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24 Nov

When I was drawing those Preston Blair head shapes, I was wondering what makes a shape like that tick, how can you best see an ellipse, egg shape and pear shape through the artist’s eye?


Well, an ellipse is straight forward. That is an elongated circle.

An egg shape is based on an elongated circle, but it is elongated more on one side than the other. Furthermore, the more elongated side is thinner and the less elongated is fatter than a comparable ellipse.

A pear shape is like an egg shape, but with a pinch in the more elongated side of the shape. This pinch makes the already thinner side even thinner, and the fatter side gets even fatter.

So an egg shape is just a special case of a pear shape, while an ellipse is a special case of an egg shape, and a circle a special case of an ellipse. Of course, by logic, a circle is also a special case of a pear shape.

That is all.

Beardus Maximus fan art, day 28

2 Nov

What one could do with an ellipse other than to use in geometry.

Beardus Maximus fan art, day 28

This fan art is made to support the sale of the trade paper back comic book of the web comic PC Weenies. The comic book is called Rebootus Maximus.

The creator of Rebootus Maximus, Krishna Sadasivam, has a small experiment going on, where he will grow a beard for as many days as there are copies of the comic book sold through his website. He called this dare Beardus Maximus, and it is the challenge I’m supporting whole-heartedly by drawing a piece of fan art, either with Bob Weiner in it, or something that has to do with beards (or both).

BTW I used the ellipse construction technique I wrote about earlier today to construct Bob Weiner’s head shape.

That is all.