So my fantastic wife got me tickets to the Tim Burton exhibit here in TO at the TIFF Lightbox. and the single complaint I could have was that I may have to go back once or twice to get it all in my head. More than his movies, I'm just friggin spell-bound by his art and his sketches and his frantic line. His concepts come crashing through his actual pieces, the idea appears to take so much focus that the detail and rendering is an almost an afterthought but they always sear your eyeballs with his unmistakable style. There is no other creative person I would rather be a coffee boy for just to be around the energy and bask in the genius.
I did the drawing of him but the background is one of his.... obviously...
I thought about this grid process, and as someone who genuinely dislikes drawing, painting or adding backgrounds to images I realize it's perfect. It feels a bit like cheating but everything ends up where it's supposed to be and looks better than most backgrounds I create just from free handing a photo reference.
I had a teacher in college who told us to go draw a building but only to sit and draw it and not take a photo. I cheated and took a photo and I pinched a menu form the building (it was the Keg Mansion) cause there was a bad line drawing of the front entrance on the menu.
It is not lost on me that the point of the exercise was lost on me...
So I sat out on College St for 3 consecutive lunches (the nasty-assed worst weather days Toronto has had in months) and drew the Canadian Blood Services Building on College near Bay.
He failed me anyway.