I’ve had a bad cold and I’ve been in the doldrums, thinking a lot about what I am doing. I have been working on some of my character portraits. I wanted to spend the week finishing and refining some ongoing projects (they must be deemed finished at some point and the deadline for that book is approaching!) I think that is the hardest part – knowing when to stop – I heard someone once say – stop when it cannot be made any more beautiful – but what if it isn’t beautiful? What if all I see are the flaws? The things that frustrate the hell out of me? The things I want to do better? I think stopping when things are barely adequate is crazy but you can take the thing too far and destroy all your hard work, too. I think I did that when I first decided I needed to draw a face. I remember being really happy with a lot of my early attempts and so I didn’t push myself enough perhaps – and then when I realised that the drawings could be a great deal better I often found I kept pushing it until it looked overworked and seriously lacking in spontaneity. I think there is a vile fine line between the path of inadequacy and that of the destroyer!
I hope the things that I am making now are heading in that direction. We never stop learning so it would be insanity to stop and say that will do, but I guess equally important – we mustn’t give up when we realise we could be more.
I’m going back to bed.
Oh, wait. I guess I should explain about Abbie. She’s a new character I am illustrating. She is a slightly murderous, post-apocalyptic badass, and scarred. Inside and out. I hope she stays for a while as I really enjoyed drawing her – from her wild hair to her scarred, pretty face.
These images show the stages of my drawing – I will probably try to remember to keep a record like this in the future. I can then look back and find exactly where it all went wrong!
Bibliography and Inspiration
Turbo Kid – Directed by Anouk Whissell, Francois Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell – 2015
– because it’s a post-apocalyptic masterpiece!
Anatomy Essentials, Imagine FX/Future Publishing
Faigin, G., The Artists Complete Guide to Facial Expression, Watson-Guptill Publications, 1992
Beginners Guide to Sketching: characters, creatures and concepts, 3dtotal Publishing, 2015
Music I listened to
Chronicles of the Wasteland/ Turbo Kid Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Le Matos, 2015
Because it’s a post-apocalyptic/80’s/synthwave masterpiece!