Wanting Something for Nothing

I quit sketching on a regular and frequent basis about seven years ago.  Since then, I’ve sometimes promised myself I would start up again.  Yet,  until very recently,  I haven’t actually gotten back into it.   As of today, though, I’ve been sketching for an hour or so a day over the past couple of weeks.

At the moment, I prefer doing portraits in a variety of media including graphite, Conté crayon, and carbon pencil.

Now, the big challenge I have at this point is to find some way of getting some results I actually want in only an hour or so of work.   The problem, you see, is that it seems most of the really cool,  attractive art requires a huge investment in time, patience, and energy.  That is, there are drawing styles that routinely consume tens of hours to execute.  Unfortunately, I have neither the motivation nor the patience to pursue those styles.  Consequently, I’m looking for a far, far cheaper way to get a result I will still enjoy.

In other words, I want something for nothing.

There absolutely has to be a style or technique out there somewhere that will allow me to achieve cool and personally pleasing results with only an hour or so investment in each work.  I know there absolutely has to be one because I’m an American and all Americans are born with an inalienable right to fast food and fast art.

Mwali by Lois van Baarle


Mwali by Lois van Baarle

Drawn in photoshop CS3 with a wacom tablet. Textures from cgtextures.com.

Lois van Baarle is a young cosmopolitan of Dutch nationality who is currently studying for her masters in animation.  In the last few years she has moved from traditional techniques to digital art and animation.  I’ve formed a very high opinion of this artist’s competence and creativity.