Here are some more of my sketchbook spreads that I did after watching Lisa Congdon’s class on Creativebug.
A spread from my sketchbook after watching the first part of Lisa Congdon’s Sketchbook Explorations class on Creativebug:
Here’s a link to the class:
I haven’t drawn anything for a few weeks now because I injured my right hand while lifting some heavy boxes, but now it’s finally better enough to draw with a pencil (it turns out drawing with pens requires a lot more physical effort).
Anyway, I wanted to draw something and just chose the first thing that popped into my head, which happened to be a dragon. Being a big nerd when it comes to dragons, I wanted to draw one that’s anatomically convincing, so I started with a skeleton sketch, then printed it out and traced it for the final drawing.
Made a pencil sketch of my youngest niece from a photo:
I made some more sketches of the same character from the Mandarin Chinese textbook I use at work, a Russian girl called Lena who is studying in China. I was curious to see if I could make several sketches of the same character so that she would be recognizable – I’ve never really tried it before. And I guess I’m satisfied with the results, enough at least to try moving on to doing the same thing with some other character from the same textbook.
I guess part of why I like making illustrations for this textbook is that it reminds me of my own time in China (I studied there for 2 years, not counting all the short trips). I was drawing this Chinese food on the table, and I almost felt the taste of steamed dumplings from that little place near our campus in Shanghai. When I graw this sketches, I attribute my own experience to the characters and it makes them a lot more real for me, more like personal acquaintances than just generic textbook characters. And since I teach using this textbook everyday anyway, this adds another dimention to the teaching process. Plus it’ s good illustration practice, of course.