Kneadable Eraser as a Maquette

In order to help me visualize how light would fall on an imaginative form I had a brilliant realization that I could use my kneadable eraser as a maquette.

Actually for the last few sessions on this drawing I was thinking about James Gurney and how he creates maquettes to help bring his imaginative world to life. But, I don’t have that kind of time for this drawing.

Then it dawned on me today that for each form, like the beak of the bird on the left. I could quickly mold my kneadable eraser into a close approximation of that form and light it to see how the light falls on it.

I shaped my eraser like the beak
Pokemon Drawing

Here is James Gurney using a maquette in his book Imaginative Realism.

I can’t wait to review this book in one of my Artists Perspectives it’s full of amazing ideas that I can use for future projects.

I also just want to show off my signed copy with a drawing a dinosaur by James Gurney! So awesome!

Previous Pokemon Drawing Posts

Warm-up and DrawABox exercises

The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


The challenges continue with the 250 box challenge. A pretty good page today. I could have marked more errors but I think there small enough to let pass. exercise

One Minute Gestures

Still the most prominent and most fun from Nicolaides book is the one minute gestures. I love when I get into the zone and the drawings just flow from my brain. I was deep into it on page 4 and 5.

Daily Composition and Sketch

I was getting tired of drawing my fresh press horribly so I focused on it longer by starting it in pencil with simple shapes.

The composition today is of a couple paddle boarders on the bay close to our house and the Canadian coast in the background.

daily composition and sketch

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

A short art session today but the discovery of using my kneadable eraser as a maquette is going to be a game changer for visualizing forms in the future.

What needs work? What did you learn?

Don’t yell at WordPress when the page freezes and I loose half my post. 🙂

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

Use my kneadable eraser more often to improve my mental representations of forms and save my WordPress draft more often.

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