Tuesday, August 16, 2011

SCBWI Illustrator Intensive: David Small

Continuing my coverage of the SCBWI Summer Conference Illustrator Intensives...

David Small ordinarily works with several mirrors around him, but for the demo he worked with one. 

David gave three demonstrations: a life sketch, a self-portrait and a sketchbook drawing. In the photo above, he's drawing the first of several sketches of Cecilia Yung (Art Director, Penguin).

Unlike the other Mentees, I never had formal art training. I missed out on in-class life drawing but after David's demo, I'm inspired to do a LOT more quick life sketches.

I loved how quickly and with so few lines, David was able to capture essence of Cecilia's pose.

Next, he did a quick self-portrait by looking in the mirror.

And finally, he sat at a table and did several quick drawings in his sketchbook. First he sketched a small monkey skull and then did a drawing of Mike (I think his name was Mike) the camera man.

To give you an idea of how quickly David worked, this all took place within an hour AND he even had time for a short Q&A at the end (!).

Some notes from the session:

- David advises artists to learn to draw big before drawing small.

- Every illustrator needs to carry a sketchbook around all the time. Don't feel the need to finish off sketches.

- He strives to never lose spontaneity in his line.

- Advice to artists: Study human anatomy. Do a lot of life drawing.

- He used to emulate the style of other artists but now he has found his own style.

To find out more about David, see:

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