I haven’t updated in a while, but no worries I’ve still been plugging away. Just haven’t been feeling too good lately. My posts might be a little sporadic for a short time, but know that I’m still drawing!
This is a quick sketch I drew a while ago at my wife’s workplace. The base of the lamp is actually very different, but I didn’t care for it at all so I improved on it by giving it this simple base. That’s one of the cool things about drawing is that you can improve on reality!
In other news I’ve just recently signed up for Dennis Preston’s Cartooning workshop at LCC. It starts up in the spring and I’m terribly excited! I’ve heard great things about his teaching ability. I was originally planning on taking a basic drawing class, but I heard negative things about the class. When I saw Preston’s workshop I jumped at the opportunity to join. Preston is something of a local legend here in Lansing (especially if you’re addicted to coffee).
The trip to Kentucky was just what I needed! It was a great vacation, with a great group! We had so much fun, met a lot of wonderful people, had amazing experiences and I even found some time to put pencil to paper.
Sitting down with my sketch book and pencil in hand I attracted the attention of one of the youngest members of our trip (she’s incredibly talented and creative) she right away asked me to copy a cartoon monkey that was on the front cover of her diary.
Next she asked me to draw her a tiara, which of course I did.
Later I sat down to sketch eyes and noses. The noses I find really difficult. I think the trick is you almost have to just give the impression or hint of a nose. If you draw too much it comes out looking weird.
I drew a wooden fish that was hanging from the wall of our cabin.
This portrait was drawn based on a picture in a rock climbing magazine that was laying in the cabin. The climber was in his tent having breakfast when he paused to pose and give an over-the-top roar for the camera. I’m much happier with how this portrait turned out. I think the nose wasn’t quite right, but overall I’m happy with it. I puzzled over how to draw the teeth for a while. I finally got the idea to draw them like normal and then use the eraser to drag horizontally across the teeth so only the top and bottom gaps show. It turned out well.
And of course I couldn’t resist doodling while I sat with the group watching TV.
Lastly I drew a study of a head while watching a “How To” video on YouTube. It was based on the Loomis method. It helped a lot in teaching me how to find where the correct place to put the features of the face are and what their relation is to the rest of the face. Watching someone else draw in real-time as I followed their movements was a big help. I’ll have to do it again soon. I found a lot of different videos on YouTube when I searched for “how to draw”.
There you have it! All my drawings while I was away! I had an amazing trip, but I’m glad to be back home.
I’m spending the week in Kentucky on vacation! I may be on vacation, but I’m not on vacation from drawing. I’m going to keep my pencils moving!
I won’t be posting while I’m on vacation, but I’ll be back in a week and will dump all my drawings from Kentucky on you then!
Until then have fun, I know I will!