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Alcohol-soaked celebration November 3, 2009

We’re all obsessed and totally in love with the Boston Globe’s Big Picture photoblog (“News stories in photographs”), yes? Good.

Day 3’s subject comes from BP’s Days of the Dead post, specifically #16. When you look at #16, you’ll understand why I had to draw it, but it was only when I went to post my sketch attempt that I read the caption and realized why dude looked that way:

After an alcohol-soaked celebration lasting three days, villagers race horses to commemorate the Catholic feast of All Saints, for which the town is named.

I kind of want to convert to Catholicism after reading that, even though I can’t drink for shit. Don’t you feel better knowing someone on Earth was that psyched to be alive two days ago? I do.

Lust for life!

Saint Seize the Day

Three things that didn’t work out:

  • I had fun with the hair but wasn’t looking hard enough and ended up making it cartoon-y instead of drawing the actually pretty obvious (once I tilted my monitor up, doh!) structure of The Awesome Mohawk.
  • I usually love drawing ears—and this guy had a great one—but I pretty obviously phoned this one in. Too excited about the damn hair.
  • Hat in no way looks like a hat.

Three things that did:

  • I used something other than a mechanical pencil and the drawing came out much less timorous as a result. In fact, maybe too much in the other direction (All glory to Prismacolor Black: you are so thick and smooth and black and NON-ERASABLE OH SNAP). Remembered how to get comfortable switching between different pencil hardnesses (5H, H, 2B and 5B for like 2 seconds, plus aforementioned Prismacolor Black).
  • Placement on page is decent, only a little tight on top.
  • I like how the little patterns on the jacket came out, mostly. They were fun to do, and come across as pattern-y even without doing every single shape. Yay.

Also, I will probably be dead before I know how to even try to draw fleece/sheepskin and make it look like it actually does in real life, or with even just a hint of being soft. Ugh.

I’m not sure if I’ll be in the mood to try a second attempt at the same subject tomorrow, but the possibility is there. In the back of my mind a voice says, “I could get up early and finish my sketch in the morning!” but recent history has proven that voice a dirty, dirty liar. And yet I want to go to the John Hodgman reading tomorrow with a clean conscience… A conundrum! One for Day 4 (which starts in 30 minutes. Damn you Twitter and elections).

*Sorry about the “three things that didn’t work, three that did” part. I was having art school critique flashbacks while drawing tonight.


Fluevog February 3, 2008

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Green Fluevog

I work a block away from a Fluevog store, and I’ve been eyeing these pumps for months. Every time there’s a sale, I go in to check the price. This style never goes on sale. So today I finally bit the bullet, tried them on, and bought them.

The polka dots belong to a Douglas Coupland coffee table that’s at the office where I do some of my freelance work. The white on the left is my sketchbook, open on my knee.

I used a mix of pen and colored pencil, because I needed brown. My mini-pen set doesn’t contain any browns, as I’ve complained many times, but the pencil set at the office had two.


moon November 28, 2007

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This was the scene out my kitchen window last week when the sky was clear and the moon was full. Now, it’s cloudy, rainy, foggy, yucky…


dancer waiting to go on November 25, 2007

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I found today’s subject matter in an art magazine my friend in NYC sent me. It’s based on a Degas bronze statue. I thought it was pretty. I drew it with pen and ink and colored it with prismcolor marker pens I found at a garage sale last summer. I also had found some sparkly gloopy stuff in a plastic bottle at the art store damaged table. I don’t even know what it is. I spread it on the skirt and then sprinkled some gold powder on it. I have a lot of people give me art supplies since I don’t have much money. People on the internet rule. :-)


Twenty Fifth

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Twenty Fifth

A little cactus I bought last weekend (for me).


Jacqui 11/23 – Leaf November 24, 2007

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I was busy editing images so I asked my friend to make a drawing for today. Here is her contribution to Drawmo!


Drawing #15: Pecans November 21, 2007

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Pecans, originally uploaded by cynthiacloskey.



Twenty First

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Twenty First

No inspiration at all, when I feel like this I sometimes draw imaginary underwear.


Twentieth November 20, 2007

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I was at work for ten hours today, and when I came home I was pretty tired, and stuck for inspiration. My dog would only sit still if he was right on my feet, in which position all I could see of him was a small fuzzy blob, (which, when I drew it, looked nothing like a dog). So I drew my pencil tin, in the usual way, with black pen, coloured pencil and bucketfill.


Drawing 14: Studies of Spook November 19, 2007

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Studies of Spook, originally uploaded by cynthiacloskey.

My other cat. Handsome, isn’t he?

As usual, wouldn’t sit still for a portrait. The small head was what I started with, then he settled into a profile position and I got to draw that view. Finally I started calling him over, so I could capture the look of his eyes.

Need a way to draw a lighter, almost sea green for the eyes.