Well, it’s the run up to Christmas and I have a lot of pictures to work on. During busy times like this I tend to work on lots of different pictures at once, rather than my usual way, which is to work on one picture nonstop till it’s finished.
So, since I don’t have any completed pictures to show just yet, I thought I’d just share a couple of little sketches I’ve been doing in my lunch breaks and other little free moments of time. I’ve been trying to do more of these lately. I am a very slow drawer by nature, and it takes a lot of discipline to make myself stop drawing after 10 or 15 minutes, especially when there are a million things about the picture that I want to change! I decided that drawing more quickly and learning to be less fussy was something I needed to work on.
The first image is one of my favourite Brazilian singers, Elis Regina. I was surprised to realize that this is the first picture of her I’ve ever drawn! I’ll definitely be doing some larger, high quality artwork of her in the future as I think she’s fantastic. I was glad that this one ended up looking a lot like her, despite me having to stop before I was finished. It gave me a bit of confidence in my ability to work quickly.
The second picture was a super-fast sketch of Randy Orton. I wanted to try out my shiny new 9B graphite stick and he ended up being the guinea pig. I didn’t have time to draw his extensive tattoos though. Sorry Randy! Again, I had to stop before I was done, but it captures him well enough, and I enjoyed doing it.
The last sketch is of PJ Harvey. I spent a little longer on this one as it was done in the evening time. It’s actually a continuous line drawing, although I don’t think you can tell from the photo! I really felt like doing a continuous line drawing after the students were doing some a few weeks ago in one of the art classes I’ve been helping in. I might recreate this image in black ink, as it should suit the subject really well.