Hey Mike - I have a question for you. Your work is very intricate and amazing. How do you start? Do you have a vision of your final piece in your head - or does it develop as you work? WHERE do you start?I'm asking because 2011 is the year I will finally conquer drawing. I cannot draw a stick figure with a ruler and compass. (Sad, but true!) Any drawings I do - that remotely resemble anything - are either purely accidental, or literally take me forever. A ridiculous amount of time. I may never be able to draw like you can, but I'm going to draw better than I do now!Thanks for the insight - I love learning how other artists work. Especially when it's work so far out of my range and so admirable.Take care,Katherine
Very, very cool!
@Shane, Thanks!@Katherine- I start with a tiny drawing called a thumbnail rough. I try in a small, quick sketch to envision the composition. I then jump to the full size, constructing the figures and objects in shapes, wedges and squiggles.... Once it's all blocked in, I tighten up by placing in details and emphasizing lines. All of it is an interplay between an image I have in my head and what is occurring on the paper organically.Occasionally a piece can develop the opposite way, if I am sketching a detail such as a face or head and the image grows around it...
Thanks for that, Mike. I appreciate the insight - you really do have some mad skills. It's fun to look at what you've done - it's easy to get lost in the pieces. xx
My Pleasure :)
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