Sketch Dump

I was glued to the tube yesterday watching the inaugural events. I did this sketch from a photo of President Obama. I’m afraid I didn’t do his smile justice. It’s been great seeing so many sketches of our 44th president.

Went to church last weekend. That was the first time in a long time that I’d been to church for anything other than Christmas. I have plenty of faith, but I have not had much religion lately. However, more than religious trappings, I went to church for a feeling of community. Now that I’m working from home, I feel a bit disconnected. Still don’t miss the commute, however.

I took myself out for breakfast after church, and I drew the top of the building across the street from the restaurant while I waited for my food.

My hand just hanging out on the table in front of me. It was daring me to draw it. I mean come on, there it is…one sock-clad finger curl away from being a puppet, so you know it was daring me. I swear I didn’t imagine it.

My entry for the “draw a remote” Everyday Matters challenge. Have to go find out what number that was supposed to be. I guess it doesn’t really matter. I redesigned the remote a bit—streamlined it, and explored different button shapes and themes. Don’t know that I’d ever voluntarily press that “don’t play” button—doesn’t sound at all fun. On the other hand, there are some days when it’s difficult to get focused on work. Maybe it would come in handy on those occasions.

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Big Things Afoot

Big things like the Democratic National Convention are afoot. Now, I know this isn’t a political blog, but I can’t help but say, “Wow.” There you have it—my one word commentary. There wasn’t a dry eye or a slow pulse in the place. Good stuff.

Now let us turn our attention to something a bit more mundane, but still a little exciting. A while ago I’d signed up with a group inside the Everyday Matters group to exchange ATCs (Artist’s Trading Cards). These are 2.5 x 3.5″ pieces of art that get swapped amongst the group members. I did a swap like this once before, and it turned out to be a one-for-one swap—probably a good thing for my first time out of the gates.

This time I was looking for a bit more of a challenge, and I was also looking to reap the reward of a flood of return ATCs—there are some very talented people in this group. Last week I mailed off my ATCs, and I’m anxiously awaiting the return mix of original, wonderful art. In the meantime, I’ve decided to let the cat out of the bag, and give everyone a sneak preview.

I made a record of sorts of the creation of my ATCs, so here they are. First came the pencil drawings, and a bit of pen work… In fact, first came some agonized planning, trying to decide what to do. There were nine people in my group (including myself), and I didn’t want to do nine of the very same thing. Of course, no two would ever be the same anyway, but you know what I mean.

The planning looked like this…

The purple background made the whole thing fade into a grape lump. I’d mentally pictured something in gradients of color, but the subtlety of my mind is far, far ahead of the subtlety of my hand.

The pencil and stenciling came next…

The project ended up with far more than the requisite nine, but I’ve already given one to someone outside the group who is an avid postcard collector, and is also interested in ATCs (as of the moment she received her first, or so she said).

Then there were flowers and plants to add…

Next, I mixed up the background color (somewhat consistently).

Finally, I really set to painting, but I’d started a bit late, and not all the cards were finished before the chosen eight had to go out the door.

Most of these I kept…

And these I sent… Well, at the last moment I swapped the other finished maple for a crocus to give a bit more of a selection.

Always remember that…

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Rainy Days and Mondays…

The lady is not based on any model. It was a doodle I did last night. She looks terrible, but she’s got some awesome retro threads.

Now for this plug I did use a model. She was very difficult to work with—kept demanding smoke breaks and different lighting. Sheesh…models.

Salt and pepper shakers. I don’t actually own a set. I have one of those all-in-one pepper mill/salt shakers. I’ve had it since college, but a long relationship does not make for loyalty in this instance. I do remember a set of shakers that had the holes arranged in a “P” and an “S”, and I loved the efficiency of this—no more test shakes.

Really like how these turned out, but I must confess—I cheated. I traced the actual article and just drew in the details. My first drawing was SOOOOOO bad. I really can’t stand to think of it—the pain is still too fresh.

Now this is soap. Soap in my bathroom. Soap in my bathroom viewed from the commode. Special, no?

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The moment you’ve all been waiting for! Well, maybe one or two of you…maybe.

Argh! It’s too long! Well, here are the sections. If you’d actually like to be able to read the text, click on the image for a larger version.

Alright… the big moment is ruined by the limitations of technology. I’d arranged the above segments into one rather long presentation because, you see, they meet up end to end. Of course, Blogger is not up to the task of displaying a 44 inch piece of art! Ha! Wimp!

Well, if you’ve a mind to see it in all it’s glory, go here: and there’s a button above the main image for “all sizes.”

Have to own up to a bit of wimpishness of my own—it’s messy because I ran our of the desire and energy to clean up all the little Moleskine lines. Should have done this in a plain paper notebook. Live and learn, I tell ya, live and learn.

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EDM 26 & 162

I really wanted to draw the new rug I ordered for my dining room, so I had to scour the list of EDMs to come up with a “draw anything you want”, because you know, I need permission to draw things. Wait, that’s not right. I’ll have to think about that some more, and get back to you. It’s all the fault of the paint that the rug looks so orange. Really, it is.

The not-so-breakfast-of-champions.

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