Tuesday, November 21, 2006
St. Patrick's day + Abraham Lincoln's birthday = one tall drunk. Up top are the sketches that led to his design. Hopefully you can see the thought process from right to left. I remember wanting to start with the usual keyhole shape for the head but once I added the cheek bone and heavy brow that very graphic shape kinda melted away - which is cool cause that's usually how design works for me.
One time at work Steve Lambe told me that he wanted to get to a point where he could do the drawing right the first time. Get so comfortable with a style and know exactly what to draw and visualize the poses and just execute. I remember saying that I didn't know if that would ever be possible. Lately though I wonder - I've seen plenty of artists pump out sketches that are gold right from the get go. And looking back at my warm up scribbles I wonder if it's a matter of practice and/or just different methods. Different processes. For me it really is like re-learning how to draw everytime I sit down to a project. I guess that's where the satisfaction is for me - working and redrawing til I see the shapes and lines turn into somethin' I like. Finding the groove every time. Hmmm...I wonder if I'd have any fun drawing if I had the golden touch at the start.
And that's my psycho-babble for the day :)