Creature in Andrew Bell's Head
February 18, 2009

My preferred form of furthering my ability to draw is to find a great drawing or sketch that I like and then mimicking it. It's a common exercise in a lot of fields to mimic "the greats" and learn both your own style - what you'd have done differently - and how to finesse your style as well. So, in the process of cruising through some really nice new art blogs, I discovered Andrew Bell's The Creatures in my Head. He's got loads of wonderful work ... great desktop vectors, resin and vinyl toys ... and my favourite - some great creature sketches in pencil.

I saw this little guy and knew that I needed to practice shading with this sketch.

At the same time, I have a tendency to try too hard to make my sketches look exactly like what I'm mimicking. So I decided I wanted to focus on the shading practice ... and practice adding some of my own style rather than getting it as close as possible to the original. I'm fairly happy with how it turned out - I dislike my drool puddle, but then I didn't spend much time on it either, so I got what I put into it. I'll have to try that again another time.

Practice sketch - based on art by Andrew Bell

Posted by Red Monkey at February 18, 2009 6:56 PM | Sketches | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |

 

Tara R. said:

Wow... it is really cool. I can only draw stick figures and they are still nothing to brag about. I personally think the drool pool is excellent.

February 19, 2009 1:30 PM
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