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San Diego Welcomes All Visitors Of Comic Con!

Sketch of Batgirl on writing paper

San Diego again welcomes all comic enthusiast at the Comic Con from July 21 to 23. We are happy to see SD turning into Gotham-Metropolis-Outerspace for one weekend. I won’t make it to CC this year, but I will definitely  make a walk through Downtown to meet a few superheroes. Have fun at the Convention Center and if you’re not there: Come next year!

(c)2011 Thomas Mayer/Meza Boogie, All Rights Reserved.

KISS 3: Keep In Shape!

KISS 3: Stay In Shape (Easy Sketches By Using Simple Shapes)

Remember the last time we talked about simple sketching? Now since you have the pens we come to the basic drawing techniques. Remember this is not a graphic tutorial or lessons for perfect drawing, it’s a small manual for you to draw your own clip arts and helping you expressing your ideas with simple sketches.

Before you start let me give you some advice:

  • Don’t do too much on your first steps. It won’t turn out as you want and you only get frustrated.
  • Just add details to explain the object you’re drawing. If you think your computer doesn’t look like a computer, just add a mouse.
  • Draw big! If you want to transfer them to you computer, at least two times bigger than the size needed.
  • Stay loose. The simpler your sketch, the less people will see imperfection.

The trick to start every sketch is to draw a very rough shape. Almost everything can be divided in very simple shapes. Train your eye a bit how to find the squares and circles and with a little practice even the human body isn’t that complicated anymore. But before that it’s totally okay to avoid realistic drawings of people. Don’t worry about the naturalism of you sketches. Don’t count fingers or toes. A hand is a hand even with just three fingers. Check out cartoon characters like the Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, or Donald Duck: No five fingers here too! Same with proportions. It needs a lot of practice to draw exact proportions. Trying to do that in the beginning is just a PITA. Enjoy your sketching life without proportions and perspectives. It makes things so much easier.

I recommend to draw the shapes with a pencil. Don’t put too much pressure on it, light lines makes it easier to erase what you don’t like. After you think the construction ready it’s time for the Sharpie (See KISS-pens): Draw over your construction and then erase the pencil shapes. It’s good to use a permanent marker here because others might smear when you’re using the eraser. You can start by leaving daily “Post-It”-Sketches on the fridge or on the coffeemaker.

(c)2011 Thomas Mayer/Meza Boogie, All Rights Reserved.

Bruce Lee Splatters Red Paint

Bruce Lee Drawing
Another Bruce: Illustration of martial arts master and actor Bruce Lee.

Pencil, Watercolor and Photoshop. (c)2011 Tom Mayer/ Meza Boogie, All Rights Reserved

The Dragon at deviantART.comhttp://monkeycrisisonmars.deviantart.com/#/d3pfr1p

Girl With Sunglasses

Sketch, Girl With Sunglasses

Cardboard and thick recycling papers (those painters use to protect the floor) are fun to draw on. At first it’s really cheap, so ideal for practicing. Then it works very well to work with different pencils and colors on it. You’ll get a roll of floor protector paper usually for around $45 for 3’X167′ 501 sq ft. Those are a lot of sketches!

(c)2011 Thomas Mayer/Meza Boogie, All Rights Reserved.

Keep It Simply Sketchy 2: Basic Pens For KISSes

Pens For Easy Sketches: Pencil, Sharpie, Uniball Microball

Remember when we talked about easy sketches? Since my statistics showed me that readers seem to be interested in that topic, I present you another post about being sketchy. I don’t want to turn this one into a tutorial. So many blogs, books and videos will show you how to do your first steps on the paper. They will probably do a much better job than me. On that I usually recommend Superheroes: Joe Kubert’s Wonderful World of Comics. It’s fun to read and since we all love comics it’s also gives a good kick to start drawing too. Same here: I want to encourage  you drawing simple sketches. Why? Because I’ve witnessed so many boring presentations and read even more lifeless brochures and handouts. Many people think it’s easier to use clip art or dingbats. You don’t need to be a pro to cheer up your audience. Try a simple moustache on the nearest magazine cover and you know what I’m talking about. I bet you know how to draw one of those, so we skip that and start with the pens!

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