Léo Sabaté

young french graphic designer

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leo's first digital drawing experiment

Hi, i usuallly watch the classes here on skillshare to change my mind from my current work (i'm a graphic designer) and get inspired and i don't often practice with the class projects and especially here i thought i could not do it since i do not own any ipad or tablet... but i really enjoyed the class and i thought i could try it on my computer, it is not exactly the same feeling since i drew directly with my trackpad : challenge ! (i don't even have a mouse, i'm a minimalist graphic designer...) so i found an app for mac called sketchbook with quite similar tools as the paper app for ipad and i started... i could have used illustrator but with illustrator i'm used to create sophisticated drawings and perfect geometrical shapes and abstract signs... and i did not want to feel comfortable so that i could experiment. I like the way shantell is not afraid to erase everything or cover with another draw and she is very intuitive so i wanted to be in the same mood and try things without thinking to hard.. this is my first try, step by steps :

like shantell i started with a structure

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then as you can see in the beginning i mainly wanted to try out the diferent brushes and tools :

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at this point i have some abstract background and i started to want to draw more figurative stuffs, so i drew hands as i often do in my drawings in real life :

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then i felt like i really wanted to fill all the surface of the screen and get rid of most of the white parts, then after i would be able to substract wiht the eraser :

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then i start substracting and very naturally i felt like i wanted to keep silhouettes emerging from this :

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i wanted more space so i get ridd of the one in the middle. and added eyes to the others ; as a lot of people do i'm obsessed with eyes, i put them everywhere.

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then i used the duplicate and scale tool. it was not intentional in the beginning but from this point it's more like i am trying to tell a story with those characters, but not a story i choosed first, or not something with just one meaning, more of a story that build itself, piece after piece, and it's wide open to interpretation (sorry if my english sounds weird, i'm french actually)

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it is really relaxing and you can let off steam while expressing yourself like that, without trying hard to have a good looking drawing or not thinking about perfect composition or things like that.

no it was full again so i started drawing / erasing again but now with black, like shantell i really enjoy black.

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i was enjoying this so much that i forgot to capture a few steps but you can imagine it : i continue to make things disappear into black to isolate some small shapes, then i drew around this shapes with some white pencil to get there :

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here it is more illustrative and it is more close to my usual "style" even if it looks very rough, but i know i wanted to stop soon so i wanted the experiment to became an illustration. but what is really nice is that i surprised myself because a lot happen almost by mistake. actually my favorite part of all the drawing is that minimalist square whith the colored shape inside, that could be a good inspiration for a sleeve design, a mix between peter saville and paul cox style.

actually i tried to isolate and duplicate that detail to make a frame out of it but i'm not very sure it was a good idea :

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so anyway it is not the drawing of the year but the important i think is not only the result but also the process which i enjoyed a lot, i think i will continue to practice this a lot, because it is a good way to clear my mind and find new ideas, experiment things.. and if there is something i like or found interesting i can still do it again with more sophisticated tools and extract it from here... 

thank you shantell, i also enjoyed a lot your other class, i should share my drawings from this one too.

léo

edit. Test n°2 :

another test...

be carefull the end result is funny but very ugly ! but some steps are nice. but trackpad drawing is limitated.

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this cat is an abomination but i enjoyed the steps before.

end of project

léo

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