However, as a decorative element for today, here are the three stages I take my Key drawings through.
|This is my first rough pass at a pose|
My semi-rough of the same pose
|My final clean-up|
To the tune of Irving Berlin's "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off":
"I draw with Pencil,
You like the Cintiq..."
As an artist, the tools I use are incredibly important to my ability to work comfortably and with precision. I have a very light touch, and at times draw tight movements, so my pencils and paper have to be responsive to the pressure of my fingers.
I draw with pencil on Ingram Bond paper, using Col-erase Blue and Red for construction lines, etc, and California Cedar's line of Palomino Pencils to lay down my black line. I roll my drawings back and forth between the fingers of my left hand, laying down my pencil line with my right. I do this for all the phases of my drawings, whether they be Keys, Breakdowns, or Inbetweens. This enables me to feel the drawing in motion as the line starts at my finger tips and passes through my pencil and on to the page...after all, the poses are always coming from somewhere and going somewhere else.
Over the years, this has become an automatic back and forth motion: draw line... roll pages... draw line... roll pages... line... roll... line, line...roll...etc.
Very much like a pianist's fingers striding across the keys. (No pun intended.)
Now, I understand the Animation Industry's reliance upon the Computer and Cintiq as money-saving manufacturing tools to link together artists and studios from different parts of the world.
But if you had your druthers artistically, which would you use? Pencil & Paper? or Cintiq & Computer?
Discussion time!What are the pros and cons of both sets of tools?