Sketching the Olympics from TV

Monday, February 22, 2010

I was inspired by Jennifer Lawson's EDM challenge sketches of Olympic athletes, so I decided to try some myself while watching the games.

First up was ski cross. Since I had recorded the afternoon's broadcast to watch at night, I paused the action and sketched the athlete on the left as he was doing some stretches to warm up. The sketch on the right was done "live" without the pause on -- much harder since these people absolutely zoom down the slopes!


Here are more ski cross sketches done from "live action":


Next I tried my hand at biathlon -- again, all done from the action except the one on the far right, where I paused the recording to get a good look at his shooting stance.


I then switched media and took out the dip pen and ink, for some quick studies of the downhill portion of the super combined:


And finally, an impression of U.S. ice dancers Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates skating their original dance program:


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