Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sketch number seven... Eagle Snake!

Do you think if an eagle caught this snake as prey, it would feel guilty for eating it? Do not ask me why the snake turned out to have an eagle head, it's just the way I roll.

Also, I did this sketch on the computer, using a Cintiq tablet, and Autodesk Sketchbook pro. At first I didn't like it, it all seemed fuzzy. Then I realized I was drawing at 72 dpi. Fine for video storyboards, but not for real sketching. Once I changed that, I really liked it. It was nice to be able to zoom in really tight for more detail. Downside, is then you feel you need high detail in every inch of the drawing. So it is easy to get carried away. Another plus with computer drawing is layers of course, but being able to zoom way in and zoom way out, I could use hand strokes to my advantage. If I needed a smooth curve for the curve of the body, I could zoom way out, and keep it smooth and simple with a small hand stroke, whereas drawing on paper, I would need to cover a much greater distance with my hand, leaving more room for unsteadiness and mistakes. Now I need to draw a version on paper, just to compare.


  1. Travis, very cool. One thing I am noticing is that you are getting incredible line detail working on the Cintiq.