"Herman" pen and ink
At a recent SCBWI workshop, Lisa Cinar had our group draw faces. We were given 10 minutes to fill a page. I have done this exercise with her before, but it is always worth repeating. Remember Sebastian?
This time, Lisa added a new spin. We had to ask the character that we created questions like, "How are you?" "Where are you?" "What are you doing here?"
In the span of two hours I had a character named Herman, in the sewer, distraught, holding a fish, and looking for his friend, Gertie, the alligator. It was a liberating exercise and I have the raw materials for a new story.
Herman Underground - charcoal
Here are some other favourite faces in my sketchbook, all in pen and ink: