Wednesday, September 30, 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Things are getting scary

Mostly because I'm still having problems with foreshortened circles. Another imaginary birdhouse - but it didn't look anything like a birdhouse by the time I was done with it, so I added a smirk and made him into a scarecrow head. Perhaps I can turn him into a halloween decoration.

Actually, the exercise did make me think of those 70's styrofoam ball and bead christmas ornaments. Perhaps I should draw one of those from life - it might help me get a handle on these @#$% circles.

Either that or I'm going back to the liquor bottles.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 ~ 1 Comment

Things are getting out of control

Now I'm drawing imaginary things. This is an imaginary birdhouse (another one of Brian Curtis' exercises).

Looks a little like an olive on a swizzle stick.

I told you all these foreshortened circles would drive me to drink.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 ~ 0 Comments

back to things

and back to Brian Curtis' "Drawing From Observation". This is exercise 11. 4 on foreshortened circles. I am not good at drawing foreshortened circles. I do not enjoy drawing foreshortened circles. And I have been reading the excellent book "Talent is Overrated" by  Geoff Colvin, which states that  best way to excel in a given field is to engage in deliberate practice: "activity designed specifically to improve performance, often with a teacher's help: it can be repeated a lot; feedback on results is continuously available; it's highly demanding mentally; and it isn't much fun."

Which means I'm going to be spending the rest of the week drawing foreshortened circles.

These circles are a liquor bottle, a martini shaker, and a couple of shot glasses.

I can see those coming in handy.

Saturday, September 12, 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Don't be silly

OBVIOUSLY, I don't own this guy. Ignoring the legal and moral implications, even if I did, you can see that he's escaping, so I wouldn't own him any longer.

Sometimes, I don't make sense even to myself.

Anyway, this is my submission to the monthly "Art By Committee" communal sketch-along hosted by the wonderfully informative, generous, and astonishingly talented James Gurney (what!?! you haven't been to his blog yet? GO, already!)

Now, back to less animated things.

Friday, September 11, 2009 ~ 3 Comments

Bigger things!

Ok, this is getting silly - if I keep scaling up the stuff I'm drawing, I'm going to have to move to aerial shots of the neighbourhood next.This is my house. It's the biggest thing I own (well, I don't really own it, J. and I co-own it with the bank. But we're responsible for it. I don't see the bank manager over here weeding the garden).
Back to our regularly scheduled things tomorrow. Promise.