Noob . What do you think it is?

Looks like a drawing of a chimpanzee to me.


A shaggy man with big ears behind Mr. Potato.


an evil Mr. Potato. :slight_smile:


The surface of the sketch comes to life as shadows and light engage in a delicate dance. The contours and shadows created by the dark graphite lines give depth to the subject, with varying intensities. These shadows gather in the recessed features, emphasizing the eyes, the brow, and the lines around the mouth.

However, the lighter areas, where the pencil strokes are softer and less dense, bring a glow to the higher planes of the face, suggesting the gentle curve of the cheeks and the smooth expanse of the forehead. These lighter strokes contrast with the darker shadows, resulting in a dynamic interplay that adds volume and shape to the sketch.

As the shadows transition to light, subtle gradients emerge, creating a sense of texture and three-dimensionality. The fur seems to have a natural sheen, with the light catching on the outer edges, while the inner areas remain in shadow.

The overall effect is a harmonious fusion of shadow and light, with each element enhancing the other to create a vivid representation that almost feels tangible.


Yeah, that’s what I meant.


It simply looks like a drawing done by a third grader.

I couldn’t draw that. I think it’s really good, and maybe the skill level is not the highest, but it’s higher than mine.

I could never do that. Or want to do it.
I couldn’t imagine me sitting down with a pencil and sketchpad and start sketching animals out of my head.

I just wouldn’t do it.

It’s incredible that someone takes the time to hone their skills and put them out in the world to get feedback.
Of course, we’re human, and we poke each other to get attention and pull pigtails etc.

All joking aside, it’s a great start.
With more practice and refining techniques - with their desire to sketch and get feedback and improve and make an effort in something they love to do - it’s comendable.

I don’t know why it was posted, or what it’s about. It’s difficult to know what is going on or the reasons for posting a random sketch with no information about it.

So we do our thing and make light of the situation hoping to get more information.

I’m sorry for you. Drawing , sketching, and hand drawn illustration were an absolute necessity for the first 27 years of my career, before computers ( much more before Adobe Creative Suite. I would have starved without those skills and it’s a shame that the skill is becoming more rare these days.

@lully, did you have a photo that you used as reference while drawing this?

Pops, if you hang out in some of the artist Discord channels or look at DeviantArt (which contrary to it’s name is not deviant) you’ll see drawing skills are far from rare. They just aren’t being applied to the signage arts any more, though many do illustration work.
It just takes practice.
(I say that when a good number of Discord artists are lightyears ahead in skill and speed than I’ll ever be even with practice.)

To me this looked like the ‘upside down’ exercise from the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain – a book I highly recommend to the want-to-learn-to-draw folks.

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Full my title in my degree is Prepress Originator - and drawing wasn’t on the 4 year curriculum - it was more about prepress and prepping supplied files for art.
There was little to zero creative side to it.

My education was the opposite, with a total focus on creativity and zero focus on production skills. I signed up for after-hours classes to learn how (at the time) to prepare mechanicals and how they made their way to the printing press.

I took six years of drawing classes, which were required every semester through graduate school. They covered life drawing, plein air, charcoal and chalk, oil painting, pen and ink, drawing on litho stones, etchings, linoleum cuts, colored pencils, pastels, illustration, airbrush, dyes, watercolors, gouache, and nearly everything else. I wish the university had taken a more practical and career-oriented approach, but I was young and stupid, and at the time, I ate it all up.

Yeh it was all drum scanning, plate making, film making, software based, quark, illustrator, Photoshop etc. pdf wasn’t really around.

It was all imposition, manual from film then later using Preps ad direct to plate came in.

There were some creative designers, two lovely women, and they did all the fancy stuff.

There was 11 of us or something in prepress when I started. 4 years later it was me and another guy running the entire department. Not only that, but the forklift operator was gone. And the estimator promised anything on any paper. So when we got the job bag with the order had to go out to the racks on the forklift get the paper down and run over to the guillotine and cut into size for the printers.

In those 4 years I think the industry changed 26 times and 9 people were no longer employable.

I used to do a lot of typesetting, compositing, which was my main job at the time.

From books up to 3,200 pages, to typesetting greek or other foreign languages. Had printed and cut out handy keyboard layouts so I could see the non Latin characters .

That feels like it was 5 lifetimes ago now.

Maybe I’m misunderstanding you, but I wasn’t applying my drawing, sketching, and illustration to “signage.” It was all during my duties as a TV Art Director, as an Advertising Agency Creative Director, and (as I started my own Ad Agency) creating hand drawn TV ad storyboards and layouts for the print work I would pass along to my graphic designers. To the best of my knowledge, these skills are still used for that same purpose today, some 57 years later.

For some reason I had it in my head you were a signwriter.
No matter. Still not being applied to signage or Graphic Design the way it was years ago.