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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
Green Pickle
Groot Tree
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June 24, 2020

Last weekend I took a few pictures while biking around the area. This picture of a tree next to a trail reminded me of Groot, the tree creature from the movie Guardians of the Galaxy. Long, narrow head with eyes and a mouth. But then I thought that I should draw that to make it a little more explicit the image that's in my head.

So I used Illustrator and took the picture and traced some of the key elements there (by hand). I used the pen tool, which gives nice lines but takes a long time. And that was just for the basics of the tree. I added a few leaves and then realized there's a lot of background left because it looked too plain on its own. So I used the brush tool, with the original picture underneath, and quickly drew things in a sort of freehand kind of way to suggest some of the textures of the elements in the background. At the end I added the text because it kind of needed it (it couldn't go without saying).

Originally I was thinking I'd have to color it for anything to be recognizable, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that I think it's pretty clear as is, so I left it as a "simple" line drawing. I'm pretty happy at how it came out, but again, a lot of it was just tracing. I did try using Live Trace from Illustrator and because of all the different shades of color, it was more or less an images completely filled with lines.

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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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