This piece of artwork is a recreation of a photograph I took of my best friends, drawn with assorted pencils and with the help of blending stump. Titled, “The Trio,” this work depicts my three friends—two girls walking and one boy on a bike—walking through town with scenery around them such as a gas station sign, road signs, a car, a tree, sidewalk, etc. To create this drawing, I first sketched the drawing out lightly, only drawing the major shapes. For example, instead of fully coloring in an area that needed to be done in the darkest value, I simply did a bit of light cross-hatching as a key to show me for later on.
When we were asked to pick out a picture for this project, I wasn’t sure if I had any photos that were decently taken enough to be drawn. Then, I stumbled across this in my camera roll back from the middle of the summer and decided, “Hey, I think I can do this!” My three friends that were drawn are very excited to see the finished product, and that pushed me forward when creating it. I also chose them because they’re the greatest friends I could ask for, and I hope they stay in my life forever. In a way, this artwork is in our small friend group.
My goals for this artwork included: making the people look as close as possible to how they do in reality. As well, my primary goal was to see if my friends approved of it after it was finished. I hoped to get the scenery more blended, but I could only do so much, and I’m happy with it regardless. All in all, I say I’ve done okay with nearly/achieving my goals.
Overall, I really do like how this piece turned out. There is most definitely room for improvement, but it’s a good start.
In my sketches from a work-in-progress manga (Japanese style comics) project, emotion is very evident even in the rough draft. The beginning of this story consists of the main character being startled by a minor character. His eyes widen and he begins to run, and then there’s the sinister grin at the bottom of the page. Emotions such as suspense, grimness, and intimidation are apparent. By just showing the smile at the bottom, it creates a dark feeling. Smiles are typically known to be friendly, but this grin has quite the opposite effect. Overall, my sketches create a dark, suspenseful feeling for the obersever by using certain manga techniques and rough sketching.