I’m going to be busy this evening so I’ll post the second page of my biographical comic strip. It’s not great, but you gett the idea.
Whoops. I missed a couple of days due to being very busy and very tired.
I was tidying up yesterday and I found some charcoal pencils I’d forgotten I’d bought. I thought I’d give them a go today. Desperate for ideas of what to draw I asked my daughter to pick out some toys I could sketch and here they are.
This first one isn’t great – the ears are way too short. The second one is much better.
I missed yesterday’s sketch because I was at a gig in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Swoon, how exotic. I went to see the incredibly talented Graham Coxon. It was one of those gigs that you know will stay with you a long time. Coxon is moving, evocative, at ease, awkward, brave, nervous, challenging, innovative and most of all mesmerising. His guitar playing leaves me speechless. Such a huge talent.
Anyway, after all that build up, here’s my average sketch of the great man in action.
This is Staedtler pigment liner straight onto paper – that’s fibre-tip pen to you and me. It’s not too bad considering – guitars are always a bastard to draw. There’s lots wrong with this, shush, but I think the hair’s okay.
Day fourteen and I’m knackered; not from sketching, but I’ve found it hard to gather any enthusiasm for today’s sketches and it probably shows. Welcome to the world of big-eye and crap hands.
Still, I’m nearly half way through and I’m still enjoying it. Hopefully, I’ll feel inspired and energised after a relaxing weekend.
Here’s some bloke with a toothy smile.
This is pencil on cartridge paper. I wonder what his name is?
I’ve been focusing on people recently because I want some interesting characters to use with my young writers group this Saturday. We’re going to look at advice columns/blogs. I’ll ask them to choose a character and to come up with a problem they need advice on. When they’ve written the problem, I’ll get them to swap with other members of the group and they can then write replies. I think it should be a good exercise for developing characters and stories.