Hello! Before I post anything, I have a confession to make. . . I'm a working artist, and though I draw every day and practice every night, I've never developed a loose and creative sketch habit of my own. And I've never ever tried to draw seriously in ballpoint pen before. Now I'm trying to do both at the same time, so please be kind
Here are this week's meager efforts. This is sketch chaos, because I don't really know what I want to do yet, or how to do it, and whenever I get uncomfortable on the page I turn the sketchbook around for a better angle. If something doesn't make sense, try looking at it sideways, or upside-down. . . or it never made sense to begin with.
I'm going to try to only post original material here and keep the studies where they belong (at the source), but some of my inspirations might show through. And photo imagery will definitely show up here from time to time - rendering in pen is an interesting challenge for me.
Here's last night's effort. I tried to keep the chaos down a bit - fewer, larger pictures and a single orientation.
Thanks for the feedback, Hurricane. Hopefully this will be an easier read!
I have played around with a brush pen, SirRon, but only for blind contours. I don't think I have enough of an understanding of this process yet to make a real go of it. Thanks for the feedback, and don't talk yourself down! We're all artists here, and everyone's got an eye for what they do and do not like. . .
Whoa... I'm glad you can rotate the monitor with certain graphics cards. I really don't have any critiques for you, one becuase I'm just starting, and two because you're obviously at a very high level of talent and skill.
The last post was much easier on my brain! I especially like the girl in the water and the guy with his eyes closed. Good stuff! I'd like to see more.
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hey...love the sketchbook. It's good to see such a solid understanding of anatomy and motion. Love the style and your concepts are looking good. I'd love to see a website if you've got one.
until then, i'd really appreciate any criticisms you'd like to make about my sketchbook. i know it's not necessarily cool to out your sketchbook on someone else's thread, so if it bothers you, i'll edit this post. thanks.
Just a quickie for this afternoon, I try to take it a little easier on the weekends. . . I pulled the line art for this girl out of last night's sketches and did some rough color work suitable to the style. I didn't bother to clean up the line art, and I think the face and hair need more contrast . . . but it's a sketch, right?
PS - Thanks for the comments, Ian and Clocktower! I really appreciate it.
Another lite effort for the weekend - spent too much time in the studies sketchbook and not enough in this one. I'm not far enough into this habit for the ideas to just roll out, it seems, so here's part of guy (his arm's too long), some sort of squat robot thing, and a few pea people I draw when I'm drawing a blank.
Just a few doodles from last night. I couldn't think of anything super-inventive to draw so I pulled down an old motorcycle book and sketched out some engine parts - I'm pretty weak on this material creatively, so hopefully some of it will stick. And then I ended up with Ms. Motormouth here. Not completely satisfied - I'm still flying by the seat of my pants on ball-point pen rendering; it's both liberating and frustrating to not be able to erase, and my defiency in hatching is pretty clear. But it was fun!