This set of drawings I did sitting in the food court in some shopping centre in Coventry. So many interesting people around there! My favourite one is definitely just above, the little girl happily sipping her McDonalds milkshake. Once you get in the zone, people-watching/sketching is so much fun and you can see all these caricaturing, cartoony possibilities opening in front of you.
These drawings are designs of good old Issa and Viv in an attempt at the Al Hirschfeld style. Just a bunch of roughs really but I tried to make a few finished ones.
The finished above of Viv was a live-traced then filled in Photoshop one, and then the finished of Issa is all inked and coloured by hand and traditional and stuff. Despite the finished quality of Viv in the above one I still prefer the organic quality of traditional. I'm learning to accept and experiment with digital a lot more on my course, because it gives your images a real professional quality, but I will always be a traditional girl. You can whip out a sketchbook and pencil anywhere in a way that you really can't do on with a computer. You can feel the pencil underneath your fingers. I won't keep going on about it because I could all day but there we go.
I had a meeting with my tutor to talk to him about my internship work and he liked my Hirschfeld stuff. He also said he wished some of his third years had the same confidence in line that I do which was about the best thing anyone has ever said to me ever in my life. I nearly phoned my mother afterwards to get excited about it down the phone but I thought I'd better not.
Anyway, this bunch of ruffs is some stuff I've done for a few Ren and Stimpy style characters. The baby bird is called Chiff and the baby rat is called Binx. Drawing in this style is so liberating and fun and gives squashy-stretchy freedom. Brillo pads.
A lot of fun. My flatmate assisted me in making sure they were grotesque enough but not revolting and gory.
Here's a few more of Helena. Her design is going through some changes, at the moment I'm trying her in a kind of, Coney Island Roaring 20s-esque style, but here's a bunch of stuff I've done on her.
I've done quite a few more drawings of her since I did these, and her design (well her hair and dress) has changed a lot. Aaaah I look at that pencil drawing just above and I just love pencil so much. It's just so expressive and you can use the end of side or slant of the pencil and get different textures and lines and loveliness. Thank you Glen Keane and Jin Kim for teaching me the important ways of the pencil and all its different sides.
I'm sure I'll upload again soon with some more Helena stuff and hopefully some Tom and Jerry style stuff, which my tutor Francis encouraged me to have a go at in our meeting. So exciting! Thank you so much for reading and looking at my blog it means ever so much! Thanks guys :)