Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Homeless Guys

Lately, I've been observing some homeless people while sketching so I've decided to share some of those with you....

In this next one, the guy had such a great pose which for some reason, I just kept on struggling to get on paper. He was kinda dozing in and out so I just kept drawing him. Occassionally, he'd open his eyes, look around and then go back to sleep. I still feel the drawings are a bit overworked and a little stiff but I think I've captured his personality somehow.

After scanning this in, I put a layer of a brown paper bag over it....Don't really know why but it just felt right.

20 comments:

get zapped said...

Your work is beautiful! I like the little series you have going here. The man dosing is coming along well. I especially like the one in the lower left hand corner. The paper bag is a nice touch.

Robert McLaughlin said...

Hi Chris,

Nice work! But you would know that already. I love the free-form style of sketch. The brown paper bag seems appropriate for this drawing.

Thanks for commenting on my 65 Chevy.

Philip Thomas said...

I like the brown paper gives a nice feel to the drawings.

Alina Chau said...

great sketches, there is a homeless guy near my office area, look very similar to the guy in your brown page drawings. He often sleeps on the bench too. IS that a brown paper bag that you draw on?

Alina Chau said...

Err ... sorry, I miss the last line ... HE ! HE!! YOu scan in the paper bag. HE ! HE!! :P

janie said...

great blog, I like your sketches, and I like the fact that you sit in cafes sketching.

Gabriele Pennacchioli said...

Great sketches Chris!
Next time you come to LA please bring this sketchbook with you. I'd love to see the originals.

Ciao

Andrew Coats said...

great sketches man! Wish my struggles looked that good!

Maarit said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! Very nice sketches, the line feels fluent and effortless. I'm guessing you sketch a lot? The texture looks great, I use a lot of them as well.

P.S. I love the Yosemite-pictures! That's definitely one of my top ten places to visit.

Randeep Katari said...

Hey Chris!
Man, as always, these are awesome. Really inspring stuff - I tried doing some sketches at the zoo and in cafe's after being inspired by you as well...thanks for the great work!
I love the paper bag ones, lots of attitude, and GREAT posing.
-R.

chris chua said...

thanks so much everyone! Yup, I try to sketch as much as I can in a few different locations...Just so it doesn't get too boring:)

Gabri-Yes, I will definitely try to come visit and will bring my sketchbook with me! I miss all my LA friends:)

maarit-Yosemite was great and I cant wait to go back!

randeep-I'm glad I could inspire you. and keep up the great work, yourself!

Serapio Calm said...

Your drawings are geat! And thats amazing animation you've done! Thanks for stopping by. Let's link!

ken said...

man! i love your observation sketches. beautiful line work. Thats how i wanna do observation drawin. awsome photos too!

gNat said...

Very nice. Yes I think you definitely captured these personalities. I especially like the top one and his glazed expression.

Goobeetsablog said...

brown paper adds something to it.
nice explorations.

top guy is a real character
I would cast Dennis Hopper to play him in a movie.

thanks for sharing your painting tips
I appreciate it.

Janice said...

your linework is fantastic... Love the loose quality you have... reminds me to get out and sketch more.. Used to do lots in the subway here.

Elmyra Duff said...

hey, I can see really good work here. I love it. Thanks for sharing

A Sepia Colored Photo said...

thank you for the kind comment
i love the brown paper bag scan thing by the way.. a very nice and interesting look

Pouch said...

always enjoying your fabulous work!!

Mark McDonnell said...

Beauties!!!!

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