Month: March 2014

We interrupt this broadcast…

AGAIN…to bring you a random sketch of the lungs that I found. I don’t know why I didn’t lump this in with the other organs, for some reason I decided to wait a few months before taking on the lungs. Here they are, the pair of them, inseparable as ever:Lungs

I’m quite happy with this one, I enjoyed the different style of “cross-hatch shading” which was a little difficult at first, figuring out how I wanted to do it, but I think the overall effect was good. It’s hard to make them look contoured without the correct shading, so leaving the highlight patches without having to erase areas was a little change-up.

As an aside, around the same time as I sketched this my brother bought a phone-case with a set of lungs on it, something aboutย The Fault In Our Stars, since he’s obsessed with John Green and his books. The movie is coming out soon I think, if you’re interested – I know Pete will be there. It’s about cancer patients (and patience!) if you’re into teen romance. ๐Ÿ˜› Anyway it was the lung phone case that I thought was ironic, since I’d just sketched this.

I do believe I am happy with this one!

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Reluctant Warrior

My personal trainer, Braze, calls me the Reluctant Warrior. ๐Ÿ™‚

That has nothing to do with this next picture. Well, a little – the name of this pose is “Warrior 2”. There are several warriors but 1, 2, and ‘peaceful’ are all sort of the same basic flow. My favorite is Warrior 2, so that’s why I chose to draw it out.

Warrior 2

Granted, again, he’s a little short. I don’t know what it was but the whole series started out with some unfortunate proportional errors. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Anyway, Warrior 2 is so straight and arrow-like, with arms stretching as far as they’ll go in either direction! So powerful, so grounded, so ready. It’s a beautiful pose, really.

I like the way it turned out, especially the rib-cage. That’s actually fairly accurate. Sometimes I tend to go a little crazy on the ribs, and either put way too many, or make them too circular, when they tend to slope down toward the bottom. Still hadn’t mastered the fingers or feet but, what the heck? That’s not the focus, is it?

I do believe I am quite happy and satisfied with this little warrior.

What’s up dog?

We’ve finally reached it, the more current drawings! After my mom and I recently joined a new gym we’ve been grateful to go to yoga classes together. I’ve always loved yoga, and have practiced for some time on my own (not seriously or regularly, but enough to be familiar with the poses and comfortable with the concepts).

Getting back into yoga with regular practices two or three times a week has made all the difference in the world for me! I feel great, energetic, loose – it allows me to let go of any and all tension – I LOVE IT!

So, inspired by how I feel and how excited I am to be back in practice, I decided to start a yoga series. The first one that came to mind was Upward-Facing Dog (or more familiarly, Up Dog). I guarantee you’ll see this in any basic class you try.
Up Dog

 

I don’t really know what went wrong with his head, I’m a little dissatisfied with that, and he does appear to be on the shorter side…oh well, it’s a done deal.

You’ll please note the eyes: at this point I decided that my skeletons needed more life to them, to represent more than a hollow soulless frame, to be more. So [since I can’t do real live people with skin to save my life] I decided to make the eyes heart-shaped moving forward. You’ll see that most, if not all, of my sketches after this will have the heart-eyes. I think it adds a touch of peace and serenity.

I do believe I am happy with this.

My Archimedes

As promised, this is The Thinker. I really like the lighting on this one, which was totally an accident! I think I was trying to cover up the fact that he’s definitely missing legs. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

You can tell at this point I was getting very detailed, actually erasing my mistakes. Similar style to the Prayers sketch. Both represent my favorite period of work – I’m so in love with the way they each turned out!

The Thinker

 

Isn’t he great? I don’t particularly know why I like it so much. His eye came out really well and his nose doesn’t look like a pig, maybe that’s it.

The name comes from the obvious – The Thinker sculpture, by Le Penseur – but I’d like to do something more with it. Maybe down the road I’ll do another one with legs…we’ll see.

I do believe I am happy with this one, as he’s one of my favorites. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s kind of a funny story

So here’s a funny anecdote to share…

One day I was visiting my artist-sister, Christine, and, being very excited about my new-found love (and some would say talent) for art/drawing/sketching, I ventured to show her a few of my favorites.

