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…

12 thoughts on “Video Observation Practice #2

  1. I’d agree, both with your wonder and with your take on the US school system. Every year I see less creative thought – or even the comfort with attempting it – in my students because they are soooooooo concerned with what their trade will be. All many of them really worry about is trying to regurgitate answers for an “A” on the exam :/.

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  2. I think one of the nice things about a really quick sketch is that you let go of worrying too much about the result, which was very freeing. From a teaching point of view it makes me wonder about the effectiveness of the UK education system which, like the US I expect, has a big emphasis on results only.

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  3. Looking at all these video observation pieces of yours blows my mind. I grant my artistic ability is limited to little cartoony faces here or there so I can’t even begin to imagine producing these things, let alone drawing them in under ten minutes! I am loving them though.

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