Tuesday, 9 August 2011

101 Sketches, Part the Second

First and foremost, thank you everyone for helping put a neurotic fresher's mind at ease! I don't feel anywhere near as terrified now, so, with that said, here is today's batch of sketches. Also, apologies for the haphazard numbering, I'm left-handed so I work across the page right-to-left (most of the time - other times I just go all over the page).

I went back to creatures to try out some of the suggestions I was given - I'm a very one-thing-at-a-time sort, and when I try new techniques it helps to have something familiar to attach them too. Probably the most successful example of the overlaying technique is #1, even though I have no idea what it is.

As well as a couple of oddities I began playing with silhouettes - they were definitely very helpful, and incredibly quick to do! I found I didn't have to worry about which bits were what and instead just tried to make interesting shapes. The conjoined legs on #8 were actually from a shar pei dog (the ones with far too much skin) I saw while drawing it, and I really liked the way the skin flopped everywhere, so I went with it.

And two more, for luck. I really like the head-shape of #12, it's like it can't decide if it wants to be a reptile or an insect. #13 contains about half a dozen indvidual shapes but you can't really tell - I'm not sure if this is a good thing in that it gives a sense of cohesion to the silhouette, or a bad thing in that it feels to homogenous.


  1. Watch it Jon Boy! Us lefties can bite too ;)

  2. I really like your number 3 and 12 they feel like they should be huge clumsy dinosaur-like creatures slowly trawling across the earth :D

    It's great that you're working with silhouettes now too! They really are so much faster and they're a great way to see what's dynamic and what's not.

    Also, doing things one at a time is a great thing to do as it keeps you focused, just make sure you don't spend too much time on one thing and have to feel rushed when you work on the other designs later (I'm all too familiar with that :P)

    It's really great to see your progress though! Give us more to look at! :D