Thursday, 20 October 2011

Pencil Croquis Sketches

I have this habit of forgetting to update for quite a while, but when I do there is so much to post!

Hence my second update of the day, this time some of my preferred croquis sketches from last month. These were done with a soft-ish pencil. I've had to run them all through photoshop, since they are too soft on the scanner. Sadly that means some of them are rather dark and the lovely cream of the paper is now just a grey. Still; drawings!

I think it's important to mention that these are very short drawings: between 30 seconds and 2 minutes usually. The longest pose here is five minutes. Enjoy!

Golden Oldies

The last week has been extremely busy for me, needless to say I am sorry for the lack of updates. :P I have plans to photo all of my long studies this weekend with a fellow classmate - so those are on their way. In the meantime I thought I'd upload a few of my really old images in a kind of retrospective from the beginning of TDA.

This was one of the first drawings I remember doing at TDA. It has nothing to do with classical figure drawing, but it's fun to look back at. Note that I couldn't even draw a full, standing figure at this point. Those were the days.

This is the earliest surviving croquis I have from TDA. It's from the end of my first week there. I think we can agree I've come a ways since then.

A seemingly complex object like the foot becomes charmingly simple once you know enough about the bones. This is an old short study I did way back when. After this, I could draw feet.

This is the first long study I ever did at TDA. It's 45 minutes of OUTLINE. Once again, incredible to look back and see how far I've come in the 9 or so months since.

And last but not least, a small colour character drawing I did while I was training with Glen Vilppu. Unlike the earlier drawings, this is more just for fun. :)

I'll be uploading some croquis drawings over the next few days. Mads Peter had us working with pastel for the whole week, so I have some unique studies to show you.

Until next time. :)

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Pastel Croquis Sketches

These are some short sketches using pastel that I made at the beginning of the semester. Soft black pastel and cheap paper were involved. ;)

Also included is this little snippet of a morning we spent framing the model and drawing her with abstract shapes, so we could better understand composition and form. As you can see, in these sketches I had problems framing the model correctly the first time, but I still find the drawings charmingly abstract.

Until next time! :)

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

And that's all for today.

Seeing as I have a huge backlog of work to upload, I think I will stagger the releases a little so I don't overload the front page with new work! Tomorrow I will add some more, and hopefully by the end of the weekend I will  have started uploading long studies. Until then, enjoy!

Pen Sketches And Glenn Vilppu Drawings

While the model is supposed to be the primary focus during our bi-weekly croquis sessions, after a while one also finds that you are stuck in a room full of interesting people who are sitting very still and staring intently in one direction. Ultimately this leads to a lot of portraits and small sketches of the other artists as they go about their business. I have a few portraits I did in pen last week:

Last semester at TDA we had the honour of studying under Glenn Vilppu for a brief period - who is a famous figure artist amongst our circles. I had the chance of experimenting with many media and I still consider many of the drawings I did under his tutelage to be my best. 

Some of my favourite croquis drawing to this day.

Coffee is an excellent tool for drawing. As an art school, there
are cold mugs of it everywhere, and all one needs is a brush!

Although the anatomy is questionable on this image, I am quite
fond of the mixed media.

Glenn was very fond of bringing forms down to their absolute
basics. Strangely enough, these really work.

Yes! There is still more!


Charcoal Croquis Drawings

Finally, I have some stuff ready to put up. :) 

These are some of my favourite charcoal croquis drawings from the second semester of TDA (I have none surviving from the first, as even when fixed they tend to leave a lot of residue on my other drawings). Enjoy!

I tried organizing them all fancy on the page (composition is a key part of our training here), but it's an absolute nightmare trying to move images around on what is basically a word document, so instead you get a long, single feed.

I really love the dynamism here. 

More to come later today!

Høgni Pub Sketches

These are my sketches from the Høgni Pub poster that made the cut. Lasse and I did quite a few more characters but in the end not all of them were needed.

Work Still Incoming!

I know I failed to meet my deadline for uploading my work. This was largely due to an incredibly lazy weekend!

However, I did spend the entire afternoon today scanning all of my surviving croquis drawings of note , and various smaller studies (totalling more than 55 images). The only problem is that the scanner and the screen at the school are not very accurate and now the images are all quite faint. I will have to run them all through photoshop separately to bring them back up to a viewable quality - that or scan them again!

Rest assured that this will happen soon though! I also plan on uploading all of my larger long studies, so that I can have a retrospective look at my work, that will be a bit further down the line though as their size demands I scan them in pieces before putting them back together in photoshop - a slow process at best.

I also plan on doing more regular updates of drawings from my sketchbooks and various scribbles that I do every day. I can't promise daily (or even bi-daily) updates, but I'd like to keep the feed active and moving so that's what I am hoping for once I get into the swing of things.

Today was not completely unproductive however! Lasse and I put together a poster for the next Høgni Pub party this evening, first by drawing the characters separately before scanning, then composing and colouring them in photoshop. I'm quite proud of the result. All in all, roughly 4 and a half hours of work.

More to follow soon! I promise!

Until next time. ;)

Friday, 7 October 2011

New Stuff Incoming!

Just a short post to say that I will be uploading a large part of my recent work - and maybe even all of my older stuff - this weekend! 

In the meantime, enjoy this little sketch I did for a friend of mine;