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Here you will find, you guessed it!, sketches that I have done over the years.
In the past few years I’ve transitioned to mostly digital starting out on iPad Pro with Procreate.app. However, I’ve recently bought a used (new for me) Wacom Cintiq 22HD Touch and Corel Painter 2019 (macOS) to my toolset.
Given I find other people’s sharing of their process hugely educational, whenever I post I do my best to show my work in all its stages. And there is often a time lapse of said progress added, too. Again, I find all of this shared elsewhere hugely educational.
Hopefully you find this posts as informative as I find others who do the same. And do not hesitate to reach out to me via comments or directly if you anything is unclear, or if you wish for me to fill something out with more details.
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This was inspired by a joke with a colleague. We were talking about making estimates, and I quipped that we engineers assume everything is just a sphere of 1 meter in diameter as an estimate for just about anything. Which is not too far from the truth. So when we got talking to about drawing a horse – trust me, there was a natural progression from engineering estimates to drawing horses – I threw down a circle as my horse and cried “Done!” When they remained incredulous that a circle was indeed a horse, I quickly took that circle and added a few more likes into a form that I actually through worth fleshing out a bit more.
Admittedly, I am not super happy with the end results. But when is an artist ever happy with what they produce? Don’t bother replying, the answer is “never.” But as I appreciate that others have liked it, I thought it worth sharing both the process and end-results.
I have been struggling to get Marit roughed in to my satisfaction. In some ways, referencing photos in analog is easier than digital if you decide to grid both the source and the illustration. Nevertheless, I think this good enough for me to move on for now. Eventually this will be a part of a bigger piece of both she and I in the theme of Game of Thrones.
The site redesign is taking its own sweet time, but I am slowly rounding out some ideas. Since I misplaced the MS Surface pen (again), I went back to what I know best: ink pens. And while I love using Faber-Castell PITT pens, there is nothing like just using a good ole fashioned fountain pen to ink out a sketch.
I am pretty stoked to do a first draft of the new site design. I have wanted to do something like this for the site for quite a while, but I have not had much opportunity other than quick jots on actual paper with a real-life pencil. Till now, that is (see below for more on that). You will note that there is a wavy line half down the drawing, denoting the separation between the header and footer of pages. Content for the site will go in the middle and flow from top to bottom. There are a few more variations on theme I want to try, but I am happy with this as a rough first draft.
It is of no particular note that thirty years after James Bond’s “From Russia with Love” premiered in theaters that I found myself in Japan, but there is nonetheless an analog to be found between Kronsteen’s vain attempt to steal a cryptograph, and my own attempts to break the code that is Japan.