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Frank's Sketchbook Entry of the Day

Notable Entries
Something political
Gollum and Guns
Chain Saw
The Creeper Escapes
The Mad Cow
Thoughts in the Dark
More politics (Zod!)
Not a cloud
Groundhog Hog
Strangulation hazard
Ultimate Elephant
Pod me!
Robot Ninja Pirate
Not my fault
Ken's Robot
Pain is my Guide
Physical Therapy
Pod du Jour
A Week in Ireland
Rough to Finished
A Week in Norway
Bass Player
Light Pole (shaded color)
  [yeah, yeah, yeah, I know the bricks are wrong; I've gotten over it]

April 21, 2012

And the (sadly) final version with some shading in the color. I say "sadly" because after playing around with the colors for a bit, I decided to add some textures, as having the road be one color would be boring. And then I added some sidewalk cement texture. Then I looked for some brick texture. That took longer, but I found something. I knew simply mapping it on straight would totally ignore the perspective, but I wanted to see how it would look as a first shot. Then I organized things, since I knew I would want to make 5 different images to show the progress (I decided against an animated GIF, since the delay would always be too long or too short or both). After some re-organization, folder making, and file moving, I then looked into how you do perspective in Photoshop. It seems fairly reasonable and feasible. And then I discovered that I had deleted the Photoshop source file that had the color and shaded version in it. It wouldn't be that hard to recreate, but I wasn't motivated to do that. I also noticed that the bricks and sidewalk don't abut smoothly, so that's something else I could fix. But instead, I decided to just declare it done and move on to other things.

In general, it's not bad for a primative, first cut. One of the things I wanted to do was get some serious, black shadows, not just cross hatching. The light pole and the side of the guys face and shoulder have that, as does the side wall and the side of the curb. A second, later notion, was to make some non-trivial backgrounds in, as that's usually a lot of work for me and I tend to skip it. I wanted the (or a) light source to be coming from the right side of the frame, off frame. So I tried in general to illuminate the left side of his body, legs, face, arms. His shirt is the exception, as the jacket would shadow things. Perhaps it all should be dark, but I like the shadow on the yellow shirt. Using Illustrator let me actually have straight lines, which I'm mostly incapable of drawing by hand (sometimes even with a ruler). I decided to skip putting anything inside the shop window, which was actually hinted at in the first picture, because laziness once again conquered all. And as for what the guy is doing and why he's grabbing the light pole, I've no idea, I just wanted a street scene with a background and something the subject could interact with that was not another person.

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I tend to doodle. Over the years, I've accumulated lots of random sketches of things, sometimes people, sometimes things, and sometimes just abstract lines. The basic idea on these pages is for me to slowly scan in highlights from my collection of random quick doodles. I also am providing a place where I can explain what it is or what motivated it or perhaps some reason why I'm not to blame. With the sketches of people, their name may be hand-written, or there might be a talk title provided, but I will tend to avoid providing full names. I don't mind if people know who they are, I just don't want them coming up on search engine hits, since that might be a bit rude.

Note that the images are PNGs with transparency. Mozilla and Firefox properly render them. Safari too, I think. Internet Exporer doesn't. I don't care.
If you want to see the image without the annoying blue-lined background image, just click on the image.

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