Thursday, April 3, 2008

Just Draw

I was thinking that sometimes as an illustrator you get so caught up in a style that you forget to just draw. You forget to draw what you see, and not in the "look" that you've developed for your work.

I wasn't trying to make any sort of a good drawing while I was doing this sketch-- in fact, I didn't care how it turned out. I just wanted to observe the forms and the distances and get them down on paper. It was very refreshing not to have that little critical voice perched on my shoulder!


Alicia Padrón said...

I think it turned out great! You are so right, sometimes we do get caught up on that and is so free to just have fun without caring much for the outcome!

By the way, love your handwriting! Beautiful :o)

You know what? There is a software that allows you to create your own font based on your handwriting. You should do it Jennifer. I have to ask my hubby the name, he's the computer nerd of the house ;o)

Jennifer Thermes said...

Thanks, Alicia! Yes, I need to do this more often. It's very relaxing.

Funny that you like my handwriting-- I thought it was really bad! Maybe it's that when I do my map lettering I have to be more controlled so when I write for everyday I just scribble. Cool about that software.

Unknown said...

This is wonderful Jennifer. In fact if you illustrated a whole book like this I think it would look great.
Your refined style is amazing, of course, it's just a testament to your versatility.

Elizabeth said...

Was looking at Klimt's rather stylized drawings today - interesting though.
Yes - you need to do things just for fun once in a while.
Also Courbet's at the Met.
Cramming in lots of culture before going back to Maroc next Thursday.

Jennifer Thermes said...

Wow, Eric, you are very kind. Thank you.

Hi Elizabeth-- I'll bet it will be nice to have a change of scenery. Good to have a lot of different culture to draw on, too!

Frank Gardner said...

This is nice and relaxed looking. I like the style. It's nice to do stuff just for fun isn't it?

Jennifer Thermes said...

Thanks, Frank-- Yes it is! It's been a super busy week. I need playtime!