Archive for February, 2011

Sketch-A-Day, Day 7

Monday, February 28th, 2011

I saw it was Edison’s birthday and despite all of the things the man accomplished, this is the first story that popped into my head. Once again the handwriting is just atrocious. Ugh.

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Sketch-A-Day, Day 6

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

A sketch done the day that Egypt’s fourth President, Hosni Mubarak, stepped down after weeks of protests. The power of these protests (and those in Tunisia) has since spread to other countries in the Middle East.

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Sketch-A-Day, Day 5

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

After I finished, I realized I drew the guy on the Pringles can.

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Sketch-A-Day, Day 4

Friday, February 25th, 2011

I am not above a terrible visual pun. It was true though; I was very tired.

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Sketch-A-Day, Day 3

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

It was Jules Verne’s birthday on February 8th. When I decided to draw this to in homage to his “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” I realized that I did not know exactly what squid tentacles look like. It turns out that each sucker has a tiny claw attached. I found the tiny claw so creepy and beautiful.  Much of what Jules wrote about the future turned out to be accurate in many respects. Well done Mr. Verne, well done.

Also, I apologize for my terrible handwriting.

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Sketch-A-Day, Day 2

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

I never read H.P. Lovecraft growing up. I never found the right door into the world, I suppose. But at some point last year, I found the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast. It is a (mostly) chronological review of all of Lovecraft’s stories hosted by Chris Lackey and Chad Fifer. The two host the show providing a narrative overview, the context for the stories and biographical details about H.P. all while a guest reader provides the important bits of the story word-for-word. It’s a brilliant way to get into the Lovecraft universe and highly recommended for artists stuck at drawing tables for hours and hours. The above is a sketch of the ending of Lovecraft’s “The Dunwich Horror” that I finished listening to this day. This was the first Lovecraft story that I truly enjoyed. Now, I won’t say that I am a huge Lovecraft fan, but the stories are getting better and Chris and Chad can  make even the most terrible Lovecraft story lovable in its own way.

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Sketch-A-Day, Day 1

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

I drew this before the game even started. I had recently seen a documentary on Lombardi and the man’s singular desire to be great at his chosen profession was amazing and the toll it took on his health and family were terrible. He came out only a bit wonky. In any event, it turned out to be prophetic, since Green Bay won. P.S. I did not quit eating, because I am not a quitter. I think he’s saying that to test me. Coach Lombardi would have been proud.

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Sketch-A-Day Book

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

I got this sketchbook as a gift from my wife for Christmas, but because it was back-ordered, it didn’t arrive until mid-February. I will be posting the sketches here; one a day for a year. Each one will be about whatever I want to draw about that day—what’s in the news, or whatever struck me as noteworthy that happened on that date in history, or in my life. The book itself is pretty attractive.

It’s hardbound with a navy blue cover about 7″ x 4.5″ and spaces to sketch on for every day for one year; 4 spaces for every two pages.

The pages are slick and somewhat thick, so I’ve decided to finish each “sketch” with Prismacolor pens.

These pens are .005 and make very delicate lines. They allow for great precision, but can take MUCH longer to create different line-weights.

But each one starts the same way with my trusty Muji .5 mechanical pencil. I bought it on a whim while in the Jet Blue terminal at JFK in NYC and have used it ever since. It’s a bargain at $1.25.

I try to draw light enough that I can get rid of all of the pencil strokes with my also-trusty erasers, of which I have quite a few.

Process is simple enough. Tomorrow: The sketches begin! (to be blogged).

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Monday, February 14th, 2011

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