Today on the Metro; this guy was a slow, steady reader, which made sketching him relatively easy.
Being a production designer means that sometimes I have to clean up some real digital disasters. So what’s a production designer with an itchy drawing hand supposed to do while waiting for that overloaded, poorly-assembled 500 MB file to open? Well, you can draw pictures. Here’s some quick drawings I did of a really obese guy I saw (which lead to this drawing), and a cigarette smoker, which I also plan to develop.
Sketchbook Warrior received view #1,000 today. Thank you to everybody who’s taken the time to come visit, look around, and connected with me. I love to sketch, I love to look at sketches, and I hope the sketches and drawings here have been enjoyable for all of you as well. Here’s looking forward to many, many more posts, views, and most of all, and chance to connect with other artists and those who simply like to look at art.
Paid a little visit to the art supply store today. If you have a Plaza Artists Materials nearby, be sure to get one of their savings cards; the discounts you get are too good to pass up. The 3.5″ x 5.5″ Handbook sketchbook came out to just under eight dollars. I also bought gray and blue markers, a Pentel Stylo, which is a neat flexy-nibbed disposable fountain pen, and a little ArtBin to tote everything around (beats the ZipLoc bag I’ve been using).
Last year when I crashed on a training ride (I race bikes), I recorded my injury with a drawing. Nine months later, the injury has come back to bite me (broken toe, toenail fell off, new nail grew in, but needed to be trimmed as it’s ingrown. Translation: cringe and ouch!). I had a little surgery this morning and I’m recovering at home, so I won’t be a sketchbook warrior today. In the meantime, here are some sketches from a few months back.
Drawing busy people on a busy train sometimes involves sketching very fast and sketching anyone and anything until something works out. Each ride, you may have only a few seconds to capture a pose in raw scratchy lines, a minute to concentrate on a particular detail such as a pair of hands, and then maybe just enough time where somebody stands still enough to capture a whole figure. It all can lead to a page of mismatched drawings, but if you keep plugging away at it, you eventually end up with a sketch you can be happy with, as I was with the figure on the right side of this page.
I grew up on the north shore of Long Island (pronounced “Lawnguyland”), which has a rich history of seafaring, ship building, and whaling. Naturally, these elements factored much into my childhood drawings and imagination. As I grew up, these elements faded from my artwork, but never from my memories. Recently, I’ve been watching Finding Nemo with my young children and a few shows about Arctic life, where whales are a culturally prominent. Hence, I was bound to start drawing whales again. Of course, having not drawn whales in some time, I had to do a little research to remember how to draw blue, right, bowhead, sperm, humpback, belga, and narwhales. Here’s a blue whale I drew today while killing time in a café, my first attempt at baleen, blubber, flukes, and blowholes in a very long time.
It was a lovely early March day here in Washington, DC. Despite the late winter season, temperatures touched near-80 degrees today as trees bloomed their cherry blossoms and lobbyists shed their suit jackets. However, on December 12th, the day I drew these people on the Metro, it was quite a different story in regards to temperatures and clothing.