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I'm on a kick sketching dancers. It's a tough subject because the poses can easily seem unnatural if not captured well. I strive for chemistry between the two poses, making sure movement of limbs and lines is harmonious. This isn't easy. These drawings are not perfect but they're just exercises for betterment.
See more dancers in my digital sketchbook here.
I did this drawing to practice rendering more tightly with digital pencil, yet maintain a sketchy, hatched line. It took a long time to finesse the shading and I think a less polished style gets a similar look for much less work. But the point of technique experimentation is to find a mix of comfort zones and boundary pushing. I learned a lot with this one.
I'm quite happy with the final result, especially the character stylization and composition of dark and light shapes. I posted this drawing to my sketchbook gallery.
I originally sketched this girl from a photograph because I liked her hair and pose. The first sketch was a quick one where I didn't even bother to draw the full figure. I think I just wanted to draw her hair. But as I started to get a grasp of the style I've been chasing, I thought to redraw her with a more careful rendering in a more caricatured aesthetic.
For many months, I've had a certain stylization of characters in mind but I've been having trouble capturing it in a drawing. (Who said being a cartoonist is easy?) Chasing this unknown style what many of my recent pencil drawings have been about.
This guy is the first sketch that makes me think I'm finally zoning in on it. I like the combination of the strong cheekbones, nearly non-existent forehead, and protruding lips. Applying a sculptural quality to these graphic stylizations is what makes them work for me in this drawing.
The drawing below was a precursor to the one above. I was figuring things out about facial proportions but I don't feel I pushed it far enough. But I still like the pencil quality and the character overall.