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Frank's Sketchbook Entry of the Day

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Gollum and Guns
Chain Saw
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Thoughts in the Dark
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Ultimate Elephant
Pod me!
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Not my fault
Ken's Robot
Pain is my Guide
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Pod du Jour
A Week in Ireland
Rough to Finished
A Week in Norway
Bass Player
Green Pickle
Bradbury Building
The Big 498th Entry
Sit on the Steps and Talk About Life
  ["'s your job?" (an actual quote from a 2 year old)]

May 19, 2023

This week was a friend's 20th birthday, someone I've known all her life. As a 2 year old, one of her things was to want to "sit on the steps and talk about life." She was very verbal for her age. Anyway, I wanted to draw something involving someone sitting on steps. And I wanted to use the white pens and black paper notebook (the notebook was a gift from her...well, she was getting rid of some art supplies and I happily said I'd take that, so it counts).

After some searching for a reference image, the best I could do was find one of someone sitting on steps with his back against a wall. I used it as a reference photo and I think it came out OK in white-on-black. The person is no one in particular, not me, not her, not anyone we know. But I like the pose and the sort of wistful look on his face as if he is contempating life. The steps aren't bad, though they're more of a suggestion. I will note that the words "steps" and "life" were drawn with silver and gold glitter pens (also cast-offs/gifts).

The folds on the shirt were some afterthoughts, since it was mostly white. And the blips of white dots on the pants were to suggest a substance when it was almost completely dark. The black lines separating white areas from each other works (like shirt and wall or arm and body) and the lack of "noise as shadow or notch isn't bad either (like the lower step) or the notch going up diagonally on the side of the step. And I like how the pose of the hand worked out. So I'm pretty happy with it. The original went with the birthday card but the full size imge 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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