This drawing is now officially dead and buried. I consider cremating it. Never easy to see a drawing go so drastically under.
Luckily for me, I had brains enough to scan the drawing BEFORE I began experimenting with backgrounds and whatnots. UNluckily, the scan is not the best in the world, and pretty small. But whatever, itís just a sketch anyway. Thatís my mantra for right now.
I find it particularly useless to put this kind of sketches up here on DA, since finding someone who actually knows WHO and WHAT this is, is a little like looking for polar bears in Sahara. And from personal experience, I presume other people also donít give a crap about people theyíve never seen before, unless itís an astonishing drawing, which this obviously isnít. The fact that this has something to do with sport wonít make it better.
BUT I havenít posted anything for a long time because I havenít drawn for a long time, and now that I finally have done something I might just as well torture you with it. I need some pleasures in my life.
I was in a bit of a writer mode right, now, so I present to you the explanation in the short version and the long version.
Soccer, photo from the Norwegian national team practicing, from left to right, Kristofer Hśstad and Christian Grindheim.
I suppose this one needs some explaining. It is an unfortunate fact that I have the tendency to like the wrong things at the wrong time. It was in Christmas time I suddenly found myself drawing something football-ish. (And then weíre talking European, soccer.) It went bad, and that drawing is long tucked away, but now I have this urge to draw anything, as long as itís fairly small and uncomplicated. I have totally lost it, the drawing IT, the IT that made drawing fairly easy before. So much for art studies. Now Iím a worse drawer than ever. (well, at least for some years back) And every drawing is a big challenge.
I could have said that it was all coincidence as to why I drew this, but I choose to face my demons and admit the undeniable truth. I like football; I canít wait till the season starts again. And some players stand out more than others. Last year one of the ďnewcomersĒ that really made himself stand out was Kristofer Hśstad aka Doffen. Heís quite a character, both on and off the field. Though heís of course on the wrong teamÖ He and Grindheim, whoís also quite a talent, have the tendency to stick together on these national practices.
SO. I found this photo, thought it was rather cute, so I drew it. Should have been a simple story. Well, somewhere along the way I came up with the particularly good hunch that it would look much better with a dark background. Undeniable because of the white shirts and the nice pencil-lines around them. Let me just say I was mistaken. Blinded by the exceptional sorrow of possible losing a drawing, I, in desperate panic came up with the bright idea of removing the background again with a rubber. That of course made it ten times worse, and I finally gave up on it and cut the life line.
By then I had scanned it along the way, but itís not all done at this point. I did put some grass in there afterward, and some shadows. Did some more work in their faces too.
If you read all the way through that, you rightfully earned my respect (and sympathies).
Pencils, 2H-H-4B, Size aprox. 20 x 20 cm, finished 20. Jaunary 2006