I have been working with this little guy for a while. You wind him up and he polishes the red plastic boot. What happens when you wind him up again? He polishes the boot again. One day the key disappeared. I guess he got tired of of polishing that red boot over and over again. I’m going to have to get him a new key.
I drew this first with a mechanical pencil. I find it easier to be accurate and keep from getting too dark too fast with it. I used to draw way too dark just so I could see it better but going dark makes it harder to make corrections later and drawing is all about the corrections. Corrections, adjustments…..challenges…
Once I thought the drawing was accurate enough I started coloring it with color pencils, which you can see in the hat for example, look sketchy and thin, not substantial enough to depict a solid, three dimensional figure.
I could have worked over this with more layers of color pencils, but I find painting over to be a faster way of finishing. It’s not a race, so speed is not important that sense, but paint, acrylic paint in this case, covers better for areas that are just wrong. One of the crucial factors of making an image work is contrast and the heavier coverage makes it easier to see and depict the areas of contrasts, that is, to make the lights lighter and the darks (shadow areas) darker. In general I find blending with paints is also faster than trying to blend with pencils.
I have tried to depict this toy at least five or six times over the years – maybe more. The first sketches were awful! I’ll have to find them and show them to you. I think it’s hilariously funny how bad my first attempts were. You could say I was just “Monkeying Around,” lol.
It’s a lot easier to laugh when you can actually draw (and paint!), so for anyone interested in learning how to draw, start early and do it a lot because the last one is always the best one!