Aikido Doodles

I can`t remember why but I was doing aikido drawings for some reason. As Aikido consumes more and more of my life these will likely become more frequent, as well short comics about things that amused me. Also hakama are fun to draw. They`re also amazing pieces of clothing if you examine how they`re made. In general Japanese clothing is ingenius imo, It`s generally quite practical, comfortable and looks great. 


Still getting to grips with new Photoshop and new Wacom. The Intuos 3 had no surface resistance whatsoever so I`m finding that weird with the Intuos pro. Not only that but the pro has different nibs some for creating even more paper like- experience. I draw with ball points on newsprint a lot so I`m not super keen on that tbh but I suppose I`ll get used to it.

I`ve been trying to create a routine and to keep drawing away every day until something happens. That`s a challenge with the heat we have here in Kyoto at the moment. Basically drenched in sweat all day. And then maybe the heavens will suddenly open on you when you go out for some air and then you`re just drenched in general and it`s hard to tell if that`s better or worse. 

So anyway here are two quick things from today. A friendly deer and a guy with many cats.

Hopefully in doing these little bits and pieces some development will be evident. I feel like I`ve said that before. Anyway. Happy Sunday.


Gesture Drawings

These are some of my sketches from gesture drawing on Monday night down at The Guiness Enterprise Centre. My first formal life drawing session in a long time. Having someone hold a pose for one or two minutes was luxury since I've only been drawing from life on the street or off tv.

Wasn't bad for a first class but there's lots of stuff to improve on. Drawings I liked tended to be the one where I imagined the 'story' of the pose before I drew it so I could push it a little. Any time where I just bashed straight into drawing the figure was a disaster.

Things to improve on: clearer poses, cleaner lines - stop drawing psedo-construction lines (old habit), pushing the acting (still holding back on that somehow). Also think too much when it comes to drawing the faces and sort of freeze and then struggle to get any sort of head in in the allotted time. Need to get the whole drawing to connect more without the drawings becoming too floaty looking.