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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Zombooks

Thursday Update: On Doodling

If you doodle a lot, you may find yourself drawing the same sort of thing a lot.

But every once in a while, small changes will occur in how you doozle.

Style evolves when familiar patterns are suddenly disrupted by small changes which, from that point on, continue to be reflected in one's dozzles.

So, my advice to anyone seeking to improve any kind of skill is simply this: doodle, doodle, doodle, doozle, dozzle, dazzle.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Blitzkrieg Bots

At the show that night...

Wednesday Update

It's a Kelly's Shop Day!

Sure, we all know that Kelly's Shop, 197 Main St. Picton, is the best place IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE to buy cool dresses, stylin' purses and all the jewelry, toys and King Kong kitchen whisks you can fit in your cargo pants. But what, exactly, goes on in the studio in the BACK of Kelly's Shop, 197 Main St. Picton?

Well, I'm in there sometimes. And today will be one of those times. Wednesday, from 1-4pm.

Am I cartooning or live sketching or something awesome like that? No, not so much. After working on drawings (COTD or whatever you got) in the mornings, I find that afternoons work best as a time for OTHER stuff (and there's always plenty of other stuff).

So I've set up the space in Kelly's as a kind of framing station - a place to take whatever original cartoons and other drawings I think might look good hanging in a den beside someone's vintage Coke machine, or in the upstairs nursery, or down by the old grandfather clock, and frame 'em up special.

Binders full of COTD cartoons are the main focus for this framing operation. So... a few a week, a little at a time. It's going ok so far. Anyway, that's where I am sometimes. Please stop in to say hi or hey or ho or let's go.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

April Snow

Tuesday Update

My niece Taylor arrived from the city. She's a toddler, so I got her a set of 'toddler grip' markers. Basically, they are fat, stubby things which you hold onto by their bases. The main colours in the set seem to be 'dog', 'bird', 'cat', 'elephant', etc., so they also double as action figures. If you've ever tried to draw a picture with an action figure, holding it by its head, that's what it's like to draw with these markers. Definitely a strange feeling, for sure (Of course I tried them), and needless to say, they don't offer much control.

While I don't know that I'll be switching permanently to the 'toddler grip' way of making pictures, it WAS a reminder that sometimes, when you're creating artwork on a regular basis, it's a good idea to try a new technique every once in a while. It's all too easy to fall into favoured routines, materials and methods of working. You never know what what will happen if you just take the time to change things up, experiment and see what happens.

That said, today's character will be drawn in a mixture of apple sauce and sweet potatoes.

Playing with one's food... making strides towards artistic growth... ehn... they're kinda the same thing.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Richard The Tired

Monday Morning Update

Friday, I went to see 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'. I was there on my own but I happened to know the guy beside me and, before the show, I was talking all about how I thought this would be a good movie because I was a big fan of 'The Fantastic Mr. Fox' and I'd like to see more movies animated in that style, even the one we were about to see, and wouldn't that be so great? Of course, we were actually in the 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' theatre and I was just sowing the seeds of confusion. I'd gone in there by accident and almost ended up seeing Captian America for a second time. Which would have been okay - I enjoyed that movie too. But, upon reflection, I think I really would have preferred to see The Winter Soldier directed by Wes Anderson animated in the stop motion style of 'The Fantastic Mr. Fox'. And I bet you would too.

On Saturday, I went to a bingo birthday party and saw an Easter egg-dying activity go horribly awry. Also, I went on a tour of a rat house. It's exactly like a frat house... except for rats. Rats who like to party.

Sunday, I did a bunch of chores, which was boring but it had to be done.

And today? Well, so far today, in addition to firing up the COTD machine once again and penciling a commission, I came up with the great idea of a quick daily update paired with an even quicker random doodle. Animated, of course, in the stop motion style of 'The Fantastic Mr. Fox.' Well, I admit that animating such an update may be a little ambitious - I better make a second pot of coffee.