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Open call for all your quick sketch videos

I received an email from one of our regulars pointing out that when I used the phrase “First it was Scott Stantis, now Richard Thompson has posted a quick draw” in yesterday’s post that Scott wasn’t really the first to post a quick sketch. I agree. Bad writing on my behalf. In fact, those videos have been around for some time and with the ease of YouTube and other services, they’re quite easy to make.

So… I’m calling for links to everyone’s quick sketches. I’ll post a catalog of them here on the blog. One requirement, please include a list of the materials (paper, pens, inks) that are featured in the video. Can be a video of a quick sketch (like Richard’s) or of a final work (like Scott’s).

Deadline: Friday. I’ll post them all early next week.

Community Comments

#1 Brian Moore
@ 10:13 am

Hi Alan, here’s my video. It’s a career-oriented cartoon, showing an IT worker staring down the Grim Reaper while struggling with an heavy workload.


Tools used: Hunt 101 Imperial nib, Speedball ink, Holbein watercolors, Strathmore bristol

The video runs at about 6X speed, with some brief edits.

#2 Piers Baker
@ 12:39 pm

Hello Alan,
Here’s a 15 second freehand doodle. It’s now 5 years old and bears no resemblance to my comic whatsoever.

Tools: Rotring Isograph 0.5 and 0.25 on 250 g/m2 Canson Bristol Board.

#3 josh shalek
@ 3:04 pm

A completely inaccurate look at how I draw my comic can be found here:

You don’t see them in the video, but to draw the piece at the end I used a non-photo blue pencil, a PITT pen (size M), and a Prismacolor Black marker.

#4 Mike Cope
@ 3:29 pm

Hi Alan, here’s one I posted back in August:

“Inking a Comic with Mike Cope’s Hand” (Available in HD)

Rough layout drawn on Strathmore Smooth Bristol using 2H pencil. Inked with Winsor & Newton Black Indian Ink using Speedball Hunt 512 and 513EF nibs in Koh-I-Noor Penholder (No. 127N). Scanned and coloured using Adobe Photoshop.

#5 Rick Kirkman
@ 3:58 pm

I love seeing these. I really like the extreme close-up in Mike’s. I might have to incorporate something like that. I love seeing the texture of the line. Here’s one I shot back in 2006 and posted on our web site in ’08. I should probably do a new one since I now work in a different process with different tools. Tool info is on the web page.

#6 Mike Cope
@ 6:59 pm

Thanks for the kind feedback, Rick!

Here’s an older one called “Cartoon Sketch.” Nothing too fancy, just a random quick sketch with some fun background music. It was my first YouTube video, so I was testing out the whole recording and uploading procedure.

#7 Stacy Curtis
@ 10:19 pm

I think it’s great you guys can ink a drawing and hold a video camera with the other hand. :-)

How are you all shooting these videos and what program are you using to edit and save for YouTube or your site?

#8 Stephen Beals
@ 2:02 am

I’ve always loved watching people draw (except myself). Patrick McDonnell called it magic. I think that’s a great description.

Thanks guys!

#9 Ted Dawson
@ 7:17 am

Here is a real-time sketch of Spooner and Roxanne, drawn on a Motion LE1600 tablet PC in Sketchbook Pro, captured with Sketchbook Snapshot:

This one is a ten-minute inking job compressed into 2 1/2 minutes. Inking on 400 Series Strathmore Bristol with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, filmed with a Fujifilm FinePix E900 on a 6-inch portable tripod:

#10 Kay Shawn
@ 8:29 am

Love these. Could someone please include making a mistake and correcting it? I’d find that most interesting!!

#11 Tom Wood
@ 8:40 am

@Stacy – The two main screen capture programs are Camtasia and Captivate. My demo versions have expired so I can’t make one of these any more. Does anyone know of any freeware version?

#12 Tom Wood
@ 8:44 am

Spoke too soon, here’s a list with some freeware:

#13 Ted Dawson
@ 10:01 am

BTW, I believe I used Nero Vision to speed up the video, add music and save it in a YouTube-friendly format. Windows comes with Movie Maker which is clunky but can perform those basic functions. Macs come with iMovie. For Linux you can get kdenlive.

#14 Jason Chatfield
@ 12:43 am

Hey Alan,

Here’s mine:

All the tools/equipment are listed on the video.



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