Life On Mars

So i’m a bit of an addict when it comes to certain things. I’m addicted to the band Snuff, so I own almost everything by them and by bands involving the member/related to them. I’m addicted to shoes, and as such I own several pairs that I hardly ever wear. And the last thing is by films and television series.

I love British comedy and drama. Scour through my dvd collection and you’ll see some examples of great television that’s been out for the past few years. My latest addiction is to the series Life On Mars, and to a latter extent Ashes To Ashes. My mates bought me the 2 series box set of Life On Mars for my birthday, and it’s been watched ever since.

I decided to draw the four main characters of the series mainly through watching the series and wanting to draw some costume/people from different eras. Though they’re not the best drawings I admit, I quite like them as i’ve tried to make them bear at least a slight resemblance to the actors.

Life On Mars 1
Life On Mars 2

Software vs. Hand Rendering

I’ve always been a bit of a digital junkie. In my years at college I mainly did most of my work using photoshop and illustrator, until I found out how much I enjoyed using the printmaking facilities. One of the choices that i’m trying to decide at the moment is whether I want to go back and pursue my digital roots, or if I should keep up with the hand rendered styles i’m developing at the moment. Obviously, depending on the brief that i’m set will depend on the outcome, but i’d like to develop my digital skills along with my traditional ones.

Anyway, on with the post. I’ve been trying out a program called Sketchbook Pro, which I found out through Stephen Silver’s blog (Artist from Ren & Stimpy). I’ve only done a few images using it, but to be honest it’s brilliant. The pencil and pen effects are much better than most of the photoshop or illustrator defaults, and when using a graphics tablet it feels much more like traditional drawing on paper rather than digital. Here’s an experiment i’ve done on this using layers, and copying from a photo. I think this program is something i’m going to explore more with my work, as I find it so useful and simple to draw with.

Shoe Phone

Random Sketchbook

So i’ve got a couple of sketchbooks that I like to do work in that’s not related to my uni work, to try and work on things that I need to improve on. One of these sketchbooks I use to mainly draw faces and portraits from images/films, and I thought i’d share a few of the images from it. These are ongoing projects that I plan to continue until the sketchbooks are filled up, or I lose interest, but i’m quite happy with what i’m producing in these books.