Monday, December 17, 2007

School Superintendent

I did these sketches of our district superintendent during a school board meeting. He's a lively speaker, with great facial expressions. He was in constant motion, so I tried to pick a few characteristic expressions, just the way an animator might look for key frames.

As I sketched, I wrote down the quotes verbatim.

7 comments:

blog face said...

this guy looks like a ball of nuttyness

Lenx said...

lol did he notice?

K_tigress said...
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K_tigress said...

Reminds me of my grade 6 teacher. He was a meany to me. When ever the children teased me relentless, he never bothered to do a thing. He was always doing magic tricks and jokes. Personally, his jokes sucked and his magic tricks were of the same quality.
I have an old pic of him stuffing his face with an ice cream at the zoo.
Don't ask me why I took the pic but I guess for future reference.

Pennington said...

These are amazing. I always carry around a small sketchbook to draw people, too, but maybe I'm too stuck on making it exact or something. Should I study more anatomy or something? I am usually just hoping people stay still long enough, or face in the same direction so that I can get their features

James Gurney said...

Hi, Pennington--
I think the key is to work small if the subject is moving. These head shots are less than an inch and a half tall. What always surprises me is that people who move a lot always come back to the same poses again and again, so if you have several poses going, you can work them all together.

pennington said...

Thanks a lot! mine are smaller too. Can I show you some of my recent sketches and see what you think? my url is in the name.