Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sketching Reference Images

Whenever I have a subject to draw, and I have time to practice, I break out some reference images, and go at it. "Ape-ing" what I see, learning from the construction, and the lines on a well known subject. Drawing someone else's images helps to understand the original artist, and can add variety to your repertoire of "go tos" when drawing different elements and components of a composition.  I was looking for a silly looking person in a suit or a tuxedo, then I thought of Wimpy! So cool to draw these legendary characters. Well, the top hat in the middle of the page is original. :) Practice, practice, practice. Oh, and thanks to all the good folks that made those images available on the web. You guys rock!
PS-Some credit later found for the reference images. The top-left magician is clipart, the center pipe person reference image was of an artist unknown sketch of Jacques Tati, as Monsieur Hulot (comedian), Wimpy's reference images courtesy of google search.


  1. Lovely, lovely, lovely. And funny too!

  2. Thanks, Rene! It's fun to draw "icons" of cartoonkind.