Mixed Media Still Life

value study rough photo 002, originally uploaded by lone_goomba.

pencil drawing, followed by a hasty and ill-advised acrylic wash, followed by being rolled up in a tube on an airplane, followed by a bleary eyed, down to the zero hour, touching-up on the computer.

Muybridge Studies

APRILscans 001, originally uploaded by lone_goomba.

I recently bought a book of Muybridge locomotion studies made between the 1870s and 90s by Eadward Muybridge.

Muybridge is a very interesting character.

Bear cub!

APRILscans 002, originally uploaded by lone_goomba.

I love the way bears walk. I also love that bears, one of the most feared creatures on the planet, live mainly for the sake of seeking out and devouring berries.

The little robot tried to warn him...

APRILscans 004, originally uploaded by lone_goomba.

"Terminator tries to find an alternate time-machine.

However, this being 1984, he doesn't know that Doc Brown would ultimately settle on a DeLorean, and not a refrigerator, in 1985."

Trivia time!

the producers of Back to the Future actually did consider using a refrigerator as Marty McFly's paradox-mobile. Eventually someone must have told them "If you're going to build a time-machine, why not do it with some STYLE"

As for the dates, Terminator came out in 84' followed by Back to the Future in 85'.


APRILscans 006, originally uploaded by lone_goomba.

fun to draw!

Horizontals and verticals

APRILscans 005, originally uploaded by lone_goomba.

My drawing one teacher asked us to eye-ball diagonals by measuring them first with our pencil (held in front of you, against the angle in your setup that you're measuring) and then transferring that angle, held just so with your pencil, to the page.

My drawing two teacher would slap the pencil out of my hand if I tied that. Or well, at least he'd give me a look like he wanted to smack something. "Don't draw diagonal lines!" He's said many times, while flaring his eyes and nostrils for dramatic effect. Don't guess them, don't eye-ball them, don't draw them until you're more than halfway done with the drawing. followed by "you have to ARRIVE at the diagonal line!"

What he wants me to do, I'm starting to realize, is rely on horizontal and vertical lines. Which actually kind of does work a lot better.

You can kind of see in this sketch how I'm using them. It's kind of like making rough X and Y axes, as if you were making a graph, and then, measuring against a lattice of other graphs which are recording the relative positions of other landmarks, you start to Arrive at some diagonals.

still though, I'd like to say to my art department: listen guys, I know every teacher has a different style. But the art department is like a half dozen people. Can you please at least agree to teach things that the other teachers will not try to un-teach the next semester?