Here are a few examples
of some sketches that I had done many years ago, mostly back in the early
eighties as a teenager when I lived in a very rural section of Nova Scotia,
called Apple River. Before I had any money to build many models, I used
to try to re-create some of my favourite subjects with pencil and paper,
which was much more available and far less expensive! Later, when I went
to work as a technical illustrator in the latter part of 1986 through to
about '92 for a couple of businesses in Ontario, I stopped doing drawings
for fun and switched permanently to modelmaking. I had more money to do
it with, so I began indulging in my primary interest! I have not done any
drawings for "pleasure" since, because I had been doing it for a living,
and was having my fill of drawing anyway. I now build models for a living
(yes, also for pleasure... when I have the time!), but I still do the occasional
sketch when necessary. I can see getting back into drawing someday, but
for now, it's on the back burner. Most of the pictures shown below were
based on photographs.
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Here's a familiar
subject on the Small Art Works web site! This Eagle is done in HB pencil
on regular bond paper. The drawing measures about eight inches wide. It
was done in 1985-86 when I was taking a technical draughting course.
of a Harrier Jump Jet in flight was done at a time when the Falklands War
was at the top of the news in 1982. I was impressed with the British Harrier's
performace, and had formed an intense interest the plane. This is one sketch
I did in pencil, based a photo in a Time magazine.
A "Light Cycle"
from Disney's 1982 movie "Tron". The film was the first to introduce computer
generated imagery as part of the action. As a result, the vehicles seen
were unusually smooth and fluid-looking, which can be a somewhat difficult
look to achieve with an HB lead!
favourite villain, Darth Vader, as seen in "The Empire Strikes Back". This
drawing, done in 1982 again, was based on a bubble gum card photo. It was
a challenge to get all the shades of black and the reflections down right.
It was also a challenge to scan the page after nineteen years, as the paper
had wrinkled and the pencil has a shine to it that the scanner picks up,
so I had to photograph the sketch with a digital camera, lit strategically.
Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner". I was very impressed with the film's extraordinary
mood, and I found the exotic character of Rachael, played by actress Sean
Young, to be particularly fascinating. This drawing was only the second
portrait I had ever attempted, the first being a friend's little sister
which I had done as a gift.
was sketched lightly in pencil and finished with watercolours. It was based
on an original design my father had done. I made a head-on view from his
three-quarter view full body drawing that I had intended to paint on the
hood of my car, a 1978 Chevette! I used an airbrush to paint the devilish
face in automotive laquers and signpainters enamel onto the car's hood,
and the "mane" carried up onto the roof.
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at right to see a fraction of some of the commercial work I did during
the late 80's and early 90's.
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