Try hard not to concentrate…

I’ve been having some success over the last few days with a new technique…perhaps more accurately a new lack-of-technique. I’ve always struggled with being too up tight in my art. I start off with a perfectly good sketch, then overwork the lines and destroy what life there was in them. It’s a perfectionist streak that has some merit and there are times when it works well, but I have always envied people who can create simple, messy, expressive work that seems to have more detail in it – due to the expression of the superfluous lines – than some far more detailed work.

Anyway, I sat down to doodle the other night and selected the wrong pen. Rather than just go to the right one, I started to play about with the huge, scrappy nib I had and came up with some fluid line work that I rather fell in love with.

After a bit of colour…

Revenge fantasy

Revenge fantasy

I was really taken with this and have tried a few more in the same style.

Fast & Lose Samurai sketch

Fast & Lose Samurai sketch

Underarm

Underarm

Furry hook

Furry hook

Think rucksack

Think rucksack

So there you go; a quick summary of a rather satisfying few days of art. This style seems fast enough to consider using for a comic, without sacrificing motion, emotion and life.

As ever, comment is totally welcomed.

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One Response to Try hard not to concentrate…

  1. Tania says:

    I’m liking the new style. It has energy in it, humour, and you’re knocking these out fast which bodes well if this is tried for a graphic novel or something. Well worth e plotting further I think

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