Friday, June 3, 2011

England Doodles

Jen and I went on an England trip to revisit some of her childhood there and relax with her dad and stepmom. They were outrageously gracious hosts, and the trip was a blast, but we kept active enough that I never found the urge to sit down and doodle. The exception was on plane trips, which is a nice time to draw just to pass the time. The first three drawings, if I remember correctly, were from the first leg of the flight to Dallas. It seems things started smoothly, though, since the drawings don't look much different than the output from a typical draw night.

Things seem a bit bumpier for the next page, though, and when that happens, I switch over to rough figure drawings so the turbulence doesn't seem very obvious on the page. The hairy dude has a swell haircut. Maybe he's Guile's biker dad.

At the end of the flight to Dallas you can see what happens if the turbulence gets real bad. If I want to keep drawing, I let rock, holding the pencil loosely and letting it add to the ambiance of the page. There were no drawings from Dallas to Heathrow, since I had a TV to keep me entertained.

The next page of doodles came during a day trip to Amsterdam. We got up at 4 a.m. and took an hour flight over for the day. The flight is so quick that the attendants barely have enough time to roll a cart through before the captain signals everyone to prepare for descent, but the entire thing makes for a pleasurable bit of doodling.

Later that evening, after lots of walking around, visiting, and eating, we were ready to hop back to St. Albans. For a short flight, I was able to squeeze out a bunch of quick doodles, even a bit of cartoon beans (upper-left) and drama (I guess? Lower-middle). It was mostly fast figures to compensate for the turbulence, but a fun page nonetheless.

Coming back from England we were going through Chicago instead of Dallas; it was a shorter flight, and though I was intent to pass the time with TV, some doodle time appeared when my TV shorted out and I started panicking about keeping entertained for the still-long duration. It was a brief interlude, until Jen graciously shared headphones so we could watch movies together on her TV.

Perhaps my favorite doodles on the trip came from Chicago back to Salt Lake, however. With a long flight and no television, I had quite a bit of time to burn. I had made it a goal to cram all of my airplane drawings onto one page, but after awhile, I realized I had a bit too little space to keep going, and I had to move onto the next page. If I remember correctly, I made a point to alternate between the male and female form, to keep things even. On the drawing in the lower-left, I had Jenny outline a hairdo for me, and I filled it in. I filled the afro shape with what I imagined was a bunch of huge, poofy, long red hair. I miss full pages like this. I need to grow to draw night earlier so I can do this more often.

After the full page of doodles, I doodled the guy in the mid-left of this page and roughed in something for him to be throwing his hand at. It became a very sketchy piece with a particular image in mind, but I became tired of problems in it and didn't feel up to the challenge of sorting it all out and making it look nice. I figured the sketchiness would be enough to get the idea across, and decided to just let it be.

With airpline time winding down, I finished with a simple figure. It was a great trip for drawing; I look forward to the next.


Stephen Green said...

Hey Alan. I'm new to you, and I'm so thankful for your equally entertaining and resource-rich blog. Please keep posting your beautiful drawings.

Alan Tew said...

Thanks. Will do. <3 the note.

arnie said...

Glad to hear you had safe trip. learned a lot from your tutorials, and continue to be inspired by you, to improve my skillz.

draw more. often...

peace out

Alan Tew said...

@arnie thx! already have more stuff to post. soon, hopefully...

Jacob, aka IAmWickedStupid said...

I have to agree with Arnie. Draw more and often please! lol You have definitely inspired my work, especially your epically distorted poses! Awesome work, Alan, keep it up!