Having lived all my life in Puerto Rico, snow is definitely a novelty for me. Today I experienced my first snowfall, so couldn’t resist the urge to sketch. I need to get waterproof pants though; sketching while standing is not for me. This is in Market Street, Downtown Wilmington, DE.
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Lately I haven’t sketched outside much and I had been feeling getting tighter; I can’t afford to lose the spontaneity in my sketches. A few days ago I decided to do a quick Virtual Paintout, as they were during the month of November in Iceland. I grabbed a few random markers from my box and loosely did this, always with the broad tip. I need to get back on markers more often, as I enjoy them too much.
From today on I’ll try to post a daily quick sketch done at lunch break. This one is of Corner Bakery Cafe, Philadelphia.
Sharing some of my latest sketches and caricatures:
This is City Hall, Philadelphia, done at lunchtime with Sharpie.
Since my daily train ride is about one hour (each way), I now have time to decompress, sketch and rest on my way home. This is the first one today:
Since I arrived to Wilmington, DE I’ve been attending my first human figure drawing class at DCAD, Delaware College of Art and Design. I actually not enrolled in the class (my wife is) but the instructor has been kind enough to let me participate without the benefit of a full critique.
I’m enjoying sketching a new subject, new techniques and getting dirty with vine charcoal, compressed charcoal and Conte crayons. I’ve always wanted to understand how to draw the human figure and the class has been amazing.
Here are some of my sketches:
My family and I have recently moved from Puerto Rico to Wilmington, Delaware. We’re looking for better alternatives of treatment and rehabilitation for our son. A change was probably very needed in so many ways though.
This means I have not only one, but two cities to sketch! If everything goes well, I’m about to start working in Center Philadelphia next week, and Philly has so many interesting things to sketch. Besides, in the first few days I met Joshua, a local caricaturist with whom I expect to practice the craft a lot. I’m attending with my wife a figure drawing class on Wednesdays at DCAD, getting dirty with charcoal… And of course, also I’m still participating on the weekly caricature challenge on Facebook, Caricatura Puertorriquena en FB.
I haven’t sketched that much outside, as it’s been raining most of the days, but here are some of my latest:
I haven’t posted in a while but still lots and lots of sketching. However, I haven’t gone out to sketch architecture or spaces as usual. I was invited to do some live caricature and, being now a freelancer, said yes. The thing is that for that gig I was asked to do five minute caricatures, just black and white, and I had never done any live work! I had around two weeks to practice; I sketched hundreds of faces trying to achieve likeness while sketching really fast.
I’d considered myself a fast sketcher, but this is a whole different story. My fifteen minute architectural sketches now seem like a century! I had been practicing to do the caricatures between five and six minutes, which I thought it would be good enough. When I got to the first gig, the hostess said I had to do between 25 and 30 caricatures in two hours. I did my best, but only could do 20.
So five minute caricatures won’t cut it… it doesn’t add up. And the hostess had to take a pic, then call the next one, I had to set up the sheet… lots of wasted minutes. So my wife devised a way to save some of those minutes for the second time. We had two clipboards, already set up. As soon as I signed the caricature, I handed it to her, she erased the pencil guidelines, did all the ritual of taking the photo and everything, while I was already doing the next person. This helped me a lot, as I finally made it to twenty five.
I think I got a little stressed trying to get the likeness, but in these past three weeks I learned so many things I know that next time it will be better. I have been watching some artists online who do some great stuff in one minute, so that’s where I’ll be aiming. And all my background is a huge help, as I have a lot of experience trying to tell a lot with just a few scribbles. I just need to keep practicing.
As a new member of the Asociación de Caricaturistas de Puerto Rico I hope to keep developing my style, learning from the veterans and also sharing everything I know from my previous experience. They are a fantastic group of artists and I’m really happy to be a part of it.
Here are some of the pictures:
The world of caricature drawing has grabbed me in such a way I never thought possible. I have been learning a lot and can’t have enough of it. This morning I watched a video of the phenomenal artist and illustrator Joe Bluhm. He was sketching a caricature of Kanye West, and explaining his thought process while doing it.
He was sketching it directly in Photoshop, I’m guessing with a Wacom. Although I do own a license of Photoshop, I don’t have a Wacom, so on the iPad it is. He explained that he likes to constantly switch between defining shapes with lines and with shades. This seemed interesting, and judging by his results, I definitely needed to try it.
Another interesting thing he said was that sketching celebrities is a good way to develop your portfolio and show how you’re able to achieve likeness more than by posting caricatures of people no one knows. Well, so I decided to do it myself, and if I’m sketching a celebrity, I have to start with my all-time favorite musician, Sting.
I’ll be posting my progress with this caricature; this time I started directly on the iPad, using the app Procreate and a stylus. Here is how the first stage is at this moment: