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Meeting doodles, Windup Space doodles, & Dr. Sketchy’s

Couple random doodles done during various section & unit meetings.

That one kind of reminds me of a fellow I knew back in high school and what he might look like in another decade or two. Maybe. If he’s eating right or something. I don’t know.

This lady was a sign language interpreter at a recent section meeting—it actually looks nothing like her. Three minutes into the drawing someone as tall as a tree sat in front of me. I pretty much had to make up (badly) 75% of the drawing.

One of the speakers at said section meeting. He had a Scottish accent and was a lot more lively than this serene pose indicates.

Last week while dropping off Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore flyers at the Windup Space, I decided to stick around and see the show being set up. Unfortunately, the show was 2 hours away and my phone was dead, so I ended up doodling Russell behind the bar.

The sketch is horrible, but I like the look of it—I might try it again tomorrow night while folks are drawing Paco.

Lastly, an unfinished doodle I did after the Russell doodle—it was cut off by the start of the show.

By the way, if you want to get some cheap life drawing in, and you’re around Baltimore, the next Dr. Sketchy’s is tomorrow night, at the Windup Space with Paco Fish. Doors at 6, start at 7! Whatever you got going on, this is better. Probably. I mean, if it’s your birthday and everyone’s giving you presents, fine. Otherwise, this is better.

(photo of Paco Fish courtesy of Twilight Images by Melody Smith, www.twilightimages.net)

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Sketch bloat.

Lordy, lots of stuff to post.  I’ll just get right to it and skip the usual round of excuses.  Things should move faster now though, I’ve got a brand new Mac and I’m attempting to use Painter every day (though I can guarantee you I won’t touch it tomorrow).

Anyways, half this stuff is new, half of it’s old stuff I found in a box while digging for things to put in Evernote.

These are some bar flies drawn at various stages of inebriation (both them and me).  They’re at least several years old, if not older.

These next couple are really old.  I think the first one was a tonal study for a painting, maybe.  It was on an itty-bitty scrap of paper.

Next is a sketch of Kiely which eventually became a source for one of the oil paintings posted earlier in this blog.  (The one I’ve actually been occasionally working on in an attempt to complete it.)

No idea what the next one is.

Alright, enough old crap, here’s some bar sketches done about two weekends ago . . .

Some doodles during a wrist-cutting section meeting . . .

(The previous one was drawn with lots of pew-pew-pew noises.)

And a doodle during lunch…

There’s a couple paintings done in Painter I still need to put up . . . probably get to that on Thursday . . .

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Really old doodles and some link love.

More old doodles today…some of these are really, really old, probably going back to highschool.  (ie, I don’t even remember doing them)

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The next one was a Borjun’s Tavern sketch….a top down view of the bar.  (I have no idea what the little guy at the bottom is.)

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A sketch that later became a painting (the painting is in a previous entry somewhere….I don’t even remember there being a preliminary sketch, but apparently there was).

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Lord knows what this was….

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Hopefully I’ll get some painting done tonight or tomorrow.

BTW, I saw two blog posts on Drawn and Lines and Colors that you might find interesting.

First, Lines and Colors had a post on Charley Parker’s attempts to reproduce Rembrandt’s ink sketching techniques and the modern tools he’s using.  I highly recommend you go read it.

Second, Drawn has a post up about a free website where you can make your own fonts.  (It’s called YourFonts)  The site is getting hammered by site traffic at the moment, so if I was you I’d bookmark it and check it out when their traffic isn’t so high.

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Bears and trees.

Found these two doodles while scanning all my old writing notes into Evernote.  The first is a couple random scribbles of Borjun’s Tavern (see the tab at the top) characters…the only one of note (ie, named) is the Grizzly Bear in the center.  I THINK this was done about twelve years ago, probably around my freshman year in college.

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The second is a random tree and pond doodle which I’ll probably find dozens of before I’m done.  I’m assuming it’s from the same time period as the one above since it was the next page in the sketchbook.

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Experimenting with markers an old sketch.

I’ve been experimenting with markers the last few days….while scanning in the experiments, I found a sketch in the same book that I did about 8 years ago while sitting in front of the Daily Grind in Fells Point.

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I used to spend hours when it was warm sitting in front of Daily Grind either sketching or working on my novel….eventually I stopped because there was this one homeless man, referred to as “Crazy Mike” who would camp there all day long, every day, screaming at the top of his lungs at the other patrons, passerby, some “bitch” in head who was always on his right and behind him, sea gulls, the building across the street, the water, or his cup of coffee.  The employees would give him free coffee (which really didn’t help) if he promised to behave….he could rarely behave for more than a few minutes at a time and would devolve into a screaming fit several minutes after getting his coffee.  The employees would try to police him, but would inevitably give up after a try or two and would just ignore him.

