Art & Design High School in NYC holds its Draw-a-Thon (day-long life drawing event) in the Spring and Fall of each year. These are some of my favorite sketches from this spring’s Draw-a-Thon 9.
In all the hubbub surrounding MoCCAFest, I forgot to post some of my recent sketches.
First, a pair of sketches from a Sketch Night held at the Society of Illustrators just prior to MoCCAFest. The theme that night was “Star Trek First Contact Day”
Next up, some sketches of model Amy Hope from this month’s Drink & Draw NYC.
Here are photos of some of my MoCCA Festival “Speed Sketching” customers with their commissions.
Fun commissions not pictured (because I forgot to ask customers for photos): “Portrait of a Young Boy Stomping Godzilla,” “Black Panther Jumping Over a Log,” and “Wonder Woman Working at IT Desk” among others.
I was overall very pleased with how my “Speed Sketching” experiment worked out: it increased the total number of commissions requested; I was satisfied with the quality of sketches given the time allotted and my customers seemed happy as well; and it attracted attention/curiosity. The experience also gave me some good ideas for how to tweak and improve my technique and showmanship for next time.
If you didn’t get a chance to stop by and chat with me about my comics during MoCCA Festival, here’s the next best thing: an interview recorded with podcaster Jimmy Aquino for his Comic News Insider – Episode 840 (follow the link for a free download or find it on iTunes)! This episode also includes Jimmy’s MoCCA Fest interviews with John Leguizamo (Ghetto Known), Robin Ha (Cook Korean!), and Alisa Harris (Cooking Up Comics).
MoCCA Arts Festival is this weekend (April 7-8 at Metropolitan West) and I will be trying out something new this year: “PENNY-PER-SECOND” SKETCHES for which customers can commission timed sketches via either (Option A) STOPWATCH Sketching in which payment is based on exactly how long it takes me to complete a given drawing -or- (Option B) COUNTDOWN Sketching to be completed within an agreed-upon maximum time… all at the bargain rate of just one-cent-per-second!
To provide a few examples for the math-averse, that works out to just $3.00 for a quick five-minute pencil or brushpen sketch (300 seconds), $6.00 for a ten-minute pencil or inked drawing (600 seconds) or $18.00 for a half-hour piece (possibly inkwash, watercolor, or color marker).
Over the past few years of regular Sketch Night (e.g., Drink-n-Draw) life drawing sessions, I’ve gotten a lot of practice at speed sketching 2-minute, 5-minute, and 10-minute poses so – even thought this way works out to less than what I’d normally charge for similar commissions – I’m looking at it as a fun gimmick to challenge myself and, hopefully, get more commissions by turning it into a bit of a spectator event. To that end, I’ve already downloaded a nice game timer app to my iPhone which shows (up/down) running time in a big red digital display down to the tenths-of-seconds and even has optional air-horn buzzer at end of countdown.
If you’re interested in pre-ordering a timed commission to be picked up at MoCCA Fest, please contact me before midnight Friday to arrange details (e.g., character/theme and timing option). Incentive: since I’ll probably use pre-orders as my morning warmups, you may even wind up being able to choose from multiple iterations of your chosen theme by the time you come to retrieve your piece.
For this month’s Sketch night, Anyone Comics brought in a Green Lantern cosplayer to model for us. For some of the poses, I drew him as Sinestro.
My table assignment for this year’s MoCCA Fest is #G-242
Brooklyn comics shop Anyone Comics celebrated its first anniversary with a special Drink-N-Draw featuring models cosplaying as DC characters Batgirl and Nightwing.
Sketches from The Society of Illustrators’ “Circus” themed Sketch Night featuring performers from The Unholy Sideshow.
On Saturday afternoon, I went to the “Artist’s Lounge” (a monthly drink-and-draw hosted by The Way Station in Brooklyn) where burlesque performer Betty Brash modeled for us costumed as Susie Q (apparently a teenaged ghost from the eponymous Disney Channel movie).