Monday, October 19, 2009


Last night I did something I hadn't done in a long time, I did what I call SNAP-SHOT DOODLING or MEMORY GESTURES. The basic concept is to capture a pose or "gesture" while watching a movement and then draw it. So last night while I watched my favourite monster movie...THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, I picked up my sketchbook and started to doodle some of the action. I know they are rough and not a refined image, but that is what they are supposed to be. Each little doodle was a captured memory of what I had just seen on the screen. The only intent of the drawings were to capture the gesture or moment of that memory of what I had just seen.

For me, this is a good way to incorperate a movement or to capture an action. No, they are not exact replicas of what just occured on the screen, but a flash picture of it. Once it is seen then draw it and try to capture the action of the pose.

I not only do this while watching the t.v./ movies, but when I go to some of our childrens sporting events as well. This is even better than doing it to the cannot rewind a live action, so you must get that mental snap-shot and get it down right quickly to preserve the moment.

When I was in school we used to go to the zoo to draw the animals, and this is most likely where this concept originated for me. At that time zoos were mainly cages and the animals sort of just sat there bored and didn't move much, but nowadays with the advent of the eco-envirement zoo...........might be fun to do again if you get to see the animals at all you will get a good primer of animal movement.

Looks like we will be making a trip to the zoo at somepoint, and the sketches will be coming out. One example I have of this sort of thing is from earlier this summer when I did the llama doodles.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


 Ok, well its been awhile since I had spoken about this long in fact that I had almost forgotten I had planned to do it. The project was my AT THE EARTH'S CORE portfolio, and yes it still is in the works. I had had a few things come up that I had to put aside the personal projects for, but now I am winding down on those and getting back to the CORE  of things, and wanted to show a CORE sample to let anyone who might have been interested in this that I have gotten back to work on it.

I know that originally this project was intended to be in ink, well that sort of changed last night when I sat down in the living room and started to draw..............this came out, and I LIKED it. So while sitting there watching Jules Vernes the Mysterious Island and hanging out with my family I decided that the pencil 'folio would be just as cool as doing an ink and so............the AT THE EARTH'S CORE portfolio will still consist of 6 black and white images and one colour, but the B&W stuff will now be pencil.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

continuing with the Dental work

Just a little update on the progress of the most recent comission. The original pencil for this can be seen here . I have been having a blast with this one and will honestly be sad to see it go, but am glad to know it will have a good home when it is finished.