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Friday, February 3, 2012

I Work Small...

A sketch one and a half by three and a half...
Well, it has been a while since I last posted anything on my two blogs. I've been busy renovated my garage and turning it into my new studio and turning my old studio into another bedroom. But that's a story for another time... and believe me, eventually, I will get into that story.

Thankfully, I have had a few good jobs in between the renovation, which made it quite a challenge to complete, but was so very fortuitous and profitable. ( So many tales to tell and so little time to do so! )

Anyway, getting to the point of why I am posting this sketch is to explain how one line can make or break a piece. The sketch, which was eventually not used, is but a small part of the illustration and yet a pivotal piece to the concept. The image was drawn in an area of basically two inches by three inches and each line had to be delineated in the most simplest, graphic way possible and yet represent reality. I couldn't sharpen the pencil enough to render the surprise in the girl's eyes without making her look terrified. My goodness, all it took was a slip of the finger, any five of them, to totally change her emotion.

As it turned out, I eventually had to redraw this scene in a larger size and then "photoshop" the details before pasting it into the spread layout. I would have done that to begin with had I known their would be alterations. I am constantly amazed and mystified how the slightest slip, can make or break a drawing. All it takes, at any size, is for one line to not define the shape and it becomes all wrong. 

Still, I am pretty impressed with my ability to pull this scene off and actually prefer this sketch to the one I later had to "redefine."