Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Doodles of the Day -- 06.28.2006

I recently upgraded my free version to the full version of ArtRage 2. I thought it was very cool before and thought I would give the full version a try since it was only $19.95.

I must say that I was not disappointed. I played around with it and my tablet and came up with the follow drawings.

"Paint on Wood" started out as three bugs on the canvas and quickly became paint smears on a brown background and then finally this.

"Blackboard Doodles" is just a compilation of different drawing tools on a black canvas.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Meme -- Fake Past

I am not a meme person, but when I saw this over at Tit's List, I thought it was hilarious and would give it a try. So, all you creative people out there, refresh my memory on some things we did in the past. My mind is a little hazy right now and need all the help you can give me.

If you read this, please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me.

It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people DON'T ACTUALLY remember about you.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Illustration Friday -- Rain

I was originally going to do something with a line from my favorite movie for this week's Illustration Friday's theme, "Rain." The quote, "It can't rain all the time," is from the movie 'The Crow.' There is just something about that movie that I still enjoy to this day. However, I could not think of anything that would do the movie or quote justice.

Then I read Cathie's recent post "Confetti" and instantly knew this is what I would draw. Below is a snippet of our back yard after a recent rain storm. Branches, leaves and daisy petals "littered" the back patio.

BTW, sorry I haven't been around much. Work has become very busy. Also, working on some "art" projects at home. I've been painting our bedroom and getting ready to paint the boys bedrooms in August when they are away at their Grandparents. I should also apologize if I am not around much in the future as well. Classes start Monday, so, I'll have yet another thing on my plate to keep me busy.

Here is something that I worked on this morning while playing around with my tablet. This one goes back some to my original concept somewhat.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Illustration Friday -- Jungle

Skyscraper: A Haiku

Our concrete mountains
scaled by pressing a button.
Crowded peak, then sky.

This week's drawing for Illustration Friday's theme "Jungle" was inspired by Cathie's current submission to One Deep Breath.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Illustration Friday -- (Self) Portrait

From the moment I saw the topic, I knew that I wanted to do a self-portrait. I have not done one since high school. I took the picture of me from the family photo that Cathie posted on her site and did the head shot.

I did it in my 11x14 sketch book, so this is the digital photo versus a direct digital scan.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Doodle of the Day -- 6-6-2006

"Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell who does not have the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom: let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number. Its number is six threescore six" -- Revelation 13:16-18

The marking on the Beast's right hand is the Greek symbol for six hundred sixty-six (666).

Monday, June 05, 2006

New Books

Cathie went to NYC with her mother this past weekend. In her adventures there, she picked me up a couple of really cool books while at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

"The Art Book" is a list of 500 artists and describes one of their typical works. The work ranges from early medieval to modern times. It is alphabetical order so it makes finding an artist easy since you do not need to know what period his/her work is from. Very educational.

"The Wisdom of the Buddha" seems to be more of a historical book than any philosophical teachings. I am not a practicing Buddhist, but I do enjoy reading and learning about the religion. This book certainly looks interesting and looks like it adds a lot of additional information that I was not aware of from other reading I have done on the subject.

I think both books are great and cannot wait to read them.

Hopefully, I will have my IF drawing up later this week. It is taking me longer then expected.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Doodle of the Day -- 6-1-2006

These four doodles came while on a conference call for work. The bottom one with the mohawk is based off of the Microsoft MSN Messenger icon. I just added my twist to it. The bug with the leaf started out like the scene from Dr. Strangelove but turned it this instead. The other two were just random doodles.

Cathie bought me a Boyd's Bear for Christmas one year. The figurine is of a bear working on a laptop with a bunch of computer books around him. While sitting at my desk, I doodled the head of the figurine with my new pencils.