Frank's Sketchbook Entry of the Day
| From the FrankArchives: Study on Fabric Folds
May 27, 2021
This one was circa 1990. I had bought a small booklet on drawing
figures and heads and I was working through it, drawing the figures and
elements shown in the book. Hey, I was able to find it online. The book
was "Drawing the Head and Figure" by Jack Hamm from 1982. I liked it,
it was straightforward and easy to follow. It had some simple guidance
and rules as well. I still am pretty poor about drawing realistic figures,
but that's a matter of me and not spending enough time working on it.
Anyway, I was looking through one of my old folders of drawings from that
era and a number of them looked kind of descent. They were drawn with a
cheap mechanical pencil on cheap printer paper. I tried to scan it in but
my scanner didn't pick up the pencil shading very well. So I took a picture
of it with my digital camera and then pulled it into photoshop and played
with the brightness and contrast to make the parts visible. Different
settings worked better for different parts of the picture while blowing
out or graying out other parts, so I used 4 separate adjustment layers
to let me adjust each region separately. I'm sure there are better ways
to do this, but I didn't feel like spending too much time on it.
Some of the clothing and figures in the book looked fairly "classic"
in the sense of a kind of 1950s look to them (suit and dresses and such)
but humans still look like humans, and proportions, perspective, and
foreshortening still hold true. That said, the guy in the suit looked
a lot like a 1950s era Clark Kent. And that got me thinking about what
he was looking at or who he was spying on. So I had to add a speech balloon.
If the text is too hard to read, the full resolution image is
I tend to doodle. Over the years, I've accumulated lots of random
sketches of things, sometimes people, sometimes things, and sometimes
just abstract lines. The basic idea on these pages is for me to slowly
scan in highlights from my collection of random quick doodles. I also
am providing a place where I can explain what it is or what motivated
it or perhaps some reason why I'm not to blame. With the sketches of
people, their name may be hand-written, or there might be a talk title
provided, but I will tend to avoid providing full names. I don't mind
if people know who they are, I just don't want them coming up on search
engine hits, since that might be a bit rude.
Note that the images are PNGs with transparency. Mozilla and Firefox
properly render them. Safari too, I think. Internet Exporer doesn't.
I don't care.
If you want to see the image without the annoying blue-lined background
image, just click on the image.
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