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Junkyard Dolls flyer

Here are the sketches I did for the Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore flyer for the Junkyard Dolls session. I don’t like them (the sketches), but they served their purpose I suppose.

I then grabbed a 3D model of an old truck from Google Warehouse and . . .


I ended up flipping the last drawing horizontally‚ÄĒit didn’t occur to me until the flyer was posted around town that I’d flipped the seven backwards. ūüôā

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“Tough, that’s how it works.”


These are from one of MICA’s evening life drawing sessions.

Initially, Alexis and I founded Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore because we wanted to draw at it. We’d attended a session or two in NYC, got fired up about it, and then proceeded to sit around for a year waiting for someone to start one in Baltimore. Eventually we gave up and founded it ourselves with the naive thought, “Well, we’ll just set up some chairs, collect money at the door, and then get to sit down and draw with everyone else.”

Little did we know.

Don’t get me wrong, we wouldn’t give up running Dr. Sketchy’s for the world, but of the many great, interesting things that have come about because of it, drawing wasn’t one of them.

So we hit the local art college MICA’s and the local art co-op Creative Alliance’s life-drawing sessions for that missing bit.

This particular model, in the above sketch, walked in to the MICA session, propped up a mountain of pillows and laid down‚ÄĒblocking 1/2 to 3/4 of the room from seeing anything but the upper tip of her elbow. She was the long-pose model, which meant she would be holding that pose for the entire 3 hours.

One of the artists said, “Umm, excuse me, but if you sit like that, most of the room can’t see you.”

She responded, “Tough. That’s how it works, you’ll just have to live with it.” The artist started to respond but she closed here eyes, effectively blocking him out.

She’d actually come by Dr. Sketchy’s a few months earlier wanting to model‚ÄĒwhen we told her we were too busy trying to start the session (basically running around in frantic “pull-our-hair-out” mode doing the million little things that always need to be done), that she should go read the “Interested in being a model?” page on our website and follow the submission directions, she responded that she already had. (The page specifically says don’t come to Dr. Sketchy’s and try to talk to us about modeling when the session is about to start. We’re just too busy.) She got mad that we couldn’t give her a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on the spot and left.

Sigh.

Well, that’s all the MICA sketches I got. Tomorrow I’ll put up a couple Dr. Sketchy’s flyer creation sketches.

Oh, I should plug the next Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore before I go. Next Dr. Sketchy’s is April 11th with the lovely calendar girls of Team Atomic with all the proceeds going to the Ride for the Feast charity. Drawing, adult beverages, AND doing good deeds. Honestly, what more could you want?

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Odds & Ends

Here’s a buch of random doodles from the past couple months or so . . . this was the first of several blue pen sketches done on a notepad during some unit meeting or another. ¬†Basically I was letting the sketch go wherever it wanted, then suddenly realized I had to stop since it was unintentionally starting to look pornographic. ¬†Oops.

So I drew one of the presenters instead.

And some lady talking about stapler safety or something.

A meeting about lawn mower safety . . .

Next up was an itty-bitty drawing for a cocktail menu for Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore, the burlesque life-drawing class that Alexis and I run. ¬†The drawing was originally done in pencil and then was colored in Photoshop.

And here’s what the menu looked like when it was done.

I think we ended up using the menu once and then tossed it.  Ohs wells.

Speaking of Sketchy related stuff, here’s the one half drawing I did at Sketchycon up in NYC this year. ¬†I got halfway through it and then got distracted talking to other branch heads for the rest of the session. ¬†This happened the year before as well – since it’s the first event of Sketchycon, everyone’s so interested in doing the meet & greet that most of the folks never really end up drawing. ¬†That, and, well, doing shots with Bill and the bartender.

Next up, a crappy doodle I did on a lunch break while thinking about ideas for a Dr. Sketchy’s flyer.

And last (at least Dr. Sketchy’s-wise) was a sketch I did of Nicolette le Faye that was put in the Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Baltimore’s first ever Art show.

Plug -> If you’re in the Baltimore area and are interested in attending Dr. Sketchy’s, the next one is July 12th with Mourna Handful.

Anyways, here’s two more sketches I doodled during a section meeting…

And a team meeting . . .

…and that’s the end of all the section/unit/team/group/floor/building/block meeting doodles. ¬†Lord. ¬†Anyways, a blog post or two back I said I’ve been teaching myself how to oil paint with Corel Painter.

This was posted before, but it should probably go up again.

Initial sketch . . .

That doodle with the arrow on the right is a note telling me to change the nose so he doesn’t look like Snarf from the Thundercats.

Which, APPARENTLY, I ignored.  Damnit.

Tomorrow I’ll put up the first two pages of the comic book I spent all day today working on.

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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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I ain’t dead, no need to kick in the door.

October?  Really?  That was my last post? 

Alright, let me dig around and see what I’ve got to put up here.¬† Dr. Sketchy’s has been kicking my ass lately, as has travelling and working on the novel.¬† I’ve been doing a lot of work in Painter, specifically in order to build a website for the novel, but I think I’ll save that for a separate post and just do a generic sketch dump for now.

What do we have….[digging through folders]

Oh, I went to the life drawing session at 11 am on Saturdays at the Creative Alliance.¬† I was impressed . . . it was relaxed atmosphere and a good time.¬† I don’t know how often I’ll be able to get up that early on Saturday, but I’ll definitely do it again.

First sketch was crap . . . enough that it made me scribble some of it out . . .

Obviously not the strongest start.

