Thursday, May 05, 2005


Here is an example of a sketch for a picture book I wrote (and my literary agent is about to peddle) "Tea with Mrs. Rosenberg." I drew the sketch freehand, directly with my Wacom and stylus. I used Corel Painter. The brown digital pencil was done on a layer floating above the tan-colored canvas. I have always lamented the loss of that loose, original pencil sketch we artists do before committing it to a final painting surface. The ability to keep and use that sketch as the base of my finished art is for me, the number one advantage of using the computer as a medium.

6 comments:

Max said...

Hi Maurie, I wonder if anyone has ever published a book with just the sketch form of the drawings, a story could be made from that. My sketches are pretty pitiful compared to yours due to my style but I know what you mean about how good they can look all on their own.

MJM said...

Hey, Max -- I agree. My latest book went to F&Gs only half painted and the editor thought the ones still in sketch form might be especially interesting to marketing people. My work gets so STIFF and overworked once I started the transfer process.

Andrea Gabriel said...

Wow Maurie,

Your sketches are beautiful. Mine so often look like scribbles and blobs. Yours have such a life of their own. EXCELLENT!

Carol Koeller said...

Maurie,

Your sketches are beautiful, and working digitally probably gives you a leg up on the final--it doesn't seem like it's hard to set up your sketch using the colors you used. In the non-digital world, most of us would probably start out with plain ol' gray pencil on plain ol' white paper. The thinking that goes into color and mood would be a lot further down the line. You're already there.

There's probably a lot of potential for more spontaneous and energetic final pictures using the computer than traditional media.

The Wacom tablet is looking better and better...

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"Maggie" said...

Lovely illustration and on a wacom tablet at that! I have always sketched on paper and then scanned my illustration first. I will have to try using the wacom tablet as my paper and see what the results are. Your mastery of the human figure and perspective are wonderful.

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