Mar 12 2011

#363 – Express yourself

ExpressionsThis week, I have a sketchbook assignment in class to draw a bunch of different facial expressions.  These were some quickly scribbled ideas for that.

This gives me an idea.  Please, someone out there: do me a great amusement and and take up the challenge of snapping photos of yourself making these faces.  That’s all I ask.  Just take 25 pictures of yourself looking like a weirdo and send them to me.  It is a simple (if bizarre) request.  If you have enjoyed at least 25 of this year’s sketches, here’s your chance to return the favor.  I anxiously await your contributions!

[Comments and critique always welcome]

Feb 27 2011

#350 – Keep on truckin’

Keep on truckin'Pretty great Sunday morning — Kelly and I went for a walk to get some breakfast, then just kinda kept walking.  By the time we got home, six hours had gone by.  Not bad for a pregnant woman!

(Also, I sure hope this visual reference makes sense to people, because if it doesn’t, this must look like a mighty weird drawing!)

[Comments and critique always welcome]

Feb 19 2011

#342 – Power up!

PowerupLate tonight I felt like staying up and playing some old 80’s video games — but I still needed a sketch for the day.  First things first.

[Comments and critique always welcome]

Feb 14 2011

#337 – Characters welcome

Intrusion charactersJust a couple of quick character ideas for a class project.  We’re storyboarding a section of a screenplay that calls for the following: Bill, the retired cop and (spoiler alert!) dead body; Charlie, the thirtysomething family man; and Daryl, the heavyset local drunk/thug-for-hire.  It’s sure to be an upbeat, family-friendly romp.

[Comments and critique always welcome]

Jan 16 2011

#308 – Scott’s Monkey Trial

Monkey 1

Monkey 2

Monkey 3

I recently watched an interesting presentation about creativity.  Within it is a creative exercise that challenges you to: a) imagine a picture of a bear; b) think of a different bear; c) dig deeper and attempt to conjure a third visual of a bear.  It gets increasingly difficult, but also requires creative thinking.

Anyway, I was thinking about that when I drew these.  I took the idea pretty literally and tried to come up with three different ways of drawing something.  In this case, I substituted the bear with a monkey (something that I’ve long been terrible at drawing from imagination).  It was an interesting challenge.  Later I noticed that my monkeys got progressively happier and more active.  I guess that’s a good sign?

[Comments and critique always welcome]

Jan 11 2011

#303 – Fatter than your average bear

Kung Fu PandaWent with a bunch of other video and visual FX people on a tour of Dreamworks Animation today.  They do a lot of very cool work there, especially in character design.  I drew this based on a life-sized statue that was in one of their lobbies.

[Comments and critique always welcome]

Jan 2 2011

#294 – Back in Black

Darth Vader

Returning to the black paper stock for today’s sinister sketch.

Today was my last day of a nice 11-day break from work.  So did I go out and do something adventurous?  Of course not.  I got together with a couple of friends and watched a back-to-back-to-back triple feature of Star Wars Episodes 4, 5 & 6.  A good time.  So here’s little tribute to the role so big it required three actors.  And a stunt double.  And later, apparently a little kid.  And a petulant-sounding twentysomething.  But let’s try not to think about those last two.

[Comments and critique always welcome]

P.S. This sketch is based on a common photo found online — one for which I can’t find any copyright info.

Dec 1 2010

#262 – The Menagerie

MenagerieTried something different this evening — wanted to see if I could do a bunch of different animals in a cohesive style.  These are just basic characterizations, but it would be interesting to try some other animals or people as well and see how that would work.

[Comments and critique always welcome]

Nov 20 2010

#251 – Life of the party

3D glassesI did a series of very quick sketches inspired by random Flickr images this evening.  This was one of the simplest, but I like it better than the others.  It’s a variation on this photo.

[Comments and critique always welcome]

Nov 18 2010

#249 – Wild Things

Wild ThingsDrew this tonight after watching Spike Jonze’s adaptation of “Where the Wild Things Are.”

[Comments and critique always welcome]