Everyone loves cats. And that’s why I’m posting these crazy cats that manifested in my sketchbook this evening!
I’ve never been 100% happy with my style of drawing. But I’ve realised recently that’s because I don’t (think) I have a particular style, or haven’t developed the styles that I do have enough, so over the past week or two I’ve been trying to develop it/them a bit.
I have always liked ‘messy’ or for want of a better way of putting it - “badly drawn” things, because I find that there’s can be a lot of humour and expression within it. I used to do a lot of scribbly drawings, something that probably came about from spending my Science lessons at school doodling with a couple of my friends, so it’s always stuck with me.
I decided I wanted to work on drawing “properly” (another term I hate!), and have been concentrating on getting anatomy and proportion right, by studying a lot of artists I really look up to in order to pick out elements of different styles that I like to build up my skill set, and funnily enough this has brought me round full circle!
I’m about to finish my first sketchbook of 2014 and flicking through it I can see a huge leap from what I consider to be crap, to more asthetically pleasing sketches, which show a lot of things I never really took into account before, and things that I was never really good at.
For example, I’ve noticed a big improvement on composition, expression, and movement. It’s helped to develop new and old techniques too - it’s amazing how learning a new way to do something you already do can improve your speed and also the final result.
As always happens when I try writing about things like this, I find myself completely forgetting the point I’m trying to make, but I guess what I’m saying is that it’s really beneficial to re-evaluate what you do, and how you do it and try and push yourself into new things, and learn new techniques.
The guy above is an example of what I mean about “messy” or “badly drawn” - I drew him amongst a bunch of other similar scribbles the other night, but I like the simplicity of it, and the way it brings across his character, which is a big shirtless thug guy (although admittedly, he could do with a cheesy tattoo or three!) who I’ll be pitching up against a couple of new characters I created when I feel I’ve got a strong enough storyline for a comic with them in.
It’s been a fun and eye-opening couple of weeks for me doodling wise, and I’ve no intention of stopping this learning journey anytime soon!