Tag Archive: “art”

Portraits

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Getting a bit carried away with the twee filter effects.

Posted on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014.

Portrait Sketches

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Posted on Saturday, January 11th, 2014.

Bitmap Bikes

Drawn on my telephone, just the way Picasso did.

Posted on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013.

Portrait Doodles

Phone photo collages of some recent sketches:

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Content with none, but there’s something I like in each. So, reason to do more.

Posted on Sunday, September 1st, 2013.

Maple Seed

Old maple seed

Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013.

Fabric Marker Face

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As long-time followers may know, now and then I draw on my old MacBook with markers. Here’s a recent portrait, drawn finger paint style with a fabric marker. The fabric marker ink behaves curiously on this smooth surface – amenable to smudging or scraping erasure, depending whether it’s wet or dry. The mix of textured shading and inky black blots makes this one of my favorite looks in recent memory.

Posted on Friday, March 22nd, 2013.

Wednesday Sketches

Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013.

More Time Lapse Sketches

Just a couple more portraits. I’m experimenting with different camera setups. This time, the camera is on a stand on the desk directly between me and the sketchbook.

Posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013.

Time lapse portrait sketches

Variations on a theme, obviously.

Posted on Thursday, January 31st, 2013.

Creative Uses of Creative Tools

Here is a drawing I made in LibreOffice, a free alternative to programs like Microsoft Office:

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It’s drawn with the filled polygon tool. Since it’s a vector drawing, you might think each region of uniform color is a single discrete element. After all, that’s how you’d do it if you were making an animation or otherwise planning to take advantage of the nature of vector graphics to neatly resize or reposition the drawing.

But! Just because a tool is suitable for a certain kind of work doesn’t mean you can’t use it in other ways. (This probably explains why I’ve broken so many drill bits, but that’s another story.) Here’s another look at the drawing, with polygon borders turned on and transparency turned up:

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It is mostly made up of a few simple shapes. In some places, though, I chose to “paint with polygons” instead of editing the existing vertices. The outcome is perhaps less versatile, but the act of carving out a contour by slapping down layers was more engaging than a more refined technique might have been. I might not have had the patience to finish the drawing, which I started spontaneously, if I’d been too concerned with placing every point perfectly.

Nothing beats the right tool for the job, but improvisation beats declining to try every time.

Posted on Monday, November 26th, 2012.