The last two weeks were crazy. I had a pretty insane bachelor party here in Jersey, then spent a week in Massachusetts at my mother in-law’s in a final effort to get my new wife and I’s wedding in order, we got hitched then ran off to an amazing honeymoon on the beautiful island of Aruba. It’s all a fantastic blur and we’ve never been happier!
That said, I hadn’t drawn anything for TWO WEEKS!
I don’t know about anyone else but when I go a little while without drawing I get this paranoia that for whatever reason I’ve forgotten how to draw all together haha and I actually get a little nervous when I finally sit down again. RIDICULOUS! I know. I can even laugh a little while feeling it, but it’s there nonetheless. So, when I did sit down yesterday, finally, I had to do something for fun to work out some of the cobwebs.
About the image: While watching a little TV in Aruba I was struck by some images of Libyan rebels. Something about “rebels” is so compelling, even scary. Something about people wearing casual clothing while slinging huge machine guns is unnerving. You see some people with a button down shirt and dockers but they have their faces wrapped like ninjas, a machete hangs at there side and an assault rifle in hand. Intense imagery. Like the fact that there attitude contradicts there outfit makes them seem completely unpredictable.
I had to draw one.
The reference I used for this guy was an image of a rebel on the roof of a van in route and he waves to civilians; beconing and pleading with them to leave the area. His actual facial expression was one of concern but I added some ferocity because my version of “concern” looked more like fear and worry and it lost all intensity.