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Ronski
02-18-2006, 02:57 PM
Hi,

here's some sketches I've been doing on the bus into work. I started using a Aquarelle pencil (water soluble) & a brush (I have a small bottle of water for the wash), you get some strange looks but I'm enjoying the challenge of doing it & hopefully I can improve over time?

I've found profiles are the best way I can sketch as people keep moving around. Most sketches only last 10mins or so as people keep getting off.

http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/normal_Sketchbook_v2_3.jpg
http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/normal_Sketchbook_v2_2.jpg
http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/normal_Sketchbook_v2_1.jpg
http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/normal_Sketchbook_v2_4.jpg

I'll post more when I can if you'd like to see them?

Cheers

fredlovebot
02-18-2006, 03:40 PM
I really like these and I would love to see more! Try to get a few in 3/4 and front view to, it's great training!

ThePhotographer
02-18-2006, 11:15 PM
Yes, very nice sketches ! I wish I could do such good sketches myself ....

Ronski
02-18-2006, 11:31 PM
hey thanks for the comments, I tried a few 3/4 sketches & find they are almost impossible as people keep moving about & you end up with something a bit more Cubist :)

Doing this at rush hour is a challenge in itself, I've found 2 sweet spots on the 38 bus with the right view that I keep trying to get in the mornings. Quite a few times it's just too busy & maybe I get a 5 min sketch.
here's some more....

http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/aqua_sketches/normal_Sketchbook_v2_6.jpg
http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/aqua_sketches/normal_Sketchbook_v2_7.jpg
http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/aqua_sketches/normal_Sketchbook_v2_8.jpg
http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/aqua_sketches/normal_Sketchbook_v2_9.jpg
http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/aqua_sketches/normal_Sketchbook_v2_10.jpg
http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/aqua_sketches/normal_Sketchbook_v2_11.jpg

Rebeccak
02-18-2006, 11:52 PM
Ronski,

Nice work! I think some of the faces need a bit more structure ~ it might help if they weren't drawn in perfect profiles? Also I think if you drew the whole head, these might feel more dimensional. Just my 2 cents. ;)

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

Ronski
02-19-2006, 09:36 AM
thanks for the comments Rebeccak, yeah I agree about trying to get a whole head in view would be a good thing for me to attempt. The sketch book is around A5 so I keep running out of space, I never seem to sketch the whole head just start with the details :sad:

Because you never know how much time you have for each one I tend to concentrate on the eyes, nose & mouth & try for likeness first then structure after. I think I do look at it more in a 2D sense when doing the profiles but I kind of like that.

Here's some more...

I had an old pencil in my bag that I used for the background, it was twice as black as my usual one so it turned out a bit unexpected!
http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/aqua_sketches/normal_Sketchbook_v2_13.jpg
http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/aqua_sketches/normal_Sketchbook_v2_14.jpg
http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/aqua_sketches/normal_Sketchbook_v2_15.jpg

Ronski
02-20-2006, 10:53 PM
couple of new ones

http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/aqua_sketches/normal_Sketchbook_v2_16.jpg
http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/aqua_sketches/normal_Sketchbook_v2_17.jpg

Vertrucio
02-21-2006, 02:49 AM
They key to sketching full heads on the go is not to actually draw the person you see, draw your idea of the person you see. Just look, take note of that person's most prominent features and put them into the sketch, then fill in the rest with a bit of memory and imagination.

Profiles are very easy to do, and this might fool you into thinking that you're getting better at drawing faces when it may be that you haven't improved much at all.

Also beware of shading, a bit of shading can cover up mistakes that you want fix in later drawings. Again, this could make a sketch seem better than it really is.

If the main reason why you chose only profiles was because you aren't fast enough to draw 3/4ths or full heads, then perhaps you really should draw those full head views so that one day you will get fast enough to draw them.

Basically, reexamine your goals when you sketch. This is your sketchbook, you only have to show it to others if you want to, so don't try to make everything beautiful, often you learn more making bad drawings than good.

Oh, and as a tool recommendation, there are these really cool water brushes with the water inside the handle (just squeeze and it'll flow out into the brush itself). They're great for doing washes and more portable than lugging around a water bottle.

Ronski
02-21-2006, 09:36 PM
thanks for the comments Vertrucio!

They key to sketching full heads on the go is not to actually draw the person you see, draw your idea of the person you see. Just look, take note of that person's most prominent features and put them into the sketch, then fill in the rest with a bit of memory and imagination.
This isn't what I'm trying to achieve, I'm not trying to draw from imagination, it's about drawing from observation for me & trying to capture the person I'm drawing. Hard I know. :sad:

Profiles are very easy to do, and this might fool you into thinking that you're getting better at drawing faces when it may be that you haven't improved much at all.
I wouldn't say they are easy to do while sat on a bus, have you tried it? I can easily get some image reference & draw from that but that isn't about the point of the exercise for me.

Also beware of shading, a bit of shading can cover up mistakes that you want fix in later drawings. Again, this could make a sketch seem better than it really is.
It depends, you're making assumptions that I want to fix things later. I want to try this specific technique with the Aquarelle pencil for the duration, call it an experiment if you like. Each one is done under different circumstances & throws up different problems for me.

If the main reason why you chose only profiles was because you aren't fast enough to draw 3/4ths or full heads, then perhaps you really should draw those full head views so that one day you will get fast enough to draw them.
Well to be honest I'm not trying to improve my sketching speed so it isn't the point of the exercise for me . Also unless you could draw a whole head in 10 seconds (about the most time someone stays still on a bus) I don't see the point?

Basically, re-examine your goals when you sketch. This is your sketchbook, you only have to show it to others if you want to, so don't try to make everything beautiful, often you learn more making bad drawings than good.
Making bad drawings isn't a very good goal though is it? Just do the best you can & you'll learn from each one. I know what you mean about keeping it loose & doing quick sketches but I did that in a previous sketch book (http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/10-random-people.jpg) , as I said this is a fairly specific experiment :)

Oh, and as a tool recommendation, there are these really cool water brushes with the water inside the handle (just squeeze and it'll flow out into the brush itself). They're great for doing washes and more portable than lugging around a water bottle.

Hey those sound interesting, I'll look out for them. Do you find you just get a dirty brush though because you can't clean it in water? The water bottle I have is 1 inch high so it's not that bad :thumbsup:

Here's some more
http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/aqua_sketches/normal_Sketchbook_v2_20.jpg
http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/aqua_sketches/normal_Sketchbook_v2_21.jpg
http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/aqua_sketches/normal_Sketchbook_v2_22.jpg
http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/aqua_sketches/normal_Sketchbook_v2_24.jpg

Ronski
02-22-2006, 10:09 PM
here's the latest ones

http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/aqua_sketches/normal_Sketchbook_v2_25.jpg
http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/aqua_sketches/normal_Sketchbook_v2_27.jpg
http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/aqua_sketches/normal_Sketchbook_v2_31.jpg
http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/aqua_sketches/normal_Sketchbook_v2_32.jpg

This one I took Rebeccak's advice to draw the whole head, I'll try & do some more of these.
http://www.groundzerofx.com/gallery/albums/aqua_sketches/normal_Sketchbook_v2_35.jpg

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