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Friday, February 18, 2011

Some random art, if you want to call it that.

Since I was in high school I use to buy cheap drawing pads to doodle on.  I also use to doodle on just about everything I could get my hands on, but I liked having a nice clean sheet of paper to mess up.  Some times these doodles led to bigger ideas, characters for comics, or nothing at all. When I didn't have any drawing paper sometimes I would take a peices of copy paper and fold them in half to make a little sketch book. 

This piece was inspired by coral.  I had been diving in Honduras recently when I drew this and was trying to capture the uniqueness of the coral, especially the brain coral down there.  I also like to do stuff like this to relax.  The exactness and definition need concentration and it helps me to focus and relax.  This was drawn on a piece of standard copy paper folded in half.  I'm sure this is third or fourth attempt after a bunch or doodles that helped me get the look right.  And led me to draw a bigger version.

Now this was actually drawn on the back of a piece of waterproof plasticized paper.  A while back the Alaska Fisheries Observer program would issue you these for working on longline vessels.  The front has a sample form printed on it but the back was left blank to do tally sampling and to make notes.  It holds a pencil line very well and is awesome to draw on.  And while digging through a pile of old doodle I found another piece of on waterproof paper

As I look at this now it's weird.  I was thinking about clocks for some reason and this design and doodle kept coming out.  This is a fleshed out doodle.  All three piece were done sometime in 2003.  I've decided this year that I'm going to start adding the month to my signature.  I was looking at some MC Escher drawings and I was impressed that he actually would put the day in his sig.  I don't know if I'd go that far but after thinking about it.  It's a great way to be able to track your art through time.

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