brunetti week 1

I’m playing with Ivan Brunetti’s Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice. This is possibly a really goofy thing to do, because this book is based very closely on the syllabus of a class he teaches at my school and that I will be taking next fall. But I like the book, so I got impatient, and hey, there is nothing in here so far that will kill me if I do it twice.

Exercise 1.1: draw a car in 4 minutes, then in 2, then 1 minute, 30 seconds, 15 seconds, 5 seconds. Repeat with a cat, a castle, a telephone, and a self-portrait.

I won’t spam with all of these, but I enjoyed the castle most, so have that.

Exercise 1.2: draw at least 25 famous cartoon characters in no more than 10 seconds each.

I am really curious to see how many people can actually identify any of these. There are only a few that I think are really obvious.

Also, I apologize for the sudden drop in image content here; I’ve been having problems with my scanner, so for the next couple of weeks it’s back to the camera and it just does not get along with this paper.

Exercise 1.3: pencil out a 10×10 grid, and fill each box with an illustration of the first word that comes to mind, taking no more than 5 seconds for each.

Brunetti calls this a “Zen” exercise, but it actually stressed the hell out of me, as having a beeper go every five seconds will do. The results were largely unintelligible and honestly not worth posting. I might try it again some other time.

Homework 1: create a 8×11 “doodle page” in black and white, arranged according to some larger scheme but with a dense variety of smaller drawings.

I worried about this one for a bit, because I wasn’t quite clear on what was being looked for, but then I decided the open-endedness was probably the point and if it isn’t, I don’t care, because I’m not being graded on this. I used sepia and white, because I’m a rebel I already spend a million hours a week drawing a comic in flat black and white and I wanted a bit of variety.

planning ahead

Okay, so. Assume I keep chugging along with one or two sets of derby girls a day and finish when I planned to, on July 25. I’m going to be in London from July 26-August 5


and travel makes it hard to keep up a daily routine, so I figure as long as I keep on drawing something every day I’m cool. I don’t know if I’ll be able to post my work using just a Blackberry, so there may be a sudden huge batch of drawings of London when I get back. I hope not; I really like being able to post stuff as I go.

After I get back I have another 30 days– 33, I think, actually, before school starts. And I conveniently have Bement’s The Energetic Line in Figure Drawing, which looks really cool and is divided up into 30 short exercises. So that’s what I mean to be doing up through Labor Day, probably in some bastardized hybrid of pencil and ink.

Once school starts, I’ll have two drawing classes, but they’re Drafting for Theatre and Applied Drawing– both classes that sound like they’re aimed more towards accuracy than artistry. So on days when I’m not doing actual homework I think I’ll play around with my Andrew Loomis books– nothing too demanding, I just have a variety of useful-looking .pdfs by him.

That gets me up to the end of the semester, and I don’t know what I’ll do after that. Maybe plants? I was complaining today that the idea of drawing plants really intimidates me.


I try not to post here without something I have drawn, but my Internet has gone all whacked lately and doesn’t want to upload files ever, even giant important files I need to get to other people to keep my job. Maybe my “art” gave it indigestion, I don’t know. There will be stuff posted soon! Honest. Hopefully Wednesday. I love that for once the failure to post regularly isn’t my fault.

In the meantime, BOOKS. I got ’em. Fashion Illustration 1920-1950 by Walter T. Foster; Western World Costume by Carolyn G. Bradley; The Energetic Line in Figure Drawing, by Alon Bement; and a book of Holbein portraits my mom slipped in there. I am still waiting on the Erte and I think one or two more anatomy books, but BOOKS. The Bement in particular is very textbook-y, divided up into lessons with exercises, so maybe there is a way for me to work methodically through that; I already had some Andrew Loomis books that I would love to put to use as well.

Actually, when I can upload things again I might scan some of the Bement book, because it looks awesome and I am seriously excited about it.

art book shopping + roller derby 2

I made the mistake of asking someone for advice the other day about how to be less neurotic about my drawing, and they told me that maybe I should just give up until I could cope with the idea of not being immediately awesome.

I choose to believe they were trying to get the response they did in fact get from me, which was FUCK YOU I AM GONNA GO DRAW THINGS RIGHT NOW.

Incidentally, my mom and I split a Dover Books order, because they were doing a thing where if you ordered $50 in already-ridiculously-discounted books you got a $10 gift card. I have a whole heap of books about costume history and drawing instruction arriving tomorrow– I am particularly excited for a 1920s-50s- focused fashion illustration text and a book of Erte illustrations– so I will be flailing about those for the next little while.

Anyway, have a batch of people.

PEOPLE WITH WAISTS. Check it out. (I was even diligent enough to draw one for the ref in the middle, who appeared to have none.) I don’t know that I like these as much as the last batch, though. Why are my women not woman-shaped? Where is that one girl’s neck? I don’t know, Internet, I don’t know.

I am going to be downtown all day tomorrow and my reference photos are on my computer, so there may not be derby girls tomorrow, but there will be something. Maybe trains or ballet dancers. Things That Are Downtown.