When I started Allanon, it was later in the evening, the lights were low, the game was on. I grabbed my pen and drew the eyes without even thinking about it. Then realized that I had grabbed a green pen…so Allanon is green.
It actually reminds me of a technique that one of the animators I work with taught me. The animators tend to draw their rough sketches in a blue pencil. The blue isn’t picked up so well when the image is scanned into the computer. So by starting with light lines and building their image the final image scanned into the computer is easier to clean up by filtering the colour out. But that’s not the technique I was thinking of…
Jake once said that if he gets stuck on a character, if he doesn’t like the way the character is taking shape, he’ll change to a different coloured pencil. Sometimes switching to a red or a green pencil creates a different feel in the image, and he’s able to break through his creative block.
It’s something to think about the next time you pick up a pencil and start drawing…
(I’ve been reading the ‘Sword of Shanara’ series…Allanon is named after the druid in those books. A great read if you’re looking for an adventure series)
The Daily Drawing – ‘Eye Monsters’ series is an exercise in creativity. Each day, I start by drawing the ‘same’ set of eyes somewhere on the two page spread of my sketchbook. Granted as you can see in the image above, they’re not exactly the same.
When I start the drawing, I don’t know what kind of creature I’m going to draw, so my goal is to make them as different as I can. The only limits, are the size of the paper and my imagination.
I like to think of this exercise as an extension of one we had to do in school, where a student would draw a random line on paper, and then pass it on to the next student, who had to turn that line into an image. It was one of my favourite exercises.
My goal is to draw 100 of these characters…by that time, I’ll be ready for a new set of eyes, and perhaps some new drawing rules.