Saturday, August 30, 2008

Harry Dean Stanton

One of my favourite actors ever since I saw Paris, Texas.
It took my quite some time to capture the essence of his features.
I had the sketch lying in my studio for quite some time and a few weeks ago I finally had the inspiration to finish it. The sketch is pencil on paper, the finished one Painter Classic.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Elton John's hands

At this month's competition on the NCN forum we had to draw Elton John, so I gave it a try.
First I did a quick sketch, pencil on paper, and then I coloured it digitally, in Photoshop.
I focussed on the lightning.

Now, for a pianoplayer like Elton, it would have been more natural to draw the hands and keyboard too, you might think.
Hands...... I realised that I always try to avoid them. I can do them the cartoon-Mickey Mouse way, which is very useful when you're a speedy party-caricaturist. But it had been a long time since I did some realistic stuff. So with a Norman Rockwell book on my lap I did some studies.
Very helpful, I really should do this more often.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Holiday in Portugal

So we're back from a very nice and relaxing holiday in Portugal. Beautiful beaches, nature, culture, just great!
Hugo and I normally don't sketch when we're away (it reminds us too much about home & work) but this year we decided to take our 'equipment' with us. Huug started by taking his watercolour set to the beach and painted the rocks and the ocean. He tried other techniques as well. I stuck to the crayons and observed the people.
It was fun looking at people and trying to capture the essence of that person in just a few minutes. People are so relaxed on vacation, they're letting it all hang down.

We inspired the children too!

A sketch I did of Meike.

And here are a few photos of my kids doing other things.
(Just in case you might think we are forcing our children to become a second Rembrandt or Van Gogh).