She freaked out! She was like, “Ewwww, they’re JUST BONES!”…

Challenge accepted. ๐Ÿ˜‰

When I told my brother, Peter, about it he immediately said I should draw JUST SKIN. Now, obviously no one has ever tried this before so it’s not like I could just look it up on the internet and copy it down on paper. I had to get creative. Pete didn’t mention whether he wanted it to have any muscle/tissue in there as well, so I did it twice. The first is with muscle, which gives it some structure and form. More of a big blob that could somewhat resemble a person if it had a little help I think. The second interpretation is without anything inside, so naturally it’s quite flat and void:

photo-Skin

 

Yeah, they’re really odd-looking. ๐Ÿ™‚ I had fun with them though, and I think my brother was satisfied. He tweeted a picture of the second one since, apparently, that’s more along the lines of what he was picturing (thanks for the guidance, bro).

I never showed the pictures to Christine, but if she ever finds this blog she’ll probably be sufficiently grossed-out. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I do believe I am happy with this fun little project.

Could it be magic?

Okay, this is called Spirit. As a description of the picture I said it was either because it was full of spirit or entirely empty of spirit. I put the wavy line through the whole thing to play off the latter idea – that it’s a channel of some sort.

I get that there are lots of lines and it seems a bit unfinished, but that’s just the way it is. I like it.

Spirit

I think some people expect this to be a dancer or something. It’s not a dancer! It’s a skeleton. Skeletons don’t dance, geez get a grip on reality, man! I’m just kidding – I do give personalities to all my drawings. I haven’t gone so far as to really name them but there is one coming up that I call “My Archimedes”. ๐Ÿ™‚ And he’s awesome. More to come…

For now, I do believe I am happy with this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

Of fairytales

You have probably caught onto the fact that my brother and I are very close. He has a way of making me feel like I owe him sometimes – it’s a little infuriating, but I don’t mind.

So one day we were researching mystical creatures or something, I don’t quite remember why, and he asked me to draw a mermaid. Since they’re imaginary (my personal belief) it was really hard to find a picture or anything to go off. Where the human stops and the fish begins is difficult to define. Even when it seems obvious on the outside one has to focus on the inside. “Are there hips?” and “Is there a pelvis?” are really the big questions. Alright, enough excuses, this is what I came up with:

Mermaid

Honestly, I wish I had made it longer/taller. If you’re going with fantasy, go all the way! I plan to do another one, possibly more dramatic, maybe with a bit of a different take on how it should look…we’ll see.

I’d like to take this opportunity to note that if you’re seeing the dates on these pictures, yes, some of them are out of order. I did a lot at the beginning of 2014 and it’s hard to remember which came first. The points remain, I had no experience, I was learning anatomy as I went along, and my style developed over the short time that I’ve been sketching. We’ll see where it leads…

I do believe I am happy with my impression of this mystical creature.

Like a prayer

This is my all-time favorite picture that I’ve ever done! In fact it’s still my phone background to this day.

Sure, it’s not perfect. Something I’ve come to accept. His hands are ill-defined (this is still early on) and there are lots of extra lines I should’ve probably erased, but I didn’t, and I love it just the way it is. ๐Ÿ™‚

I like how this one came out a little darker than the others, almost like a pen-sketch. It shows my confidence (and maybe a little recklessness) at this point. I was growing with my experience.

Prayers

 

I chose the name Prayers for obvious reasons, but there was something about the pure helplessness of the position, I wish now that I had put more thought into the title, something that conveys more than the surface.

Anyway, I do believe I amย extremelyย happy with this sketch! ๐Ÿ™‚

Taken

 

Ahh, this is one of my favorites! This is called “Taken” – it’s meant to give the impression of a soul being taken from the mortal cage of a body. Hence the drastic pose of the skeleton. I’m aware there are no legs or hands but the idea is there and I think the abstract-ness of the missing limbs helps with the illusion of a quick release.

Taken

 

I do believe I am very, very happy with this sketch. ๐Ÿ™‚

For Peter

This is called Pete’s Pose – I chose that because my brother, Peter, does this all the time. He doesn’t agree with me on that, but trust me…he does.

Still finding my feet on these, I decided to add some semblance of skin to the skeletal frame. My parents were still a little ‘surprised’ that I was drawing skeletons, so the outline of an actual human helped cushion the blow I think. This muscular man was a real hit with my friends, most of them told me I had real talent at this point. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Thank you, friends!)
Pete's Pose

 

This was still early 2014 art – it got less sketchy and more accurate later on, and honestly I miss it. I wish I could go back to this style but with art you have to go where it takes you! It was a phase, and it passed.

I do believe I am happy with Pete’s Pose.