Archive | January, 2009

The village idiot

31 Jan

Originally I made the cartoon character for Queeky, but they didn’t accept it. So I re-purposed it for the TWiT Army Canteen.

Enjoy it while you can, because I think the villagers will soon realize that I’m not the mayor, and make me change back to me old avatar (a purple box).

The village idiot

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Queeky Hand

31 Jan

I drew my own left hand using the online drawing and painting program Queeky.

Queeky Hand

See also: direct link to the artwork.

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Two cartoon squirrels

31 Jan

If you want to learn how to draw, why not imitate the masters of drawing, or in this case cartoon drawing.

The drawing was traced from an image I found on the Internet.

Two cartoon squirrels

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Doing it the wrong way

30 Jan

It sometimes is very educational doing something the wrong way on purpose. You see why it is better to follow certain path, and avoid less successful paths.

In this drawing I started with the details around the waist of the robot and wanted to know how far I could go before I got stuck. It appeared to be only 20 minutes.

Doing it the wrong way

Was it a waste of time? No, certainly not. I saw some details I had never seen before, because I was so fixed on details. However, the total overview and connection between the parts was lost, so the drawing was a failure as an end result.

There is a right way to draw something. This wasn’t that way.

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I have a bone to pick

30 Jan

I wanted to see if I’m already able to draw without tracing from a photo imported into Art Rage 2. That proved to be much harder than I thought. One painful realization is that you can check if you did it right, by simply overlaying the drawing on top of the photo. This gives you less “artistic freedom”, which may be something that lets you be less free in how you approach a subject. On the other hand, it forces you to be accurate.

Here is the photo I took from a dog toy, I once bought for my cats. However, it never got the response from my cats I expected when I saw it in the bargain bin of a nearby petshop. They have always ignored it, even when poking it in their sides. It seemed they wanted to say: “That a dog’s toy. Get rid of it.” Another useless piece of paraphernalia in my house.

Bone to pick

I didn’t like the plastic look of the toy, so I decide to change it somewhat. This was the resulting drawing.

Bone to pick drawing

So, finally I have found a good use for this object. The cats didn’t want it, but it still is a good subject for a drawing.

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Soup mug and old sketches of mugs

30 Jan

This tiny sketch of a soup mug was a revelation to me, because it showed that I’m really going in the right direction with my craft.

Yes, the sketch is a bit rough, and there were some errors, but the overall impression is good (enough).

Every time I needed to put something on paper, or correct something, I used the real subject, and didn’t try to reason how to best do the drawing. I know now, that this behavior can (and will) lead to criticizing your drawing before it is finished. Keep looking at the subject and let it do the talking.

Soup mug

And then it is always good for your ego, and your motivation to pursue the road you’ve taken, to compare old drawings with recent drawings. This was an assortment of little sketches on an A5 pieces of paper.

Assorted sketches of mugs months ago

I can still see my impatience in the recent drawing, although it’s clearly less than in the frantic sketches in the older drawing. I need to take more time to put it onto paper. My brains can take in information only that fast, and no faster. Any faster, and I’m starting to see things that aren’t there. We don’t want that just yet.

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Toy Tiger

29 Jan

Every time I start drawing from life, I seem to embark on a treacherous voyage of registering with my drawing tool what my eyes see. I’m always amazed afterwards that I have pulled it off. Until now –knock on wood– I have always been able to make my drawing resemble the subject (more or less).

This plush animal was bought as a toy for my cats. I sometimes spray catnip on it, to give it extra appeal (for the cats). It’s not as beat up as another cat toy I bought much longer ago, which has suffered through more than 10 years of cat abuse.

So, this drawing I’m quite pleased with, even though it’s just a quick 20 minutes sketch. I’m slowly learning not to peek too long at the drawing, but at the subject instead.

Toy Tiger

If I can keep this rate of improvement up, I’ll soon be drawing humans, not plush animals, but humans of flesh and blood. I guess I’ll draw myself first, to see if I’m already up to it.

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