More Drawings of Motion

Sketch of running maid by K Sean Sullivan

Woman running.


Swimming hole sketch.

Jumping into the swimming hole.


Line art for coloring book.

Motion through sequencing.


Sketches by Sullivan.

Quick studies.

Drawing Motion

Drawing things to appear as if they are in motion is a fun challenge.

Catching the fly ball.

Catching the fly ball.

We all recognize what a person looks like when they are moving.  A person with arms and legs stretched out in a running posture quickly gives the impression of movement.


Movement poses.

Off-balance poses indicate movement.

When the subject does not appear stabilized, balanced, or grounded, movement is suggested.

Running dog.

Tigger and WInnie the Pooh.

Drawings can also suggest that movement has just happened, or that it is just about to occur.

Book Cover Design

Sometimes I play around with photography as my medium.  There are somethings that seem to come across better in photography rather than drawn or illustrated.


Here are some samples of book covers that I designed with film.


Mock up book cover for Lundon's Bridge

My first pass at designing the cover for Lundon's Bridge was to use photographs. They publisher opted instead for an illustration.


Book cover mock up, by K Sean Sullivan.

This was just practice. There is no such book.


Book cover photo and design by K Sean Sullivan.

The one photo design that has actually been published. "Be Not Afraid" by Stacey Wardwell, published by Legacy, 2003.

Drawing Faces

I’ve always enjoyed drawing faces.  Every one is identical init’s components, but totally unique at the same time.

Sketch of Rambo.

A page from my sketchbook that got eaten by my dog.


Pencil Drawing of a man in 1940's

A pencil portrait done in about 1984.


Pencil portrait.

The man's wife.


Pencil drawing of General Claire Chennault.

General Chennault of Flying Tigers fame.


Pencil portrait of a boy and his dog.

Pencil portrait of a boy and his dog.

Three kids.

Kids can be a challenge to draw well.


One third of the three Stooges.

One third of the Three Stooges.


Sketch of three children.

A preliminary sketch of three children.

Often, especially when drawing children, I work from photographs.  As often as I can, I work from life, such as this drawing of Patrick.

Pencil portrait of Patrick Devonas.

This is Patrick Devonas, who taught me a great deal about art.


Of course, there’s nothing more fun than a good caricature.

Caricature of Kobe.

You can tell who it is, right?


Caricature Pawn Star.

The guy from Pawn Stars.


And then, just fun cartoon type drawings.

Drawing by K. Sean Sullivan

No one in particular.

Draw for Fun

I wind up spending so much of my time drawing for clients that sometimes an awful amount of time can pass that I don’t draw just for the fun of it.  I sat down this evening to do just that.  My wife was reading a book by Robert Farrell Smith and shared a line with me.  That was all I needed to work with.

“Horace passed away unexpectedly while playing with dynamite”.

sketch of horace and his dynamite

Horace passed away unexpectedly while playing with dynamite.

Matte Painting for Film

Recently, I finished an assignment for a film.  I was required to take existing film frames and digitally paint over them to remove certain elements and add others.  The intent was to make an old barn look as if it had been burned out by fire.  In the film the barn gets burned down, but it was not actually possible to burn the barn down during filming.  The entire effect of the fire incident needed to be created with special effects.  I had to remove the actors in my matte painting. Using digital techniques, they will be rotoscoped back in over the painted burn damage.  Here I show the original film image that I was provided, and the finished matte painting right below it.

Example of matte painting

Matte painting wide shot.


Sample of mate painting.

The closer shot.


Here is a still from the filming.

A still from the filming.

By the way, The name of the film is “The 12 Dogs of Christmas II”.