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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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Comics, meeting doodles, & Creative Alliance sketches

First up, here’s the new versions of the first four pages of the comic. Lot of stuff got changed—couple more edits in the text as well.

Page 4 is obviously in progress. Page 3 needs a tie-piece added to the last panel and some wordage to the wine bottle in the first panel.

Next up, some sketches from a Creative Alliance life drawing session. They’re every Saturday at 10, $10 if you’re not a member, $3 if you are.

As usual, the first drawing or two sucked. (Got there at the start of the ten minute poses, 5 minutes into the first pose—it ended before I got too far along.)

Next couple were a little better.

And after that, I was tired/bored, so the last one was crap.

Here’s a tipsy sketch done of a friend while leisurely having a couple beers at the Blarneystone.

BTW, he doesn’t look this rough in real life—I purposefully went that direction since I knew a more nuanced sketch rarely works well in a distracting environment. Oh, and the “light” spots are due to the scanner.

Last up, two doodles from a meeting at work. The first was the usual random junk that gets scribbled during these affairs; the second is an altogether matter. It started as a simple off-hand sketch of a comic-stylized side-view of an eye – and then suddenly the meeting just went on FOREVER. As the meeting dragged on, I absent-mindedly added a detail here, a detail there, and it eventually grew to the point where I ran out of page. I’ll probably put it in Painter sometime this week and see if I can add the bits I wanted to add but couldn’t, since, well, you know, the paper ran out.

By the way, the next Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Baltimore life-drawing session is next Monday, September 27, 2010 at the Windup Space.

Best damn life-drawing you’ll find in town. If I wasn’t helping run it, I’d be there drawing. BTW, check out this LAZERBITCH video if you want a feel for what they’re like. (The Windup Space is in there at the end too.)

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Comic book pages.

Here’s the two comic book pages I spent most of Thursday working on.

Couple random notes –

1  Picked up _Scarlett_ #1 by Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev about an hour after I finished doing that second page.  Maleev’s work inside it is so absolutely amazing that it immediately made me feel about one inch tall.  (The issue was also very good – I highly recommend it.)

2  If you look carefully the bar above is the same bar I’ve been tinkering with in Sketchup for over a year now.   If you scroll through old posts, you’ll see it all over the place.  It’s been heavily modified . . . using the Wacom tablet with Sketchup is almost as much fun as sex.  Tasks that used to take ten minutes can be done in seconds.  If you have a tablet, you really should download Google Sketchup (it’s free) and fool around with it.

3  I’m not sure, I’m afraid to check, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to change the font size.  It looks like it might be too big.

4  The main character should probably be named on page 1, and the bartender by the end of page 2.  I’ll probably go back, fix that, and fuss around with the dialogue in general.

5 After reading _Scarlett_, I’m rethinking that whole “not using color” thing.

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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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Backlog vomit.

That’s just a horrible image.  For some reason I’m picturing a hamster, his mouth stuffed with paper, getting back to his house and going “BLARRRRGGGH!!!”

Anyway, I’ve been trying to post all this crap for awhile but have had my time eaten up by either the Dr. Sketchy’s blog, travelling, or drinking/socializing at way too many birthdays/”I quit my job!” parties/”I’m depressed” parties/after parties/”my boss just got fired so I’m going to cheat on my wife with her to make her feel better parties”.

And yes, that last one I just stumbled into the middle of.  It’s not like that was on the invitation or anything.  Yeah, it was weird.

Moving on.

First, a coaster from the Windup Space while Gunwife Gone played their last show ever (some of their folks are moving away to raise bears in Alaska or something).

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*I* liked it, but apparently I was the only one at the bar that thought it looked like a bird sitting on some rocks (which is appropriate I guess, since I drew it).

It’s a little easier to see with the blue removed.

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And no, this was not a product placement for Camel.  Though they’re more than willing to send me money to draw on Camel coasters 24/7 if they wish.

Next up were too absolutely horrible doodles done at Don Sinnish’s birthday party at Artist & Craftsman Supply (he owns it).  Basically it was a lot of people sitting outside the store on a lazy Saturday afternoon drawing, sipping champaigne, and eating chocolate cake.  (Three hundred thousand teenagers, escorted by cops on atvs, went by on dirt bikes at some point.)

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That last is the top of the old Dollar Store (?) across the street from Don’s place and almost next door to Windup.  I obviously wasn’t in the mood to draw that day, so I gave up at that point.

Went to NYC for SketchyCon sometime after that . . . got to actually DRAW at a Dr. Sketchy’s, versus running around putting out fires.  Unfortunately, I was much more interested in meeting the other attendees (folks who run other Dr.S’s) than drawing, so all I produced were two pretty lack-luster doodles.  (The models were amazing though.)

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Yowsa, what the hell is that?  This is what I was TRYING to draw (left-handed) while having a discussion with someone from Denver?  Asheville?  Houston?  Who knows at this point.  There were a lot of drinks at the session, and at the club afterward.

