On Friday, we introduced the project, and also took a look at the idea, or concept, of sketching.
A SKETCH is a rough draft or practice drawing, done before completing a final, or FINISH, drawing. It's just like the rough draft you write in English class before handing in your paper.
To get an idea of what good sketches look like, we took a look at the work of Greg Manchess, a contemporary illustrator. Even though Manchess is doing artwork for book covers, not an silhouette drawing like what we're doing, he still uses the same sketching skills to figure out his ideas.
And he's one of the best at doing this, the guy's sketches are just gorgeous. Below are the images that we looked at in class, as well as links to some of his other paintings and the sketches connected to them.
MUDDY COLORS (it's the illustration collective the Manchess is a part of - lots of other AWESOME artists on here as well)
The Satan Factory (book from Mike Mignola's Hellboy comic) - a TON of sketches to look at.
The Sky People - another sci-fi yarn. LOTS of sketches here too.
Dress Your Marines in White - a faster image, less thumbnails, but great insight into why they're important.
The Mongolian Wizard - a steampunk-ish fantasy yarn, so different style is used. Also, it's a MONTAGE.