Hey! This is kind of a dumb question, but uh, I'm gonna ask it anyway. |D You mentioned something about drawing from life (and I really adore the ferry sketches you had up!), and I was wondering if there's a way to do this without looking like a... stalker? Or--I don't know, I always feel really self-conscious when I try to sketch someone in a coffeeshop or wherever, so I mostly end up only drawing the backs of people's heads.
Totally! Just use your peripherals. Or look for people who are engrossed in a book, or a laptop screen/iphone etc. Most people won’t notice at all, and if they do, just smile sheepishly and show them your drawing. On the few occasions I’ve done that, most people were pretty flattered and wanted to know more about me and what I do. I’ve met some pretty cool people that way! I think the worst thing that ever happened when drawing someone was that the person noticed me staring and walked away, and that happened maybe once out of hundreds of times. Go out there and sketch! 99% of people are delightful.
Hi!! If you could answer this privately, that would be great. ;; In your recent ask post, you said you went to SCAD (well you wrote ACAD but I'm gonna assume that's a typo...)? Which campus did you go to and what was your experience like there? I'm also interested in attending SCAD in the near future so would like to know a student's view on it who isn't a student ambassador! Thank you and I love your artwork.. Funnily enough, I found your tumblr while I was in the waiting room of SCAD!
ACAD is a small art/design college in Calgary, Alberta. Although I can’t personally say anything about SCAD, i’ve heard good things and it seems to pump out some great illustrators. ACAD had the advantage of being fairly close to home, cheap, and pretty well-renowned. It’s also got a reputation for churning out some amazing talent like Jillian Tamaki, Sam Weber, Fiona Staples, Connor Willumsen and Joy Ang. The program might have changed a bit since I graduated in 2008, but I remember it being fairly rigorous and challenging. There was a lot of emphasis put on craft and concept, and professionalism. But more importantly, everyone in my year was really driven and talented, so that pushed me a lot to try and improve. If anything, that’s what going to art school did for me. I’d recommend checking it out for sure.
Did you study art or something like that? I love your work. I want to become an artist and I dont know how or where to start! :(
Yes! I went to ACAD after high school. If you want to become an artist, drawing from life is a good start. Honestly, just drawing anything as long as you’re learning and improving. I highly recommend looking at Bridgeman, mostly because he deals more with surface detail rather than going really deep into anatomy. That stuff is important to learn, but I think it’s really easy to get overwhelmed with it, especially in the beginning.