Here We Stand

Jorah doesn’t look like Jorah at all but Jeor’s there and Lyanna’s there so I went ahead and decided to make the sketch of the third person a fictional, younger version of Jorah Mormont. Like most of my personal, non client work, this one sort of just happened organically. I’m not even a Lyanna Mormont fan but I guess I must have been thinking of House Mormont and its known members on some level for this sketch to happen. I’m going to write more on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2 in the next post, because I have a lot of thoughts and feelings on the way this story is headed and I want to do them justice.

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But for now, the interesting thing I’m finding whilst sketching is more of a technical thing than a thematic thing. I’ve been studying master sketches and illustrations and trying to figure out what discerns passably decent work from great work so that I can progress. One thing that cropped up was the masters’ use of mark making, particularly hatching. Linework is ironically incredibly important in visual representation which is really all shadow and form and light, and only the illusion of lines. Come to think of it, this might be what sets illustrations apart from photographs, and gives them their artistic value- the fact that we use lines and lies to capture a very unique facade of the truth.

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