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Much as I expected, this past week I had ample opportunities for sketching on my numerous commutes to Lincoln Center and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. I also took the opportunity to explore different techniques of working with my new synthetic Aquash water/ink brush.
These techniques ranged from quick gesture portraits from my imagination, like this…
And quick gesture portraits inspired by some of the riders around me, like this…
To more detailed study drawings like this.
In addition to using the brush pen for outline sketches as above, I also practiced using it to lay in a quick mass of “color” for body shapes. I then followed by adding in the holding outlines and further details with a ball point pen.
In case you’re curious, I used the above technique for this illustration (now available in my shop at Etsy) substituting Copic Sketch markers for the “ink wash” and using a fine line paintbrush dipped in India ink for the holding outlines. No preliminary pencil drawing was used.
Over the past few years I’ve struggled to find the right words to describe my artwork. “Whimsically fashion-based” is the closest I’ve come to describing what I’m after since neither the terms “fashion illustration” nor “cartoon” exactly apply. Works in progress? Perhaps, but that is the nature of creativity. My end goal, however, has always been to make the viewer smile, laugh or feel amused somehow. Call it a reflection of my own outlook on life or maybe just my survival technique, but I do feel that life goes a lot smoother if manners and a good dose of humor are applied.
Hold your beliefs lightly….
(Because this option isn’t as pretty!)
In the quest to create illustrations that are whimsical, upbeat and fun, I keep coming back to the need to keep things simple. You’d think “simple” would be easy, but it’s actually not!
After hours of slaving at my drafting table today (ok, I’m exaggerating, but maybe not as much as you’d think!) here’s what emerged…