Growing up, I spent many hours pouring over Calvin and Hobbes books and trying to redraw the best/most hilarious facial expressions I could find. Sneezing, laughing, furious rage, he could do it all. How do you communicate that much emotion with so few lines? I obviously still don’t know… But one thing I do know is that facial expressions are key to bringing characters to life. Thanks to Bill Watterson, any cartoon character I draw will need to be a facial contortionist. This sketch is a few warm-up exercises. Pace yourself Zeke. You don’t want to sprain an eyebrow.
Sketching around town
I scored some new Prismacolor markers in various vibrant shades of gray. This sketch of a seat from the Orpheum theater was their first trial run. I think I need a few more darker shades so I can build up some deeper shadows. Kind of fun though…
BTW – This is the first drawing I’ve ever done while on stage. No word yet on when the performance will be going on tour.