When I’m feeling a little bit over everything and I’m struggling to focus on whatever illustration I’m supposed to be working on I like to “urban sketch” pop culture landmarks and stuff in my landscape sketchbook.
Obviously, it’s not pure urban sketching as it’s not done live but I try and go through the same process, so no pencil lines, lots of quick motion and colours.
It’s nice to produce something rough and organic even if the subject matter isn’t actually real but I always pick up on new details and I think it helps with my other illustrations.
I’ll post a few pages from sketch book over the next week.
So I’m the last person to see Avengers Infinity War, I’m watching it tonight finally. I just didn’t get a chance to get out to the cinemas for it and I’m nowhere near as invested in the Marvel Universe as I was at the beginning.
But it looks okay and I enjoyed Black Panther so I’m looking forward to it. I bought some TOUCHFIVE markers online to replace my ageing Copic collection and this card was a test to see how’d they go and whilst I have to get used to the new colour names I think they passed with…. ummmm…. okay fine, flying colours.
Dr Frankenstein confronts his creation – Lee Sargent 2018
I’ve always been a huge fan of the original Universal Monsters for as long as I can remember. I just love everything about them, from their impressive production designs, awesome music and committed performances. There’s so much to dissect (if you’ll excuse the phrase) in the films which make them timeless.
I love the feeling of dread that envelopes Dr Frankenstein after he achieves what he set out to do and realises that he’s made a huge mistake in doing so. It’s palpable throughout the second half of the film as well as the tragedy of the creation itself. It didn’t ask to be created, it doesn’t understand that it shouldn’t try to stop the annoying creatures from tormenting it or that the pretty little girl wouldn’t float like the pretty little flowers.
It’s why it makes me sad when they have to put down dangerous dogs simply because they either have bad owners or people don’t have any common sense and the animal is responding in the only way it can.
I drew our favourite astromech for a “how to” tutorial over on Patreon. If you not a supporter over there yet come on over, it’s only $1 a month and you get access to my daily journal and exclusive previews of tutorials like this one before the rest of the world.
I’m aiming at 100 patrons after which I’ll be getting a tattoo of the Enterprise on my arm!
The hardest thing here was deciding on a skin tone I was happy with, I compromised and went halfway between film and comic book version. Drax is a funny one, I didn’t think I’d like the character (and visually he’s so different from the Drax the Destroyer I grew up with) but he really grows on you.
I appreciate the effort that has gone in to making Rocket a fleshed out character and not just window dressing in the films. I admittedly struggled with his face here because of my no nose approach and the nose does kind of make him but I think you can still tell who he is.
So I’m finally cramming a little extra time in to draw the new series of Marvel sketch cards that I’m working on. I’ve got the full list of characters already planned out and I’ve managed to even ink three of them, just colouring. As with all the Marvel characters, the version I pick is based purely on my mood that day and today was Baby Groot!