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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
Bradbury Building
The Big 498th Entry
Celebrating a Milestone!
  [Yes, this is literally "The Big 498".]

August 30, 2023

It's true! After about 19 years(!), today's posting represents the 498th so-called "sketchbook entry" that I've put on my web site. A month or so ago I was curious at how many I had made and realized I was closing in on that big number: 498. Hey, it's no more significant than 500, plus it occurs 2 earlier and I didn't want to wait...

Of course many of the entries here are not sketches nor even doodles. For example, this one was generated in Illustrator and the bulk of my time was spent figuring out how to make letters (or numbers in this case) 3D and look the way I kind of wanted them to look (there were a lot of ways to do that posted online). Many of the entries are photos and some are scans of things that are not drawings either. And from the start I intended the "of the day" to mean it's what I'm featuring on a particular day, not that I was intending to post things daily.

While looking through some old posts, I found at least two where I did not come up with unique file names for my images and clobbered them. I've noted them and will attempt to find them and rescan them in (as they were both actual sketches/drawings).

As for the drawing itself, it's kind of how I wanted it to be. I figured I'd put a sun in to "justify" the shadows, and the mountains in the background make the background a little less boring. The tiny figures were mean to just suggest human-ish shapes. Originally I drew them in red so I wouldn't lose them either in the white or black backgrounds, while I was making them, but it was kind of a painful red. I tried others and then realized the blue worked nicely againstthe shadow and the blue numbers. I hadn't really thought much about what would go into the speech balloons and it just so happens there are the same number balloons as there are tiny figures there, it was not intentional. And then as an afterthought, I added some simple shading to the mountains in the background It's somewhat subtle but improves it.

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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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