Sketchbook Digest

Here’s this week’s sketchbook digest. Still not much output, but I’m getting more comfortable sketching.


Drawing the sculpt for the Kingdom Death King’s Man. HB graphite pencil. I like it and I’m thinking about making it into a small painting. Also scale for last week’s skull sketch.


Further exploration into the King’s Man idea, based on some of the artwork in the rulebook for Kingdom Death: Monster. The armored face tends to be larger in the art than in the sculpt. I initially was playing with the faces being serene as a juxtaposition to their brutal nature carrying out the will of the King. But then I tried some expressions and adding the furrowed brow and a little downturn to the mouth gives him the look of a serene dreamer on the brink of nightmare (the center face). HB graphite pencil.


Scaling up to my usual drawing size, 18×24 using a B and 4B graphite pencil. Scaled too far, forgot I was thinking of making it a SMALL painting! I had initially put in the lantern bardiche, but it was too forced. Maybe if this turns out well, I’ll revisit the idea, since having the light source from that would be cool. This took way longer than I expected, struggled a lot with the basic shapes and proportions. Tipped me over the edge and I signed up for figure drawing next semester. I don’t feel ready, but I need to learn it for the stuff I want to work on, soo….

Bargue sketching

Starting to develop a bit of discipline for home drawing study. Not the 3 hour session I need to be putting in, but enough time here and there that it’s getting me excited to draw, which helps a whole lot!

First up, here’s an example shot of the drafting table setup. Some blown-up print-outs of Bargue plate sections to get them close to proper size. They’re much smaller in the book.


These next two are from my sketchbook, done last night on the sofa while watching tv(ish). These were done in pen because Mori is all about the pen. It was a nice exercise not being able to erase and just go in there with confident strokes. These were also done directly from the book, so the scale is all off, but they’re more for fun and just rote practice. I skipped from plate 2 (muzzle) to 4 (ears) because the profiles on plate 3 are waaay too tiny to replicate on the sofa. I’ve blown them up, they’ll go up on the workbench when I’m more comfortable with plate 2 (which you see here again!) Plate 4 begins to put tonal blocking into the mix.