Looking through those amazing sketchbooks of other people on the internet I realize that I still don`t have a unified style of sketching. My sketchbook contains different techniques that I use to drop down a main idea on a blank canvas, but I think these methods drive me to explore and to work with unusual forms and strange solutions.
I work a lot with traditional media. Pencil, pen, markersâ€¦I think working with traditional media makes my hands and mind more confident at drawing because there is no undo button, and I tend not to use an eraser at all. Traditional media needs a bit more organization and attention if you are planning to go for a finished painting at least it does for me. And I have huge respect for those people who have created masterpieces working in traditional media, but working in digital media is a great challenge too. It allows me to experiment a lot.
My main tool in digital sketching is Photoshop. Combining all of those wonderful tools can lead me to interesting concepts. We are just at the beginning of a digital art era.
Traditional methods of drawing were polished for centuries. I wonder how far we can go with digital media? The thought excites me!
Coming to the subject of my sketches, I tend to work much more on the areas that I am not so good at the moment. If I feel confident in drawing straight shapes and mechanical stuff I try to practice in drawing more curvy and organic shapes. I want to be an explorer and discover unknown worlds and creatures for myself. Drawing for me is like seeing those shapes in the clouds. As soon as I get rid of the blank canvas shapes start to form in my head. I see the story and try to develop it.
Anyway, take a nice seat and enjoy the journey through several worlds that Iâ€™ve created in the recent past.
This is the set of images I created for the Steampunk challenge on cgsociety.org. Actually at the beginning of this challenge I had no idea what I was going to create, so I started to experiment in a very abstract way. I had in my mind some huge steam driven machines, even steam driven cities. Keeping this in mind I created several B/W sketches. Usually if I am searching for interesting subjects I tend to work in black and white. Looking at these sketches now, I think: Wow, it was a nice journey.
Starting with huge steam machinery (Fig.01) I traveled through different locations of my steam universe.
Steam temples (Fig.02)