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Snippet Sunday

Lots of sketching this week. Copying some ideas outright (the horse below, frex), following a tutorial (the mouth), outright doodling, drawing with Sprout (sea creatures); all in all, working with different techniques... Speaking of techniques, when I mentioned gesture drawing last week, I meant "scribbled line gesture drawing" as seen here and in this video.  I can understand why some artists say not to rely on it (encourages messy lines), but I think I'll try it a bit more as a way to get over my brain's perfectionist tendencies.

A sample of what I did:

sketching samples

And I did some blind contour sketches of J, hilariously bad ones.  I'm going to try this exercise at least two or three times this coming week and am posting this week's effort so I'll be able to judge my progress.  I actually like the aborted one that is serving as a new icon.

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frigg
Nov. 9th, 2014 02:00 pm (UTC)
lol... my students did blind contour sketches Thursday, had a lot of fun with it. One loved it so much she did nothing else for the first two hours.
mnfaure
Nov. 9th, 2014 03:11 pm (UTC)
They are fun and can produce some surprisingly nice line drawings.
mana_trini
Nov. 9th, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
I love the new icon, so graphic
mnfaure
Nov. 9th, 2014 04:47 pm (UTC)
Wow, fancy seeing you on LJ after all this time. *hugs*
asakiyume
Nov. 10th, 2014 03:23 am (UTC)
The hydrocephalic last blind sketch of J is pretty funny :D

I like that these experiments encourage playfulness.
mnfaure
Nov. 10th, 2014 02:51 pm (UTC)
I have some more hilarious efforts to show, but I won't flood my flist. Another time. It is a fun exercise. At least I get one belly laugh a day. Going to try to do other things like my hands and feet...

I've tried furniture but it usually ends up so abstract you don't know what it is; maybe that means I need to do more.

It is funny, but I remember doing blind contour in a uni drawing class and being better at it. Makes me wonder what has happened to my eye-hand coordination since then. Apropos, J has a hard time believing I played basketball (much less that I was a starter), I'm so bad at hitting a target.
clarentine
Nov. 10th, 2014 01:40 pm (UTC)
Those blind contour sketches look amazingly like the art in Zelazny's "A Night in the Lonesome October." Oh, hey, and I think those were Gahan Wilson, he of the currently controversial World Fantasy Award statuette (and a really interesting artist, sez I, because I do love a good line drawing). So, really, you're in good company. Or J is. Or something. :-)
mnfaure
Nov. 10th, 2014 02:48 pm (UTC)
I wonder if any of PIcasso's famous line drawings are pure blind contour or not. If so, I have a lot of work to do. I must admit to liking the funky side of a lot of my efforts.
clarentine
Nov. 10th, 2014 05:23 pm (UTC)
See? Good company!
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