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Process Notes 4: A Picture is Worth Four Words

Edit: Incidentally, does anyone know what that thing is under the arch above the door to the judges' rooms? It's unclear in the reference pics I have – I initially thought it might be a carved coat of arms, but I'm not convinced.

Crowd scenes are a bit like tattoos: they can look great, but you need to be a particular kind of crazy to put yourself through the pain of getting them that way, and one careless line can ruin everything.

The one above isn't even finished: I've still got the people in the gallery to draw.

Original size 20cm by 8.



  1. Hey, I too have found, though involved in a rather different enterprise, that "one careless line can ruin everything." Although I have the luxury of just re-writing it.

    The trick is spotting it. No, the trick is avoiding every line being rubbish.

    The picture, btw, though I am sure you know it, is bloody brilliant. It makes me wonder where you can possibly find the skill to execute such a thing. I have not the tiniest ability in that area, so the process to me seems magical, even a bit spooky.

    Keep up the process notes. I for one am watching.

  2. I know it's modern and Australian and long (PDF of 300+ pages) but this thesis type thing shows several photos of coats of arms above the judge's chair or next to the Judge's private door.