Art Tuesday – Week 1: 60 Second Batman

Batman by Dante

While last week was our first official week of Art Tuesday, this week marks the first time we have results. Our first task was to draw Batman in 60 seconds, no more and no less. The results have brought us a fun group of pictures, all of which are included in this post. Along with that, you can find this week’s assignment at the end of the post. Sound good? Good!

Drawing something in a minute is no small feat. It calls upon the artist to think and react quickly, but at the same time I was hoping it would bring out unique ideas within everyone. I chose Batman because aside from the fact he’s awesome, everyone is familiar with him. We all most likely have symbols of what Batman is in our head, so getting those onto the page quickly while hopefully creating something interesting was the goal here. The time limit doesn’t let us dwell on what we think are the facts, instead it forces us to make bold and quick judgments.

60 Second Batman Results

Batman by Dante

I found Dante369’s interesting because he decided to make a work around. He completely cheated it, but sometimes creativity pays because I found his the most quirky of the lot. It’s not what I was looking for at all in this assignment, but that’s part of the charm I guess.

Russell's Batman

Russell Casse did his Batman with a mouse, and fully admitted to going over 60 seconds. If there were such a thing, that would make him disqualified for this week. I’ll give him credit for doing it with a mouse though because it’s very hard to draw with a mouse. I imagine for him it was much harder to get into the right frame of mind with this assignment because he was battling his device. Still, credit for the effort.

Spiker's Batman

This comes from phantomspiker, whom actually managed to get Batman’s entire body in the shot. With the exception of Frank, he’s the only one to do a full body shot, which is actually a good thing! I also love the addition of the “Boom” in the corner, which I wonder if that was included in his 60 seconds.

Steve's Batman

Steve’s Batman set us up the bomb. I kind of love this because Steve decided to choose a semi-famous Batman scene from the old Batman film where he’s literally running around with a bomb over his head for about five minutes. I like that Steve’s picture tells us a brief snippet of a story.

John Still's Batman

Stillies actually recorded his Batman process as well. He went with a quick portrait style shot spending his time on Batman’s head and facial expression. I kind of wish he also took a real picture of his drawing so we could better see the lines (I had to steal the above off of his UStream video).

Frank's Batman

Frank managed to get a full body shot done by mainly using one simple shape to his advantage. It’s a clever use of the time, and the shape could go in so many ways. Remove Batman’s head and fist, throw some eyes on there and you have a Pacman Ghost, or Bloo from Foster’s Home. There are options with that shape. Thanks to this, it allowed him time to add some tone to his image giving us the most complete image of the lot.

William's Batman

William Smith went with a simple cartoony style angry Batman face. His was also done digitally, and I’m going to venture to guess he also used a mouse to do it, which held him back on his timing like Russell above.

My Batman shot isn’t what I hoped for because I aimed for too much. As you can see in my video, I did attempt to draw his whole body when I felt like I had the time to do so. I really should have just abandoned that idea and stuck with his torso. I also lost a second when I adjusted my screen position in the middle of the process. Doing so threw me off, and the rest of the picture suffered as a result. We live and we learn!

Next Week’s Assignment – Blind Contour Drawing of Scrooge McDuck

This is a tricky one and always ends up with fascinating results. A Blind Contour Drawing is one in which the artist copies an image (or object, like their hand) onto paper without looking at the paper and without lifting the pencil so it’s one continuous line. The idea of it is to help improve hand eye coordination and to help the artist trust exactly what they see and not what they perceive to be seeing. I chose Uncle Scrooge because, why not? We will all draw the following image.

So remember, do NOT look at the paper as you draw Uncle Scrooge (don’t worry about the background, just concentrate on him). Do not lift your pencil, it needs to be one line, like you’re using an EtchaSketch. Spend as much time on it as you choose, it’s not a race. It’s about focusing and concentrating, the complete opposite of what we did last week. You want to try and record every single detail you come across. When you’re finished, you can share the results in our Art Tuesday thread or e-mail them to me at phil at shamoozal.com.

Looking forward to them, have fun!

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