May 31 2010

#78 – Starsky & Hutch


Went down south to spend some three-day-weekend time with extended family — and (by further extension) their two labradors, Starsky & Hutch.  This is the first time I’ve ever sat and drawn any animals from observation.


I figured sleeping dogs would stay still long enough to draw, but that wasn’t really the case (hence the various different angles).  Actually, come to think of it, most models you’d have to pay to have them generate this many poses for you…

[Comments and critique always welcome]

May 30 2010

#77 – Killing, or dying?

ComedianAnother sketch based on a magazine photo.  This was in honor of last night’s stand-up comedy challenge, an annual event put on by a friend of mine.  Stand-up is a truly bizarre medium — and I have to respect those who are able to do it well.

[Comments and critique always welcome]

May 29 2010

#76 – Urban Hipster Weirdo

Urban hipster weirdo

Another quick little pen sketch, with body posture based on a magazine photo. Somewhere along the way, I must have decided this guy needed an awkward beard, horn-rimmed glasses, and a mildly disaffected expression. Worked out to be sort of a hipster trifecta.

[Comments and critique always welcome]

May 28 2010

#75 – “No one will go to the dance with me!” *sob*

Male figureAnother charcoal sketch from one of Art Center’s figure drawing workshops.  I just like how this pose looks like the guy is crying into his pillow.  Hey buddy — next time try wearing pants.

[Comments and critique always welcome]

May 27 2010

#74 – Drinkin’ with the Oldies

OldiesI don’t use pen enough — so I figured I’d do a quick pen drawing.  This is really loose and sketchy — in fact, I need to hold back from trying to refine pen lines so much.  Anyway, this is based on an old photo of my wife’s grandmother stepping out with friends some time in the 40s.

[Comments and critique always welcome]

May 26 2010

#73 – Jeff Bezos got nuthin’ on this

Amazon women

Quick sketches of an Amazon warrior (the “sexy dame” kind, not this kind).  These are actually little exploratory concepts for another NASA/JPL project, believe it or not.

[Comments and critique always welcome]

May 25 2010

#72 – Exceptional merchandise at greatly reduced prices!

Sears catalog items

From the 1908 Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog — a fascinating book, an old reprint of which we found at a weird little bookstore a couple years ago.

Illustrated here are just four of literally tens of thousands of items shown inside.  The full catalog features countless more things you can hurt yourself with.

[Comments and critique always welcome]

May 24 2010

#71 – Hyperdramatic self-pity

Digital self portraitThis is the self-portrait concept I did for class (based on Sketches #65 & #70).  It ended up being a lot more pathetic-looking than originally intended.  I wasn’t trying to be such a sad sack — just trying to illustrate the occasional frustration with creative blocks and/or not being artistically proficient enough to execute my concepts the way I want to.

But enough whining.  The only thing that will fix that is more sketching…

[Comments and critique always welcome]

May 23 2010

#70 – The competition

IllustratorsDrew these as part of the same assignment from Sketch #65.  I’ll be working on the integrated digital version for class tomorrow.  Stay tuned…

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May 22 2010

#69 – Supercreep! Supercreep!

SupercreepHe’s supercreepayyy!!

Yeah, so this was a hilariously failed experiment.  Without a doubt the worst thing I’ve done.  Oh actually, no.  The version that immediately preceded this one was possibly even creepier.

Anyway, I figured out several causes of problems:
– eyes too big and too far apart
– face not long enough
– too many line strokes intended to refine eye shape just end up looking like eyeliner
– perhaps most problematically: drew it one half at a time without really stepping back often enough to see how the whole thing was coming together.

Yeah, so this will definitely have to be a redo later on in the year.  Oh, and sorry for haunting your dreams tonight.

[Comments and critique always welcome]