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Day 025

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Girl with Cap

Drawn in Photoshop from a random picture from my Cinnamon Frost inspiration file.

Drawing every day.

-the Centaur

Day 024

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A New Car

NOW it's my car. A near-copy of my California 2010 Prius, minus 120K miles and plus a slightly darker interior trim, on the principle that it's a known quantity, and was darn cheap. The equivalent of a "quick sketch" but in Photoshop, just seeing what I could accomplish with the different brushes and tools.

Drawing every day.

-the Centaur

Day 023

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Rev. Karen at St. John's the Divine

Reverend Karen of Saint Stephen's in-the-Field Episcopal Church of San Jose, presiding at a joint service with our partner congregation down the way, St. John the Divine of Morgan Hill. Drawn pencils, then ink, from a still screenshot of recorded services we are using to avoid the zombie apocalypse.

Drawing every day.

-the Centaur

Day 022

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Not my Prius, yet

It's late and I'm tired, so I drew this completely freehand - in inks, with no pre-sketch - on my TODO clipboard, took a photo with my phone, and then downloaded it to my drawing workstation and spent a few minutes playing with comic coloring in Photoshop. Eh, it's a sketch.

Depicted is, surprisingly enough for people who know me, not my Prius. At least, not yet.

Still, drawing something every day.

-the Centaur

Day 021

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Batman v Dreamweaver, Final

tl;dr: sometimes the solution to a bad drawing is to practice on something else

Finally, the completed page. Frankly, meh.

I could have done a lot more work on it to clean it up, add some pop, fill in some more cloud layers, etc., etc., but diving into the fiddly bits on this particular composition would not fix the deficiencies in the core drawing or in my abilities to realize it.

The solution, I think, is not to overwork a single piece of artwork trying to compensate for its deficiencies, but to instead identify those deficiencies, to practice to eliminate them on different drawings, and then to return to the original subject matter with a wholly new concept and composition.

In this case, the deficiencies - oh, I don't know where to start. My poor hand drawings, my lack of details about body anatomy, my poor inking skills, my lack of strategies to overcome my slight RSI tremor, my poor page layout, my lack of knowledge about digital coloring techniques, or my need for strategies to overcome my moderate color blindness? But identifying even a few of them starts me on the road.

Note fixing these issues requires a comprehensive approach: some involve practice, like drawing hands or working on inking. Others require research (and practice): learning more anatomy or digital coloring. Others require actual strategies: if I want to clean up my inking line, I need to focus on ways that do not irritate my RSI or trigger the slight wobbly tremor, and if I want to deal with my color blindness, I need both more knowledge of color theory and a plan to deal with it. But now I have GPS directions.

Time to get started. And at some point, when I've traveled around the country of comics and returned to the start with a better set of tools, perhaps I'll draw another Batman cover. Or a Green Lantern page.

Or ... maybe ... a comic of my own design. Not that I have one in mind or anything.

Till then, drawing every day.

-the Centaur

Day 020

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Apparently alt-text can be used as an attack vector if you have access to The Bleed.

It's late and I'm tired. ZZzzzz.... cthulhu ftaghn ... zzzz....

Drawing every day until the stars are right again.

-the Centaur

Day 019

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Plush Tachikoma Conquers Petrified Coral

My cousin helped unload those books too. I am so pleased he is not dead after the entertainment center I'm trying to get rid of nearly fell on him! The bleeding will stop soon, I'm sure, but I don't know whose femur this is lying around ... not good ...

Pictured: a plush Tachikoma atop my wife's artwork Petrified Coral, in my partially-assembled library. If you have to explain a drawing, how good is it anyway?

Drawing every day.

-the Centaur

Day 018

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Batman v Dreamweaver Flats

Oy, this guy again. Not a finished drawing: these are "flats", used in digital coloring to isolate different elements of the image for further processing, hence the false colors used to make sure each element can be selected by color - I'm not that colorblind! Hopefully I'll finish up the color composite tomorrow.

Drawing every day.

-the Centaur

Day 017

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Batman v Dreamweaver, v4

Try #4 at the drawing behind this page, using the improved layout from #3. In addition to that trick, I increased the size of the page by 50% so I was effectively drawing at 300dpi, and zoomed in to work on the details, using all three previous drawings composited in increasingly ghostly transparency like an ersatz lightbox. Darker outlines were used for Batman and Zombie Wayne.

Altogether, I like how this one came out better. Hopefully, if there are no more disasters with the water or the power or yearly planning, I can color this one tomorrow #dontjinxitfrancis so you can stop seeing this and we can move on to something else.

Drawing every day.

- the Centaur

Day 16

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Dead Centaur Day: Monkey Selfie

As it says on the tin: it's late and I'm tired. Based on the Monkey Selfie Copyright Dispute. Seven layers in Photoshop (not counting blank background), five of them still active, including oh I'm too tired to type, here they are:

Some layers in Photoshop

I go zzz now.

-the Centaur