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Monday, February 16, 2015

Practice With Purpose

A CIA friend was musing on Facebook that she wanted to get back to practicing her sketching with a purpose. Excellent idea, I thought. 

That's how daily drawing helps, if it does. Each effort becomes a focal point for skill improvement: character development/design, composition, color, expression, complications, rendering technique, observation and so on. Without the "purpose" part, it's easy to practice unsuccessful techniques and make them habit.

The above drawing was an answer to a blog challenge on Valentine's Day, and I wanted to work on what I think of as the design of cuteness. I also tend to stop my sketchbook scribbles with the character itself, so I forced myself to add at least the hint of an environment.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

One Way to Fight Back

It was a bad day for journalists and artist. Terrorists killed 12 at the French weekly Charlie Hebdo.
It was kind of on my mind all day, and made me want to celebrate a writer. So I picked Marjane Satrapi, whose graphic memoir "Persepolis" is one of my favorites. It's about her 1970s childhood in Iran, which became more and more conservative as her liberal parents watched.

Most of us can't do much about radical fools. But we can celebrate our freedom to read by ... reading.