Monday, June 20, 2016

Lunch Hour and Late Evening Sketches

I work a 9 to 5 and occasionally get freelance illustration work. Finding time to paint at home (personal work) can sometimes take some tweaking of time and I have to watch don't allow myself to get distracted. But at work I am guaranteed two fifteen minute breaks and an hour lunch break and I almost always make the most of that time.

 I either take out my sketchbook or grab some loose paper and sketch either from imagination or reference that I have on my computer. Also I've taken to doodling while I am on the phone or waiting as some work is printing (I operate a digital press).

Mediums vary but I mostly use a pencil or a pen. Sometimes I take the drawings home and finish them up there. A good many wind up in the garbage though.

Once I get home I also like to work in either watercolor or gouache before I turn in.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Starting A New Sketchbook

That first page in my sketchbook can be a bit intimidating. I guess it helps my confidence to start with a good drawing on the very first page. Then of course it makes the next page a bit of a challenge to follow up.

 These are the first two drawings in a brand new sketchbook. I used a photo for reference on both though I exaggerated and changed the one of the old man a good deal. The other is a photo of my wife that I took.  They were done on my lunch hour at work so I spent about a half an hour on each. I used water soluble pencils and a brush pen filled with black ink on both drawings.
They are not perfect drawings of course but they seem like a pretty good start to continue to return to my sketchbook and try to out do what I did on the previous sketch.