For those who wish to draw more

Red, blue, and black November 6, 2007

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I hate ballpoint pens. Really. I don’t like the amount of pressure you have to use on them; my hands get tired. I don’t like the way the ink globs up sometimes. I don’t like the spindly quality of the lines they make, as the ink fades in and out.

But, holy wow, look what you can do with them, if you know what you’re doing:

Hope Gangloff

Via Samantha Hahn’s blog, Maquette: “Art, Design, Inspiration. Eye candy for the visually hungry.”


Today’s Illustration Friday theme: Hats November 2, 2007

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For those of you who don’t spend a lot of time in the online drawing world, you might want to check out Illustration Friday.

Illustration Friday is a weekly creative outlet/participatory art exhibit for illustrators and artists of all skill levels. It was designed to challenge participants creatively. We believe that every person has a little creative bone in their body. Illustration Friday just gives a no-pressure, fun excuse to use it. No clients looking for a particular thing. No one judging the outcome of the work. It’s a chance to experiment and explore and play with visual art. So welcome, novices and pros alike.

Every week, there’s a new theme. This week, it’s “hats.” (Though, note that it doesn’t have to be a literal hat. You can be as free as you want in your interpretation of the theme.)

So if you’re strapped for subject matter today, consider a hat.


Danny Gregory in Action July 5, 2007

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Watch a video of Danny Gregory drawing the contents of his medicine cabinet (at ten times actual speed).

It’s interesting to see how other people go about drawing—for example, he starts at the top left corner and works his way across, and then down, firmly drawing major contours and then filling in details. Whereas I would probably have sketched in a light underdrawing first, to make sure everything was going to fit, and then inked over that and erased the sketch.

This is no doubt why his drawings are energetic and light, whereas mine are tight and heavy.

(Via Notes on Design)


not a drawing but a gesture by spring March 27, 2007

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House in the foothills November 7, 2006

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House in the foothills; click for larger version
11/4-6/2006: Gerry Road, Camarillo, Calif. I started this one on the fourth but wasn’t able to finish it till the sixth, so I’m counting it for Day 6. I’m still figuring out how to draw shadows in the hills, so if anybody has advice, I’d love to hear it.

By the way, you should check out the blog Drawn!, if you haven’t already done so. A lot of the links are to cartoonists, which doesn’t interest me as much, but it also links to some excellent illustrators. And the “More Inspiration” sideblog along the left is always good for, um, more inspiration.


Drawing Exercises Master Post October 31, 2006

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For those of us who are more task-oriented than inspired, here are some drawing assignments. Also check out the Everyday Matters list of weekly challenges.

  1. Make a blind contour drawing (preferably on the first Friday of the month, i.e., this Friday, November 3; e-mail InkFinger before then to participate in the official Blind Contour Friday festivities).
  2. Draw using a viewing square or use a preexisting frame to isolate a scene.
  3. While listening to a favorite album/CD/playlist, make a drawing for each song.
  4. Do an upside-down portrait of a housemate or other invertible person.
  5. Turn the Dallas Cowboys into cowgirls.
  6. Draw a piece of fruit. No, really. That’s what fruit is for.
  7. Draw a picture of yourself making a really scowly, angry face (or whatever’s an atypical expression for you; i.e., if you usually look scowly and angry, try smiling for a few minutes). (If you draw yourself looking normal, you’re more likely to draw what you think you look like than what you actually look like. Also, you may get discouraged if your portrait is not accurate. But if you’re trying to look weird, anything goes.)
  8. Draw a picture outside.
  9. Draw a picture before getting out of bed in the morning.
  10. Draw a picture in the dark.
  11. Draw a picture while standing up.
  12. Draw without using black.
  13. Draw something for each letter of the alphabet.
  14. Draw with your nondominant hand.

Add your own suggestions here, either in this very post (if you’re a registered DrawMo! blogger) or in the comments; I’ll add them to the post (otherwise we may have problems with multiple people trying to edit the same post at once).


Timely issue of Tin House magazine

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The new Graphics issue of Tin House magazine is full of Lynda Barry goodness and other relevant artsiness.

I went “shopping” in the bottom drawer of my dresser last night but somehow can’t find my set of those Derwent pencils. Or my big box of colored pencils. But I now have a felt bag full of lots of markers and a Moleskine and another Moleskine and some vintage #2 pencils and Mars eraser. Ready? Well, here’s hoping!

Drawing exercise suggestion: While listening to a favorite album/CD/playlist, make a drawing for each song.