Saturday, January 19, 2013

First post since the AVM in early 2011

Arteriovenous Malformation - cerebral

About 10% of cases in which excess bleeding (hemorrhage) is the first symptom are deadly. Some patients may have permanent seizures and brain and nervous system (neurological) problems.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


This is interesting, because I like the progression, it's a quick sketch, it has a long way to go, but it's pretty clearly defined and looks like what I meant it to.... You see an apple, right? ;P

This one is a lot more interesting to me because I was feeling pretty bleh about drawing (And it shows, bah, look at those pitifully bad faces....), and kind of tense. Then, you can see about row three with the angry face, the tension came off and I started having fun, the lower right corner I feel is pretty good. I need to do more studies of body parts, and poses... And finished drawings...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011


She's angry about something...

I've been thinking about how to improve what I'm drawing a lot. Lately, I find it useful to draw a quick sketch based on someone else' work and then immediately following, draw my own thing, inspired by that picture.

The above sketch (Photo of a sketch actually) was done a few minutes after drawing Chel, from "The Road to El Dorado" Pre-production turn-around of chel, from this site:

(I won't include any copies here, because they aren't original, just me copying some other artist.)

Two things come up, the first is that my copy of the original (Chel in this case) always comes out pretty good, I mean I'm pleased with how much it looks like the original, and my subsequent drawing (The one above) seems better for it as well, but not _as_ good. That's frustrating. Why can I copy someone else well, but not draw from my own head well?

I guess it's because I haven't established my style yet. I'm still working on trying to get proportions right, and facial expressions, and making the head look attached to the body, and hands, and feet, and...

Then tonight I was reading one of Loomis' books, and he mentioned that he thought every good drawing ought to have two or three thumbnails first. Maybe that helps establish style before trying to go whole hog?

Anyway, I guess I'll give that a try. Rough sketch two or three times till I've got the concept of what I want to do, then draw it in earnest.

Maybe also it comes down to tracing the final sketch, inking, coloring, and then it starts looking pretty good?

Dunno, tell you when I find out.