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cafe sketch

Here's a quick sketch I made yesterday before a meeting in the cafe in the Royal Festival Hall. I don't normally let you see my pencil work because I don't think it looks all that great; I prefer how my pictures look after I've inked them. But I thought I'd give the Photoshop 'stamp' tool one more try to see what would happen. Still not sure if I like it, but it does preserve the energy of the sketch lines.

The Royal Festival Hall's a lovely place to spend a morning. At 10:30, they had this huge projection in the atrium cinema area of the London Philharmonic either rehearsing or peforming, and you could just come in off the street and sit and watch and listen. It was almost as good as being at the real performance.

Hey, there's an upcoming exhibition of Alice in Wonderland artwork by John Vernon Lord at the Illustration Cupboard from 21 April - 16 May. My course leader, Janet Woolley, was always going on about him when I was at art college and I loved his book, The Giant Jam Sandwich when I was a kid. (Here's a small photo I took when I met him last year.) So I will certainly be tootling over to see this show at some point.


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Apr. 15th, 2009 08:48 am (UTC)
Awww, I absolutly love seeing 'messy' pencil draft and sketchwork o_o I'd love to see more of your sketches!
Apr. 15th, 2009 11:00 am (UTC)
Apr. 15th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
I'm a fan of messy since my pencils are usually really neat (you've seen them...) I think I'd have prefered to see the lines more pencilly though prehaps with a wash style of colour but then I'm a freak for Miyazaki's sketchwork...
Apr. 15th, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
Apr. 15th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
Aw man, that Miyazaki's stuff is hardly 'sketchwork'! Wow.

Yeah, mine is definitely sketchy, and often it's the 'getting to know you' phase for whatever I'm drawing. It's only later I start making the more intentional artistic decisions, the first stuff is just trying to work out what shape it is. Some people's work at this stage looks lovely, Joel Stewart does that fairly well. I always think mine just kind of looks like I don't know what I'm doing, which, at that point, is actually the case.
Apr. 15th, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
puts me in mind of tenniel's alice in wonderland work or something... so what does the stamp tool do, that, say, adjusting brightness and contrast wouldn't do?
Apr. 15th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
It just makes the lines look a bit different, like bad 1970s black and white picture book printing or something. But I don't generally like to use a Photoshop effect as a blanket thing over the whole picture, it just looks too fake and digital.
Apr. 15th, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
seems to me the only thing I say anymore starts with "reminds me of.."

well, this reminds me of the scrappier sketches in Michael Bond's Paddington books I remember from when I was little (about a week ago). Lovely stuff.
Apr. 15th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks! I used to have a couple of those books when I was little, and even a Paddington shoe storage bear hanging on my bedroom wall. I tried to cut off the big tag around his neck, but my mother tied it back on because she said the tag was supposed to be there, and I was to look after the bear because he'd come from darkest Peru.
Apr. 15th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
pestle and mortar from the weekend among other things.
I really like pencil drawings. I think I'd prefer that one without the stamp. I do quite like the blackness of the marks though.

I have your pestle and mortar and spices by the way. Do you want me to bring them over? Or do you want an excuse to get out of the house?

ps - Is anyone else beginning to see 'teh' as a perfectly valid word? Or perhaps 'cromulant' if you watch the Simpsons.
Apr. 15th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
Re: pestle and mortar from the weekend among other things.
Hey, there! Oo, I don't need an excuse the next couple of days, I'm going to be rushing around. Could I maybe stop by next week and pick it up?
Apr. 16th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
I´m such a geek. I recognized the stamp aspect straight away.

I think it looks great, Sarah.
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