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Fantasy

Drawing to Tell a Story

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thumbs1As much as I liked traditional atelier instruction like at the Gage Academy, I’ve really wanted to get more experience drawing imaginatively and using drawing to tell stories. One great exercise we had to do in my Mastering the Pencil class at RMCAD last quarter was drawing multiple thumbnails to tell a story.

The prompt was an old suitcase. We had to make a story out of it. Here are some thumbnails sketching out potential thumbs2characters, locations, and sequences. From the brainstorm, I created an Agatha Christie Miss Marple-like character, Emmeline Duck who solves mysteries like the suitcase at the bottom of Bolger Pond.

Last week when I was writing a paper on the great illustrator Howard Pyle, I was struck by this quote from him: “If the first sketch looks like the one I want to do, to make sure—I always make the other forty-nine anyway.”

TLC Workshop with Allen Williams

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Allen WilliamsI had an incredible opportunity to study with Allen Williams at the TLC Workshops in October. Williams is a master of highly realistic fantasy drawings and I experimented for the first time with graphite powder.

marabou-krister  This Marabou stork was the first thing that I drew with powder. I used William’s technique of looking for random patterns in powder then letting these patterns evolve into drawing.

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