Archive for ‘May, 2015’
I have been feeling this need lately to work faster and with more confidence. I decided to start doing some exercises to bring this about. One of the best exercises I know of for honing my art chops is the gesture drawing exercise. I think most artist know about this one. Ideally you go out into public and draw the people around you as quickly as you can, taking no more than five minutes on each figure. You do this over and over again. It’s winter so people aren’t really outside, and I don’t feel like sitting in a shopping mall, so I conducted an image search on Google for “People Walking” and chose a bunch of images. I opened three at a time in separate tabs on my browser and drew them in succession giving myself no more than five minutes for each. I focused on the rhythm and line of the figures. I asked, “What is it that expresses the figure’s weight and motion?”
I have a few of the drawings compiled below. I’m still not nearly as fast or loose as I would like to be, and it looks like I will be doing this exercise again and again.
I have recently become a fan of Paul Noth‘s work. You can see his cartoons in the New Yorker. He has a great sense of humor and he seems to work in a range of styles. In some cartoons he employs a series of simple elegant lines actualizing the scene in as few strokes as possible, in others he uses layered ink washes to bring in a realistic depth, and in others he will go crazy with incredibly descriptive hatching and cross hatching.
He says that one of his favorite kind of cartoons to do is the caption-less or totally non-verbal cartoon. I too love to make these cartoons when I am feeling brilliant enough. The creation of a successful caption-less cartoon is a noteworthy achievement in my opinion.
He is a modern inspiration!
Well that is all I have to say for now. Below are a few more of Paul Noth’s wonderful cartoons