I mentioned earlier in the week that I decided to redraw the sketch I had done of Hanneli Mustaparta (I hope you like these sketches Hanneli, although you can see I’ve totally changed your hair… but hey, you look cute with bangs! Otherwise, sorry for the sketch spam…!), as I felt like my usual rendering didn’t do her justice – although loads of you seemed to enjoy it, so thanks for all the various likes! Anyway, sometimes I feel like the usual rendering is a bit too harsh in some sketches, especially when they’re from pics that are quite soft and don’t really have high contrast lighting. In addition, I’ve really been wanting to start exploring pencil rendering again – I started illustrating with pencil (if you go far enough back in my archives you’ll find some old sketches!) For a while now, I’ve been curious to see if I’ve gotten any better at it*. I’ve also started following a lot of illustrators on Instagram and I really love people like Esra Roise and Aslaug Sand who do incredibly detailed pencil (and some mixed media) illustrations (I always look at their stuff and think ‘ohhh, if only I could draw like that!’) So, here it is – my first sketch switching back to pencil (along with some pantone and watercolour) and I have to say, I’m pretty happy with it! What about you, lovely readers? Do you like this, or prefer my old style**? I’d love to know your thoughts.
Here’s some work in progress pics as well – enjoy!
* I say curious, what I mean is deathly afraid that I will try and it will be rubbish and I will have wasted my time on a sketch to throw away… I hate getting sketches wrong, but you have to make mistakes, right? Can’t quite come to terms with that one yet. I spent a lot of time staring at the blank page – you could call it procrastination, but I’m sticking with curiosity (and visualisation? Who am I kidding?!)
** Before you make your 100% call on this, wait for my next sketch – I think I’ve made a real breakthrough on this whole pencil rendering thing!