Video Observation Practice #2

Here are some more quick thumbnails drawn from while watching various videos.  I use this exercise as a way to practice drawing panels for comicbooks.  Each one took from 5 to 10 minutes to complete and was drawn using Pigma Microns and then shaded with W&N Neutral Tone Brushmarkers.

The first is from the excellent and funny film “Shaun of the Dead” starring Simon Pegg as Shaun.  In this scene Shaun has just had some serious girlfriend trouble and is in the pub with his friend…

 

The next one was drawn while watching a documentary about US jails.  This jail is inside a really tall building and in some places the prisoners can look out at the city if they pull down the window covers.  This is the scene I drew.

 

The final panel I sketched was while I watched a piano recital.  It was this brilliant young pianist playing the piano version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.  Beautiful…

Video Observation Practice #1

While I work away on my fairy drawing which I began last week I’m going to post a series of sketches I drew in ink during the spring and summer.

I did them whilst relaxing in bed in the evenings, watching various videos – everything from YouTube discussions to regular TV series. It was pretty varied. The idea was to attempt to capture a scene really quickly as if I were planning a comic panel based on that scene. I would one day like to write my own comic book but I needed to see if I could draw scenes and people quickly and well enough for the artwork to be able to carry a story. Now, none of this is finished comic art – it’s just a series of practice sketches which I never intended to publish at all – I did them to speed up my ink drawing and get a feel for working fast on comic panels.

So here are the first two…

I love watching animals and horses are one of my favourites. So here is a fast sketch of a horse from a YouTube video about a horse rescue…

The next picture was from a Netflix series called “Sex Education”. It was a funny series about a teenage lad who’s mum is a sex therapist. Otis is pretty insecure but finds, with the help of his rebellious female friend Maeve, a way to move forward with his life by giving sex advice to other young people at his school. (Oddly, it was set in the UK but the school was run like an american school.) Anyway, here’s a scene I chose from this series…

This is the excellent actor Kedar Williams-Stirling playing a character called Jackson Marchetti in the show.

The Fae

I had a slow start to art this week.  I’m still feeling quite weak from being ill and I had to concentrate mainly on work.  I did, however, watch a lot of a new TV show on Amazon called Carnival Row.

(Official Amazon Carnival Row Poster.)

It was the best TV I’ve watched in years!  I just loved the sparklingly new idea behind this series.  So much of Hollywood follows the same well worn path to the same formulaic stories.  It’s like a breath of fresh air to have newer video productions from people like Amazon (and Netflix) producing genuinely new stories and going in new directions.  From my point of view these guys are leaving Hollywood in the dust.  The script was written by an American Screenwriter called Travis Beacham.  It’s original title was  “A Killing on Carnival Row” but I guess they changed it to “Carnival Row” so that if the series takes off they can generate further stories.

I think I was really taken by the idea of the Fae – the fairies, the pucks, the centaurs – the creatures of legend brought into a gritty victorian, industrial reality.  I loved the subtext about the fight between nature and industry, between freedom and social convention and the views of different peoples on each other’s ways of life.

So I decided to make a larger (A3) ink drawing of a fairy and then colour it with just a touch of watercolour.  I began by making some thumbnail sketches.  This helps me get an idea of what I want to draw and organise my inspiration into a composition.  I used a wide range of reference, from standard face shots of models to ballerinas, to women diving in competition to get some ideas of how I could arrange my fairy on the page.

Here are the thumbnails – they are blown up to double the original size…

 

I really like the simplicity of the first one but it seems too static for a being who can fly.  The second one is a better pose in terms of movement but needs to have her wings above her body for it to really work.  The third is a classic ballet pose but looks too refined and restricted for a fae.

I’m going to have to think about this some more.  It will come with time.  🙂

 

 

PS:  I had some “help” today from my kitten, Leia, while writing this…

She came up with some good stuff…

 

 

Feelin’ Better…

I’m afraid I had no time for painting this week as I was quite unwell.  However, I am feeling much better now and am back at work.  🙂

So here’s a quick fun piece of digital art I made earlier this morning…

 

( I am reliably informed by the six and seven year olds I work with that this move is called a “dab” and is used when you want to celebrate something.)