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66th Street Scribbles

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Still too sick to get in a run, so I swapped my usual gesture drawing spot for this plaza right outside work.

Sleepy Student

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Could describe me, could describe this guy who was napping while waiting for our teacher to arrive on Thursday.

Sketchy Rock Star

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My friend was kind enough to invite me to a rock concert, resulting in my only sketch of the day, on the iPhone.

One Year Down

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Who has flat feet and has posted to this site daily for a full year? [Awkward roundhouse kick]  This guy!!!

On the left are some drawings from 2011, 2012 on the right. So my improvement has been…subtle. If nothing else, I’ve improved my ability to draw quickly and with less frustration. My painting skills are noticeably better. So is my gesture drawing ability. Animation, sadly, has fallen by the wayside, but only because it’s so freaking time-consuming. I still love it and aspire to make a go of it.

Anyway, I know I have a very small core of readers, 50% of whom are my parents, but I’d like to thank everyone for their encouragement over the last year. Even though I generally raise a big skeptical eyebrow to compliments, your response has driven me to forge ahead with my harebrained “get rich slowly” scheme to become the Grandma Moses of my generation. Grazie mille.

Caffeine Shake

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I took one of my quick gestures from the coffee shop this morning and fleshed it out a little.

Subway Series

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Here’s some characters who got the sketchbook treatment on the subway tonight.

My Sketchy Chickadee

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I needed to bust out a quick sketch, so I came up with another exercise: Open up a movie, jump to a random frame with my eyes closed, then do a 5-minute gesture drawing of whatever I land on.

I got lucky and ended up with this fun and challenging image of W.C. fields shooting billiards in “The Big Broadcast of 1938.”

The 86th Street Zoo

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Some quick gesture sketches I made while looking out the window of the Coffee Bean this morning. I was especially fascinated by the worker who made several trips with very long boxes perched on his shoulder, and the old guy with a cane who literally turned his left foot 90 degrees as he ambled forward.

A Swingin’ Saturday

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I’m getting better at forcing myself to sketch little gesture drawings while I’m out and about. Here are a few people in the park after today’s jog.

And here’s a gesture drawing as a proto-animation:

Swinger

Go Figure

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Gearing up for my figure drawing class in a couple weeks, using virtual models from pixelovely.com. Apparently most life drawing sessions start out with a few very quick poses (gesture drawings), followed by progressively longer poses.

I hate posting lousy stuff like this, but my hope is that it will help to provide some contrast with future attempts, and illustrate my progress. In the meantime, feel free to let loose with the pointing and laughing.