Sunday, June 29, 2008

Batman and Hairy Arm Lady

Sorry about the late update. It's weird... I felt like the last drawing night was pretty fruitful but there really weren't many drawings. I spent forever with the first doodle of Batman. Ottley was there and he is, of course, good at drawing superheroes whereas I always feel like I do a bad job them; they just don't come naturally. I fiddled and fiddled and fiddled with Batman but he just kept look really corny and weird to me. The end result looked better than a lot of the in-betweens, but still... meh.

The second page was a little more fun for me; it's just random stuff as usual. The first fella was the one with the long hair, then I drew the next guy from his left hand, which I really liked. Next up, I think, was the guy on the bottom-right, who got a treasure trail after Ryan drew a stubby-haired chin-treasure trail (just visit his site to see that madness). I disapproved, since I love drawing longer hair. Last up was the lady friend. She was fun to doodle, and her arm blended nicely into the guy's hair, so I embraced the weirdness there. Then it looked like the hand guy was trying to claw at her chest, so I went with that, too.

Oh, and I wrote a message on the guy's arm so I wouldn't forget. I need to burn some Fleet Foxes for Dave Chisholm to give a listen. They're freakin' amazing.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Mr. Grumpy-Pants

I was in an unusually terrible mood last draw night. Arriving, I didn't plan to draw anything, but I managed to get out some unfocused doodles, some of which reflected my mood. First up was some stuff I did on a scrap piece of paper with Derek's pen. Angry brows, gritting teeth, storm clouds, and dark eyes. That was a good reflection of all the irkness inside-a-me.

The next one may look worse than I meant it. Rachel drew a guy sitting down and I wanted him to be sitting on someone, so I doodled in the guy beneath him, but someone else at the table reasonably asked whether the guy on top or bottom was the aggressor. I leave it for you to decide.

Another loosey-goosey drawing. I rather liked this one.

And a final loose one before I left early. I think I bummed some people out taking off so early; my apologies.

Friday the Weird and 13th

A little Friday the 13th doodle done at the house of a friend. I have no idea what the hell is going on aside from the fact that he has two left hands. (That seems to be the least of his problems.)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Four-Legged Friends

So this week began with the usual warmup. I was feeling a little loose, so I knew I would be struggling a bit for inspiration, and decided the best thing was just to let the lines flow. Things started with a couple heads, but I was feeling like I should be trying to cram some bodies in there, and it prompted the collection of lines that make up the naked fella in the lower left.

It's been awhile since I sat next to Ryan Ottley and I miss goofing off during the session, trading poses and stuff, so I asked Ryan if he would give me a more superhero-y pose. Whenever I give a pose back to Ryan he laments how filled in the shapes already are, so I need to figure out a way to give him better figures. But to be fair, once the basic shapes are in, the basic shapes are in, and I mostly follow the lines he leaves for me, too. I just love filling his strong poses. I was feeling a little goofy on the head, but the shiny-headed baby man is all good in my book.

On the next page I started with the head on the left, thinking about some very flat, block-like shapes. After filling him and feeling a little uninspired, I just started doodling circles that become the next guy's eyes. His shapes started appearing in my head pretty quickly -- the rather round features mixed with small, poky bits of nose and lips that made him seem kind of nerdy and pale. I wanted the eyebrows to poke out more, so I really thickened and darkened them, and that inspired the really dense chest hair that he has. I really liked him.

Doing very flow-like lines made me think about the recent endeavors drawing animals from my head, since I find it fascinating that everyone knows when a drawing looks right, but they can't actually draw it themselves. So I decided to try some from-my-head animals. First up was the bunny, which "feels" a little off, but works. Next up was the turtle, which I thought was pretty decent, but I had a couple turtles growing up, so no fair, maybe. The last disaster was an attempt at a giraffe. I knew it didn't look right but I couldn't figure out how to fix it. I since looked it up, and it might have looked like a decent approximation if I could have figured out the front of the face. Giraffes have a lot pointier look. But rather than hide my mess, I figured it would be fun for everyone to see how far off a giraffe from my head can be.

I started the next drawing with the right eye and eyebrow when Jon Diesta asked if I would finish his drawing. I agreed, and figured he could finish mine. So this is Jon Diesta's completion of my right eye and eyebrow. Cool stuff in my book. I really like what he turned the guy into, and especially love his lei. The drawing I did on Jon Diesta's roughs is out there somewhere. Once again, I recommend you hassle him to scan it if you want to see what that ended up looking like.

The last one was the most flow of conscious drawing, and it turned out pretty fun, if not completely nuts. I started with the upper eyebrows, did the circles that later became eyelids, then the frog thing started popping in my head, and I started drawing out the edges of the mouth that the mustache sat on. From there it was just getting the kind of flabby underskin that frogs have and just started drawing legs. And more legs. Then some weird skin marks and tennis shoes, and whatever-the-hell-it-is seemed ready to go. Fun stuff.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Diesta Tew'd

This was a drawing from a month ago that I mentioned at the start of May. The face and start of hair was a drawing by Jon Diesta that he handed over for me to complete. I love the flow of his lines -- I really wish he would post more of his work -- and they were fun to follow. I don't like the length of the torso that I chose, but I pictured the flow of her hair turning into these weird hair-hand claws that were fun to doodle even though they were strange. I hope you enjoy this fun collab.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Technology Kills Time

Not too many drawings this week, and I think it was because of the tech in my first doodle. The drawings are also a little lighter because I ran out of lead and the only kind available at the table was 2H (thank you, Derek!). I started with the head in the upper-left -- yet another one of my drawings trying hard for the worst hairdo trophy. Next up was some big almond eyes that turned into a fella with a mohawk. I drew his hand out like he was holding out a ring for a kiss, and I wanted to do something more interesting with his left, so I decided to try a big gun. I absolutely despise drawing technology because I feel uncomfortable making up so much shape from ignorance, but I just went for it. I do the same with animals, really. But tech takes a lot more time despite it being nonsense, and I ate up most of the night dicking with shapes on it. I think it turned out decent, even if it makes no sense. I started drawing down the torso and considered drawing further, but instead replaced "further" with one more head, and embellished that with some word balloons.

Frustrated that the night was spent on the other drawing, and knowing I would have very little to post, I decided to just throw down one more doodle before everyone bailed. I say two posts this week is better than one.