Dr Sketchy's Bristol :: "Jungle Blues"

I am just back in from another great session at Dr Sketchy's and am happy to be able to share the results.

These sessions are always great fun and benefit from a tremendous range of fantastic models and the bubbly personality of the Hostess Lou Leigh Blue. Today's models were Honey Asaurus HolidayPoppy Von Tarte, and Velveteen Hussey. They were all brilliant in there own way, and all together formed a very well rounded and entertaining afternoon of life drawing. Some might say that four 5 minute poses of Velveteen Hussey wearing a gorilla outfit was three too many, but when she did strip down to her muddy loin cloths she was fantastic to draw.

If I could have anything more than I already did, it would be a few batches of short poses. I think the shortest poses we had today were 3 minutes or so, which is still quite a long time for the models to hold certain showgirls poses. 10 minutes or so of 60 second poses would allow the models to adopt some very expressive, flamboyant poses that would be terrific for quick gesture drawings.

As much fun as today was, I am *really* looking forward to next time at Dr Sketchy's Bristol, "The Glitter Ball"... I have just ordered my first ever tablet PC (only a cheap one, nothing too fancy!) and if I can get to grips with it, I shall take it with me and challenge myself to some painting of the models. Will be nice to splash some colour on the poses, or work in light and dark tones.... fun fun fun!  ;)

-- Self Portrait Day --

This year for Self Portrait Day I went with a straightforward slouching full face SP. I was gonna do a major character piece with guns and muscles and everything amped up but it felt like I wasn't engaging in the spirit of the exercise. The idea of a Self Portrait is about observation and honesty about yourself. I can do a drawing of a massive bloke with a massive gun any old day, so I ended up producing the above SP in a few hours this afternoon.

There's loads of stuff I would like to spend longer on and I dislike leaving a final piece in b/w but I spent ages pissing around with the beard and I want to go draw a massive bloke with a massive gun now :P

Dr Sketchy's Bristol -- Smoke & Mirrors 19th October 2013

My second visit to Dr Sketchy's Bristol, and this time they put on a Halloween themed event and tied it in with the Bristol Burlesque Festival. Not as many models and routines and the last Dr Sketchy's Bristol I went to, but the fantastic calibre of  the models more than made up for the lack of variety.

The first model was Sandy Sure, who did a spectacular job of posing as Beetlejuice! The suit and wig were of course easy touches, but she did a brilliant job of capturing Michael Keaton's distinctive posture and she did some terrifying facial grimaces as well!

The second model was Bristol Burlesque Festival co-producer and classy lady Tuesday Laveau! There'll be no mistaking the pictures of her as she was wearing a massive papier mache eyeball helmet for her initial poses, and formidable star-spangled stripper boots. I was honoured when Tuesday picked out my little sketch of her face as her favourite drawing of the evening! "I have a weird face," she said, which is why she was so impressed that I was able to capture something of a likeness. For the record Ms. Laveau, Hattie and I think you have a very pretty face ;)


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Sorrel has been misbehaving recently, and I did warn her not to continue....in the end I had to put her on the grid. As the old expression goes, "You can put Sorrel on the grid, but you can't separate Sorrel from her rats." And that's how come she ended up with a little mini Barnabus buddy with her.

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Dark Forest

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Hunting in the forest, the Partisan watches a pair of enemy soldiers from hiding. This image was a fun exercise in drawing rough, impressionistic foliage and building layers up to form pictorial depth.

Werewolf Rampage

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Here is the werewolf ripping his way through an entire base of soldiers. The US army doesn't issue it's infantry with silver bullets, so the soldiers are totally defenceless against the rampaging hulk of teeth, claws and muscles. Bullets rip through the beast's flesh without even slowing it down.

Here's a quick little gif to demonstrate my process.


The Partisan

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Another sketchbook page scan showing a couple of drawings of The Partisan, one in colour, and the colour version of his patch. The gun was fun, rather than just copying the coolest gun I could find on Google, I delibertately designed it based loosely on several different guns. It was fun trying to think of the form follwing the function, imagining the kind of requirements The Partisan would need from the weapon he took with him. Considering he's gonna Wolf-Out when he gets toi his mission, it was fun coming up with the kind of weapon needed for self defense/small skirmishes en route to the bloodbath showdown.

Text taken from the page: "In human form, the werewolf is an Eastern European mercenary I have dubbed The Partisan as he is involved in a guerilla resistance movement against the occupying American forces. He hasn’t been a werewolf his whole life but he has been one for long enough to be weary of the constant struggle and is a deeply lonely character. Before he became a werewolf he had a family, which he is now unable to lead a normal life with due to his uncontrollable monthly lycanthropy. Angst, man!"

More to come!

Just for a change, some more Werewolf stuff...

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Another sketchbook scan, more werewolf hijinks. The partisan creeping around the shadowy woods silently despatching enemies with his blade, and another version of the transformation.

The Partisan

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A sketch from yesterday of the Partisan, which I doodled during lunch break then painted today before getting ready to go out to work. As well as to further practice drawing this fairly generic "tough guy with a 'tache" character, the other focus of this sketch was to further examine the way he attaches his survival knife to his backpack strap. The answer....sticky tape! But it's also important how the knife is angled away from the body, both for practical reasons for the character to be able to access and unsheath the blade quickly, but also for aesthetic reasons - it gives the character a more interesting shape, and the blade tip ending above the shoulder would also add to the character's silhouette.


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A simple step by step demonstration of the transformation of my werewolf guy. As well as incorporating the bone lengthening and contortion similar to other werewolf transformations, this werewolf sloughs off his human flesh in blatant excuse to draw disgusting ripping things. His skeletal system twists and stretches to assume the wolf's shape and increased size, but the hair doesnt simply sprout from his normal skin as it does in An American Werewolf In London.

I am amused that stage three looks a lot like Tom Cruise.

Illustration Friday: "Spooky"

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I am still working on my WEREWOLVE$ project, and this sketchbook scan has also been submitted to Illustration Friday for the spooky forest concept in the top left. The werewolf ripping it's way free of the soldier's meat is also quite appropriate for Halloween...?

The story takes place in an undisclosed Eastern European country. This post-soviet state is suffering under American occupation, and our hero is a partisan who has been despatched to engage an American military base in guerilla warfare. The reason why this lone-wolf assault on an entire American military base isn't a suicide mission is because the lone wolf is literally that: a werewolf soldier.

More to come....

Werewolve$ Character Sketches

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Have been tinkering with a Werewolf story idea under the working title 'Werewolve$' with reference to the John Steakley book Vampire$ of which I am a massive fan. Vampire$ is a book about a Vatican-funded team of vampire hunters, which makes a passing reference to a similar group of people charged with tackling werewolves. Steakley's own personal demons prevented him from ever expanding this werewolf concept into a full blown story (or as I am led to believe, a film script) but ever since I read about it, it has been the first thing that comes to mind whenever I think about Werewolves.

My idea is based on a special forces soldier who is a werewolf. It would make him a perfect soldier, able to heal quicly and possessed on unlimited strength, speed and ferocity. Almost unstoppable.

But remember in An American Werewolf In London, he wakes up in the Zoo with no idea where he is, or how he got there? Same here. When he transforms into a wolf he isnt a soldier anymore. He's just a monster. A monster who care nor understands a thing about the mission. A almost perfectly useless soldier.

He has to strap himself with a metal backpack containing clothing and weapons for when he awakes. It is made of metal to withstanding the pummelling a night of werewolfing would subject it to. It has expanding metal staps like a steel watchstrap to accomadate the werewolf''s vastly increased physical proportions.

More to come...