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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Observation is creation



















This year has been the year of doctor's for me.  Thankfully I'm doing good and last weekend I was at the eye doctor's office and I took my sketchbook with me(always keepin' it handy).  I started sketching and the words "observation is Creation" came to mind and it made me remember that if I don't know what objects or people look like I can't really draw or create them in my work.  We need to study and sketch observationally!  LOOK at stuff and draw it. LOOK at people and draw them.   
keeping up my sketchbook helps me create new shapes and build on my well of resources when it comes to drawing my boards.  Its like homework for us, especially if you're a designer of any sort - you need to observe even more because you're creating characters and development that should be caricatured from reality.  Key word "caricatured"!
The more you've observed the easier time you'll have when you have to create.  
If I don't have my sketchbook with me Ill draw on the iphone.  Here are some of those observed digital faces drawn with my finger.









13 comments:

Anthony Holden said...

Great sketches, Dave--and absolutely true advice!

C.Deboda said...

Excellent words of wisdom! And nice finger sketches too.

Btw, nice meeting you at CTNX (I was the guy that forgot to give his name, I think). I'm enjoying the new book.

Adam Campbell said...

Great advice that I definitely need to take to heart, for everything! Love your drawings, so specific!

Owen Williams said...

Dave, I received your book and separate drawing today. Big thanks, I can't look at the book until Xmas day unfortunately but the postcard drawing is ace! Merry Christmas pal- Owen

Marcos Cohen said...

Beautiful expressions! Thank for sharing so much of your thoughtful process!

Ethan Hegge said...

great book Dave!! about time you put one out!! Happy holidays too. :-)

Alexis said...

i love your posts. thank you.

Dan Koskie said...

Hey Dave, I just wanted to thank you for coming and doing a lecture at San Jose State, you were very helpful and super inspiring. It meant a lot to us! And thanks for keeping the words of Walt alive in your teaching, coincidentally I'm making my way through his book right now and it was great to have you come and bring the words and lectures to life right in front of me.
Thanks,
Dan

. .~*jo*~. . said...

finger sketching! the next big thing! haha :) they look great ;) I, too, met you at CTN and said I followed your blog, but then again, I bet a bunch of people may have said that... haha good advice, there's always something more to learn.

Adam said...

Great observations! Words of wisdom indeed. Observational drawing = learning. Couldn't explain it better myself.

nima said...

love very much this blog!!! Everytime I come it enjoys me.

Michael J. Harris said...

Dave, again, as previously said by those above me, great sketches and advice.
Just a quick question: what application do you use to do those awesome iPhone sketches? I'm really digging the line quality they possess; a very Quentin Blake feel.

Dave Pimentel said...

Thanks micheal-
It's called "fountain pen" it's super simple but effective!