Urban sketch – Central Park

Urban sketch - Central Park

I think it was the right idea to increase the height of spook central in the film, the building needed to stand out from the others.

I wonder if real estate agents disclose that a trans dimensional rip of biblical proportions happened there?

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Urban sketch – Devils Tower

Urban sketch of the Devils Tower

One of the places I’d like to visit when I actually get to visit the USA.  I know they downplay the significance of the geological feature’s appearance in Close Encounters of the Third Kind as a reason to visit but I’m sorry, that’s the reason for me.

Close Encounters was such a monumental film for me growing up, a masterpiece that I still love today and the unique look of Devils Tower is definitely a part of that.

So I’d love to do a proper sketch there live one of these days.  Obviously, it probably won’t be as busy as this 😉

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Urban sketch – New York City 2263

Urban sketch - New York City 2263

This is one of those sketches that never quite came together.  Generally because my perspective game is quite shaky (I’m working on it) but it’s also because the scene is so busy and I let the building merge together in a mess of stuff.

But that’s what I like about these, they’re allowed to be really fucked up and they help me identify holes that I want to address in my drawings.  I was super happy though with the Maccas sign.

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Urban sketch – Axis Chemicals Plant

Urban sketch of Axis Chemicals Plant

This is one I did which was really random, I can’t remember what sparked me wanting to draw it.  Something I did notice that I don’t think I had before, or if I did I had forgotten was the giant “smile” on the front part of the building.

That’s kind of neat.

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Urban sketch – African desert, around 3 million years B.C.

Urban sketch of an African desert, around 3 million years B.C.

They did find the remains of the monolith in one of the books so I possibly could have gotten an exact location, assuming that the monolith’s remains didn’t move too far through tectonic shift etc. 

The working theory on how an indestructible object was destroyed is that once it had served its purpose its makers shut it down which left it vulnerable to the elements.

It’s been nice sharing these, they’ve been sitting in my sketchbook for a while.

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Urban Sketch – Liberty Island, 3978

Urban sketch Liberty Island, 3978 - Planet of the Apes

Another page from my landscape sketch book featuring an “urban sketch” of Liberty Island.

It took me a bit of time researching what the date of this was, apparently this is the consensus though there is some conflicting dates.

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Urban sketch – The high plateau of Gol.

Urban sketch of the high plateau of Gol on Vulcan

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.

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Thanos Sketch Card

Thanos Sketch Card by Lee Sargent

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.

I recorded the colouring process:

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Frankenstein (1931)

Dr Frankenstein confronts his creation.

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.

Whoa deep for a Monday morning.

Next up Dracula.

The original illustration is available to purchase.