(BTW, that photo was taken by Katie Laird, who runs Dr. Sketchy’s Houston.)

This is a sketch of Johnny Dallas who was being drawn on with markers.

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Next up, some crap from a session of Charcoal Club . . . a couple of them were alright, but I obviously wasn’t in the mood to draw that night either.

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Actually, I take some of that “crap” stuff back, I really like the hair on the one above.  The next one came out looking NOTHING like the model though.

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Okay, I got bored and was in a horrible seat for the pose the model picked.  (I’m usually too lazy to actually get up an move seats.)  So I tried to remember Spiderman’s costume by memory and made a mess of it (not to mention accidentally putting the spider icon on his left pect instead of the center of his chest).  The reason there’s nothing on the bottom parts of the arms or the legs, or, well, the waist, is, well, I couldn’t remember exactly how the patterns of webbing worked there.

Kind of embarrassing.  Ohs wells.

Last but not least, my sketches from the LAST EVER session of the Charcoal Club.  I’m not going to go into it, but apparently some old folks in charge Kirked-the-fuck-out at the thought of their being two models on the stage at the same time.  Apparently this sent their minds spiraling into the gutter and they canceled the sessions indefinately (and believe me, there was nothing “dirty” about the sessions at all, it just gave all of us more than one person to draw and tended to mean there were no “bad seats” in the room).

In any case, I just find it sad that the OLDEST CONTINUOUS LIFE-DRAWING SESSION IN THE COUNTRY was canceled indefinitely because there was a possibility that the presence of two naked people sitting on a stage (versus just one) might halt the pacemakers of a bunch of old-stick-in-the-muds who don’t care about the sessions anymore because they themselves don’t attend them.

John refused to talk about it, but the folks who showed up to draw were definitely not afraid to give the skinny during the breaks.

Not that I’m going to get into it.  [cough]

Anyway, Katia was the model for the last session.  She was stunning as usual, but I’ll warn you now that the last one is the one that looks the most like her.  Apparently I was all over the place that night, sketch-wise.  You’d think each sketch had been done by a different alter (personality).

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Crap, crap, crap.  So I tried harder for the next one.  It came out “interesting”, but certainly not looking like Katia. (I kinda like the tattoos though.)

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At this point, I’m furious….”By jove, if this is the last session ever, I’m going to walk out of here with at least one drawing!”   I even pumped and swung my fist in the air when I said “By jove!”

I did.

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Now I’m going to have to find a new drawing session.  MICA is great, except for that whole pay ahead of time thing, and Creative Alliance’s is at 9 o’clock in the morning on a Saturday, which I can tell you right now isn’t going to happen.

Alright, well, that’s all the bits of paper my hamster cheeks got.

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BTW, Dr. Sketchy’s is Monday folks, and Charcoal Club tonight!

Baltimore’s Charcoal Club life-drawing session is tonight at Meadow Mill, at 7 o’clock.  It’s the sustained pose session, so one long pose for the entire 3 hours….good stuff.  If you scroll down two posts, you can see the drawings I did at it last week.  It’s 10 bucks to draw and definitely, definitely worth it.  Check it out.   (The light rail drops you at the front door btw, if you’re carless, which I am.)

Also, Dr. Sketchy’s is this Monday, March 9th, at Dionysus at 7 o’clock.  If you don’t know what it is (it’s drawing pretty folks in burlesque while drinking), check out the website.  If you live somewhere else on the planet (ie, not Baltimore), there might be one near you, and IT COULD BE MONDAY TOO*, so check the mothership website to find one nearby.

*It probably isn’t, but you never know.

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Bar taps, painting ideas, and a big-boned kid.

Goodness gracious, finally a sketch actually done while sitting in a bar. 🙂  This was done Thursday night at the Blarneystone while waiting for a few friends to show up. 

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Next is a pencil doodle done while sitting through a section meeting…

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Last, but not least, well, maybe least, is a couple of visual notes I jotted down during a unit meeting for one of the oil paintings I’m working on.  (A few blog posts before this, you’ll see a photolog of what the painting looked like in the first few stages…..these doodles are vague ideas on what to do with the rest of the space.)

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I’ll see if I can take some more pictures this weekend to show where the painting is at now (plus, some photos of the old Alexis and Kiely painting that I’ve started working on again).

BTW, if you’re looking for life-drawing classes in the Baltimore area besides Dr. Sketchy’s (link at the right), you might want to check out the classes hosted by John Brewer for The Charcoal Club.  The Charcoal Club has been around for about 130 years now and is a Baltimore institution….it’s ten bucks for 3 hours.  The have two sessions a week, Mondays and Wednesdays…one day is one long pose, the other day is a lot of short poses.  Sometimes they even have multiple models, which if you’ve done any of these things before, is a blessing and doubles the chances of you finding an angle you like.

Sometime in the next week I’ll make a link button for their page and put it in the right column.

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