I thought I’d cover this sketch a little more closely on the blog as I think it turned out more successfully then I thought it would, had a lot of composition issues because I went and started without any thought or idea where things would go. Stream of consciousness for the most part. I actually drew a lot of it whilst sitting on a plane, and the rest while sitting on trams / trains here in Melbourne.
I started with the eye on this page, then didn’t really know what to do with it. My process is usually like this; draw first, think later. So naturally I
finished my set (NZ’rs will know that reference) drew a giant octopus thing around it.
Then once I find a central ‘theme’ of the drawing I add in rough outlines and shapes very lightly to get a feel of the composition, and then start adding in tone and detail from the left side of the page to the right (this is only something I’ve done recently to avoid smudging the drawing)
Adding in more detail
doodling around, trying new things.
I saw this scene from a concept drawing of Fables that never made it, so I decided to redraw and rework it in my own aesthetic. Really enjoying this graphic novel series.
Terrible Photo. Oh well. I think I’ll turn this one into a larger painting.
Again, I apologize for linking an instagram picture
Sorry, had a few technical issues with my blog getting hacked by badware unfortunately. Which meant there wasn’t any point in updating til it was resolved. But now it’s been fixed and I’m back which means more frequent updates!
I’m over on instagram: @saminthewolf – I post a lot more progress shots of work if you’re interested in that kind of stuff. I’d like to post more writing here so that’s something you might see more of this year (if I have the time of course)
So now to back-track what I’ve been up to over the last couple of months!
I got to do a T-shirt design in collaboration with Threaded Magazine and Billabong NZ – which I will get a photo of soon, my first painting commission going over to the USA and also hopefully submitting to a couple of group shows in the next couple months. Exciting!
Here’s something I did a while ago from my sketchbook :
Enjoying this daylight after work to sit in the sun and draw!
Thinking of turning this sketch into a larger scale painting too.
Is awesome! Updates have been slow as lately sorry. I’ve been trying to spend most of my time exploring the city and off the computer (seeing as my days are spent on the computer) and painting as much as possible when I get home.
Just finished this drawing of Aayla Mae. She’s an amazing model AND super cool.
Color Pencil on Bristol Paper, A3
The horse man cometh.
P.S It’s my Birthday! Will probably start a new Self-Portrait soon
My New Years resolution this year was to take more risks and have more fun. As well as my usual resolution of filling up a sketchbook. Well, I’ve had heaps of fun, already filled up one and a half Moleskines this year, so that leaves us with: “take more risks”
So……I’m moving to Melbourne next month! This bit of news is still a bit of a shock to me too and hasn’t fully sunk in yet, as I’m pretty settled here in New Zealand, which is why uprooting will be so hard. Especially leaving friends and family behind. To be honest it was all on a bit of a whim. But I feel like it’s a necessary move & a great opportunity, as I’ve started feeling a little bit stale and a little bit too comfortable here. Comfortability breeds complacency and complacency breeds idleness. I want to always be progressing and moving forward with each new challenge as a person, and also as an artist / designer. A rolling stone gathers no moss, you know the story. As ‘creative’ people, continuous transgression is part of the job description. However, you don’t need to move country to experience change and growth, it might just be undertaking the task that you’ve been putting off because of your own uncertainty to take on something you’ve never faced before.
‘If you want something you’ve never had, you must do what you’ve never done.” – Nice
I’m looking forward to facing some new challenges of living in a new city. New struggles should really put some pressure on me to do something with myself and also set me on a bigger stage for me to achieve (or fail) my goals. Transgression isn’t only limited to success, as success is the continued repetition of a proven formula. In failure you still have room to grow. And the possibility of failing is a great motivator to succeed. You need enormous pressure to produce diamonds right? Facing the unknown is exciting. To paraphrase Milton Glaser, “Doubt is better than certainty. Deeply held beliefs of any kind prevent you from being open to experience”. Experience helps us grow.
I’ll leave you with this:
“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
~ Christopher McCandless
So if you’re ever in Melbourne, “COME AT ME BRO”