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In probably the weirdest drawing-cue yet, 642 Things to Draw has sent me to sketch "Luminescent Plankton." Well, if you've ever done a Google search for luminescent plankton (which I'm sure you have, who HASN'T done that?) you know that very strange, blurry images come up, along with some cartoon character who I think is from Spongebob. But that's the reference I have to work with, so here you go!


642 Things To Draw: Fire Escape

Today (or yesterday, I suppose) in my continued quest to draw 642 Things  the subject was fire escapes. I've never drawn a fire escape in my life, to my knowledge, making it a great item to try. I discovered quickly why I probably never drew a fire escape before, as they are a mess of straight lines, angles, and structure. My least favorite things to draw are straight lines, angles, and structure. Hence why I am a character animator. Nevertheless, here are my attempts.

This first one was shaky at best (and awful at worst) and you can tell it's unfinished. There were so many lines and things kept getting so far out of whack that I gave up partway through. Maddening.

Next up I took a slightly different approach and pushed some the perspective a bit more than I did in the first. I think doing that ended up producing something closer to the reference I was drawing from. I spent longer on the windows and building that I probably did the fire escape itself (railing were left off, again quitting early) but I had a bit more fun with it.

This third and final image was the most fun to do, probably because it was such a short, uncomplicated fire escape. I even added in some of the railings (though not all, because there were MANY more vertical lines ignored). If I wanted to do this right I would go at a snail's pace and count each bar and step to be sure everything was accurate. As I said, though, character animator, not architect.


642 Things to Draw: Ottoman

The Pittsburgh Penguins (hockey) took over the TV today bumping the Pirates (baseball aka the best sport) to the MLB Network. Well I don't get the MLB network because it's $$$. So I sat in my office and listened to the game on the radio. Or I should say I AM doing that, because the game is still going on. Anyway, while listening I decided to tackle some drawing from the 642 Things to Draw book. The current subject was "an ottoman" which I started on Friday but it seems I didn't save and the power must have gone out, because all those drawings are gone now. Oh well! The experience is still in there, which is why I practice anyway, right?

Here are the new ottomans, this time NOT lost to a power outage:

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Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!


642 Things to Draw: Review

A while back I mentioned a book I own called "642 Things to Draw" and posted a few samples of what I had drawn from the book. Today there's a review of said book up at Animator Island, so go check it out if you'd like!

In other news, I started playing Minecraft again a bit (terrible for my productivity, but fun nonetheless) and I've been enjoying it a lot. My favorite part of the game is building railways to different locations from a central Train Station. If previous playing is any indication, I usually quit after I've laid the track to travel all over the world, and then I feel like there's nothing more to be done so I stop. Right now I only have one (incomplete) train going from the base to a far off desert area, so there's still plenty of train-making to go before I kick the addiction for the third time!

Here is the train station main!


A shot of the "base" (it's raining)


Alright, no more being a Ham, and Cheesey…

Today's study (that I started yesterday) was "a sandwich."

Not a good study to do when you're hungry. I spent all day craving a sandwich. Of course, then when dinner rolled (pun not intended) around I over-ate and had heartburn. I guess it was pretty bad because I ended up at the Emergency Room earlier today with my chest really hurting. They double checked things, but it seems it was just the damage all that acid did overnight, so after some medicine called a "Heartburn Cocktail" (it was awful) I left and went back to bed. Now I'm feeling better. Still not 100%. Darn you, sandwich drawings! Look what you've done...


A very EARie post…

Continuing with my 642 Things To Draw book, today I tackled ears. Specifically the book said "Van Gogh's Ear" but that's rather difficult to reference considering after he went insane and cut it off no one thought "Hey, we should take a picture of this, someone might need to look it up as drawing reference on something called 'the internet' years from now." So instead I referenced other people's ears. If you've seen one you've seen them all, right?

Actually no.

What I learned more than anything else was just how unique people's ears are. There weren't any two that I found that really looked much alike. It's another great example of how we visually skip over details in every day life just because it isn't important to our brains. When we stop and really LOOK, it's amazing what's actually there.

At the bottom right there are copies of some of my favorite Jack Hamm cartoon ears, along with that final one in the corner which I came up with on my own after drawing all the rest. What a fun exercise this was! I can't believe how much I enjoyed it. I also spent a good five minutes coming up with the ear pun for the title of the blog. It was harder than I thought. Here's your challenge: Leave a comment with your best ear-related pun. You guys are better at this than I am.



Have a Seat (HAR HAR HAR!)

See, this post has drawing studies I did of chairs. So the title of today's blog is a joke and HILARIOUS.

Click on the image for a larger view.

I had a lot of fun doing most of these drawings (except maybe the last two) and was pretty comfortable with the process. Feel like I've made a lot of progress. It also really helps to take... your... time... and not rush.

Now I return to work on the big FtM relaunch thing. I wonder how many more relaunches there will be before I quit this madness? My current guess: three.



Today I dove back into the 642 Things To Draw book for entry #4: A Skunk. Here are my studies:

I even copied a cartoon one because I found it very appealing. At any rate, here's the final (two this time) I did of my own after the studies:

I learned two things while drawing all these skunks. First, skunks look very different than what I would have pictured in my head before these studies. They're pretty fat, and their faces are really adorable. Especially the little ones. Second, that people are messed up. I found some very odd things doing a Google search for skunk images, including weird furry stuff and "seductive" (really?) skunk costumes for women. And what I saw was with safe search ON; I have no idea the horrors that might wait in the darker levels of the internet. That's... super odd, human beings. Really, really strange.

Anyway, now I'm off to practice some non-skunk-related figure drawing as well as record lines for a certain bag-like cartoon coming up next that involves mail of some sort.