Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Dimetrodon Prep I
After finishing Dr.Minceworm and seeing Detlef's latest efforts I started figuring out what my next item was going to be. Since that and my IF post gives me two official items completed I guess I can do another Dino without accusations that all I ever do is draw dinosaurs (although I know there are some purists out there that will argue dimetrodon isn't a dino)...plus I would like to point out I draw lots of mimes and skunks.
I've been trying to figure out what the composition and scale is going to be...at first I wanted to do a closeup with a head in the forefront and then another dimetrodon in the background. But for some reason I feel like someone is going to accuse me of not being able to draw bodies and limbs...I think that insecurity comes from all the times in my younger days when I always focused on what I felt was the most interesting part instead of thinking of the item as a whole...kind of like how sometimes people always hide hands in pockets or feet in tall grass...I still like to do just detail shots (and I've got some colored paper to do a detailed head shot in prisma color just for exploration...strangely enough I can't ever recall drawing on colored paper and I see so many great examples from people I know makes me want to give it a shot.)
I planned on doing a larger drawing again so I can try to wiggle in some detail work, even though I thought I'd sworn off big items...this one I am planning for is 20x30...
I actually really like the simplicity of this one and may do a smaller drawing of it or test painting as I try to get back into oils.
After doing another thumbnail that hit close I sketched out the setup on a large piece of white-board to see how the size vs. detail workout was going to be as well as placement. The general idea is okay but it still seems a bit stiff.While I liked the dimetro 'sitting' higher I'm not sure that their skeletal structure would allow them to get into that pose, so I kept them lower to the ground. Which led me to try something else a bit new to me...I typically use a lot of traditional reference materials but I've never actually made my own...
Next post: I made maquettes!!!