Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I do declare I'm in a state

Periscope went to the zoo today to draw the animals from life!

I like drawing adults holding children to practice weight.

The top right drawing is an example of what happens when someone knows I'm drawing them. My high school art teacher taught me that once someone makes eye contact with you 3 times, it's time to drop it and move on.

The polar bear was probably my favorite animal to draw today. That arched nose and the multiple head bumps are really interesting, and the way their massive weight shifts when they walk, swim, and stand up is really striking. I can't believe how long their necks appear when they stretch their heads up!

That's 'knows'. (-__-)

Colobus monkeys are awesomely fun to draw. I can draw nothing if I can't draw long, trailing hair.

Here is where my blood sugar dipped dangerously low.


Monday, July 11, 2011

Don't you want me to be the captain of your submarine up periscope

Deconstructing Comics Episode #285 part 1 takes a look at comic studio set-ups. I talk about Periscope Studio around 19:40. I have to research my Periscope history...!

Portland Comics posted an article on Periscope today as well.

7 new Between Gears pages up today if you haven't read them!

Friday, July 8, 2011

My body's a temple but nothing is simple

I have NOT been having migraines, knock on wood, but I was thinking about this:

Life is very stressful right now. I am doing my best and failing.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

There are moments in the night

Vacation comics!

I'm falling upstairs to meet you

More life drawing sketches! Heed me: this is NSFW.

I am SO GLAD we are organizing monthly life drawing sessions. I have a woman's body, right? But drawing a woman's body last night made me realize several things that are going to help me draw women more accurately from now on. I have realizations like that every time I draw people from life.
If you are an artist, but you can't take a figure drawing class for whatever reason, search around your city for drop-in sessions you can join. In Portland we have Hipbone, The Canvas, and countless bars and cafes that do regular life drawing nights.


Right around here, Ben Dewey recommended I focus on contour shading with my extra time. I said "Yes, Sensei," and broke out some blue lead so I could get my messy sketch of the model down first, then go in with pencil for neat lines and add shadow onto a cleaner drawing: