One of the things I’m enjoying about switching from my watercolour sketchbook to this new all pen sketchbook is how much less time it takes me to do a sketch. I figured that I agreed to do a sketch a day, not a painting a day so I always started my watercolours with a pencil sketch anyway. That means that a pen sketch takes me at most the same amount of time that Stage 1 of my watercolour sketches took, before I even pulled out my paint. It’s a pretty big relief being able to finish a sketch in under an hour again. The watercolours were fun but they took me stupidly long to do. I have yet to learn how to do quick watercolours.
Today though, my sketch really took hardly any time at all. I wasn’t too happy with the results either. I started with a pair of eyes from a random photo from Something To Draw. Unfortunately I refreshed the page without noting the photographer so I can’t give credit for the reference photo. I made the eye a bit too small though so I ended up having to draw a bit more of the face than I had intended (more than was in my reference photo). The alternative would have been to just leave a bunch of empty space on the page I suppose but I felt like that would look pretty strange. So my sketch ended up just being a very loose (i.e. half made up) interpretation of the photo anyway.
Since I wasn’t too thrilled with it and I hadn’t spent much time on it I decided that I may as well do another sketch. My second sketch was another self portrait and this one is rather more accurate than the last two.
I suppose it does help that you can’t see my face at all. This one was just drawn from my mind’s eye though and not from any actual photo. Maybe I should just avoid photos of myself for a while because this seems to work better. I just drew myself drawing myself basically. No mirrors, no photos. I just looked down occasionally to access how I was sitting and try to figure out how it would look from the side. In the end I suppose I think it’s more accurate mostly because I have no way of gauging its accuracy. My husband agreed though.
The self-portrait didn’t take very long either though so I decided to throw in another sketch from a Something To Draw photo. That was when I refreshed the page without thinking and lost the information on the first photo. The second photo I drew from though was submitted by a Viola’s visions. I wasn’t going to draw a cat until I managed to sit down with my own cats at some point and convince one of them to pose for me. For some reason though Something To Draw decided to generate a whole bunch of photos of cats today so eventually I just caved.
The aspect ratio on the photo was a bit different from the aspect ration on my book so again I made up some things that may not have worked too well. I should probably stop choosing incredibly cropped photos. This one was actually fairly fun to do though. I wasn’t quite sure how to get a convincing fur effect going but all in all I do think it looks somewhat cat-like. I’ll still try to sit down with mine at some point though and see if they’ll be nice and cooperate for me.