I was walking home after a movie (Beach Rats, which was great) and I suppose I passed by a Gotham Rat, in the sense that the man who passed by me had a body similar to the guys in the movie, save for the fact that he was wearing a sort of flowy track suit ensemble and was tying on a headscarf. Mine is not to question the outfit, mine is to render the flow of his garments. :)
Adding some miscellaneous shots to flesh out the story more and balance the hyper-realized model shots. This one is another view of the other outfit I rendered. The model's nose is much more interesting in profile.
I did a bad thing and compared the linework I did with the actual photo, superimposing them over the other and realizing how far off my proportions were. I was never great with proportions—I'm not like those guys that see it and get it immediately on their first sketch layout. Anyhow, what I thought was done is being retooled. And heavily!
I think I got a handle on his face now. Just need to render the cheeks better, add the hair, then the outfit should be an easier render. I'd been doing this all day and had so much free time, you'd think I wouldn't be late for posting for yesterday!
I always knew I would end up retooling this but I never know by how much until I actually do it. he good thing is that it's easier to edit something than to start, and since I tend to just see everything that's wrong with a piece, the desire to fix it is there. Interestingly enough, I put in a lot of work into this face, and I've deleted most of the paint work to start over, and I feel like it's an improvement thus far. Thankfully, digital illustration allows you to redraw something nearly completely without it seeming overworked. Still not done though, as evidenced by those joker lips I have yet to revisit.
More work on the series, this time trying to add more vignettes and texture to it. Although I didn't get very many references for the accessories... but these pseudo flyknits were interestingly sporty in a designer-y kind of way.
Had lunch today with my illustrator friend Lamont, who complimented me on the fact that I sketch whatever I want when the muse hits me. By that, I take it, he meant whatever style I want. So if I want to do an ink sketch today, I ... did.
Need to get back to the other sketches in the series. But the good thing and bad thing about leaving a sketch for a while is finding either what's wrong or right about it—and I definitely found things that needed correction. Ugh, never ending. Just when you thought you had gotten it down...
I'm heading up to Hudson tomorrow to fold origami for kids. I'm not even sure how I got wrangled into this, I'm no expert. I can only do a crane and a few boxes, maybe a tulip. Tonight I'll try and learn how to do a bunny. This drawing is a nice break form all the intense painting I was doing on the Perry stuff.
The only problem with spending this much time on one models face, is now I have to make sure I put in equal (or at least equivalent) effort into the accompanying sketches. Oy. But I think I've gotten a more than decent portrait for the sketch. 5 minutes late to the posting, but hopefully worth it.
...wasn't his real name, but he posed under a pseudonym because he's got a career to worry about. I did a lot of drawings but need to photograph them better. This is one of my faves, a five minute quickie.
I kept specific people in mind but didn' necessarily attempt to make portraits loyal to the inspiration. I just let my ideas about their forms dictate how I try and render them. It made for more character than I think I would've have achieved if left to my own devices.
This quickly decided sketch is quickly becoming more fun to do. I suppose not caring as much about this particular pose has made me be much more experimental with how I render it, which is part of the fun.
I saw an artist's work on Instagram and his underpainting technique inspired me to do some of my own on this piece. I never learned how to paint properly (at least, I don't recall being taught in Art School) so much of what I do is instinctive or self-taught.
It's funny how after starting out really raw, you can keep refining what you once thought was a good likeness, and you increase that likeness with each improvement, and the more you improve, the less it seems like it's improving, lol