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Sketchbook Sketches

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A couple years ago a friend asked me to sketch a few pages in his sketchbook. I wasn't sure what to draw, so I sat down in front of the TV and sketched these out. The film was some old black and white German film with a very young Ingrid Bergman in it. There were English subtitles, but I was busy sketching and wasn't paying attention to the story. However, there were some really great looking faces and lighting situations.

21 comments :

Nick Sung said...

WoW!
That's an amazing page of sketches.
Really exciting drawings Marcelo!

Henry Elmo Bawden said...

Nice sketches moe. If you did them in a friends sketchbook, how did you end up with it? Or did you scan it before you gave the sketchbook back?

Abraham said...

Really beautiful!
greets,

Abraham

Mark McDonnell said...

Beautiful work again. Nice to see these sketches. The sketchbook is a nice way to see what an artist would like to say on his own time. Great pushes and values to your work Marcelo.

MAC

A. Riabovitchev said...

Great sketches!!!!!!!!!!!!

martin wittig said...

I love coming here!! always great stuff:)

Antonio Santamaria said...

You have a GREAT blog, you are a GREAT artist, I love this GREAT drawings, thanks for showing us your work. I admire you! Congratulations!!!

Hans said...

Very very cool Marcelo! Makes me wanna see that movie:) You're a true artist and I admire how you excel in both BG and character designs. I'm currently working on my second vellum piece, I'm just afraid there's a bit too many small details in this one for the prisma pencil. I still do the under-drawing with col-erase and since it's a little harder, I can draw smaller with it. Guess I have to keep that in mind next time. I'll see if I can finish it today, so I can post it in the wekend.

Take care and have a nice weekend:),

Hans

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. These drawings were done in graphite, and I no longer have the originals.

I've been dropping by to visit some of your sites, and I'm very impressed. I'm learning there's a whole world of talent out there and I'm happy to meet your aquaintances. I love this blogging thing because it's made our very small community a little larger.

Hans,
Yes, size and level of detail is a consideration when doing a drawing. Personally, I can get quite a bit of detail in Prisma pencil, but for REALLY detailed work, I use graphite and ledger paper. With experience, you'll learn when your style and subject is suited for which medium at which time. That's why I bounce back and forth between the two.

Tip: I took the automatic stopper out of my electric sharpener to get needlpoint tips on my pencils.

Tip # 2: I also keep an extra sheet of tracing paper nearby to quickly get a point to my pencils without having to always sharpen them in the sharpener. This also makes the wax tip shorter and sturdier. I found that if it's too long, the tips sometimes become brittle and crumble with the slightest pressure. You'll find that sharpening your point with tracing paper works like a charm.

Abraham said...

Hey mr. Vignali,

thanks for your nice comment!
greets

Yaxin said...

brilliant line style on this one °_O

cdeboda said...

No surprise here...another great page! Always inspiring.

Lee-Roy said...

Beautiful stuff! Love the lighting situations, as you mentioned. The sillhouetted gun in hand and spotlighted torso are classic. Wonderful heads and faces. Nice organic composition.

ELiza J├Ąppinen said...

That's brilliant, though I'm not sure if that's allowed to be called a sketch anymore, it's a piece of art ;)

Marcelo Vignali said...

Wow, Eliza, that's heck of a compliment.

One of the things I have found curious about this whole blogging experience is that rough drawings seem to attract a lot of attention. I know this from the comments I get...and I also find that I'm interested in seeing other artists rough drawings too.

It seems we're all used to seeing polished/completed artwork, but seeing rough sketches give us all a glimpse into what's going on inside an artists head. It's as though we get to see the direct translation of how an artists thoughts are organized and put on paper. No masking or disguising, it's pure, raw, and uncensored.

It's kind of like drawing ... unplugged.

Jontxu said...

Awesome work, it's my first time in this blog, and i only can say: Cool!

Alina Chau said...

awesome drawings!

Lubomir said...

Those faces are intense. Your blog is a huge inspiration Marcelo!

David Colman said...

I remember these!!! I still have copies taped to the back of my sketchbook for inspiration

Cedric said...

Terrific stuff! I especially love the values and shading, it really adds a sense of richness to the composition.

stephen Silver said...

Another Vignali beauty!