Sweep the Leg, Johnny!

sweep the leg, Johnny!

Recently, I started taking Karate classes. Similar to some other things I’ve learned before such as circuitry, felting, knitting, etc- karate looked like something I didn’t necessarily need to learn, but something that could definitely come in handy. Also like those skills, I sometimes wish that the process could fly by in montage form. It’s not the process as a whole that bums me out- I really like learning stuff. It’s especially awesome to find parallels between the new thing and other things. It seems to be the constant falling on my face that comes from the process of learning something new can make me wish I could skip the “figuring it out” phase. I just need to trust the process, and keep going, I guess. It also helps to have an awesome Sensei (shout out to Mark Cook!)

karate sketches

karate sketches

Another thing I’m trying out is linework with brush pens. I’m a huge fan of work done with brush pens/brushes, and I’m trying to figure it out.  It’s the expressive quality you can get with brushwork in it’s thick and thins that is super cool. Also, it’s really hard to hide hesitation in inking with brushwork, and as someone who noodles all the time, it’s cool that if you belabor a line, it gets terrible real quick.


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  1. vicki says:

    This is great! Love the pen and brush technique. Love it that you are trying lots of new and weird things (felting AND karate?) I love how you’ve drawn you wild locks!!! Keep it up.

  2. Wilfred Castillo says:

    Great down defense + stance! Bottom left looks like a side defense with a horse stance, but your feet are pointing outward and not perpendicular to your shoulders; however, I can see how this poses a challenge with the silhouette. When doing defenses, your back hand should be lower, almost touching your belt. I’m coming from Karate at a YMCA, then Taekwondo at a dojo.

    Aesthetically, I dig what’s happening + the facial expressions and movements are perfect as they show the character (you) trying to understand martial arts and being new to the forms.

  3. lauren says: (Author)

    Thanks Vicki! I hope you are doing well! Thanks Wilfred- you are spot on with the stances, that is how you are supposed to do them…I just spaced on the feet for the horse stance, and my Sensei notices that I put my wrist too high in real life as well.

  4. Lindsey Ballard says:

    This is awesome! The stances you chose were really iconic and made for a nice (wait for it…) quick read! (I’m pro at artist lingo). I also love the hair! Keep it up :)

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