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Monthly Archives: July 2006
A Shady Character
See? There’s a lot of shade!!!
Fine, fine… I know. I guess I was just running a bit behind on my bad pun quota. Anyway, this is the first of a few faces I sketched based on some random pictures, just to make myself practice drawing people.
Oswold Does a Silly Thing
Well, at least he’s having fun, I guess.
Now that I think about it, he does seem to be into rather extreme sports, doesn’t he? I wonder what he’ll do next then…
Bungy jumping? Skydiving?
Maybe he and his good pal Renfield will go whaling…
This is a sketch I did at the same time as the tree one. Well, okay, not at exactly the same time. I’m not that talented. Or that ambidextrous.
Anyway, I was planning on posting it right after the tree, but things kind of got a bit sidetracked. Anyway, you can expect another glance at the adventures of Oswold pretty soon. He’s probably a bit more interesting than a plant.
Well, this plant, at least.
Since it seems that essentially all variations on the archetypal creature known as dragon have already been illustrated at one point or another, I thought I’d base this one a bit heavily on an iguana. Not that I’m saying this hasn’t also been done before, but I’m fairly certain it has been done a bit less than some of the other types.
The Dead Sea Gently Exfoliates While it Moisturizes
While reading Kathy’s intriguing tale of the mysterious French-Italian and his magical Dead Sea sand, I felt the need to illustrate the strange goings-on so that countless generations yet unborn may relate to the story at a deeper level, taking away as much of its buried truth as their own stamina allows.
Not Just for Trees
As Rachel was quick to point out regarding the problem with drawing trees (in the previous post), “Dead and/or leafless trees are easier and more interesting.” This is quite true, of course.
However, it also works as a general rule of thumb for other subjects. Cats, for instance.
I’ve come to realize that trees do not lend themselves well to accurate sketches (without spending an undue amount of time on them, that is). For even if you’re looking straight at the thing during the moments when you’re not bent over your sketch pad, the only mental notes you can ever take back to your drawing hand are things like: “The edge kind of gets really wiggly about here… and then there’s that lumpy darkish bit below the squiggly mottled lightish bit just to the right of that extension with the blots of leafiness at odd intervals.”
And so you sort of improvise within the confines of that general description, until you end up with something that does, in fact, look like a tree, and would probably even have a similar shape as the subject. Though if the tree ever managed to get a good look at its supposed portrait, it would probably give you a fairly condescending bit of glowering and stomp off in a huff.
Leaving you to wonder how in the world it had just done that.
One Very Happy(?) Rabbit
This one’s just to make sure you guys don’t think I’m going soft since I haven’t really posted any disturbing pictures lately.
So here, folks, you can see what would probably work best as a bit of concept art for Revenge of the Velveteen Rabbit.