Sketches for a new image...which one to go for?

  • I deciding to take @Gary-Wilkinson advice and post some initial sketches before committing to an image. So here is 3 different cameras angles, drawn VERY rough, for an image I want to do. My idea was from a character I had come up with a couple of months ago, basically thought of a down on his luck guy in a bar. My initial thought was sketch ‘B’, but I am open to any suggestions about which camera angle to go with.

  • @hoppershaun

    What has caused him to be “down on his luck”? Perhaps add a clue element or two in the scene. I like the perspective of the first, (need more bar or have the bar coming from the other direction) but you can definitely play with his gesture, curl of his back etc. I like B as well.

    *I like the material your drawing on as well, it has that rugged quality.


  • I agree with @Heather-Boyd about the gesture. I think all of these are potentially great, but the gesture is what's going to sell a bit part of the piece.

  • @Heather-Boyd thanks for the advice. I see where you’re coming from regarding adding something extra to the scene to say why he is down and out. I think once I stepped away from it and came back, I see this being more of a collection of images, like a comic, which then shows why he is down and out. I think that is what I struggle with a lot, finding that key image that sums up the entire scene that I have in my head.

  • @hoppershaun the 3 are great and I guess the question is, is the context important? How close does the camera need to be and how much details do you want to show around the character? I like picture A better because it feels more isolated.

  • @Julia thanks for the advice, I struggled with this one, couldn’t convey what I wanted. Decided last night to just quickly finish something at least, so came up with this image. Didn’t want to dwell on it too long, I might come back and redo the image at some point, was getting frustrated with it so thought it best to move on.

  • I like where you ended up with your version...the guy looks downtrodden 😉 That said, a TV that close to someone kind of reads like he's at home, with his TV on the table in front of him.

    As breweries (and some bars) are one of my favorite places to people watch and draw, in my experience it's hard to beat the straight-on across the bar angle for these kinds of illustrations, even if its the most boring angle to start with. Unless I want the viewer to be part of the conversation, IE sitting on the same side near the character, I find I can really push the emotions further if I can get both sides of the characters face in the frame. Or, if I really want to make them seem really despondent, it's not hard to fold their arm up on the bar and rest their head on it, or even chin-down on the bar, staring down at betting stubs, or eyes drawn upward toward a TV. Fun concept!

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