This week’s sketch dump was something I had been planning for a while, and I’m so glad I did it. I chose one artist every day to emulate, whether it was an artist I admired or an artist who was an inspiration to me (or both). In most cases, the sketch ended up looking nothing like what the artist in question would do, but it gave me a fantastic opportunity to study the details of how that artist draws. So, if you’re interested in the details, be sure to read the notes below the sketches.
1.) J. Scott Campbell. If you’re a comic book person, you’ll probably recognize this name. I discovered him quite by accident. A poster of his (for Danger Girl) ended up in a package of printing samples that the organization I was working for had requested from the printer, and I liked the artwork so much that I kept it (later on I read the comics and loved them). He’s known for his overly sexualized drawings of women, and I always feel a bit ashamed for liking his style so much, but his line art is so dynamic, and I love the way he does faces. My sketch looks nothing like his, although the face comes sort of close.
2.) Jasmine Beckett-Griffith. I had the fanboyish pleasure of meeting Jasmine at Faerie Con one year, and she and her husband, Matt are the nicest people in the world. Oh, and she’s a fantastic artist. I’ve always admired her for her distinctive style that sets her apart from so many homogenized styles of fairy art, and I was surprised when I was able to get my sketch to look pretty close to what she does.
3.) Lar deSouza. Lar is the artist for the webcomics Least I Could Do and Looking For Group. He’s also the first person to ever send me fan art for my own webcomic back in my early days. He’s always a very huggable guy. But above all, he’s a great artist, and an amazing caricature artist. My sketch does not do his style any justice, although Katie said that she liked the proportions on this one (so I must have done something right).
4.) Phil Foglio. Back in my youth, I played Magic: The Gathering (this was around the time of 4th edition). I was always enamored with the artwork that bore the name Phil Foglio because of his distinctive cartoony style. Years later, I would find my way to the webcomic Girl Genius, and I was surprised to see that Phil Foglio was the artist. His women are usually, as Katie puts it, “curvacious”, and I wanted to give it a try. I think I did all right, although there’s something about the face that I didn’t get quite right.
5.) Jack Kirby. Again, if you’re into comics, you should know this name. I grew up on comics from the 60s, thanks to a large collection that my uncle had bequeathed to me. My early attempts at drawing were based on those comics, many of which were drawn by Jack Kirby. Much has been said about the man over the years, so I won’t repeat it, and I’ll just say that he’s a legend. But I had to try to get a bit more detailed with this one because he was so detailed in his line art. Once again, the sketch does no justice, but it ended up a pretty good sketch none-the-less.
6.) Jessica Galbreth. Arguably the greatest influence on what I do, if not my artwork, Jessica is someone who I’ve wanted to meet for a long time (but the several occasions I almost did ended up falling through). I thought about skipping her in my line-up because she does watercolor paintings, and I wasn’t sure I could sketch in her style, but I gave it a shot anyway. I’m glad I did; it gave me a change to admire the details of how she portrays the figure, as well as the details that she puts into the paintings (especially the wings).
7.) Glen Keane. I’ve only know the name a short time, but I’ve been aware of him for a long time. Ariel from The Little Mermaid has always been one of my favorite character designs, and recently I noticed the similarities between her and the design for Rapunzel in Tangled. Then I found out they were designed by the same person, and I researched more about him. I don’t think I’d ever incorporate too much of his style into my fairy drawings, but the way he draws is very much how I’ve always wanted Bardsworth to look.