Friday, February 18, 2011

Quotes: Monstrous Regiment

Trying to branch out into drawing different sorts of people, and Terry Pratchett's wonderful characters are marvellous for that. So here we have a few from Monstrous Regiment, which is one of my favourites: 

First up we have Lt Blouse
He must have padded it, Polly thought. One cough and it would be over his eyes.
Sgt Jackrum
He was one of those people who didn't have a waist. He had an equator. He had gravity. If he fell over, in any direction, he would rock.
 and the Duchess
It was of a plain, middle-aged woman whose sagging chin and slightly bulging eyes gave the cynical the feeling that someone had put a large fish in a dress. 


And then sketches of Shufti, Tonker, Wazzer, and Maladict
He'd cut a hole in the centre of his old blanket, and the mud and grass stains on the mildewed greyness had turned him into part of the landscape until he'd saluted. He'd also stuck leafy twigs all over his hat.


For Shufti and Tonker I was looking at Mark Simon's Facial Expressions: Babies to Teens, but of course that doesn't contain things like 'crazed vampire' so everything else is without reference (apart from looking at a few 19th century uniforms.
Of all these, I think Jackrum is my favourite. 

And tagging along, for a bit of colour, we have a not-overly-successful digital sketch of Rapunzel. 
I was feeling a little sorry for myself (being jabbed in both arms for allergy desensitisation will do that to you, I find =P) and was playing around in SketchFu.com, just for the fun of being able to watch it play back my sketching. As I'd just been looking at Rapunzel fanart on deviantArt, I decided I'd sketch her myself (saved me having to think of a subject).  I didn't have a reference at all, however, so it didn't turn out looking at all like her. I then took a screenshot and moved into Photoshop, where I made her better, but by no means perfect. I spent far too long fiddling, and then decided to call it a day, perfect or not. 

So here she is.   


Monstrous Regiment sketches are mechanical pencil in a Moleskine Sketchbook, and the characters are Copyright Terry and Lyn Pratchett
 Rapunzel is in Photoshop CS5, and is copyright Disney. 

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