Frank's Sketchbook Entry of the Day
| Sit on the Steps and Talk About Life
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
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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