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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
From the FrankArchives: Study on Fabric Folds
  [Why binoculars?  Superman, not Clark Kent, has the telescopic vision...]

May 27, 2021

This one was circa 1990. I had bought a small booklet on drawing figures and heads and I was working through it, drawing the figures and elements shown in the book. Hey, I was able to find it online. The book was "Drawing the Head and Figure" by Jack Hamm from 1982. I liked it, it was straightforward and easy to follow. It had some simple guidance and rules as well. I still am pretty poor about drawing realistic figures, but that's a matter of me and not spending enough time working on it.

Anyway, I was looking through one of my old folders of drawings from that era and a number of them looked kind of descent. They were drawn with a cheap mechanical pencil on cheap printer paper. I tried to scan it in but my scanner didn't pick up the pencil shading very well. So I took a picture of it with my digital camera and then pulled it into photoshop and played with the brightness and contrast to make the parts visible. Different settings worked better for different parts of the picture while blowing out or graying out other parts, so I used 4 separate adjustment layers to let me adjust each region separately. I'm sure there are better ways to do this, but I didn't feel like spending too much time on it.

Some of the clothing and figures in the book looked fairly "classic" in the sense of a kind of 1950s look to them (suit and dresses and such) but humans still look like humans, and proportions, perspective, and foreshortening still hold true. That said, the guy in the suit looked a lot like a 1950s era Clark Kent. And that got me thinking about what he was looking at or who he was spying on. So I had to add a speech balloon. If the text is too hard to read, the full resolution image is here.

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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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