Towards the end of my trip, and my sketching, I started working smaller and smaller (the sketches below are not shown in order, nor are they shown to scale with one another), and enjoying it more and more. There’s something about working at a reduced scale that’s very satisfying, and if I had to put my finger on it, I think it’s the idea that every line matters more, and yet there’s less cost to messing up a drawing.
Working small forces me to be more efficient with my lines, and make every one of them count — it practically prohibits superfluous embellishments. But if I botch a drawing, then no harm and no foul — I’ve only wasted a handful of pen marks and a fraction of a single page in my sketchbook. It’s kind of the diametric opposite of the complex, contingent and sometimes plodding world of Web design. Which can be nice.
Wonderful, man. I so wish I could draw.
These are great Khoi. I’d highly recommend you do something like this on a shirt. If you could do a 3 or 4 color version it could look rather snazzy.
Wouldn’t need to be a full frontal image either. You could maintain the small scale and do a few images or a slightly large image placed in some offset manner or one image with some bit of typography or something to that effect.
Don’t have it fully realized in my head but I like the style.
Cant’ stop. 2nd row, first two images: guy standing, guy dangling smoke.
Put some text, some sort of witty quote, then put the standing guy on the right margin. As for the smoking guy, I dunno, I just like that image. I’d hang that on my wall.
I’m broke from moving at the moment but get back to me in the second half of March.
Great sketches. Inspires me to get back into art. Funny how the older we get, the more we need to relax and do this sort of thing but the less time we make for it.
…would love to post any fashion-specific doodles you have on my site (with a link back to you of course). If you’re in any way interested, just drop me a line.
You are really good at finding the “core” of stuff – it shows both in your designs and your drawings. You have definately been an inspiration for me and the work I do. My designs and drawings are nowhere near your standards, but they share a philosophy of simplicity. I love doodling in my Moleskine, but my drawings are rarely of things I see but rather things my inner eye sees …
(I just blogged about your drawings and posted one of my own.)
Chris: Thanks for the kind comments! I hadn’t even thought of trying to sell these sketches in any way.
But I think you hit on something when you say that I should add “some text, some sort of witty quote” to accompany the picture. Which is to say, right now they’re just doodles, and they need some sort of story or narrative… I just need to figure out what that is.
I’ll put some thought into it, but I’m willing to bet it’s just going to take some more sketching — lots more — before I get there.
I like them very much. And as Chris said, I would hang some of them on my wall, too.
These are fabulous! Very inspiring.
Funny: in my head I sketch ‘all the time’. In reality, hardly ever. Same concept with working out… HA!
Keep it up!
Khoi, Take your time. I’ll still be here. 🙂
wonderful. I think they’re perfect as they are.
These are really wonderful. Did you attend art school? It’s almost in the style of a political cartoonist, but very natural and relaxed. You can see the person’s personality in every stroke.
Wow, I just love your sense of line. Very knowing, quick. I also like the fact that each sketch is new. You don’t follow a recipe. Avanti!
Not bad. I like your style. It reminds me of an austrian artist but I forgot his name. Sorry! But great work!
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