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Life drawing with the local Pétanque club

1 Aug

So I went for a hike to the local place where people go for a stroll. It happened that the local Pétanque club was playing ball there.

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It didn’t take long for someone spotting I was drawing them. Luckily for me I had my iPod playing, so I didn’t mind too much. Whatever the case, I wasn’t as relaxed as the previous time with the music. I even noticed that was looking more at the paper than at what I was drawing. After I corrected that, it went surprisingly well.

Even so, I stopped after a few pages, because I had enough. Also, people were walking too much for my current skill level, so I couldn’t really study their poses.

That is all.

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Drawing female characters – or the male ignorance of fashion issues

1 Aug

I can only imagine how to draw women for now. According to Tom Bancroft in his book Creating Characters with Personality, which I have received a copy of today:

If you are a typical macho male, believe me, no matter what you think, you don’t know women’s hairstyles and clothing.

I guess the next drawing only strengthens that statement. Bancroft continues that you need to browse through current women’s fashion magazine to keep abreast of the latest development.

Female characters

The funny thing is, though, that if I don’t have a clue about those kinds of things, at least half of my readers won’t either.

I remember a brief discussion some time ago about wearing eyeliner. All the guys had no idea that it is an important part of young women’s make-up. And no, it does not hurt when you put it on the inside of the eyelids. Of course, you can overdo it, but most woman know when to stop and give that little bit of accentuation to their eyes. Guys won’t notice it, but girls do, among each other. It is not only guys who want to look all smart and presentable, compared to other guys, by lifting weights and such, or buying hip gadgets to poke their opponents’ eyes out with. Girls do that too, only by other means, more subtle, less immediately apparent.

Having to force myself to buy new cloths, I’m not particularly an expert on trends in fashion. That the shop I mostly buy my cloths in has the nickname Cheap and Awful (C&A) says it all I guess. Grace and elegance is something I need to acquire a taste for, if I want to be able to draw women somewhat convincingly.

Not that I’m a male chauvinist. It just hasn’t been on my radar. I’m sure I’m not the only man who has this disposition.

That is all.

Use The Force to get an F

1 Aug

Let us be clear. Star Wars is not science fiction, not a fictional work based on science. It is a fairy tale, a fantasy story. That it is based in space does not make it more real.

Use The Force to get an F

I’m sure if you would try to write an essay on The Force in Science Class you would be rewarded with an F. The Force stands for failure. It brought Anakin Skywalker nothing but grief. Lord Helmet, oh sorry, Darth Vader was a big failure. You cannot command people with fear and threat, however powerful you are.

But then, the people in Star Wars aren’t people, because they live long ago in a galaxy far away. Human beings live on Earth not in the Star Wars universe. To give them human emotions is just as unfair as giving human feelings to our pets. More unfair even, because the creatures in the Star Wars universe aren’t even related to life on Earth. We have more in common with an earth worm than with a humanoid in the Star Wars universe.

In fact, why do we care? Those creatures aren’t even human and are devoid of human thought, emotions and motivation.

Star Wars makes no sense whatsoever. It is a fun series to watch though, as a piece of fiction, that is. Some people take it far too serious, as if it could really happen. Yeah, when pigs fly.

That is all.