Sunday, February 03, 2008

January to February

Sketchcrawl 17 was a real wake up for me. A call to action, and having been in a slower period at work, I've found myself with a little more time on my hands than usual; time I've used to reconnect with gesture drawing, one of my pure joys in life. I've been re-reading the Walt Stanchfield notes, poring over Milt Kahl and Marc Davis drawings of all types, attending the gesture classes at work taught by the great Tom Gately, as well as sketching on Bart, in cafes with friends and even in stores while my wife tries on clothes.
Here are some of the recent drawings, done tiny in a Rhodia No 16 book with ink.
Enjoy,
J
















19 comments:

fedemilella said...

Great!!!! Love your lines :)

the doodlers said...

Good! You're shaking it out. I like them all.
Cheers, James.

Dani said...

That's some great stuff James! The more you push them, the more I like them!
Keep going - Walt, Milt and Marc would be proud!

Randeep Katari said...

Duuuuude, these are so, so nice. Keep it up, love seeing new stuff from you.
R.

Bianca said...

These are beautiful James!! It really shows that you had fun doing these!

Emma said...

I really, really like the third from the last - the woman pensive.

She looks like you figured out what was going on in her head and picked your lines real carefully... awesome.

Jehu Campos said...

I heart, I heart. What's usually the first line you put to the paper?

Anthony Holden said...

Fabulous sketches! I totally appreciate the little notes of advice in the upper corner of the 6th--thanks for sharing that, too.

Sorrentino said...

loving this line work!
Really enjoy the color work as well!

Richtoon said...

Great Gestures!!

Skid said...

Great sketches! I love em.

Robert Bandel said...

love your sketches- I enjoy how you caricature the features as well as the personality- I can't get enough of the Stanchfield notes either

Clive said...

Beautiful suite of sketches. Must work small like that. My sketchbook is too big and seems to 'draw' attention and scowls from aggressive paranoid maniacs; huge risk of altercations. With a little unobtrusive sketchbook you can draw people bigger and stronger than yourself instead of being stuck with safe little weaklings. I like the idea of the sketchbrawl too, and using strength of numbers to draw subjects. Maybe physical altercations are less of an issue in the US due to such a relatively large percentage of the public packing heat. Perhaps the subjects assume artists are armed.

I'm being slightly tongue in cheek...

Looking forward to more posts as I've been linked to you for yonks.

Anonymous said...

What a post!!! Thanks for the inspiration!:)

Bobby Chiu said...

real friggin fresh J! Your quick sketches are fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Hello! My name is Ted. Can we feature you on RhodiaDrive.com? Thank you!

J said...

Hey Ted. Of course.

Shen (or Shen-Howe) said...

Awesome gestures, makes me want to read Walt's notes again.

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