pencil sketch of a burlesque performer with white feather fans and a white costume

Burlesque Sketches

As a warm up for my drawing, I like to do a lot of figure sketches.  As I have a fondness for burlesque, a lot of my sketches revolve around that theme.  Behold, a feathered lady and an aerial hoop artist.

Fashion Illustration with a Stick. Yes, I Said a Stick.

Today’s warm up comprised of some quick 2 minute sketches and some detailed blind contour drawings.  If you’ve ever experienced blind contour (drawing without looking at your page and only at your subject) you’ll know that it looks like you’ve tried drawing whilst on the bus with your ‘wrong’ hand.  It takes a lot of concentration to feel each bump and curve with your eyes but you do sometimes come out with incredible line work.  Even if it looks like you’ve been on a jolting bus.

 

After the tight lines of blind contours, I wanted to loosen up a little.  For this, I returned to a method that I hadn’t used in a long time – drawing with sticks.  The sticks I used were about 25cm long, and I held it towards the far end, to force my hand away from the page.  I love the texture of line that you can create with sticks, and I’m pretty happy with how these figure illustrations came out.

Dia de los Muertos Character Design

Here is a sketch I did to help with some costume and character design.  It was really fun putting it all together in the flesh and I made the can can skirt from scratch which I’m super chuffed with.  I started with a square bit of fabric and made a circle skirt thus discovering that ‘three’ can sod off: it seems pi is the magic number.  I was a little upset that despite following a love of art and creative activites, math still has to wangle its way in somewhere.  But despite treacherous navigation of school math, I produced a fully functioning can can skirt, yay!

costume and character design for dia de los muertos dance routine