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My take on THErealFROGMAN

5 Jul

The website maintainer of TWiT Army Canteen is called the Frogman, aka thefrogman or TheREALfrogman. I decided to make a sketch of him. This is the least I can do, because he is so gracious in making time available to keep the website running.

My take on theREALfrogman

Thanks for all the hard work you do every day, frogman!

That is all.

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To caricature is to exaggerate

5 Jul

Hmm, the drawn head is a rip off from a book I have bought a while ago, about drawing caricatures. I found it in a Dutch bookstore, so it is translated from English. Apparently, Dutch caricaturists don’t have enough appeal to Dutch book publishers to justify a publication about the subject. On the other hand, British caricaturists obviously have. The mocking portrait in caricature of a famous politician in a newspaper is a long-standing tradition.

To caricature is to exaggerate

So translation it is, and reading the book in time it is as well. The book assumes you can already draw, and introduces the experienced draftsman into the world of the caricature. Since I’m not experienced enough, I shouldn’t be reading this book, though I couldn’t resist.

Now I kick myself in the rear for reading too advanced stuff and for copying someone else’s drawing. Well, my take on it, so it’s not really verbatim copying. I just didn’t create the drawing from the ground up, as is explained in the book, which I could do, if I only was good enough. This seems to be a viscous circle to me (I have to be good to draw, but if I don’t draw I’ll never be good).

Such books are more an exposé of the artist’s abilities than a true study book, in my humble opinion.

So, why am I suckered into buying that stuff? Perhaps I shouldn’t be browsing bookstores, at least not local bookstores. What does the store owner (or his employees) know of drawing anyway? They just judge the pretty pictures and the appeal to the potential buyer. Once you’ve bought it, it’s your problem what to do with a book.

And why can’t I keep my blog posts short and to the point? Do I have to keep stressing I have no idea what I’m writing about, that I’m some kind of cheap hack? Perhaps that is putting it too strongly. I’m clearly exaggerating. Oh wait, that was the point of the post to begin with.

That is all, full stop.

Commoonicating clearly

5 Jul

While I was thinking about and doodling longhand writing, and how it must have evolved from the Greek alphabet, it dawned upon me that writing and drawing actually are the same thing. And with writing I don’t mean putting words into sentences and stories, but the act of drawing letters on a piece of paper, so the low-level stuff, not the meaning of it, not what it stands for, but it itself, the stuff that makes the image of words.

Commoonicating clearly

I’m sure most of you think about fonts here, but I guess you could go even lower than that, because fonts are still abstracting what is going on in your mind while you’re writing longhand. No, I mean the lines and curves that make up letters.

My idea is that if you make the contrast between straight lines and curves bigger, it will be easier to read the letters, identify the words on paper, and understand what the author meant when he thought of a story to tell (or an idea to communicate) to the reader.

And sometimes you intentionally don’t want to be clear, but rather ambiguous or unclear, so the reader can participate more in the story. I wonder if you can reflect this by changing the font slightly, almost unnoticeably, perhaps pick a font that looks like the body copy, but is somewhat less clear to read.

I’m just wondering…

That is all.

2 Seconds capture!

5 Jul

I had my sketchbook ready to start drawing, but I hadn’t decided what to draw. Then suddenly one of my cats (Natasha) came into the room. I saw her for 2 seconds, and in that instance I saw all the basic shapes that made up the pose of that moment. Of course, I wanted to capture that, and make a more elaborate drawing out of it.

Here it is.

2-seconds capture!

Mind you, the sketch bears no resemblance to the original cat. At some point, the drawing began to lead a life of its own.

I’ve added some touches, like a 50 % transparent layer for cel shading and a similar layer for the shadow effect on the lettering.

That is all.