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When: Aug, 2018
Duration: 37 mins
What: A woman waiting in a cafe
Where: The Coffee House, Ho Chi Minh
Details: Sunday afternoon cafe sketch of a woman across the way. I used intermittent, stealth-glances to get the gist of her without blowing my cover.
After she left, the gentleman next to me, who was watching me draw this, leaned over and said “Oh no, she leave”, and I said “it’s okay, I finished her.” I guess he didn’t understand because he replied, “You should have take photo.” To which I replied “It might look a bit weird for me to take a photo of a stranger across the cafe.” I took his laughter as comprehension.
When: Apr, 2018
Duration: Initial sketch – 20mins, post-sketch touch-ups – 90mins
What: A man with baby legs
Where: Another cafe in Melbourne.
Details: “Why the long face?” “I woke up this morning and I had baby legs.” “I’m sure it’ll pass.”
The results of another half finished sketch; this time I failed to get the legs in on time, and then this poor chap got given baby legs. Some would argue that I should learn to sketch faster but I’d say where would the fun in that be?
Next time I sketch someone I think I’ll start with the limbs and go from there. You can now look forward to sets of legs with ridiculous torsos.
When: Apr, 2018
What: A man in spandex latin-dancing his way towards his next victim
Where: In my head
Details: It’s not his moves that will get you it’s his eyes.
Sometimes I like to have a go at doing my own silly drawings off the top of my head to exercise my imagination. I started with the head, and those eyes just evolved. And finally it needed a body to compliment this head, so I squeezed this pose out.
When I look at it, I get a sense that he’s looking towards his next victim and, with his eyes, is saying “you’re next.” He looks, unintentionally, a little like Brendan Fraser I think. Sorry Brendan, no actually, you’re welcome.
When: Feb, 2018
Duration: Initial sketch – 30mins, post-touch-ups – 40mins
What: Another dude just chilling in a cafe
Where: Some cafe in Melbourne
Details: Arms are difficult. Well they’re not, they’re difficult if you’re trying to draw them and the inconsiderate person keeps moving or flailing about like a crazy idiot.
I can’t quite remember what happened when I initially drew this but I assume I left the arms till last, and the dude left before I got them in, leaving me to try and remember what his arms actually looked like. I think I did a pretty good job. Those anatomy study classes must be paying off!
When: March, 2018
Duration: Initial sketch + watercolour – 60mins, post-touch-ups – 15mins
What: A reading man
Where: Krimper cafe, Melbourne
Details: Here was a man reading in a cafe. I was grateful for him sitting in the same position for pretty much an hour, allowing me to go to town on that there shading. I even had time to try out the watercolour pen, which I think added a pretty cool effect.
This was drawn in a little pocket book I “took” from my last office job. The paper is not ideal for pencil but actually works pretty well with watercolour.
When: March, 2018
Duration: Inital sketch – 45mins, post-touch-ups – 70mins
What: Yeah, I don’t really know … spectral assassin lady?
Where: Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne
Details: ‘Twas a sunny Sunday afternoon which I spent sitting in the beautiful BotanGar (as I like to call them). I came across this lady sitting by the lake with her lover. They both looked fancy, wearing their Sunday best. I’m pretty sure he proposed to her while I was drawing this.
But why the blades? Why the floaty no-legs? Simple. As is usually the case when I start drawing someone, they up and go, leaving only a limbless “sketch victim” to be abused by the warped mind of their sketcher. I loved the thought of taking this elegantly dressed, unassuming woman and turning her into a deadly bladed assassin with a hot temper.
Feel free to add a backstory to her …
*Disclaimer: This post contains scenes of a sexual and violent nature*
My task was to create keyframe illustrations for their animation team to use in the opening animated sequence. Continue reading…
When: Mid 2017
Duration: 30 mins (initially), 60 mins (post touch-ups)
What: Unenthusiastic man eating soup
Where: Wholefoods Kitchen, Bendigo, Australia
Details: I was inspired by the pose of this man and his seeming lack of his enthusiasm for life in general.
Okay, *ahem* I’m just going to start talking here as if I last posted yesterday (not last November). I’ve been wondering around Vietnam the last few weeks and will have a few sketches to share. There are also a lot of non-Vietnam related sketches which all have their own essence and story.
When: July, 2018
Duration: 45 – 60 mins
What: Vietnamese lady shaking her fist in anger
Where: An Bang Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam
Details: This was the view in front of me at a beach restaurant on An Bang beach. They took ages to notice me and take my order. The banh mi I ordered had so much shrimp in it that it was impossible to eat comfortably. The couple to the left of me made me a little self-conscious as they watched countless shrimp spill out with every bite (some missing my t-shirt).
I always think it’s good to learn new things and expand your skillset. Over the last few months I’ve been MIA because I have taken on a new job role in order to expand my web development skills.
It’s a Monday to Friday, nine-to-fiver which takes an hour train travel in the morning and on the way home. That’s two hours a day.
Rather than spending these two hours staring aimlessly into space, I’ve been instead choosing to capture the broad variety of fellow commuters I see every day in my pocket sketchbook. Here are a few so far…
The COL-ERASE pencils (above) are just lovely to draw with, and I’m doing pretty much all of my drawings with them. There are quite tricky to find depending on where you are but definitely worth a try.