Frank's Sketchbook Entry of the Day
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.
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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