Frank's Sketchbook Entry of the Day
| Celebrating a Milestone!
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
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.
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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