Bigger is better. Or so they say. Particularly in Texas I believe.
When it comes to my work, I’ve never been into ‘big’. My work tends to be small, tightly controlled, detailed – rather than expressive and sprawling. I’ve recently begun working much smaller though, as way of getting more ideas down on paper – rather than worrying too much about the finished product. Some of these little doodles will stay just that, but a few of them may become something else at a later date. Redrawn at a larger scale, details added, lines refined – all the while trying to keep the essence of what it was I liked about the doodle in the first place.
All the following drawings were done in pen, so no pencil or rubbing out, and were begun with almost no thought in mind as to what the aim was. In terms of scale, the largest of these little doodles is about 25mm high.
Mechs, probes, flyers…
Flyers, skiffs, speeders…
Low altitude flyers
Some kind of hovering probe
Three-legged mech and pilot
Heavy transport flyer
Stubby little speeder
These were all drawn using a 0.1 or 0.2 Staedtler Pigment Liner, on bristol board.
It’s good fun drawing at this scale. There’s no room for obsessing over details, you just have to get in there and create some forms and hint at structure. They have bags of character at this scale too – the challenge will be to capture that if I work these up into full-scale illustrations.