I found a brush for Photoshop that wonderfully imitates a pencil – you can see it used for the Sunday Sketches category header. I decided to use it for my drawing today, but I quickly discovered that if I draw too steadily with it (think coloring in a small area or a bunch of quick sketching movements), my poor ol’ computer starts to cry and Photoshop freezes up. Of course, I didn’t discover this until I lost the first few minutes of my original sketch ;).
No big deal, maybe I had too much running at once on my system. So, I eased the burden a bit, again tried to draw what I was going to draw, and BAM – another freeze after a few moments.
If you’ve ever lost work in this way, no matter how much progress you’ve made on it, you know how annoying it can be… so, when I brought Photoshop back to life again, I quickly sketched out the face you see above as a cathartic little exercise to get the unhappy, bold strokes out of my drawing hand :).
I returned for a third time, now ready to save on a more regular occasion as I sketched along, but as I tried revisiting the drawing I had done before, it left a bad taste in my mouth. I just wasn’t interested in trying to hammer out the basic shape that I had already done twice before. I took a few moments to let that idea pass, glanced around me, and pondered what next to draw (my original intention will see the light here one day, just not now).
I found a “backer card” from Blockbuster that I have here on my desk. These are used to put behind the movie cases on Blockbuster shelves, to hold the place and show you what’s not there when the movie is checked out. As new releases shrunk in necessary shelf-space, we’d throw out tons of these things, and they’re of decent cardstock and plain white on the back… so I was happy to take ’em when I could :).
So, below is today’s sketch from one of these cards. You can probably recognize it, and it’s not perfect, but I’m glad it’s still here even with those imperfections:
For my own, personal critique on the sketch…
– I’m not thrilled with the nose, but that’s usually always one of the strangest looking things in a line-drawing.
– That freaking stomach I could NEVER get right, and you can still see some of the various light sketches showing that from when I was getting the basic shape of the figure.
– The bottom of the pants should curve a little more than the straight line I have.
Compare it to the actual cover picture, though, and I’m proud of it. If I was doing this for some other project, I’d probably trace her basic shape and details, but this is all free-hand and done by eye, so I love that I actually got the proportions right, and I think it’s a fairly encouraging step in this little endeavor of mine :).