Sketch-i-mania

Scratch, rub, scratch, scratch, rub. Then come the ahhs of content.

That’s all that could be heard from within the smallest room of my home. My bedroom. My study. Now my beginner’s sketch studio.

Since I discovered the joie de l’art four days ago through the iPad App Store in the form of virtual sketching and art sets, I have been testing myself ever since.

Let me take you on the journey my HB fingers have traversed over virtual and grainy paper…

Day One.

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It’s a very quick sketch of my beloved Russian Blue cat in snoring action. As someone who could only previously draw a cat as a voluptuous and generously-tummied water pitcher, with two dots for eyes, an upside-down rainbow curve for a feline smile, and a squiggly line for a tail… I have to say this is quite a step forward.

Motivated, I went on to sketch the following version:

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Day Two
Came my big lizards-inspired phase. I sketched the following upon looking at my mug.

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This one is inspired by a silly chat with a friend about his desire for a pet dragon in his Sims Freeplay town. I was adamant that such a creature could not co-exist with other fellow creatures, both furry and human. It would cause an OH&S (Occupational Health and Safety) uproar. Anyway, who am I to judge when it comes to animal preferences. I have a thing for 4m long 12kg pythons myself.

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Cartooning when I’m supposed to have sketched a draft plan for my essay on the geopolitical implications of a Chinese Century made me go…

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Day Three
Day Three’s an experimental day. For the first time I entered the hazardous realm of putting things into realist perspective. Voici ce que j’ai fait:

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And then came my superhuman feat of drawing my first ever human face, with a sincere attempt of making her not look like a noseless blob with polka dot eyes.

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Speaking of which, I regressed quickly into my comfort zone:

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And here is Nishida, the ever-so-androgynous punk star with the tribal paint to ward off suspect spirits. Even I cannot tell if Nishida is male or female.

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Day Four
Probably my favourite series of outputs to date as an absolute sketching beginner came along in Day Four. For once, I attempted to integrate the principles of shading, to some effect. Firstly came the sketch of Mowgli’s squinty-eyed physiognomy. It wasn’t too hard to keep him still if he’s traipsing away in Dreamland. My stylus went furiously a-scratching on the iPad for him.

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What was soon intended to be a self-portrait went a tad awry because there was not enough space on virtual paper to draw a head that was in proportion to my heavily-fictionally-mascaraed eyes. The result? An accidental interpretation of Lady Gaga’s famous face. I used watercolours for the hair, because I was that lazy.

gaga by vicki

Day Five
After trying my darndenest to stay awake after feasting across the Sydney CBD with an old friend, I came home to sketch a rose on paper. Sometime in-between Thai and hot chocolate, we went to a cheapo’s bookshop in Sydney’s basement where I got me some pencils and sketchpads. Never again will I attempt to draw something as visually convoluted as the singular rose flower.

rose by Vicki

I leave you now with ‘Me and Liza’, a song by Rufus Wainwright. Why? My hands are each a Liza, creating embers and flame, though the world remains blind to this.

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