 

I really liked that last one . . . so much so in fact, that I’m using it as the base for a painting I’m doing in Painter on the tablet, with the end goal of it being an illustration on the novel website.¬† I’ll show you how far I’ve gotten in that process in a later post though.

Next up, here’s a random doodle I did while some IT guys spent a DECADE installing a piece of software on my work computer that should have taken ten minutes.¬† I could see what they were doing wrong, but they wouldn’t pay attention to me so I was basically forced to doodle and eavesdrop on their technical chatter until I found a manual to read.

Anyway, here’s the doodle.¬† For the life of me I couldn’t find a normal pencil and had to use a green one.

The building in the background is sort of one of the buildings downtown that is visible from my window.

Next up, another work doodle, done several days later while waiting for a unit meeting to start.

I’ve been playing with this sketch in Painter as well.¬† The intention was for it to be the dwarf Donth in the novel, but in my opinion it looks more like Snarf from the Thundercats.¬† Painter improved that a bit, but in the end I’ll probably end up going with something else . . . over the years I’ve gotten into the bad habit of drawing dwarf noses in a¬†certain way which, while pleasing in a comical sense, doesn’t¬†always lend itself to more serious illustrations.

Before the Jason Webley show tonight I should have an hour or so of downtime at the bar next door, so maybe I’ll have a chance to give it another shot.

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Playing with the WACOM and random doodles.

truckdriverBusy, busy, busy, but I have gotten a few sketches done. ¬†I need a new life-drawing class – my schedule is too busy for the seasonal commitment of MICA’s life – drawing class (I end up losing a fair amount of money because I only make it ¬†to half the classes), I refuse to get up at 7 am on a Saturday to make it to the Creative Alliance’s class, and the Charcoal Club has become something akin to a high school lunch cafeteria with all the political infighting that entails), and Towson is just too damn far. ¬†Dr. Sketchy’s would be perfect, but things are usually a little too hectic on our end running the thing to get much drawing in.

Oh, well, something will turn up.

The above doodle was done sitting on a barstool at Windup and then was heavily edited in Corel Painter using the tablet.

Next is a doodle from a section meeting….

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Another tablet experimentation… initially I thought the sketch was good enough to play with in Painter, but, eh, it wasn’t. ¬†It was done in bits and pieces during a group meeting at work; I’ve cropped out the boring parts and just included the head which I was fooling around with for a bit.

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Next, some rocks doodled with markers and pens while the Daily Show was on…

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Ugh, I can do a lot better than that, but oh well, I try to put up the disasters as well.

If I’m able to go to the Renaissance Festival this weekend, I plan to take my pad . . . we’ll see if that happens.

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Dr. S NYC sketches and WACOM experiments

DRSNYCGIRLFISHWent to Dr. Sketchy’s NYC last week and did a couple doodles in between talking to various folks.¬† The above actually had some color in it, unfortunately I somehow scanned it in black and white and I’m too lazy to scan it again.¬† (The marker was actually a flesh tone, not gray.)

The next fellow was someone sitting near me . . .

 

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Halfway through the drawing I accidentally kicked over my beer (it was my first and had only had 3 sips taken from it) which immediately made a bee-line for some poor girl’s purse.¬† I *think* grabbed her purse in time, but then got a dirty look for having grabbed her purse.¬† Everyone in fact started giving me dirty looks since they thought I was drunk, so I got up and moved (I needed a new beer anyway and apparently more elbow room).

The next marker sketch was a girl drawing near my new spot, which was too far from the stage for me to effectively draw anything there anyway.¬† It was completed it in¬†about 3 minutes, which was probably a good thing since a fellow with an Italian NYC accent had attached himself to Alexis and her sister.¬† He seemed nice at first, at least until I walked up and in an attempt to prove “he wasn’t up to no good” started buying he and I shots.

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Turns out the fellow had never been to a Dr. Sketchy’s before and had been sent (with money) by his wife to “get out of the house for once and try to socialize.”¬†¬† Unfortunately he had either been drinking earlier or had no tolerance (surprising for his size).¬† He quickly became toasted, somewhat aggressive, and stopped making sense.¬† I kept¬†attempting to step away to talk to either John Leavitt or Molly Crabapple (the folks who run Dr. S) to sign a copy of their new graphic novel so we could give it away as a prize at our next¬†Dr.¬† S – Baltimore, and he would flip out, grabbing my arm and refusing to let me leave.¬† Eventually we¬†had to leave to find dinner before the burlesque show later that night.¬†¬†When we got back he had either been picked up, poured into a cab, or arrested.

(We spent the rest of the night drinking with one of our former models, Sugar Ann Spice, and a bunch of New Zealanders who had to be some of the funniest guys I’ve met in years.)

Next up, if you remember (I wouldn’t), I won a WACOM tablet a month ago at San Diego’s Comic-Con.¬† Upon getting the thing home through a gauntlet of airport security procedures, I tried it out with my 75 yr old Dell laptop.¬† Here are the two doodle pages generated in Photoshop while attempting to learn how to use it.

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wacom2Yikes.¬† In any case, it didn’t matter since the laptop was unable to handle the¬†tablet (it also can’t handle Firefox, virus scanning software, booting up, or not making strange smells when guests are over).

A few weeks later we got a Macbook Pro, Painter, and the entire creative suite Adobe puts out.

I now understand why blog after blog is devoted to discussing brushes.¬† Anyway, here are the three doodle pages so far.¬† I’m not attempting to learn anything new (yet), I’m just attempting to learn how to do what I already know how to do¬†with a tablet instead of a pencil.¬†

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