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Day 029

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A centaur in a spacesuit

As it says on the tin: I has the ZZZ's, so you gets a real drawin' tomorrow, as Cinnamon would say. The purpose of the exercise is to make sure I draw SOMETHING, every day, in whatever medium comes to hand. This centaur in a spacesuit (well, you can't see the legs, but they're there) was sketched on a Strathmore 9x12 sketchpad with a Winsor-Newton 2B pencil, then inked hot to broad outlines with a Faber-Castell "B" Pitt Artist Pen Brush, with details via Micron 03, 08, and 1 Pigma pens. Scanned on an Epson 7720, retouched in Photoshop to pull up the inks, and then separations, fills, filters and effects to create the starfield, kettledrum starship, Porsche's uniform, transparent helmet section, main Porsche inks, and the glare off the reflection in the helmet. So while it's a quick sketch, I exercised quite a few things trying to pull the whole composition together. Hopefully these exercises are helping.

Drawing every day.

-the Centaur

Day 028

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transnewtonian overdrive logo v2

Well, not a "drawing" per se, though I went through four pages of sketches of this comic book banner logo before I cracked open Illustrator. (Here are a couple of those, not very impressive though).

Sketches for the Transnewtonian Overdrive logo

I'm still not satisfied with how this turned out ... there's some image in my mind with this logo which I haven't been able to translate into an actual drawing, much less a realized logo.

But what's up with this logo, you may ask? Well, it's from a 24 Hour Comics Day comic I did, way back in the day, but never finished - "Transnewtonian Overdrive: The Front":

3 pages from Transnewtonian Overdrive

The "transnewtonian overdrive" proper is that little device in the last panel, an aftermarket component to our protagonists' Porsche Hexwing staryacht (first panel) which enables them to go places where other people can't. The idea, you see, was that in an era of faster-than-light travel, no-one would seriously be interested in the relativistic corners of our universe - but by inverting a normal hyperdrive to go just slower than the speed of light, our heroes could dive headlong into places with weird physics.

When I revisited the logo, my sketching - and looking at other logos of other comics - led me to the idea of the Hexwing cutting across the logo, with a thin line connecting it to the "O" of overdrive representing the invisible hypermass that our heroes are bungee jumping off of (and back to) to travel. I feel okay about it - the logo could be sleeker - but I can't quite articulate what the logo as drawn is missing from the image I have in my mind. If I could "see" that, perhaps I could fix it. This will require research, I think: I didn't figure out what was wrong with my Batman page (don't worry! I'm not going back to it) until I looked into DC Comics' book on coloring and lettering and realized I hadn't properly exploited value to make different planes of the page stand out from each other. Fixing this logo will require doing some research (and, likely, coming up with my own logos for other things first, before coming back to this, so I'm not working the same piece of art over and over again).

I didn't finish "The Front" that day - it was WAY too ambitious for 24 hours, and I think I only got 7-8 pages in. You know, in a way, I think 24 Hour Comics Day hurt my creativity as much as it helped it. It pushed my boundaries in a way I never had before, but the speed at which you have to work mean that my artwork wasn't up to the standards that I'd set for myself with f@nu fiku. Five years after breaking my arm, when my art was still rusty, I bit off more than I could chew, and may have hurt myself more. Not sure I'd go back and change it, but if anything, I wished I'd taken on a drawing discipline like I have now.

Drawing every day forces you to get over yourself, the good and the bad, and to move on to the next day.

-the Centaur

 

Day 027

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Art toys on a book box

Or maybe the day after that. Art toys on a book box, from my artist's studio. Pencils, then inks, with a tiny cleanup with levels in Photoshop. Consciously had to force myself not to touch up a few errors: the point is quantity, not quality: to create a new, consistent habit where I am constantly drawing all the time, whatever comes to mind, whatever I need to draw, with no fear or shame.

Now is not the time for fear; that comes later. Now is the time for regular practice of quick sketches in which "It's better to be DONE!"

Drawing every day.

-the Centaur

Day 026

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Cinnamon the Tiger (Figurine)

Very tired. But drawing every day. Sketched no-regrets with a whiteboard marker.

-the Centaur

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