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Arch Support

Posted by Mark in Mark's Sketchbook

My friend complimented me on this sketch of the Arch in Washington Square Park yesterday. I shrugged and said, “it’s just a sketch.” But then I realized that I’ve probably drawn the thing about a dozen times, and each time I’ve captured it a little bit better. A dozen sketches from now, I’ll be embarrassed about this one. Progress is always good.

Bonua park denizen.

Bonus park denizen.

Aside from practice, which I don’t do often enough, credit is due to Marc Taro Holmes’ awesome book, The Urban Sketcher, as well as his video course on Craftsy. (Note: I do not make any money off these links, mostly because I have no idea how to set that up.) He gives you some great techniques for keeping your sketches loose and impressionistic. I feel that applying them has made my lines less hesitant, people more alive, and structures and scenery less bogged down in needless detail. One of my favorite ideas from him is outlining shadow shapes as you sketch, and filling them in later (you can see a bit of this on the Arch). I don’t know why it works, but it does.

Said No Child Ever

Posted by Mark in Mark's Sketchbook

Here’s a quiz, did I use real ink and digital watercolor, or real watercolor and digital ink?

Blemished Bass

Posted by Mark in Mark's Sketchbook

Here’s another one from Friday. I was pretty happy with it until I stupidly tried to add some ink to the guy’s left hand, which was still wet with watercolor, resulting in a big black splotch. Oh sure, for blog-posting purposes I could fix it digitally, but instead I carved out most of the ink with an X-Acto knife, covered it with a little white-out, then tried to add a little color. Still looks a little cadaver-y, but whaddya gonna do?

Well gee, now it feels like work

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Dude: How much to draw my dog?

Me: Well, ah, I dunno, it’s just good practi…

Friend: 10 bucks!

And so this mutt paid for a round trip to Jersey and like half a drink.