ve always like Sam & Dave’s music, but I had no idea they were such amazing performers. Dudes could put on a show, click through for ‘Hold on I’m coming’ 1966. Legends.