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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
pod(me)
Ken's Robot
Thrips!
Half-halt
Pain is my Guide
Physical Therapy
Pod du Jour
A Week in Ireland
Rough to Finished
A Week in Norway
Bass Player
Everybody Knows
  [♪ Everybody knows that the doodle's crappy, everybody knows that it's just a trace, everybody'd like to see a masterpiece, even if it's just a smiley face, everybody wants to be a Rasta, everbody needs a free Picassa or a few Van Goughs, everybody knows... ♪ ]


October 01, 2014

I wanted to play with a feature of Illustrator that I've never used before ("live paint"), along with a method to do highlights and shadows. I was watching a music video of Concrete Blonde's version of the song Everybody Knows, and one shot showed one of the band members walking through an empty room of an old house with a low angle camera. It had a cool, distinctive mood. So I used that as a reference. I draw it freehand and then did some brush strokes for the person and used the pen tool for the curves and straight lines (I can't draw straight lines), and then used live paint mode to color the image and added some highlights and shadows. It all looks rather primative, but the rough design does sort of capture the idea of the original. And since my "sketch of the day" section is meant for quicker, less polished drawings, I think this qualifies. Also, this is probably the most effort I've spent on the pop-up/hover text for an image.

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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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