TV Doodles
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John Carter
Does anyone else sketch off the television screen? We had a Stanley Kubrick film fest last night and I just had to doodle the wonderful character Gunnery Sargent Hartman from "Full Metal Jacket", and of course The "Man" himself, Mr.K. Not very successful but because I've been studying the planes of the head I think I'm at least understanding the forms a little better. I dunno. Critiques and comments extremely welcomed. Thanks :-) -John
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John Carter
And yet more TV doodles! These are from an old (and politically incorrect) black & white movie from 1939 Hollywood starring Boris Karloff, "The Mystery of Mr. Wong". Lots of rich people in black tails and evening gowns. These are all quick-sketches - about 3-to-4 minutes each. I was going for overall gestures and major visual masses with little or no details. I did these by pausing the movie playback whenever I saw something that visually struck my fancy. Also, I wasn't wearing my glasses, which did kind of help my goal. I'd glance at the television eight feet away, which I could hold focus on. Then I'd glance down at my drawing paper eighteen inches away, which was slightly out of focus (I am far-sighted). This kind of made me concentrate more on overall shapes and not so much on details. Of course it also gave me a splitting headache :-) I find these kinds of quick sketching exercises very helpful to understanding and "feeling" shapes and forms and internalizing them. What do you think? Are these kind of exercises of any benefit to you also? Comments and critiques are always encouraged and welcomed, thank you. Be excellent to each other. Cheers!
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Here are a few more tv doodles- this time it's Vincent Price from the movie "The House on Haunted Hill." I tried to slow myself down and make more careful measurement observations, but they turned out a bit stiff as a result. The doodle on the left was an attempt at a caricature of Mr. Price. Hmmm- more study is needed :-)
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Serena Marenco
That's a nice idea for an exercise, also you did it very well :)
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John Carter
Thank you so much Joakim lof. I have to admit that I got the "line shading" technique from Courtney Jones. I am really impressed with his drawing technique.
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Joakim lof
I like these and and I agree that they get a very classical feeling from how you use clear lines show value changes.
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Christopher Alaimo
This one is from "Crowhaven Farm". An old horror movie on youtube! Love Hartman, by the way. Cracks me up just thinking about those endless lines of profanity!
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John Carter
Nice one! Horror movies are some of the best to sketch from, especially the old black and whites.
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Pamela Dowie
 I like the first one best as it shows contrast and looks like it has more volume. I used to sketch people on the train every morning. I think the constant observation helped a lot on the proportions and likeness. Although I didn’t work on rendering because I used a biro and notebook to look like I was writing and not sketching.
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John Carter
Hi Pamela, I've tried public sketching but am way too self conscious so I stopped. Thanks so much for the constructive feedback, I really do appreciate it :-)
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