Frank's Sketchbook Entry of the Day
| The Pen is ...
July 10, 2018
The fools! They laughed at me. Laughed at me! But now,
now we'll see how is laughing. Whose pen is mightier now! Mwaa haa haa
OK, I finally got the damn Wacom Intuos 4 pen tablet to work again after
Windows 10 updated itself and broke things and then fucking bragged
about how lucky I was that it did that without me asking, withing doing
anything better, and only slowing down my machine and breaking things.
I spent about a month, off and on, trying to get it to work. Finally, I
just re-installed the latest Wacom driver (which was one of the first
things I did, that only made things worse), which made things way worse,
as Windows popped up a message every few seconds informing me that it
couldn't find the Wacom driver (I had noticed that after the 10th time
it told me). After a few minutes it finally managed to boot up enough
so that I could try again (re-re-install it). And this time,
even though I didn't do anything differently, it worked.
I wanted to draw something with someone laughing in (semi-evil) triumph.
I used a few online pictures for models of how things look when the head
is tilted back. Then I wanted to play with some shading, since that was
I had been playing with when it broke. Specifically, I wanted some
ominous lighting from below (again, I used a online references, and also
used a flashlight and a mirror in my bathroom). Finally, since I don't
like putting in backgrounds, I decided that some lightning might be
nice and could provide the notional light source. I usd an online
tutorial for drawing them in Illustrator which worked pretty easily.
The energy "source" or whatever the ball up top is, was the
trickiest part to make it have an interesting shape.
It's not perfect, but it wasn't too hard to do and gets at the basic
idea I was going for. Also, the title is one extra space away from
"The Penis" which also amuses me. While much could be read
into this, I was just thinking of the Saturday Night Live Jeopardy skit
where a category was similarly named and similarly mispronounced.
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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