Just like pub crawling, the idea behind Sketchcrawl is to go from place to place and record everything you see around you with your pencils and brushes. Saturday was the 30th World Wide SketchCrawl, and I met a group of artists at Oslo Zoological Museum. From there we sketched ourselves through jungles, arctics and cafés the whole afternoon. I’m posting some of my sketches plus today’s café sketching below. To see other artist’s great sketches and photos, visit the Oslo SketchCrawl forum thread.
Bringing the wacom tablet to a croquis drawing session is a great thing to do. I mostly draw and paint in Photoshop, so doing life studies using the basic brush tools in the program is an excellent opportunity to experiment with brush strokes and discover new solutions based on direct observation. Below is a dump of quick sketches I did this week.
Croquis drawings is a quick way of capturing a models pose and anatomy usually within 1-3 minutes per pose. This way of drawing forces you to make choices and abstract your way of drawing. When you are using Photoshop you can take advantage of the range of sizes and shapes available for the brush tool. For these drawings I used mainly a basic round brush with its opacity and size controlled by the pen’s pressure (minimum diameter 55%, flow jitter 15%).
had an inspiring moment for yet another shaman character. Painted in photoshop. 2-3 hours.
Child - January 11, 2011
partly a study/painting in photoshop, 2-3 hours
cosmonaut - January 10, 2011
Photoshop sketch, 2-3 hours. Inspired by a beautiful film; Bumazhniy Soldat
More Shaman characters! This one is obviously a Fever Ray homage. Have definitely landed on similar visuality! Photoshop, Wacom, 2-3 hours.
Character sketch. I enjoy exploring visuals and rituals from Siberia and the regions of Sakha Republic, Russia. The historical background or motivation for the characters however is for a personal project. I also do these mainly to experiment with color palettes and brush strokes. Painted in Photoshop using a Wacom Intuos 3 drawing tablet.
1. Framed photo of wall in corner.
2. Framed photo of a corner on wall.
A rather conceptual piece where I am exploring the borderline between image and installation. Is one more corner than the other?
Just a quick post to show whats on my easel these days… I am painting with acrylics on a 100×80 cm canvas. Experimenting a bit with different glazing and wash techniques.
Quick sketches from a slow motion clip. Really just focused on simplifying strokes and gestures. Started from the left – one to three minutes per figure. It seems like I got more secure for each figure I painted.