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Feeling inspired after Stylist Live yesterday where I stumbled across the work of Ros Shier, I decided to practice sketching dogs today.

Having not drawn properly in ages there was a point where I wondered if I could actually draw life like animals. I tend to mainly draw cartoon creatures and the last time I drew anything at all was at a life drawing class over summer.

The first below picture is the point at which I got over my moment of panic. Before that, the drawing was merely lines and started to take on a ‘cartoon-like’ shape. I stared at the page for a while doubting if I could even finish it.

I began to draw more freely and stoped trying to be so sharp with features (especially eyes). After a few minutes of sketching fur things looked a lot better. 



I decided to put the little drawing in a frame and hopefully it will encourage me to sketch more.


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This week’s SOTW is a not-so-festive dinosaur. Maybe I should have given him a Christmas hat!

I am back home in Ireland for two weeks so rummaged around for some old art books and found Draw 50: Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals by Lee J. Ames. I love dinosaurs so this book has some great sketch ideas and shows you step-by-step how to draw each dino.

dinobookAll my art pencils are in London so my little Brontosaurus (aka Apatosaurus) is drawn with just an F pencil. I normally use 4B, 6B and 9B for pencil drawings – although this all depends on how heavy or light I want the drawing to be.

Here is a three stage breakdown of my sketch:

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Hope you all had a lovely Christmas! Did anyone get any good art books? I was lucky enough to get some art classes in Chelsea College of Art & Design as a present!

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For this week’s SOTW I have attempted a retro style cartoon character! I recently bought a great book called Cartoon Cool.

This book shows you how to dray ultra-cartoon-y, retro, and highly stylised drawings. This is the new face of cartooning as seen in TV shows as Sponge-Bob Squarepants, Dexter’s Lab, Kim Possible, and The Fairly Odd Parents. Christopher Hart shows you how to get that almost-1950s look in your drawings. I really like his step-by-step drawings and find them very clear to understand.

Here is a three stage breakdown of my sketch:

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I really enjoy this style of drawing! Do you have any tips for drawing retro style characters?

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For my sketch of the week I decided to experiment with some new coloured pens. I tend to only ever sketch with pencil (oh yes I am boring!) so I honestly have no idea how best to use coloured ink/pencils etc.

This was quite a quick little attempt. Here is a three stage breakdown:

I actually preferred this sketch before any colour was added. Oh well. More practice needed!

Do you have any tips for adding colour to your sketches?

Every Friday I will post my ‘Sketch of the week’.

Be it a quick practice sketch or something more detailed. I figure it will a) ensure that I draw at least once a week and b) help me see how I progress from week to week.

So here is my first SOTW in three stages:

 

So there you have it! My first SOTW. I got my inspiration for this from one of my How to: Manga books.

 

 

I am a big fan of ‘How To…’ books when it comes to drawing.

Lately I have been practising manga/anime style sketches. These are some of the books I’m using at the moment: Draw Your Own Manga and How to Draw Manga Style.

Both books give a good breakdown of different manga styles and how to draw eyes, hands, faces etc. Pretty good if you want to improve on basic skills.

I’ve been using these books for a few weeks now and have been experimenting with their characters and trying out my own sketches.

Below are some very rough examples of practice sketches of mine from a month or two ago. I have decided to showcase all my artistic attempts on this blog as a way of learning… so this will include absolute failed attempts, struggles with certain areas, as well as polished pieces. It is also a good way to see how to overcome certain drawing obstacles, for example the drawing of hands can be quite difficult, so I will try document my progress from start to finish.

I will post one of my  better newer drawings as my Sketch of the Week* on Friday.

Do you have any of you have any tips for drawing? Or book recommendations? Please feel free to share, I’d love to hear from you!

*Hmm I will try to think of a more exciting name!