Gone in 100 seconds
Swift sketch Speed drawing tips from the contest winner who lands a star-studded Moleskine
A Japan-obsessed, horrorloving artist from Ontario has won our 100-second sketching competition.
A graduate of Toronto’s OCAD University, Patrick Suin’s winning entry (see right) is a beautiful, elegant and understated portrait. And he managed to shave 10 seconds off the allotted time.
“I was really interested in Alvin Lee’s style,” Patrick says, “how effortlessly he seemed to draw these striking eyes and open, pouting lips. These were things I had been mimicking, trying to get that combination of intense and sultry expressions into my own characters.”
Patrick’s prize is a Moleskine full of sketches by our favourite artists. Our little red book has toured the world, stopping at the likes of Spectrum Live and San Diego Comic-Con, picking up drawings by Justin Gerard, John Picacio, Donato Giancola and more along the way.
How did Patrick master the fine art of speed sketching? “Repetition,” he says. “Never stop drawing. You need to keep practising and gradually get yourself to the point where what you’re drawing almost comes naturally. Only then will your skill and speed match your ambitions.”
The competition took place back in October to celebrate our 100th issue. The runners-up are Debbi Garrington, Henryk Kajkowski and Pablo Polanco.
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Runner-up Pablo Polanco managed considerable detail in 100 seconds. Patrick Suin’s winning
sketch took just 90 seconds to complete.
Moleskine Patrick wins this
our full of sketches from favourite artists.
Speed and style from one of our runners-up, Debbi Garrington.
A pensive portrait by Henryk Kajkowski, who earns an honourable mention for this skilled piece of line work.