Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Doodles vs. Drawings

So, these were done without models or other reference besides memory and imagination. Benefits of drawing from imagination: this is where ideas and characters are born. And, of course, it's FUN!

These were done on the sly, mostly in church, and are based on actual people I was looking at. Benefits: drawing from life can aid in gaining a good understanding of the structure of the head, giving you something to 'draw' from when models aren't so handy. Also, because people don't ordinarily sit still for too long, you have to draw fast, which helps keep the life and energy in your drawings. The real challenge, though, is not getting caught staring at your subject!

Conclusion: I like both of these kinds of drawings and consider both of them necessary for my artistic development. What do you think? Leave a comment, and don't forget to vote for your favorite doodle or drawing.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Cat Lady

Like her cats, she may be a little worse for wear and even a little on the crazy side, but Cat Lady, with her warm heart and tuna-stocked pantry, has so much to give. She's patched up the holes in her life with the only materials at hand and reinforced the seam of her broken heart. Her love will not go unrequited anymore.

Originally drawn a a Valentine to some friends and as a way of poking fun at myself during a semi-bitter stage of my singlehood (which, thankfully, I got over), three years later this concept still makes me smile.