June 23, 2013
I’m trying to get better at painting faces/heads, so here’s an iPad study from an incredible photo taken in Chicago in 1941 by Edwin Rosskam, found on one of my absolute favorite websites, Shorpy.com, an historical photo archive. We referenced Shorpy heavily for the development of Republic City in Book 1 of Korra. The rest of the source photo features a cool bicycle, but I still haven’t had the desire to ever draw or paint another bicycle after turning in my drawing requirement for RISD’s portfolio submission some 18 years ago. I recently did a Tumblr tag search for RISD and saw a lot of familiar bicycle drawings from a new generation of applicants. Speaking of history, I found this little write-up on the origin of the dreaded “RISD Bike.”

I’m trying to get better at painting faces/heads, so here’s an iPad study from an incredible photo taken in Chicago in 1941 by Edwin Rosskam, found on one of my absolute favorite websites, Shorpy.com, an historical photo archive. We referenced Shorpy heavily for the development of Republic City in Book 1 of Korra. The rest of the source photo features a cool bicycle, but I still haven’t had the desire to ever draw or paint another bicycle after turning in my drawing requirement for RISD’s portfolio submission some 18 years ago. I recently did a Tumblr tag search for RISD and saw a lot of familiar bicycle drawings from a new generation of applicants. Speaking of history, I found this little write-up on the origin of the dreaded “RISD Bike.”

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