Posts Tagged ‘traditional thursday’
Been a bit preoccupied lately with various things and haven’t posted for a while. So, here are some sketches to try and make up for the missing weeks:
The last one is digital, though it was based off a pencil sketch. When I get more time I would like to try stuff like this that’s simplified and graphic.
Did this over the course of a couple of days. It was first and foremost a test for dry brushing oil on watercolor paper. I did the sketch (of 1920s starlet Agnes Moorehead) somewhat haphazardly in bed, and well, she’s not really lining up perfectly. But I think the painting part turned out pretty good! I do think the paper had too much texture (it’s a Canson cold press watercolor with a really heavy grain… makes it look almost like canvas paper), so when I get around to another test I’ll try a smoother paper instead.
It felt really good painting in oil, strangely. I used to hate oils, particularly when I was a teen. So either dry brush works for me because it feels more like drawing, or perhaps something has changed as I’ve gotten older and I now don’t feel as intimidated as before.
Better late than never. As a side, I really do like her, even if she is sketchy and not finished.
She, on the other hand, is interesting. I’m not quite sure what to make of her. I was drawing loosely when I did this and this was the result. It is closer to the way I do my roughs, and the comics I draw when I do draw them these days. There is always a quirkiness and energy to things I do fast that I am never sure if I like or not; part of my likes the spontaneity of quick pieces. But another part of me thinks that one should be careful to not fall in love with speed because it can be an easy crutch to fall back on. It’s an ongoing debate as to whether I should loosen up and be more abstract, or tighten up and be more formal. Maybe one day I will be able to honestly settle for one side or the other and move on.