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Though my drawings are very synthetic and cartoon like, without accurate proportions, modeling shadows and textures with the paintbrush gives sometimes a realistic touch, a bit like grained photography. This is the wonder of illustration. We can create the universes we want and present it to people’s eyes. Perhaps my lack of virtuosity is a blessing.

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Starting All Over

I do this plenty of times. No wonder things don’t get done. The graphic novel is back to square one. Page one, taking it literally. The reason? Same as usual. Boredom. Getting fed up with the slowness of the technique.

As I mentioned plenty of times in my videos, I want to draw fast. The purpose is to shorten the time between the idea and its concretion, keeping emotion and spontaneity as vivid as possible. When writing, phrases come to our mind and gain existence immediately, with concepts presented as they are written or pronounced. Corrections can be made, but the connection to the final result is pretty much straightforward. I want to achieve the same process while drawing. Otherwise I get bored.

I’m back to pages with less and bigger drawings. This time they will be even more simplified. More synthesis and expression and less realism. I will not watercolor the drawings and that allows me to use markers instead of the paintbrush for blotting shadows and volume, particularly in small areas. Colors will be added digitally, using the paint bucket. The final result might be clearer and more expressive drawings, perhaps a bit cartoonish.

Will it work?

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Drawing Video 17 – Adding Shadows To Page 2B

The joy of shadows…
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Drawing Video 12 – Fast Portrait

Fast pen drawing and paintbrush blotting, to explore possible characters.
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Drawing Video 11 – Adding Shadows To Page 2A

Blots of black for depth, volume and texture.
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Drawing Video 3 – “White Mischief”, by Penguin Caffe Orchestra

I took Dora to the Penguin Caffe Orchestra for the blotting. I guess she enjoyed being there.
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Half Page Inking Done!

How blots of black make all the difference! To my eyes, character and settings pop up, alive, instead of laying in dull flatness. The clumsy world in my head is coming into palpable existence. There is emotion, movement and atmosphere. I can even hear noises and the character’s voices. Will the same happen to you?