Tonight was another great experience with the folks over at Dare2Draw. This is my second time going to this event and I have to say, it really must be one of my favorite figure drawing sessions/networking pow-wows that I've ever been to. The models were really awesome and kind of hilarious this time - they really got into their characters and costumes, which I loved. Amy Reeder was the guest speaker, focusing in her talk with us on perspective and its capabilities as an agent of story-telling. It was a really smart topic - all about returning to the fundamentals to achieve a more mature form of visual storytelling. Please enjoy a few excerpts below from my Dare2Draw sketching frenzy. Also, the image above is a quick drawing I did of Rocket Girl, the heroine in Amy Reeder's new comic - set to be released in the Fall. Rocket Girl wears a big round helmet, and I was really drawn to how pleasing the shape of the glass is where you see her face. So I drew her face within the shape and the shape only. I really love it - I think it's very smart design.
Just did a quick color test for the character I posted about the other day. Haven't thought of her name yet, but I am absolutely sure she will be a little fireball. I think that shows a bit more with some color. Pencil test coming soon - I seriously can't wait to make her jump around and stuff haha.
Check out the newest little character who has popped up in my sketchbook. I attempted a 360 roundhouse for the first time this week (I've been practicing taekwondo for a couple years now), and while I was thinking about how to break the kick down and get it right, I started sketching it out, in parts. This inevitably led to my wanting to animate a character doing the same kick, and here she is! I can't wait to do a pencil test with her. Stay tuned!
I've decided to make it a little personal tradition to post what is happening in my sketchbook on a monthly basis. I've had such wonderful feedback about what goes on in those little books, so I would love for them to have a larger audience and come out of hiding. Below is what I've been drawing on the train this past month. Haven't had much time to draw from the nude model or develop more of my characters - but so long as I'm on the train - there's always time for sketching from life. Please enjoy!
You can check out my other sketchbook work if you like what you see by clicking the "Sketchbook" tab above.
Noelle Raffaele - artist