So I’m sitting all chill like sipping my coffee and talking to a client about rough sketches vs refined sketches vs finished artwork and the time involvement.
He had just got done listening to me explain to another client why I would not “give” him a finished sketch for him to show his wife before he committed.
I offered to allow the guy to bring rough sketches to his wife, but he said she wouldn’t get it from those because they didn’t show any details.
I told him that they had taken me about 20 minutes to do and his finished design work had taken close to six hours.
I said I’d sell him the finished stuff for $600, but otherwise I wasn’t letting them out of my site.
After the guy left (slightly disgruntled over my ways, but very happy with my artwork) the discussion with the first client I had mentioned ensued.
What he was most amazed at was that I had drawn all the rough stuff in twenty minutes or so.
The Feb issue of Maxim magazine was sitting there on a table and he said “draw this chick fast.”
He was pointing to Cover Girl Katrina Bowden who is I must say… super hot.
I have never watched 30 rock, (I don’t watch TV) but I imagine she is part of it’s popularity.
Anyways… I grabbed a pen and said “Time me.”
I set the magazine in my lap and then with a black bic in hand said “GO!”
Stupid pen was about dead and started to scratch out on me almost at once so I grabbed another pen and scratched her out.
I finished and said “Done.”
The time was twenty one seconds.
We got to chatting about the chick (Katrina) and eventually got in to a discussion of how people age.
I asked for the magazine back and this time grabbed a mechanical pencil.
I said I wanted him to time me again and for him to tell me when to go.
“Go.” he said.
What seemed like five minutes later I said “done.”
Turned out it was ninety two seconds rather than five minutes.
I know the ink one is way closer to the cover girl than the pencil stuff, but I was going as fast as I could.
Sorry for not showing Katrina in all her hotness. I know her fans would not appreciate my sketching.
Probably even more so the cartoonish aging process I did will be disliked.
Please note that I would just love to have her come model for me and that if she did I would paint her in all her beautiful glory. (not happening I think)
Since I also know that not everyone has seen The Feb issue of Maxim… here is a link to the cover I was looking at while speed sketching.
Also I would like to note that the paper was just slightly off white and not as dark as the image shows.
I took a single pic with my cell phone (specifically because I wanted to make a post about speed sketching) and didn’t look at the image until I sat down to write this post.
As the image has no real purpose I didn’t feel it worth the time to Photoshop it white, and I can’t take another pic because the sketch got squished up and tossed in the trash.