Sketching in layers, figuring out sizes, posing, volume - all the good stuff.
For practice, for fun I’ve been looking through and drawing from a book a good friend gave me a long time ago. How to Draw Caricatures by Lenn Redman - who is a genius, if you ask me. Portraits and caricature have always been a bit of a struggle for me; I think I stress too much over making a perfect likeness. The faces above that have the construction grids are part of an exercise in the book: change up the “average” proportions and exaggerate! The other drawings are from photo reference - just practicing.
(51) It Ain’t Easy, Drawn to Life Vol. 1, p. 107
throw back! this page of gestures (30 second - 1 minute ~ I’m guessing) is from a drawing pad I dug up in my studio closet. These were done during a figure workshop given by the great Glen Vilppu at the WDFA studio in Florida; that was September 1999!
1. I rocked the “economy of line” thing
2. I still love me some ‘S’ curves
Rhythm and flow, babee! ball point pen on newsprint
Sketches from “The Fantastic Gifts of Fall” written by Dandi Daley Mackall; illustrated by me!
I’ve gotten into the habit of calling this book simply “Autumn”; it is the first of a new series of books from B&H Kids Publishing - highlighting the blessings of each season. I was grateful to begin with Autumn; it’s my favorite season. This project was quite an undertaking: fun, challenging, a ton of work. And by the time I was done - illustrating each season in turn - I wanted to come back to Autumn and redraw the whole thing! I learned so much. These sketches: a page of roughs and 4 finalized drawings - are some of my favorites - it’s fun to draw when you’re working from cherished childhood memories.
Final sketch of a 4th of July parade - from a recent book project.
My hometown always has a parade for Memorial Day; my Mom calls it, “our 17 minute parade”. It was intimate (as parades go), fun and yes, just over 15 minutes in length. Illustrating all my characters watching a parade was a crazy drawing challenge for me, but remembering how my family lined the sidewalk was a good starting place for the layout.
Happy Independence Day!