The big subway sketch post

I sketch all the time in public transportation, but lately… it’s just gone bonkers. I have 3 hours of commute every day and that has skyrocketed my production. Also, it means that I haven’t had much time to edit and take care of more elaborate drawings lately.

To avoid repeating myself  to death by doing only portraits, I chose to pick up on patterns, fashion and body language of the other fellow commuters.  Also, make sure to draw different body types, not just the ones I found attractive.

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Another thing that started to interest me was the relations between them:

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In this one, there’s one that isn’t from the subway, but I won’t tell you which one.

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And yes, I did do some portraits and caricatures. There’s lots of weirdos in the TTC (not counting the one drawing them, of course):

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Animal sketches

Hello again, this time I have some animals for you. I did them as an exercise to experiment a bit with lineart and line economy.

The trick was this: To look at the reference just once. Then try to fill the blanks in the brain by myself. It was just because last week I went to the AGO and something I love about medieval/early renaissance paintings is that they had no idea of how most of the animals were supposed to look. Imagine drawing a lion without ever seeing one and then just come up with whatever the description led you to belief. Or maybe you saw it once, but can’t quite remember how it was supposed to look, so you slim it down, make it bigger than it is or something like that. I did lots of them. These were the best looking ones of the experiment.

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And finally, for the fans of Phantom Of The Paradise:

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Life Drawing and Cafe Sketches

This semester Life Drawing was a very relaxed affair with Rick. It was about experimentation, observation and style, not that much about anatomy (he’d still point out the bad anatomy, though).

I tried pastels for some of the drawings:

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Some prismacolor bars (super waxy and easy to use):

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Calligraphy markers:

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Ink and markers:

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Some random doodles:

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I did some café sketches in a friend’s concert:

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And I went to the second to last Keyhole Session (the last one will get a full post of its own):

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My favorite from the session, a sketch of The Madame:

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Digital Painting: Poster Assignment

I loved this project. After a whole semester of whining about not doing something that was entirely my creation, Dogan gave us the chance to do something completely on our own and I froze for a week. All my sketches were either too crowded or too simple or personal to make them appealing.

And then, the song came to me.

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Here’s the process:

First comes the crude sketch and the study of the setting. I found pictures of the Silvercup studios online to get the structure kinda right (there was no time, but I wanted to add the speakers and the band in the background at first).

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Then we have the first proper rough:

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And then I separate the BG:

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The rest is just a matter of getting Mr. Mercury just fine.

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Of course, there’s 80’s lighting!

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