Sunday, May 4, 2014

BRAINSICK: Sun Cries Morning, 2014 - Stage 1!

Sun Cries Morning (2014) - outlines
technical pen on approx. 8" x 14" smooth bristol

If there's one thing I miss about my high school-era art, it's spontaneity. Before I learned how to concept or thumbnail my pieces, I simply drew. That was it. I'd make changes as I went along. While it didn't necessarily equate to strong compositions, there was a freedom in this approach that I have largely lost since graduating college. Nowadays I usually can't create something new without overthinking it to death.

I want to reclaim my old spontaneity and put it to good use. Let's call this an exercise in confidence and decision-making.

Sun Cries Morning is a partial rework of a piece I drew in 2005. It was inspired by the song "Down in the Park" by Tubeway Army (Gary Numan's short-lived punk / post-punk band). I sketched the new piece without any prior thumbnails or drafting, and I opted for weighted lines to give a trompe l'oeil effect.

The only major elements I kept from the original are Paranoid, the tree, and the Möbius strip.

More progress to come soon! This serves as practice for the illustrations I want to make for Brainsick when it's published.

Sun Cries Morning (2005)
Pigma Micron on 8" x 11" sketchbook paper

Sketched in Grey Col-Erase pencil.

Above left: plain outlining done; ready to finish weighted inks.
Above right: tools of the trade! Technical pens and a Copic Multiliner for the border.

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