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.
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.
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.
My coworker and I have started doing the 21-Day Drawing Challenge with Von Glitschka from Lynda.com (it's free, join in!) Here's my first one, under the first day's topic: "Cat". The lyrics come from this great Kliban drawing of a folk-singing cat. My friends and I would sing this on the playground back in the day, usually on the swings.