Eventually, it became absolutely impossible to concentrate on anything while sitting outside (a shame since it was nice to sit there and watch the boats come in and out of the harbor), so I stopped going.  Too make it worse, Crazy Mike HATED my guts, due to me refusing to give him change five seconds after he called me a dirty fucking wasp.

I had sympathy for him at first, and perhaps it makes me a bad person, but eventually my patience wore thin and I started avoiding him, and the Grind, since my point was to try and get some work done versus spend two or three hours every day being “tolerant” of someone who obviously had some sort of serious, serious mental issue.

They actually found Crazy Mike dead outside of Broadway market about a year or two ago….I don’t live near the Grind anymore, but maybe I should give it another try again.

What was I talking about?

Oh, right, markers.

While wasting time recently in an art supply shop in NYC, I purchased several “fancy” markers.  I’ve never fooled with the things before, frankly because when I was in school, I don’t think nice ones even existed yet….and if they did, I wasn’t even aware of them because no one around me was doing anything interesting with them.

After watching Adam Hughes do some convention sketch work with them last year at Baltimore Comic-con, I was blown away though, to the point that I actually purchased one of his little convention sketch compilations.

BTW, I watched him do a sketch like that in literally seconds….when I’m confident, I’m fast, but Jesus, he threw out a sketch similar to the above in literally moments (probably from having to do thousands at conventions, but whatever).

Anyway, I purchased a gray, a flesh tone marker, and a blender and have been messing around with them while watching the Daily Show or whatever.

First time around I took an old possible draft for the very first Dr. Sketchy’s flyer, one that I ended up not using for anything.  The sketch was alright though and I figured it might look good “markered”.

Basically all I did was ruin the sketch.

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NOT the look I was looking for.

Next, I doodled a quick Bruce Timm-esque cartoon, and tried that, which worked out a lot better.

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The next attempt was with a moe extensive doodle, this one involving shading.  This one I actually like…the line style obviously works well with the markers.  (I’m starting to get the feeling that anything that works well with a wash of some sorts will work well with these things.)

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I tried once more…the marker came out alright, but the sketch itself was obviously that old “icon” profile sketch of a girl that bubbles up out of my brain every time I’m tired and not really trying anymore.  Uck.  I swear this stupid sketch has been kicking around for two decades in my head, and whenever it pops out, it means I’m tired and it’s time to do something else.

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On a separate note, the Windup Space is taking submissions for a Forum Gallery show they’re going to do in a few weeks and I’m going to see if I can bump out a fast oil painting/sketch to show over the next few days.  It’s going to be based on this previous sketch…drawing5

The canvas is setup, as is the projector (to transfer the basic dimensions of the drawing), and as soon as I hit submit on this sketch, I’m going to see how much as I can bust out.  I’ll take a photo of the canvas at each stage, so maybe I’ll have another post in a little bit.

On another ANOTHER note, I’ve started using the scanner to scan in all my novel and story notes into Evernote from receipts, napkins, and bookmarks over the years….I’m stumbling across tons and tons of old sketches and doodles while doing so.  I’ll dump whatever I come across here as it shows up.

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New scanner and a quick sketch.

Well, got the new scanner working and set up (thanks to my Father)….I don’t have time at the moment to start sketching the backlog of drawings I’ve got built up, but I got time for a quick one (with maybe more later on tonight).

This was a doodle started a few days a go while having a beer at the Blarney with Bill, who kept getting called away to work or something, I dunno.  In any case, it started as a doodle to pass the time and quickly turned into a pen and ink experiment playing with line-thickness.  It’s only half done, and very well may end up being a Dr. Sketchy’s flyer when everything is said and done.

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I did a little more work on it the next night (which got interrupted by a bar fight) and then some more last night during the model breaks at the Charcoal Club.  It’s pretty much turning into my “something to do when bored and waiting on other people” drawing.

I’ll post another scan when it progresses some more, along with a second flyer idea I’ve been playing with in Photoshop.  The Charcoal Club sketches will hopefully go up later tonight, depending on how late the art show opening we’re dropping by lasts.

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Bored sketches.

More sketches from life-drawing class.

At this point, I was bored out of my mind.  One, some kid had stolen my seat while I was playing with the snack machine, and two, the model’s next pose was basically his big ol’ butt pointed right at me.

Just really not a lot to draw there.  I suppose I could have, but I just wasn’t excited about doing a giant carefully shaded sketch of a butt.

So I doodled instead.

I stopped halfway through when the model changed poses.  Sometime this weekend I’ll probably go back and finish it and then see how it looks against a Sketchup background or something.  Maybe have the little fellow falling off a barstool.

(The sketch was pretty much doodled for that purpose…and the thought of doing a faerie-bar comic book sometime shortly.  We’ll see.)

This was the last pose…

Now I was really bored……….I think the model was napping too.  When it was time for the break we gave up and left a little early, figuring a pizza and a beer were definitely called for.

Speaking of, unless I get called into work, I’ll probably get some bar patrons sketched this weekend.

Oops, ride is here.

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