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Friday, April 8, 2011

Page o' Abstract Doodles

Here's a bunch of (mostly) abstract thumbnail sketches. I do tons of these...often on napkins. Usually, they're no bigger than 2 inches across. They're not for anything specific...just composition practice. I like to do them when I'm bored. I can crank out a lot of them during production meetings.

13 comments:

Zachary said...

Seems like a fun, informative exercise.

Nice meeting you the other day, btw (at ACCD). Thanks for coming by!

Katy Hargrove said...

I was wondering, do you find these sort of thumbnails helpful in ways which can be put to practical use very often, or is it more of a general practice/play. Lessons in value and shape formations? I wish I could word it more clearly than that...

My friends finally got me doing a similar kind of exercise and I've found it enjoyable, but have had difficulty taking these images further.

Mike Sudduth said...

Wow. These are great. Interesting uses of value to help push the composition. I should be doing some of these.

Adam said...

These are great compositional studies. :D Great way to start process.

Paul Lasaine said...

Good question Katy. The answer is: yes and no. No, I don't develop these further, and turn them into something finished. But they are like practice for me....like a piano player practicing scales. Do it a bunch of times and it becomes second nature. I learn a lot about composition from doing these little doodles: focus, balance, value, proportion, juxtapositions of shapes etc., which I definitely apply in my finished pieces. My feeling is when you're not worrying about rendering stuff, you can concentrate solely on composition.

Katy Hargrove said...

I think because I work in black pen almost always, I'm missing out on other things I could be playing with in the thumbnails. Focus and value can be difficult to deal with on a small image using pen, not impossible though. I should probably consider working some value markers or pencil into what I do.
Also, I like your comparison to practicing scales, that describes a clear mental image.

Thank you so much for responding to my questions.

Paul Lasaine said...

Katy,
Actually, doing studies like this in black pen will work just as well. I've done a bunch...I just can't find them. It's a little harder, because you can't rely on rendering skills. It forces you to deal with raw composition.

Mauricio said...

These are really nice and interesting to look through - thank you for posting stuff like this that shows process and just plain ole practice for the sake of practice.
-Mauricio

Carol Wiebe said...

These are simply GORGEOUS. Could I get your permission to steal the collection of doodles for my blog (with full credit given to you, of course)?

I have a great desire to create such diminutive studies for my own artistic growth, and want to document these as something to strive for!

Jessica Martin said...

Really love your doodles and matte art. I am an actress but have been drawn as it were to drawing in the last while. Will follow your wonderful method of practicing perspective and line.

J. S. Ferguson said...

These are actually pretty inspiring. Thanks for the insightful comments above (to Katy) as well. Great stuff.

Shelley Whiting said...

I really love the design and the contrasts between dark and light. Beautiful and fascinating work.

ramonwx7 said...

Its really very very nice.

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