So I finally got to go to Dare2Draw last week - with some happy results! This is an event that focuses on fostering community, support, and skill among comic/graphic novel artists. Held once a month, it provides multiple live models for us to draw from (a la art school), except these models interact with one another in their poses and carry weapons. They re-create many scenarios one might need to illustrate in a comic, so there is a bit of battle interaction...in this case, battle axes and guns. ....Coooool. Anyways, we got to sketch from a male and female model in sets of 5 minute, 10 minute, and 15 minute sessions until we were then addressed by Jamal Igle, our special guest for the evening. Jamal talked to us about his career, tips for drawing children versus adults, and the creation of his brand news series about a 10-year-old super heroine named Molly Danger. This was followed by the famous "Quick-Draw Contest" - where all of the artists present compete to create a drawing in 30 minutes that addresses the contest theme of the night. Our theme this time was to draw Molly Danger fighting her arch-nemesis, Medulla. What you see above is my 30 minute drawing... and I got one of the top prizes! :-) So I went home with a whole bunch of cool free stuff - mainly comic books and art supplies. Woohoo! This may have been one of the first instances artistically where I was able to put my knowledge of martial arts to good use. I take tae kwon do, so it was no problem figuring out how I might want Molly to fight Medulla. As soon as I saw that glass head, I knew she had to smash it. So, there you go! Scissors roundhouse kick to the head, (technically speaking)!
Wooo! Look at that epic scene! This was taken at the premiere of Defending Gideon at the Department of Justice, introduced by Eric Holder. I am told it was well received!
I'm very pleased to announce my contribution to the documentary film Defending Gideon, which premiered last week. It has already been screened at the Department of Justice, (introduced by Eric Holder), and to Congress. Narrated by Martin Sheen, the film was directed and produced by Rebecca Richman Cohen in association with New Media Advocacy Project and The Constitution Project. Defending Gideon revisits the trial of Gideon vs. Wainwright upon its 50th Anniversary and investigates how it has affected justice today. I created most of the courtroom scene illustrations you see throughout the film (watercolor). You can see them below and please take the time to view this important film!
Watch Defending Gideon
This is not exactly an "up-to-date" update, since it was supposed to be a February post - but these poor little scanned sketches have been sitting on my desktop for over a month now and they are just dying for an audience. Please check out these excerpts from the sketchbook I submitted to the Sketchbook Tour 2013 this year. Yes, it's more people on the train...but never the same people! Drawing grumpy New Yorkers on a daily basis is some of the best training an artist could ask for. If you disagree, at least this time you will also see a random section of live model sketches. I found a great free class and I can't explain enough how joyous it is to draw from a model who doesn't move and/or doesn't think you're a creepy stalker. And who isn't grumpy. Just naked.
Noelle Raffaele - artist