Basically I have been blessed to be close to people who work in hiring and were very, very willing to pass along their knowledge and tips and since a lot of people I know on here seem mystified by these things, I will share my vast wealth of knowledge with…
Dear Jake, what a fantastic artist and storyteller you are! Thanks for your work and for your blog posts (the process posts and composition ones are invaluable). I wanted to ask you something about sketching city streets - I love your sketches of old European cities (I am living in Lisbon now!). What is the process for them? Do you draw directly in pen, or you first establish some perspective lines and shapes on the paper with a pencil? Thanks!
LISBON IS SO BEAUTIFUL I am impossibly jealous.
Answer: When I draw in my sketchbooks I draw straight ahead with permanent tools like prismacolor black pencils:
or ink pens:
because they help me commit to my lines.
Also, I never throw down perspective lines when drawing from life. Sometimes I hold up my pencil to check my angles, but mostly I’m about the broad strokes. But usually I do not, so my houses all look condemned: