Saturday, August 07, 2010

Trying To Draw Small

One of my drawing problems that I wish I could solve is that I draw too big.
So this morning I tried to do tiny caricatures.
It's extra hard for me because I tend to get distracted by details and I magnify them.
I'm hoping that drawing small will force me to see the major shapes better. So far I'm sloppy.

23 comments:

Steven Hartley said...

What's weird is that I often draw too small!

Luis María Benítez said...

I got also told that I draw small and for me it's better this way. It's more comfortable for my hand, I don't know, but I find harded to keep everything in order when it's a large work.

RooniMan said...

Drawing small is hard for me too. Getting everything right a smaal drawing can get pretty screwy.

Roberto Severino said...

It feels very comforting to know that I'm not the one with this same problem. I've been using one of those squeezable brush pens to do my sketches of people (mainly from the movies and tv shows I watch) on those really small Moleskines. They're really fun to draw in, but it's a challenge not cramping the details inside the smaller drawings, and plus you can't do as many sketches in them as you would a larger Moleskine sketchbook.

Sylvester Silverstein said...

Drawing small is easier for me. I guess because the majority of my drawings growing up were little things stuffed into the corners of papers I was supposed to be doing schoolwork on. I also like filling up every inch of space with art.

Oisin O'Sullivan said...

I also draw too big, I was also kind of hoping it was something you could grow out of. Apparantly not. Oh well.
Hey, I did a Tom and Jerry Eisenberg study, could anybody please take a look (if you haave any time) and tell me how good they are (if at all) and tell me where I can improve? Thanks

Kyle said...

Like many others here, I have the opposite problem of drawing too small. Too often I draw too small for all the details I'd like to add. drawing big means moving your hands around more, more room for error. I think I hide too much behind this habit. You don't notice mistakes as much that way. Though your right that its easier to focus on the big picture that way.

zillustration said...

Looks like Chelsea Clinton in the last one! Great stuff!

Kali Fontecchio said...

I think drawing big is harder!!!

ComiCrazys said...

That Chelsea Clinton is AMAZING!!!

John, maybe get one of those Moleskine sketchbooks instead of using a legal pad. The confines of the smaller pages might help you.

The thing about drawing smaller is that it definitely hides a lot of mistakes that drawing large would reveal. I tend to draw small because I'm always carrying a sketchbook. I did enjoy drawing bigger on animation paper as well. I go back and forth.

He-Sick Sailor said...

I have had similar issues with drawing small. I think it takes disciplined Eye–hand coordination to make certain drawings or caricatures certain sizes.

Oh, by the way John I copied some of your Crystal drawings from your post a few days ago.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Xuob2SJwams/TF4CdBB76TI/AAAAAAAAAA4/9R0NRgTw17o/s1600/img070.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Xuob2SJwams/TF4DIbvsiNI/AAAAAAAAABA/Ga5ncNKSZb0/s1600/img072.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Xuob2SJwams/TF4Du2rsrzI/AAAAAAAAABI/IoPzHYJc0fQ/s1600/img074.jpg

Let me know what you think.

Scrawnypumpkinseed said...

I have the same problem with drawing slow. Especially when I'm drawing my own cartoon and not studying someone elses.

Need to work on that.

Taco Wiz A.K.A That One Guy said...

The smaller I draw, the less shitty my drawings look.

You should make some Back to School supplies before the 23rd.

Quimvaa said...

Drawing bigger is more fun, since you can add all the detail in and such. And it's hard for me to draw small as well sometimes. o.o

Timothy R said...

I draw too small, and I'm working on learning to draw bigger. Your efforts of drawing small are good!

Kristen McCabe said...

Fantastic Caricatures! Love the Chelsea Clinton one.

I have the opposite problem. I draw too small. It's easier for me to define my shapes that way. If I'm working on a commission I'll draw it out small then enlarge it in photoshop and re-draw over the enlarged sketch.

Steven Hartley said...

When I draw, its often spontaneous and I often draw without thinking through, but it someties work!

Sometimes when I'm trying to draw 'Pinocchio', I get it wrong!, I draw the mouth chubby or I don't get the head shape right, and I don't make the eyes seperate! I'm getting there...

Marlo said...

looks good! I think drawing small is ideal unless you are going to do shadows and rendering via paint

Emily Anthony said...

That Chelsea&Marc on the bottom is BRILLIANT!
I draw too large as well.
Lovin' the caricatures!!!!

Dailey Images said...

It's a little hard to do at first, I had to learn the same thing with my first comic that I'm trying to submit, I'm now able to fit at least 35 panels on page that's the size of 11 x 8.

Good luck.

EalaDubh said...

Drawing small and drawing large are two entirely different disciplines. I find drawing large-size becomes more like painting, especially if you're working digitally on a screen and can only see or focus on a portion of what you're doing at any time.

Kurly Kels said...

Oddly enough, I don't think I've ever tried to draw small before...hmmm. Might actually improve my drawings.

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