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…

Challenge Days 9 and 10 – “Regret”

This weekend I re-read the Comic book related to Philip K Dick’s brilliant “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”



It’s done under the same title as Dick’s original novel but it’s a new story in the same world wirtten by Chris Roberson.  I thought it was really beautifully done.  The artwork gave tremendous atmosphere to the story and really fitted well with the subject matter.  The actual story art was done by Robert Adler (with colours by Lozano and Suppa).  He employed a loose rough feel in the inks which, together with sensitive cell shading styled colour worked wonderfully.  Often with looser, rougher ink work I find that the picture gets confused but the cell shaded colour made it all really clear.  Here are some examples of the work from the first issue:







I thought it would be wonderful to give this style a try in a couple of ways.  First I wanted to try this style but using rough pencils rather that rough inks.  Then I’m going to have a go at trying to ink in my own version of Adler’s approach.

So, to try this approach with pencils…

Here’s my initial pencil sketch:


Then here’s a pencil version with my ideas of how to light the image scribbled in…



First I just scanned it in a then put in some greyscale shading…



Then I coloured it fully and, to finish off, highlighted it…



I’m going to call the picture ‘Regret’  because the chap in jail might be feeling sad for whatever he did to get him locked up.

So, reviewing this,  I think I like the lighting and the colour scheme but I’m less fond of the rough pencils used as the final lineart.  I think pencil could work and would give a nice texture  to the lines but it has to be tidy and not just a rough sketch.  That said it was great fun to do!    🙂



Pastel Drawing – A Quickening Ray

I worked on a Pastel drawing today.  It was a sketch for a painting I want to do in acrylic paint at some time in the future.  It’s based on a scene in a prison I saw on the TV and a song we sing at church.  The relevant verse says:

“Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.”

This picture was the result – as well as I can render it.

I began with a sketch:


Then I began to use the pastels.  This time though, I decided to treat the pastels like paint rather than like a big fat pencil.  I think this approach worked better.  Lines are too thick with pastels but planes and blocks of colour are do-able.

Here’s the beginning of the figure in the picture:


And here’s the final result:

A Quickening Ray_FIN_WEB

The light didn’t come out as I had hoped – I find actual light rays very difficult to draw but the feeling of the picture is right.  I think it’ll need a bit more work before I paint it.