As the great Harold Speed himself once said, one of the hardest things for an art student to do is to take what one learns in the studio, under rigorous, controlled lighting and set ups, and infuse them with imagination, creativity, and life. It is one thing to be able to technically depict the model, but beyond academia, what really counts from there on out is the illusion and feeling of life. When it comes to characters, we respond instantly to a face, to an expression, an emotion.
I’ve been having lots of life drawing lately, not so much long poses anymore, but clothed, costumed, expression short poses. Here is a page of some of the sketches I’ve been doing.
I suppose I should be thankful that I belong to the camp of people who don’t mind not drawing directly on screen. Apparently some people find it difficult to draw on a regular tablet, which I totally understand — it’s such an alien endeavor especially when compared to pencil and paper. But I guess because I used to paint with a mouse years ago, having a normal tablet STILL feels like a luxury to me. I don’t even know what I’d do if I happened to get a Cintiq one day!