30 Minute Sketches

I read an article someone posted (I can’t remember where anymore) about an artist talking about taking 30 minutes and drawing for himself before he’d start anything else for the day. I can understand the benefits, though I think my take on it may be different from the original writer’s point. So I decided to start filling the pages of a new mixed media¬†sketchbook I had bought. The first one was the mimes that I wanted to draw after one of my Inktober drawings in which I drew a mime. After filling the page with pencil sketches, then inking them with a Tombow wtaer-based pen and sharpie, I was finished in about 30 minutes. Perfect!

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After mimes came some monsters…and a pretty disappointing use of the pens. I just wasn’t happy with the colors. I do like some of the monsters’ gestures though.

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And today’s 30 minute sketch was robots. Again, I didn’t even really try to make these last 30 minutes…it just happens to be the right amount of time for some quick sketches and inking. I went back to black ink for the robots, with a green/gray waterpen and green and orange sharpies. I think the minimal color pop is fun.

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I’m going to keep doing these pages. This certainly helps keep some drawing flow going and have something to post on Instagram. I can definitely carve out 30 minutes when I want to. Plus who knows what kind of new character ideas may come from some of these.

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One thought on “30 Minute Sketches

  1. You catch expressions really well. The mimes are good and the robots remind me of the Lost In Space show, the robot always said Danger-Danger when something bad was to happen. These sketches take me back from today’s robots. As the monsters go……great. They are mean but cute and cuddly. Very humorous in expressions.

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