Sketchbook.

Sketchbook.

I copied this from a photo on wikipedia. What’s the point of copying things from photos?
1. It forces you to look at the photo much more closely than you would otherwise, helping you remember what stuff looks like.
2. It gives you lots of practice in rendering a range of tonal values in whatever medium you’re using.
3. It gives you a simpllified, stylised image, compared to the original photo, which is handy if you’re then going to go and do something else with it like incorporating it into a finished illustration or osmething.
Okay, but what’s the point of posting drawings from photos on social media?
1. I don’t know.

I copied this from a photo on wikipedia. What’s the point of copying things from photos?

1. It forces you to look at the photo much more closely than you would otherwise, helping you remember what stuff looks like.

2. It gives you lots of practice in rendering a range of tonal values in whatever medium you’re using.

3. It gives you a simpllified, stylised image, compared to the original photo, which is handy if you’re then going to go and do something else with it like incorporating it into a finished illustration or osmething.

Okay, but what’s the point of posting drawings from photos on social media?

1. I don’t know.

This is a rather crude experiment in using black, blue and red biros to draw with. I explained, briefly, why I’d want to do such a thing in an earlier post.

This is a rather crude experiment in using black, blue and red biros to draw with. I explained, briefly, why I’d want to do such a thing in an earlier post.

Masking tape is good for correcting mistakes in drawings because it’s quick to apply, easy to draw over and you can faintly see what’s underneath, which means you can avoid making the same mistake twice.

Masking tape is good for correcting mistakes in drawings because it’s quick to apply, easy to draw over and you can faintly see what’s underneath, which means you can avoid making the same mistake twice.

This is me experimenting with drawing in red, blue and black biro. Because red and blue are at opposite ends of the visible spectrum one should in theory be able to suggest a pretty wide range of colour. This has some similarity to drawing “a trois crayons”, which is the art-history term for drawing on tinted paper in red, white and black.
Also, if I got a green biro I should be able to do RGB optical colour mixing like the painter Chuck Close.

This is me experimenting with drawing in red, blue and black biro. Because red and blue are at opposite ends of the visible spectrum one should in theory be able to suggest a pretty wide range of colour. This has some similarity to drawing “a trois crayons”, which is the art-history term for drawing on tinted paper in red, white and black.

Also, if I got a green biro I should be able to do RGB optical colour mixing like the painter Chuck Close.

Grotesque woman, in biro. I tend to “over-draw” people’s faces if I’m not careful; I tend to over-emphasise all the subtle details of bone structure and musculature, which can lead to people looking a bit grotesque or aged. Recently I’ve been experimenting with going along with this tendency rather than fighting against it.

Grotesque woman, in biro. I tend to “over-draw” people’s faces if I’m not careful; I tend to over-emphasise all the subtle details of bone structure and musculature, which can lead to people looking a bit grotesque or aged. Recently I’ve been experimenting with going along with this tendency rather than fighting against it.

a page of heads, in ballpoint pen. I like drawing in ballpoint pen. Bic do these extra-fat ones with a 1.6mm ball, which are great if you can find them.

a page of heads, in ballpoint pen. I like drawing in ballpoint pen. Bic do these extra-fat ones with a 1.6mm ball, which are great if you can find them.

So I was sitting in a fish and chip shop drawing pictures of feet but I couldn’t help listening to the conversations going on around me. I wrote down some of the funnier lines.

So I was sitting in a fish and chip shop drawing pictures of feet but I couldn’t help listening to the conversations going on around me. I wrote down some of the funnier lines.

Biro bear. The original is only about an inch square but it looks cool blown up.

Biro bear. The original is only about an inch square but it looks cool blown up.