I have a couple of portrait commissions underway at the moment. Every now and then I need to cleanse or shake loose the drawing hand, and shift the drawing mind and eye.
I’ve returned to this page in my Moleskine a few times this week looking for that relaxation.
Circles are my jam. It doesn’t bother me when lines go wonky in circles. That oval was intentional! Ha, so there.
Stippling…now there is a practice to calm and slow the mind. Stippling is a study in patience. If you get too carried away, you drag the pen causing directionality and heavy coverage. If you get too anxious to move to another section you get a line of dots.
What will happen to this page next?!? It’s anyone’s guess.
There’s a new theme developing as a result of my sloth…sitting. I need to get up and move around more and more often. Hard to sketch while strolling. I might fall into a hole or walk into a tree. Just because these things happen predominantly in cartoons and sitcoms doesn’t mean they can’t and don’t happen in real life. They are just less likely to be filmed in real life.
I think we’ve gotten a little off topic.
I was sitting on the front porch sketching a banana plant I’d separated and repotted earlier in the day.
I centered the pot incorrectly which means the top of the plant was popped off. My grandmother specialized in taking photos of people without the tops of their heads. The tops were out if the frame, they weren’t actually chopped off…oh dear, no. So lopping off tops must be genetic in some way. I’ll have to see if there is a study out there to support my assumption.
While I was sketching I was also listening to Mark Maron’s “Thinky Pain” show. Funny show, and now I have a thinky pain.
Warming up a cup of coffee last week, the microwave made a sizzling and zapping noise so I cautiously canceled it. Opening the door there was a yellow glow for a short time followed by a bit of smoke…short term electrical fire was the end of the microwave.