Quicksilver by tydesign

Sketch Fury Challenge No. 6

Artist’s Notes

What a horrendously busy week. Usually I say that when I don’t get to draw as often as I would like. This week’s sketch, I chose Quicksilver and like the speedsters in this challenge I set out quickly to draw the character without too much thinking. (Hey, my time was really limited this week).


With that said, the composition is more of a figure study than an actual comp. My main goal with this study was to practice foreshortening again and build upon previous week’s sketches. I ended up doing two Quicksilvers and they both feel a little rough and suffer (in my eyes) from the same trouble area I experienced with my Hawkman sketch.


You’ve heard me harp on this the past few weeks, so I won’t bore you with that again. You can just read about my past sketches to get a sense of my approach. In that regard, I feel like I’ve got a system that works for me. The only point I will mention is that looking at both these Quicksilvers and from my previous Hawkman, I definitely feel that my pencil was much more looser and ‘sketchy’ if you will. I would like to tighten that up in the coming weeks to get a cleaner line.


Foreshortening. It’s getting repetitive isn’t it? Well I’ll let you guess where I felt the problem area(s) was/were. Additionally, I’m going to challenge you: Can you guess which of these two sketches was the FIRST Quicksilver I drew? Answer in the comments below and I may just send you a prize.


  • I have a method of drawing that feels comfortable and natural.
  • My pencils are looking comic-bookey if you will with the crosshatching I’m doing.
  • Anatomy is getting better.
  • Dynamic poses are developing along.

Sketch Tools

  • Pilot Color Eno Mechanical Pencil – 0.7 mm – Soft Blue Body – Soft Blue Lead
  • Ohto Promecha 500P Drafting Pencil – 0.4 mm
  • Paper Mate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick
  • Tombow Mono Zero Eraser – 2.3 mm – Circle – Black Body
  • STAEDTLER 526 B209 Mars Rasoplast Black Edition Eraser
  • Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Board Pads

Coming Weeks

  • Work on even more foreshortening. I had three shots at very similar poses, and each was a struggle with one particular area. I’ll need to consult more reference to get a better understanding of why this is happening.
  • Otherwise I feel very good about my progression and improvement.
  • Let’s hope I’ll be able to dedicate more time to sketching. (Even though we’ll be heading off to FanExpo to represent SketchFury).

Thanks for listening and please leave some feedback on this week’s sketch.

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