Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Experiments In Sketching (1960's edition)

Yesterday morning I was looking for something to sketch for a warm up, and this vintage ad caught my eye...I didn't think the original particularly racy--it was the late 60's/early 70's vibe that appealed, and the models themselves (they looked so perfectly period!). But dang, the drawing made it look like I was doing school girl porn!

It came out looking like a bad attempt at faux good girl art. So weird...maybe it's just the blue pencil affecting my judgment, but to me the rendering has that contemporary comics style I've never wanted to emulate--and yet, apparently it's how I sketch now!
I'm tempted to take my usual PhoSho pass at correcting all the little things that bug me, and compare THAT one as well...but mainly I just wanted to share this to show the (amusing) differences between what I thought I was drawing and the real thing. Always instructive to see
 the things you miss, and the things you change without noticing....
Hey,  I was really trying to be accurate!


MrGoodson2 said...

I dig this.

I need to do more studies . I've saved a ton of jpgs off tumblr that were vintage, my teenage years, type of ads and glamour shots.

That is interesting a guy with your eye gets something with as many differences as the study shows. If you hadn't told me you were trying to be accurate I would have figured you had more of a style goal in mind. Make the girls more real and less the standard, mutant, bean pole model proportions.

Especially like the changes to the pigtail girls features.

That model to the rear looks like Gwyneth Paltrow. But way before her time so it's not. The most incredible hotty discovery I've made is that Jennifer Anniston was indeed special sexy. In her first movie. Leprechaun
I had never seen any movies. Almost no Friends. She is sexy in that.

I'll do that for my Tuesday sketch. Jennifer Anniston in Leprechaun.

Tom Moon said...

Well the drawing looks so much better than a "merely accurate" one. I don't know what you don't like about it. Interesting how you widened the face and narrowed the waist of the front model. An artist can't help but inject changes, even when they are trying to be accurate. If this is the warm-up drawing, let's see the one you drew after you were running hot!

I've got Robert Crumb's "Gotta Have 'Em - Portraits of Women by R.Crumb" and it's actually a very interesting personal view containing portraits of his wife, his little daughter, female friends, and strangers he's observed out in public. A few of them are subtly fetishistic, women with big legs and high leather boots, but nothing pornographic. He sometimes adds true-to-the-person dialogue balloons to complete the characterization, and that can make them quite humorous, like watching a good impressionist on stage.

Davis Chino said...

Tommy, when you say I widened the face and narrowed the waist (and made the head so much larger, too), it's true--BUT it was done subconsciously. At the time, I thought it was spot on! (I did turn the head a little more to the side, but that's just how it shaped up...).

Ellis, I am sending you an imaginary Jennifer Aniston in yr dreams.

BTW, "Leprechaun" reminds me of the great Simon/Kirby horror story, "The Nasty Little Man."


So dark!

Rickart said...

I think your drawing has younged them up a bit, particularly the one on the left... that might add to the salaciousness of the image.

MrGoodson2 said...

Absolutely loved that Kirby story. Stephen King gruesome. I'm making a post of one panel and someone I think Kirby was using as reference.

BDMontag said...

Though not as skilled, my weekly figure drawings run into the same sort of issue. My mind autocorrects the model. I seem to expect a proportion or physical relationship that overrides the peculiarity of the model. A lot of the models I can get a decent likeness, but one model is preternaturally beautiful even though her eyes are way close together. This results in cognitive disonance and some truly awful faces.

Davis Chino said...

Ben, that's very funny about "...cognitive dissonance and some truly awful faces."