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Maze Runner The Scorch Trials: Thomas in sheltered desert cave

Art Mediums & Materials

pencil sketch on paper


29.7 cm x 42.0 cm / A3 size

Creation Process

drawn from observation


May to June 2018

A pencil sketch of Thomas from ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ฏ๐™š ๐™๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ง: ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™Ž๐™˜๐™ค๐™ง๐™˜๐™ ๐™๐™ง๐™ž๐™–๐™ก๐™จ (2015) movie, using a website image as reference. For a long while I have been interested in capturing characters from stories of books and movies during mid-action, focused on their current scene or situation, and very preoccupied with what theyโ€™re doing in the moment. As if portraying stills from narratives put on pause. I drew this copy of Thomas (played by actor Dylan O' Brien) from ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™Ž๐™˜๐™ค๐™ง๐™˜๐™ ๐™๐™ง๐™ž๐™–๐™ก๐™จ for the sole purpose of practicing and concentrating on different human expressions. Not just ones that are neutral and happy but those that are melancholy, conceited, contemplating, perturbed, sarcastic, enraged, bored, etc. The expression of Thomas frowning, troubled, agitated and deeply lost in thought during this movie scene in the desert cave is brilliant and just fits the atmosphere, action and look I wanted to capture.

While drawing from observation, I tried to copy as close and exact to the original movie image as possible, including as much detail of the character's and setting's features and textures as I could. But upon just looking at the drawing afterward, I knew I had scrutinized the original image too precisely and meticulously, endeavouring to make it resemble too much like actual photography. The tears, rubs, sweat and deep creases of Thomas's T-shirt, plus the geology of the rock formation and textures of the desert cave behind Thomas, I was very satisfied with, and the details of my pencil sketches in terms of tone, strokes and shading look very terrific, remarkable and impressive. BUT all of the messy, chaotic crisscross of lines and the irregular shadows and dots on Thomas's face were unnecessary mistakes, because he would be perfectly fine and natural in the artwork had his skin looked much more plain and smooth, instead of as though he was drawn under the art style and movement of Cubism, which was not my intention, or as if he was cast under the shadows of many leaves, when in the movie scene Thomas is actually standing in the shelter of a desert rock formation or cave. That was one issue I had during the artwork creating process that I wish I had realized, corrected and improved on.

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