Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Deeper Meanings

Lately, I've been drawing quite a few somber sketches. They tell a story and I have always felt more satisfied with my work when I feel like it communicates something. When it allows the viewer to project a mood, experience or plot that I hadn't quite imagined, it makes me feel like I did something useful. Here's an example of one I did recently just using a ballpoint pen. This one is interesting enough to me that i would probably add it to my list to develop into something a bit cleaner in the future.

And here is another one that is a little more obvious, but still interesting to me.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Sketch Backlog

I've been sorting through the sketches that I've done in the last six months or so, some of which I have neglected to post for viewing simply because of a busy schedule. I figure now's as good a time as any to share some of my backlog. There may be more to come as I have continued to sketch, sometimes slowly and painfully, and sometimes with fervor, since the new year.

Eventually, my goal is to develop some older sketches into paintings. I have several good thumbnails lying around and ready to be committed to a worthier material - some you may recognize, some you may not. I am hopeful that I will get to them in the near future.

For now, I am continuing to build a formidable stock character sketches, landscape designs and overall lighting sketches for reference in the future.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Romanticized Mud

Here's a sketch I did a little while back. I still haven't completely gotten marsh/swamp/wetlands out of my system. That's probably directly related to my geographic location and my tendency to visit parks with pleasant examples of swamps and marshes. I wouldn't really want to put my feet in swamp water though... not unless the water was circulating fairly well.

And to get you in the mood for a little swamp, here's a picture of a very green, algae filled pond I took a picture of one summer in the not so distant past!