The Style Class

The Style Class - student project

I have been struggling with style for years. I tend to only show or share highly polished and realistic work, but my sketchbook is filled with a wide variety of styles- varying from minimal cartoons to photorealism. As much as I enjoy the challenge of realism- there's a lot of pressure to maintain a certain standard, and any mistakes are incredibly obvious. I'd like to work towards a more forgiving style, and hopefully one that is far less time consuming! Additionally, I'd like to incorporate more dynamic/interesting compositions, conceptual ideas, and expressive characters.

 

EXERCISE #1:
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EXERCISE #2:

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Additionally, I would like to draw figures and characters in actual spaces/environments. I tend to just draw floating bodies, and they often aren't interacting with anything. Larger compositions feel overwhelming, so I need to figure out how to break them down in more manageable ways.

 

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I have ideas for the blank letters, but I need to narrow them down still.

 

I finished my first rough draft (going for more of a Toppi style here). I have some other thumbnails that I might experiment with for this piece. I'm not "married" to anything, so if anyone is reading this and would like to provide feedback- feel free! The typography needs some work (I didn't edit the brushwork the way Tom suggests), I'm not sure about the colors (maybe I should stick with black and white), and I think the composition could still be more dynamic/interesting. Also, I mostly used the HB brush instead of an inking brush- if anyone has any suggestions for Procreate inking brush downloads, please let me know! I'm not crazy about any of the built-in ones, so far.

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I finished the second rough draft for my pilot set (I'm not super happy with this one- it feels like it's missing something). I went with a "family friendly" definition of Untuck. Hopefully it's not too much of a stretch:

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Here's the third illustration for my pilot set:

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