Featured image by Jean-Christophe Defline

One of our most recent Sketchbook Skool weekly email assignments encouraged recipients to take off their serious hats and play! Fakulty member Jean-Christophe Defline asked, Do you really need to look at your paper when drawing? Jean-Christophe was inspired to give this assignment as an homage to Cabu, an outstanding cartoonist, who died much too young unfortunately in the recent and terrible slaughter in Paris, in the newsroom of Charlie.

According to Jean-Christophe, one of Cabu’s friends, the lead cartoonist of the French daily newspaper, Le Monde, came on a TV roundtable to evoke Cabu’s incredible talent. He told everybody how surprised he was to see that, during a book signing session, Cabu, who sat by him, was waving his hand frantically in his right trouser pocket. Intrigued by the surprising scene, he asked Cabu afterwards, what he was doing. Cabu smiled and quietly took out of his pocket a sheet of paper: he had just been sketching the young woman’s face in front of him… in his pocket! Cabu’s friend ended this story by saying he was absolutely blown away by the incredible likeness of the final “blind” caricature: absolute perfection!

With that story in mind, Jean-Christophe asked students to complete some drawings without looking at their actual pages, or by sneaking only a few minimal glances. Take a look at this random assortment of drawings that sketchers shared on social media last week!

Catherine Seroux

Catherine Seroux

Erica Russel

Erica Russel

Evelyn Bach

Evelyn Bach

Frans Koene

Frans Koene

Heidi Lakar

Heidi Lakar

Ingrid Vermeer

Ingrid Vermeer

Jane Johnson

Jane Johnson

Merle Styles

Merle Styles

Suzanne De Nies

Suzanne De Nies

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