Friday, March 6, 2009

When not sure what to do, just doodle!

Brainstorming ideas for developing instructional materials for a manga sketching workshop, started picking up random drawing tools and sketching whatever concept came to mind. Sometimes switching pens and pencils might inspire new artistic directions to explore. At the very least, the exercise might highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each sketching tool.
Just some random doodling with a 0.5 mm mechanical pencil.
Basic figure construction using a Mitsubishi Uni HB pencil.
Loose doodles guided by the main components of my main sketching blog: "Robot" + "Ninja" + "Monsters". Going to have to get around designing a logo combining these 3 concepts sometime.
A few robot doodles drawn with a Uni-ball 2 mm F leadholder. Robot subjects are an ideal early project to practice "blocking-in" figures with basic geometric forms.
Scrap sheet filled with doodles using Sakura Pigma Sensei 0.4 mm plastic tip pens (one brand new and another one with a damaged tip that had a faulty ink flow). Tried using the damaged pen for some hatching effects, but found it so unreliable that ended up pitching it into the waste basket. Thus use some care when using the finer point pens of this Sakura set.
Uni-ball Pocket Medium Brush Pen quick sketch inspired by a photo of Nicole.
Faber Castell Pitt Artist brush pen in sepia with a brush nib from a 4 pens set that is several years old. These Pitt pens store well and retain their performance for extended periods. Thus if you find them on sale, you can feel comfortable to stock up.
Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush Artist pen face doodles.These Japanese brush pen doodles were drawn with a Kuretake No. 8 Fountain Hair Brush Pen, Pentel Pocket Brush Pen for Calligraphy, and Uni-ball Pocket Medium Brush Pen. The first two actually feature nylon hair brush tips that are quite flexible and require some practice to control. The Mitsubishi Uni-ball brush pen has a medium felt brush nib that is easier to control for those accustomed to drawing with brush markers. Doodles done with an old Faber Castell Pitt Artist brush pen (hence some of the faded lines) and a Platinum Pocket Soft Brush Pen.

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