Saturday, February 10, 2007

Tiny Sketches

The sketch below was originally 1.5 inches tall. For some reason whenever I'm drawing a character that takes up most of the page the proportions start to get all whacked. For my jobs the sketches are no bigger than 5 inches in any direction. That also makes it easier to redraw a character a bunch of times to get it to where I'm satisfied. Anyone else working tiny on paper before they bring into Illustrator or Photoshop for finishing?

9 comments:

katzenjammer studios said...

Haha! Interesting take. I need to try to start drawing smaller, so I can crank out more drawings and have more possibilities before I bring to finish. This guy is funny.

Great illustrator tutorial too! I was wondering... When you say brush, do you mean paintbrush? Or are you using bezie curves, and then applying brush strokes to them? Your tut looks really nice, and I'm gonna try it out.

Brian Romero said...

Yes I mean 'Paintbrush' tool. I haven't found any uses in my own work for making paths and then applying one of the pre-made brush effects to it. If you have a Wacom try out making a brush and inking with it. It takes some practice but it will end up saving a lot once you've got it all down.

Lattaland said...

I draw tiny! Which is why I'm so interested in inking digitally. You can't ink tiny drawings with a brush!That, and I like to redraw each line 4,431 times.

mdouglas said...

I draw "Tiny" too. I thought it was bad practice to draw Tiny, but I feel I have alot more control over my proportions by drawing this way.

Mad Taylor said...

Hey Brian,

I illustrate for a law school newspaper back in Chicago. I draw on tiny paper and then take it into Photoshop. The normal dimensions of my paper is 8x5. I haven't used much Illustrator on my work...too turned off by just inking with dots and lines. It's good to know you use the brush though, that's a more natural and encouraging way. Thanks for the tips. I'll be posting up my most recent illustrations soon!

innfusor said...

I'm all about the tiny drawings.

Definitely!

Anonymous said...

I sometimes have trouble drawing images on a wider scale as well. In the end, though, it usually doesn't matter, because I blow them up to take up the entire page before I ink them. =P

brooklyn said...

great blog, brian! i just ran into it looking for some tutorials and through other blogs with tutorials. I'm a painter (though I draw a lot) and have been doing some graphic design, but want to do more illustrations so i'm practicing my chops digitally. New to the Wacom. I love your blog already. Just a note, this great draughtsman and mentor of mine told me that when you draw small and enlarge something, or draw large when you're used to a small scale, proportion issues get magnified. Glad you brought it up, it's something I'll think about in my digital sketches too as I learn. Thanks again, I'm hooked. Love your work.

brooklyn said...

great blog, brian! i just ran into it looking for some tutorials and through other blogs with tutorials. I'm a painter (though I draw a lot) and have been doing some graphic design, but want to do more illustrations so i'm practicing my chops digitally. New to the Wacom. I love your blog already. Just a note, this great draughtsman and mentor of mine told me that when you draw small and enlarge something, or draw large when you're used to a small scale, proportion issues get magnified. Glad you brought it up, it's something I'll think about in my digital sketches too as I learn. Thanks again, I'm hooked. Love your work.