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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
  [it's a BIG surprise!]

February 23, 2017

Look, up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's...holy shit, it does look like a plane...except it's got no wings, and it's not flying as much as it's plummeting. OK...yeah, I can see it better now. It's definitely a plane. Do they still call them planes if they don't have wings? Oh, wait, I can see the wings now too, they're kind of doing a mix of plummet and spiral. Hey, it's a lot easier to see now—I can even make out what airline it is...or was or will be was? Wow...I kind of feel a bit silly thinking it was Superman at first, streaking through the sky to save the day. Hmmm, now where was I?

Interesting times, you know?

I needed to add a drawing for February (which has been a freakishly warm month). I did a quick sketch in Photoshop, then inked in Illustrator, using the brush (rather than pen), used Live Paint for the flat color, had another layer for different brush strokes, then used the knife tool to add shading.

The basic idea was I wanted to do something where shading was essential to the image, to the story it told, rather than just something that implied where a light source was or was not located. And the shadowing from above seened like a good way to do that. I think the perspective isn't horrible. Most of it was without references. So for a quick-ish drawing, I'm satisfied with it. I wanted to have the arms imply more mid-stride walking—that's the main thing that didn't work (the right arm needs to be more forward, oh well). I wanted to have a bit more gradient shading of the umbra and penumbra of the shadow, but I didn't want to spend more time on it.

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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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