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  • Sketch Friday

    I have been hashtagging and referring to a character named Duncan Mousekawitz. It started out as a joke but the more I drew this character and more I explored the world I was starting to have a lot of fun with it. What this will turn into I am still not sure myself. A short web strip or maybe even a 5 page comic for the next sketchbook I plan to release. Things are still up in the air, all I know is I am thoroughly enjoying this character and this process and hope you are finding amusement in some of the zany things that are popping out my head and on to paper.

    Here are a few past sketches that belong to this world of Duncan Mousekawitz.

    Have a great weekend everyone!

  • Sketch Friday

    I have been hashtagging and referring to a cahracter Duncan Mousekawitz. It started out as a joke but the more I drew this character and more I explored the world I was starting to have a lot of fun with it. What this will turn into, I am still not sure myself. A short web strip or even a short 5 page comic for my next sketchbook I plan to release. Things are still up in the air, all I know is I am thoroughly enjoying this character and this process and hope you are enjoying some of the zany things that are popping out my head and on to paper.

    Here are a few past sketches that belong to this world of Duncan Mousekawitz.

    Have a great weekend everyone!

  • Sketch Friday

    Welcome back everyone! This sketch was basically roughed out last night right before I went to bed. My process is similar to what I talked about in the previous post, however, this time I did no marker underlay.

    Sometimes you have to just go for it and see what happens. As I started to work into this sketch I wasn't feeling to confident with the lines and was going to scrap it. I think a lot of that was due to the fact that I knew I was going to post it online and felt hesitant to do so. That was pitfall number one. Pitfall number 2 was getting uptight with the drawing which was a result of pitfall number one.

    The point I am trying to make is that posting your work online and showing your artistic progress is fine as long as it does not hamper your growth as an artist. I am guilty of this as well, at times I worry about if a post is going to be worthy or get enough likes and this is something that will lead to utter doom in a sketch. My sketches do not always come out clean or how I like it so I redraw it and try again. However, I use that first sketch to explore ideas and work out issues I am having with the drawing so that I can learn from it and apply it to the next.

    Case in point, here is the 'Hippo Riders" sketch I did last night which I posted online.

    Now here is my first pass. 

    I messed up on the scale and some of the shapes I was not too pleased with. So, I decided to scratch it but used this page to figure out proportions and characracterizations. Why not use pencil you may ask? I love the pen because it fine tunes your line quality and line efficiency. It really makes you think about the drawing and how to place the next mark and the next. Practice makes perfect and it's all about mileage, the thing you have to remember is to allow yourself to explore and make mistakes. Those mistakes are important to your growth as an artist and more important to your imagination.

    Hope that helps.

  • First Sketch Friday 2014

    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to my first official post of 2014 and to the first Sketch Friday of 2014! For this year I wanted to shake things up for Sketch Fridays as part of my New Years Resolution. I love drawing robots and mechanical vehicles and such but I am looking forward to exploring a lot of things that I do not draw so often like animals and females. I am taking Sketch Fridays as an opporunity to explore different subject matter and experiment with different styles and mediums. As artists it is important to keep kicking ourselves in the butt to stay motivated and to improve upon our craft. Please join in on the fun and if you have a instagram or twitter account #sketchfridays. I look forward to seeing what you all come up with!

    Well here is the actual first sketch, I took some process shots of this and will talk a little about each step. Again, sketch fridays are meant to break out of the norm but I also want you to pick up a few things from them as well. Hope you enjoy this new format and the sketch!

    Cheers,

    Patrick

    1) I did an initial marker lay-in for shape design and went over it in pen so I had a rough skeleton to work from for the next phase of inks.

    2) I started with the head and and worked my way down the body. I am getting used to the brush pen and love the line quality I get out of it. Here mainly seeing what the pen can do and how I can indicate differences in material and texture. Fur is a blast to draw and I am playing around with polished metal and more of a tarnished metal for some of the armor.

    3) Spots of red to help move the viewer's eye around the page.

    4) Close up of application of white gouache. I could have used a Prismacolor pencil but I am slowly getting back into gouache and really love the opacity it brings to my highlights.

    5) Final piece. "The old warrior could see his destiny, the only thing that stood in his way were 100 knights."