Posts Tagged ‘sketches’

Women of Wonder Day!

Here’s a rough pencil preview of my Women of Wonder Day 2012 piece! I can’t wait to finish this off!


09 2011

Life Drawing: Part 2

As promised, here is more life drawing! This time from this month.

Gesture sketching is probably my favorite part of life drawing. Since I studied as a traditional animator in college, I love drawing fast, expressive things! These were 1 minute, which seems long to me for gestures. I’m used to getting 30 seconds at most!

Even when the poses get longer, I try to keep things as loose as I can.

 Sometimes the model hits the perfect pose, and I actually manage to take advantage of it!

When I have 30 minutes to do a drawing, I try to pay attention not just to the figure, but also to the setting. Even a small suggestion of setting can really give your drawing something special.


07 2011

Life Drawing: Part 1

I’ve gotten back into the habit of doing life drawing again lately, so I decided I would start posting them up here for you folks to have a look at. These were done last month, and they were my first foray back into life drawing after at least a year off. You can really see me trying hard to get my brain back into life drawing mode with these.


Which is fine, because that’s part of drawing sometimes. You swap your brain into different modes for different jobs and occasions.


I like the challenge provided by drawing from life. Especially since I’ve spent a lot of time doing cartoony stuff recently. And to be fair, even my life drawing tends to get a little cartoony most times, but there is a certain way I approach it that’s different from when I’m drawing characters out of my head.


Even though these drawings are somewhat cartoony, I try hard to use life drawing as an opportunity to observe light, and the human form as best I can.


But I also try not to get too caught up in doing tight renderings.


Half the fun of life drawing for me is the sense of spontaneity it allows me to keep in my art. Especially because most poses don’t last longer than 15 minutes.


Of course, as you can see in the drawing above, not every drawing is a winner, and I sometimes get distracted after I realized I’ve completely botched a pose. I’ll usually doodle in the margins until the time is up.


If ¬†it’s a really long pose, sometimes I’ll finish a full body sketch, and then move on to individual studies of things I think I need more work on(read: Hands).

Part two coming on Monday!


07 2011


Last night, I sat down and counted how many drawings I was behind on my 365 blog. Then I drew that many squares onto paper, and put a sketch in each one. If I say I’m going to do something, then I’m going to do it, dammit. So here they are, sketches 070-089. I just hope I don’t fall this far behind again.

I’m calling this “20 Portraits of The Artist As Someone Other Than Herself.” Which is somewhat incorrect. The first one is me as I am, just to give frame of reference. There are many things I hate about myself on a day to day basis. I find it difficult to be happy with who I am, and I kind of like the idea of trying on something else for a while. In this case, it’s hair. Not that I don’t like my hair, but I do get tired of it sometimes. I always wish I was more gutsy so I could experiment more. After all, it grows back, right?


03 2011

Emerald City

Hello all!

Emerald City Comic Con, easily the finest mainstream comics convention on the west coast, will be taking place in Seattle March 4th-6th!
I’m going to be attending with my studiomates at Periscope Studio, and we’ll be taking up an entire exhibitor’s island. I’ll have buttons, prints, and minis available for purchase, and I’m also taking requests for convention sketches. With this in mind, I’d like to announce that my sketchlist is wide open, and that I’m taking early requests if anyone is interested! Don’t wait til you get to the con, just comment here, or e-mail me at cattifer(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll put you on the list.

My prices are as follows:

Pencil sketches- $20
Inked sketches- $30
Inked sketches with tones- $35

If you’ve been hoping for a Flaccid Badger sketch, or perhaps a chibi superhero, or anything at all drawn by me, now is your chance!

Hope to see you there!


02 2011

A Night at the Opera, Part 2

The Portland Opera invited us cartoonists back for another night of fun and drawing on November 1st! We got to see the dress rehearsal of Hansel and Gretel, which had a different feel to it than Pagliacci/Carmina Burana.
I took my drawing in a more cartoony direction this time, and managed to bring a book lamp so I could actually see my paper!
Have a look at what I came up with!


11 2010

A night at the opera!

The wonderful folks at the Portland Opera invited 20 local cartoonists to come to a dress rehearsal of Pagliacci and Carmina Burana. They asked us to draw scenes and characters from both pieces to help promote the show! I was one of those lucky artists, and here are some of my favorite drawings from it!


09 2010