Tuesday, May 11, 2010

1970s New York Street


I'm pretty lame when it comes to drawing buildings or landscapes or detailed backgrounds and I'm painfully aware that this is an area that I really need to work on. This doodle-sketch was an attempt at drawing a background from a photo but with a slight twist in that I did not allow myself to use a pencil to sketch out any guides and went straight in with the Pitt pen. This led to some hilariously weird bits of malformed perspective here and there but I wanted the lines to have a bit of hesitancy and looseness that I lose if I pencil sketch first and then ink over the pencil lines (my standard operating procedure - and it usually causes me to over-correct and lose some of the character and energy of my initial pencil lines).

At any rate, this is the first of a bunch of no-pencil backgrounds that I plan on doing to try and build up a halting visual vocabulary.

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