Monday 1 February 2016

Striking the Match

As you know, I've been off the drawing wagon for a bit and am trying to get back on, but it's bigger than that. Lack of drawing is a symptom of feeling like I don't know what I should be creating and feeling a bit "aw what's the point, this project ain't going nowhere" sort of terrible attitude. It's a stupid, useless internal conversation that should just be circumvented with "if you want to draw, to create great. Do it. if you don't, don't. Whether it becomes something or goes anywhere is beside the point"  But I'm not doing either of those binaries, I'm going back to a different way that goes as follows: "You don't feel it now, just keep trying. Draw, think, remember, imagine and the fire might re-ignite, but also, try not to think this one to a final marketable product end goal.  Have fun".

So thing brings us to this page. Football players and bears, or rather, bears posed and built somewhat like football players. Without giving too much away, this is a character concept study where high-school/college students transform into various animals and a football player transforms into a bear.

But about this drawing, there are good strong poses, nice body forms, good lines of action but I really like the shapes of the bear. His arms, his feet, and how you can still see the bulk and how that bulk restricts his movement. You can also see the power it would have in his shoulders and to me I can also see how he might tower over others. 

What's that sound. Snick. Scrick. Sounds like a match being lit or something... Hmmm.



  1. Welcome back!

    I like what I see - no - make that I LOVE what I see. The football players are lumbering and big and... okay as drawings. The bears, however, are WOW!

    Specifically the bear on the top right corner of the page. Great! Amazing! Perfect!

    You really got the power and the awkwardness. It's all in the small head and the hunched shoulders and the dangling arms.

    Very, VERY nice!

  2. Thanks, Chief. They're kind of hard to do, but I found by putting my "reference" drawing or the "this is what I'm going for" beside the bear drawing really helped. Whodathunkit?!

    I'm not entirely happy with the bear heads. They are tough to make look singularly bear-like, not dog-like or like a fox. More contour lines would probably help, but I was also going for simplicity - nice line drawings which may not be the best style to describe such forms. Perhaps I'll try inking one with some tone to suggest the forms better... and yes, it'll need some colour, I know, I know. Sheesh! Get off my butt!

  3. Well, whatever you do, don't change anything about the first bear drawing. It's perfect. Really -- perfect!

    But get some colour in there, willya? Sheesh!

  4. Hey!

    Hey, what's going on?

    I mean - what ISN'T going on?!!!

    We need new illustrations! Get off yer keaster!

  5. You Pest! Just for that, I've put up a new posting.


Thanks for your input!