Hindsight, I wasn't really ready to get back in the game, I was forcing myself to do it hoping it would, somehow, restart my passion for drawing. I found the classes wonderful, but soon I became rather stressed because well... Alex Woo and Stephen Silver were grading my exercises, and I really have a lot of respect for both of them, plus my work was still very stiff, rusty and my heart was still pretty conflicted about allowing myself to draw at all.
All in all, I found myself thinking: "OMG, OMG, OMG what am I doing?! This doesn't even look passable, oh I am sooo bad!" more often than not, but both Alex and Stephen were wonderful and steered my frantic and rather mediocre looking efforts to draw every lesson with patience and expertise. I learned so very much from them, and eventually the idea that I HAD to re-start this project started to germinate in my mind until I finally got the guts to do it.
Anyway, I bring all this up, because one of the exercises that Stephen taught us, was to use shapes as bases to create characters, this makes the characters easy to recognize, memorable and gives them interest... I am probably not explaining it very well, so here is what I tried today:
|Shape exercise with animals - blue mechanical pencil on plain Moleskine notebook. Aprox 1 hour.|
|Owl detail - blue mechanical pencil on plain Moleskine notebook.|
|Pigeon - blue mechanical pencil on plain Moleskine notebook.|
|Cat and shaggy dog - blue mechanical pencil on plain Moleskine notebook.|
|Bird and cat - blue mechanical pencil on plain Moleskine notebook.|