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Drawing Leo Laporte, part 10

17 Feb

I was wondering why I had such a hard time drawing from the TWiT Live stream. Was it because the stream went so fast, and Leo Laporte can’t really sit still, or was it something I did wrong? I suspected the latter, but what was I doing wrong?

Here are some sketches I made on February 15, 2009 during The Tech Guy, just before the Stickam feed “blew up”, and TWiT Live was off the air for two days. Still, I got 30 minutes of solid drawing time.

Drawing Leo Laporte - TTG 2009-02-15-a Drawing Leo Laporte - TTG 2009-02-15-b

There were some sketches that were reasonably good, but it was a bit of a hit and miss.

Here is what I did today. I sketched for more than an hour, both part of the prerecorded This WEEk in TECH show of Sunday February 15, 2009, and whole of the MacBreak Weekly live stream of today, Tuesday February 17, 2009.

Drawing Leo Laporte - TWiT 2009-02-17-a Drawing Leo Laporte - TWiT 2009-02-17-b

I took a little break after TWiT, and saw that the sketches in which I started with the contours of the face (the largest shape) where the best. What if I tried that and see if I could draw both Leo and his studio co-host on MacBreak Weekly.

Drawing Leo Laporte - MBW 2009-02-17-a Drawing Leo Laporte - MBW 2009-02-17-b

Although it is still off model, it resembles the actual people more than when I drew the eyes, nose and mouth first. I guess drawing the larger shapes first, and only then draw the smaller shapes is really more effective.

It is a hoot to draw Leo Laporte, because he is so energetic. If he is having fun, I’m having fun, because that is what I draw. As long as he keeps putting out shows, I’m keep drawing him, and so doing improving my drawing skills.

That is all.

Toy lion

17 Feb

I was curious if my live drawing skills had improved over the days. And it seems they have somewhat.

Although, there were still things wrong with the contour drawing (which prevented my to make a full drawing), it is much better than what I did last week.

Toy lion 001

After I drew the contours of a toy plush lion, I took this photo to check my drawing.

Toy Lion 001 Photo

The problem was that I didn’t drew the line of the top of the couch. If I had done that, the drawing would have been much better. Next time, I should first put some foundation underneath my subject before I start sketching.

That is all.

Happy birthday, Rob

17 Feb

A good friend and training buddy for road running, Rob Schmidt, turned 65 today. I wanted to congratulate him with this nice cartoon.

Gefeliciteerd Rob!

The cartoon is in Dutch, and reads:


She says: “Rob 65 years… I don’t know.”

She thinks: “My guess is he’s not even 50.”

signed René van Belzen

That is all.

Just drawing

17 Feb

Actually I was ready to go to bed, when I had a sudden urge to draw. I hadn’t drawn all day, and this was something I had to do.

So, I started scribbling, and whoops, I what I saw on paper was more or less the same as in reality. And it was a liberating feeling. Wow. I’m actually seeing what I draw while I’m drawing it. A surreal experience.

I also added some notes to the drawing, just I felt good to do that.

I’m glad I stayed up a bit longer (40 minutes for this drawing), to enjoy the gift of creation. It may not seem much to you, but I’m mighty proud.

Just drawing

Now I’m gonna post about this on TWiT Army and then it’s off to bed.

That is all.