Sunday, May 24, 2009

Catching Kids

"Never a day without a line."  This is the first of a page of quotations in the Cecil Studios Handbook and the best possible advice for any prospective artist.  It's attributed to Apelles, a 4th century Greek painter (thanks Wikipedia!) and it's always stuck with me as I've strived to improve my work.
Now I certainly draw nearly every day.  But lately, as I've been focusing on comics, my life drawing and sketching has fallen by the wayside a bit.  To help make amends, I've gotten myself a 6" x 8" Strathmore drawing pad and begun filling it with sketches of the models I have close at hand.  They are small and they don't hold still for long, so it's catch as catch can.

Strathmore Drawing Medium is still my favorite sketchbook paper.


Anthony VanArsdale said...

Great sketches, Ben! wonderful movement! definitely a difficult subject to capture.

Ry Guy said...

Strathmore Drawing Medium? Really? Better even than Seton office pads?

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Anthony!

Ry, Strathmore is my favorite for a cheap sketchbook. But you make a good point -for fostering creativity, few things can beat a Seton office pad! They are the moleskin notebook of the Christian Homeschooling Movement!