Tuesday, September 02, 2014

21 days: Reality is boring

This day's assignment started with this example at right of a very proper businessman in the rain. I've decided he's British. (Not that you can tell from the pic, just trust me, he is.) In any case, notice was made that all of his limbs were very close to his body, and if he'd been a silhouette, he'd make kind of a staid one.

The challenge was titled "Reality is Boring" and encouraged you to rearrange Mister Businessman so that he made a more interesting shape. Artistic license was encouraged. Poor Mister Businessman... I see a bit of a trip in your future.

Now that this assignment is done, I want to draw it all over looking more like this:

Monday, September 01, 2014

21 days: Tell a visual story

Day 13's assignment is to create a visual narrative within one rectangle - no words, no speech bubbles. It should come as no surprise that this was drawn during a nice round of family D&D, but I've always had a soft spot in my heart for dragons ever since I read my first Anne McCaffrey book.


And day 12's assignment: iconography. Anguish, hope, curiosity, mystery.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

21 days: monster-making!

I loved this assignment so much that I actually took time and scanned this one in. 

For some more monstrous goodness, check out some of my favorite monsters:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

21 days: SuperDoodle

Today's challenge was to fill an entire 8.5x11 paper with doodles. My kind of assignment!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

21 days: shadows and headphones

I made good time on the weekend, but all this getting ready for school stuff is showing me how much I need to make drawing and painting a non-negotiable priority. I finished these on lunch break, timing myself with an episode of the Muppet Show. 

For this exercise in shading and light sources, I did in fact go into the downstairs bathroom with my book light and the door closed, so that I could double-check the way the light actually appears. Did I look dumb? Who cares. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

21 days: a girl and her dragon

A certain someone was very upset with me for drawing this, and will be even madder when she knows I've posted it. But this assignment is about drawing something you're passionate about. I'm passionate about storytelling, about fantasy, and about letting your imagination run wild so that you can pretend to inhabit that story. The inspiration for this drawing is from something else I'm passionate about: my daughter. 

While all my kids say it doesn't look like her (and they're correct, though they do share some awesome hair), I told them that it's inspired by her, her love of dragons, and the fact that she does in fact have a staff she likes to walk with that looks just like this one. 

You know that Shakespeare quote, "Though she be but little, she is fierce!" - that's my Angela.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

21 days: Rocktopus

Day 6's assignment. He is either playing "Rock Lobster", "Octopus's Garden", or "I Want to Hold Your Hand Hand Hand Hand Hand Hand Hand Hand."

21 days: horse and pony show

This lesson was supposed to be about refinement: to draw a subject many times in many different styles, or to draw the same image again and again with modifications until you've arrived at a happy place with it. You could choose from the following topics: Bigfoot, your boss, a shark, a skull, a pelican, an evil space villain, or a horse. No contest here.