Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Attempts at pinups and a large sketch dump

Like I promised the last time, I have gotten a bunch of sketches from some life-drawing sessions. As well, I have gotten into my head to do a sort of "Pin up" girl drawing. And I ended up with a drawing which I actually made entirely out of my head referencing only the anatomy to more or less correctly know where to place the masses. Here is the drawing:

I have done it in a blue Caran d' Ache pencil, which, tbh, is turning out to be one of my favourite weapons of choice! I really like how I can be quite soft with it, and whenever I do the lines, I end up making quite cool flowing results which I enjoy so much. This whole thing took me about 2-3 hours, which is quite a bit. Here is a sketch that started the idea:

This was just a quick pen doodle I did trying to figure out what the pose should be. I redrew the final from scratch, following the way Clair Wendling mentioned that she draws, allowing me for more practice. I also did another attempt before that, but I ended up partially referencing the pose from a model picture, which I cannot say was what I wanted. Here it is:
I tried to play around with proportions, but I gotta be honest, I am not a fan of how it turned out. She got a bit too curvy for the way I pictured it, and I feel I didn't capture what I wanted to get out of the pose. I might come back to it, but I will need to think of some more additions to the design. I really like the old-school pinup drawings, such as those done by Gil Elvgren:

I like the fun in these drawings. I always wanted to do 1 or 2 of such pinups, but maybe with my own twist. 

What makes these interesting to me (beside being a guy, i guess:) is that unlike so many other drawings that are done now days, these aren't of women with some unbelievable proportions (think J Scott Campbell girls, which, in my opinion, tend to get really annoying now days), but rather of natural looking women, someone real, alive. The Marvel style stuff, however "cool" it might be in the nerdy/guy sense of thinking, feels like plastic dolls and to me, and borders on the feeling of cartoon porn rather then interesting and tasteful art. And these old-school pinups are a lot more intricate in the way they display the idea. But I guess that is just what was found interesting back then, the "Marvel" girls of those times... But hey, at least they do not make women look like they should stuff themselves with silicone and stop eating to look beautiful!

In any case, the best part is that while doing that drawing I really came to learn a ton about anatomy. And boy did I ever had fun drawing! This is probably one of the more finished works I have done so far, albeit without a background, but that will at some point change. I am also thinking of trying my hand with some watercolors next time. I will try a couple of drawings straight on the watercolor paper, and see what I can come up with. Probably will be a disaster, but her, what the heck!

Aaaaaaaaanyway, here is the rest of the stuff I sketched from the last month or so that I missed putting up here:

Till next time!!!


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