Monthly Archives: April 2012

Art and stuff

It's amazing how fast time goes by. So I've had a bit of a hiatus and its time to start blogging again. I wish that I had something amazing to show for the past few months but unfortunately no. But I am doing hobby programming again and that's a good thing.

I've just recently (as of about 2 weeks ago) started working on an iPhone game using the wonderful cocos2d engine. I've also just started trying to develop some rudimentary artistic skills which will hopefully come in handy. So I thought I would post some of the drawings I've been working on... not so much for your appreciation gentle reader (since it's pretty horrible art), but for my own personal record.  I've just started working through Bert Dodson's excellent Keys to Drawing. So I'll be posting my projects from the book here and hopefully there will be some improvement over the course of the next few weeks.

Here are the results from the first two projects:

Yes, those are my feet. No, they really aren't that ugly. Not quite anyway.

Here the result from the second project (1b):

My hand (sort of), an orchid bloom, and some ivy.

So I've got a ways to go but we all have to start somewhere. One of the things that I've already noticed in these exercises is how much this kind of drawing feels like a meditation. Indeed, Dodson himself makes this Zen-like comment in the first chapter:

We should draw, for the time being at least, as if we know nothing, and were obedient only to what our eye tells us draw. This is the key to natural, life-like drawing. To understand this is to understand that there is no such thing as knowing how to draw something. One hears, "Can you draw hands -- or horses -- or trees?" The answer is: we do not draw "things" at all, only lines.

Eloquent and inspiring words from a master to a beginner.