Monday, July 13, 2009

Yoda Doodle

Sad to say it has been a very long time since I did a drawing just to draw and enjoy it. So in an attempt to motivate myself I have decided it was time to hit the ole sketchbook.

It's very rare that I do Con sketches for anyone but on occasion I do one for a close friend. I used to do on location caricatures jobs to make ends meet frequently during high school and college but those experiences taught me I don't like drawing on command for audiences. The peanut gallery always makes me nervous and I lose my focus and because someone is standing there waiting, the drawing is delivered prematurely and haphazardly. The one thing I learned from working at a newspaper, if you fill the world with inadequate 20-40 mins drawing they will come back to haunt you forever, usually on google, you'll Rue the day GOOGLE IMAGES!

I can't remember how many years ago it was but I went to a book show in Cincinnati (something on the Banks). I went to see many friends, local writers, and fellow illustrators. One of which was Craig Boldman who is an amazingly talented writer/actor extra extraordinaire/artist/ for Archie's comics as well as many other things. I was with my wife visiting his booth when Craig caught me off guard and asked me to a sketch for one of his fans. I admire Craig so I didn't want to disappoint him but I didn't want my wife to wait while I did a hour long doodle either. It also help that Tom the guy who wanted the sketch was extraordinary nice and had photo reference, pencils, pens, and a sketchbook all with him and he knew exactly what he wanted. Long story, short, I did a terrible little Yoda sketch that has haunted my dreams ever since I gave it life.
So I thought I'd do a little Yoda for myself and while I was at it drop a little sage Yoda advice for good measure.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was very fortunate to get that sketch, thanks again to Craig for helping to twist your arm ! This one is amazing, but so is the one in my book. It does exist in a few privately shared files of images from my book, but I doubt there is ever going to be a complete viewing online of what I have collected. What I enjoy about the book is the range of types of sketches, the quickest ones are actually most of my favorites. And second even third sketches are welcome by the same artists, I find the differences intriguing in what someone has to offer on different days and different locales. Thanks again, Woodrow !