I was supposed to be taking notes in a meeting, but this pathetic fella wasn’t having it.
Like a bolt out of the blue, the desire to create and produce new artwork just comes back. I've been wanting to draw for some time, but wanting to and feeling compelled to are different things. Life gets busy, priorities can change, and time becomes a thief. However, when that itch finds its way under your skin, there's nothing for it except to start scratching…
I’m trying to wind myself up for a new project. It involves lots of spacesuits, robots, and ruined, industrial sci-fi settings. Really, everything I love in life… imaginary life.
One of the most-difficult ongoing struggles I face is finding enough time to draw. The last year has been so busy, I’m thinking about not taking on more freelance commissions for the near future, at least until I’ve finished drawing a few things that have been waiting for a while now and are pounding at the door on my conscience.
Enough of that, you came here for the drawing, right? So, here’s a little sketch I cleaned up to get the juices flowing. It’s going to be on the table for that upcoming project. More on that soon…
Living in San Francisco meant I was one of thousands of artists roaming the city, often subtly (or not at all) drawing their fellow citizens, especially on the BART. It’s a little bit harder to sneak in a drawing of someone sitting nearby in Oklahoma City. People tend to notice and get weirded out much faster here. I guess artists aren’t quite as accepted here as they are on the West Coast…
Anyway, this guy was actually dressed quite nicely for work when I made him a quick-study subject at lunch this week. I added the spacesuit because… well, because spacesuits are more-interesting than collared shirts.
It was a New Years goal of mine to draw more and post often. Life has a funny way of getting in the way of even the most honest intentions, though. Things change, circumstances are not always what they appeared to be at first, and new opportunities come about. So… let’s try it again. Here I am, promising myself more work forthcoming.
Here’s a cute little spacesuit to keep one from dying horribly in strange places.
Hey! Busy, busy, busy. I’m determined to get more posts out, though. Lately I’ve been working like a madman and sleeping very little. The weeks fly by and I find myself nearly into the second month of 2016 already, with no real recollection of what happened to the month of January. I still find myself thinking of what I’m going to accomplish in the new year, and then realizing I’m well into it. Accomplish I have, though! Most excitingly, the printing (finally) of issue #3 of Father Robot. I’ve been waiting for the publisher to put out the digital version, to no avail. I have no idea what’s going on there…
Anyway, in the spirit of all things FR, here’s a sketch from way-back in the development days of the series. I don’t know why he has no arm.
I’ve got to get back to work, but I hope you enjoy the drawing and please feel free to drop me a line here or at sam@samgarlandillustrations… especially if you’d like to acquire a copy of the new issue!
No matter how many times I study reference books, go to a live model study, or just look at my favorite artists’ work, I always end up slipping back into my old patterns of drawing folds. Those standard clothing fold that happen with all tight, hipster garb, regular fitted clothing, loose, oversize idiot-wear, or even the occasional spacesuit have some definite rules to follow. I can’t help but ignore some of them. So, I try to constantly retain myself with what clothing does on certain limbs, joints, body types, tension points, and all that jazz. It’s a losing battle. If I don’t keep up on it, i always revert back to bad habits.
Anyway, here was a warm-up space suit I did this morning, trying to get my folds focused.
I used a Copic drawing pen. I love the feel of the thing, but the one I bought has the most inconsistent ink flow of any tool I own. Sigh…
Have you heard that when you live in zero gravity for extended periods of time, you’re eyeballs start to squish? That’s amazing! I’m a pretty big fan of all-things-spacey, but this is news to me. Not good news, I guess, but still interesting…
So, I assume that any career spacers would need robot eyes pretty soon. I sketched this guy out this morning, inspired by the need for my space-suited characters to have mechanical lenses instead of stupid, squishable, meat balls for seeing all the awesome stuff out there in the cosmos. Also, it seemed right to give him a little cone head too.
Still loving the pillowy, fluffed-ot space suits for now.
When I do a turnaround for a new design, I always include a silhouette. This helps me to make sure I have the shape and style right, that i’m not going to start using a concept that isn’t going to end up fitting correctly for what i need it to. Also, silhouettes are great shortcuts for storytelling, especially when you’re just totally burnt out on drawing the same character over and over again. My designs tend to be heavy on detail (because I LOVE details!), so it’s nice to know that the overall shape is clear too.
This is the silhouette from the lady’s space suit in the Garman Hagland project.