Thursday, January 24, 2008
I had some downtime today at work and was wasting it surfing the 'net. A little voice in the back of head was nagging me. I felt like I should be doing something. Then it hit me. Dummy! Perfect time to get some sketching done. Usually, I'm a little shy about drawing at work because it looks like I'm goofing off. Which, I guess, I am. If I'm on the Internet, I can claim that I'm "image searching." But lately I've been doing a lot of work-related drawing (which, unfortunately, I can't share) so I wasn't too worried about it.
My downtime didn't last long so I only managed this quick headshot. I didn't have time to clean it up with graphite pencil or even fix the problems like the weird right eye. But I liked the gestural quality of it. It doesn't have that overworked feel my stuff usually gets.
This is the Grandfather character in my story. He's one of the most important characters in the story though he only really has one scene. I broke my rule again about not casting actors as my characters but in this case, it's forgivable. I've had this guy in mind since I started working the story out in my head, though only as a point of departure. I don't plan on using photo reference when I start drawing the story. I've aged him a bit here and I drew this picture from memory, without using any reference. I'm sure Leaf will be able to guess instantly who it is.
Suze and I plan to start trying to catch all the Oscar nominated films and this weekend will be NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. I wanted to see it anyway but now I won't have to talk Suzanne into it. I think it may be a little more violent than is her usual preference. Then, hopefully, it's on to JUNO and THERE WILL BE BLOOD. I'll have to watch MICHAEL CLAYTON by myself as Suze has already seen it.
That's about it for now. Have a good weekend!
Posted by Matt Wieringo at 6:16 PM