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.

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30 Day meme days 11-12-13-14

My scanner is working! It’s a pain in the ass, but it’s working. Wow.

There ought to be another big batch of these coming– I’ve been drawing them more or less daily but I am playing a bit of catchup, plus I’m going out of town for a few days and won’t be able to upload anything.

Day 1: yourself
Day 2: favorite animal
Day 3: favorite food
Day 4: favorite place
Day 5: best friend
Day 6: favorite book character (can’t be a movie)
Day 7: favorite word
Day 8: favorite animated character
Day 9: favorite TV show
Day 10: favorite candy

Day 11: a turning point in your life
Day 12: most recent accomplishment
Day 13: comic
Day 14: favorite fairy tale

I guess I should be grateful I went to Snob U., because if I hadn’t I would never have moved to this city and I might never have ended up going to art school.

But Jesus Christ did I hate it there.

Cheap and sloppy, I know, but true.

The last page of the prologue of a comic I started writing once. Also, the last page I wrote full stop 😦

The Light Princess by George MacDonald.

Spring 2011: Figure Drawing (NSFW)

Live drawing from models. We produced somewhere between 5-7 drawings each week, twice during the semester we chose our 3-4 best and turned them in, and the week before last we turned in one more. The object here was to draw accurately and effectively, not to produce finished work, so there really isn’t much to say about these; I’m just going to post the ones I turned in.

These are all soft pencil on 18×24 drawing paper.

Batch 1

Batch 2

Batch 3

I gotta say– this felt like pulling teeth the entire semester and like I hadn’t gotten a jot better. But looking at these all in succession, damn that is some progress there, and I wish I could go on working at it for another fifteen months. I could use another month, at the very least, just learning to draw heads and hands that aren’t entirely terrible.

30 day meme days 9-10

Day 1: yourself
Day 2: favorite animal
Day 3: favorite food
Day 4: favorite place
Day 5: best friend
Day 6: favorite book character (can’t be a movie)
Day 7: favorite word
Day 8: favorite animated character

Day 9: favorite TV show
Day 10: favorite candy

I was legitimately held up on day 9, not for lack of trying, but because I couldn’t pick a single TV show. There are plenty of shows that put hearts in my eyes, but I can’t think of one that’s influenced me more than Star Trek: The Next Generation.

I’m not a big candy eater; when I want something sweet I tend to go for baked goods instead, and my friends all think I’m insane because I like the actual cake better than the frosting. But when I do eat candy, I am totally easy for anything with peanuts or peanut butter.

30 Day meme day 8

Day 1: yourself
Day 2: favorite animal
Day 3: favorite food
Day 4: favorite place
Day 5: best friend
Day 6: favorite book character (can’t be a movie)
Day 7: favorite word

Day 8: favorite animated character

30 Day meme days 5-6-7

Day 1: yourself
Day 2: favorite animal
Day 3: favorite food
Day 4: favorite place

Day 5: best friend
Day 6: favorite book character (can’t be a movie)
Day 7: favorite word

I don’t have a singular best friend right now, but this lady is the only person I still talk to from high school. The lines behind her are something else entirely on the previous page.

Leaning against the wind was like leaning against a wall. Hilary pulled off her hat and let her thick bobbed hair blow out behind her, so that she looked like one of the floating singing angels in the church below. . . . [She] advanced to the parapet, leaning over between the pierced battlements to stare out southward over the Fen.

Hilary Thorpe from The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers.

I don’t have a favorite word, so I asked a friend and she said hers was lechuga and it was Spanish for lettuce. Blame her.

30 Day meme day 4

Day 1: yourself
Day 2: favorite animal
Day 3: favorite food

Day 4: favorite place

This was a tough one. I went with Millennium Park, eventually, because I spend so much time there when it’s nice out. One of my favorite things to do in summer is grab a sandwich from 7-11 and go sit on the grass and read a romance novel or something.

30 Day meme day 3

Day 1: yourself
Day 2: favorite animal

Day 3: favorite food

I like all kinds of vaguely healthy things too! Like crab salad and Cobb salads and apple pie and lamb curry with mutter paneer. But if there is a single food I am endlessly easy for, it’s a nice hot greasy sausage-egg-and-cheese sandwich on a biscuit.

Oh God, I desperately need to get my scanner working and I am so sorry :C

30 Day meme day 2

Day 1: Yourself
Day 2: Favorite animal

My friends all have entertaining favorite animals like Eohippus and Megalodon and jellyfish. Me, I just like puppies.

30 Day meme day 1

AHAHA I love how I was all determined to keep this thing going and then didn’t post for over two months, and this had no effect whatsoever on my view count. That’s a little sad.

Anyway, here I am; I will be updating with schoolwork from Figure Drawing and Costume Design I soon enough. But in the meantime, just to get back into the swing of putting my art up on the internets, and to sort of warm up preparatory to when I start posting an actual webcomic on June 1

WHICH IS IN LESS THAN A MONTH

OH JESUS GOD I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING HELP MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

I am doing this instead.

A friend alerted me to the existence of this 30 Day Drawing Challenge. There’s probably a bunch floating around, but since my friend is doing this one I might as well do it with her.

Day 1: draw a self-portrait.

For the record, this is what I actually look like, as of an hour ago when I got home from class:

This is what I drew– without benefit of a mirror, because there wasn’t one handy when I had time free:

Although I did ask someone else sitting nearby whether it looked like me. She thought it did, a bit; I am unsure.

It’s a passable head; at absolute minimum, it shows a basic understanding of how heads work. But I’m not sure it’s me.

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