I think a person’s creative mind can come up with perfect solutions to any problem. But then the conscious mind gets involved, puts in its 2 cents, and ends up making things difficult or turning them to rubbish.
My apologies for the delay… Prior church commitments kept me from staying on track, and I feel like I’m playing catchup, but, so be it.
The challenge for day 5 was “refine”. We were given 7 choices, and were asked to select one, and go with it. They were:
- “Your boss”
- A shark
- Evil Space Villain
I kicked a couple of ideas around on a sheet– Bigfoot, a skull, even a pelican.
But I kept coming back to the “villain” idea. So I took it, and refined it a bit. The end result is on the second sheet. Here’s a close-up.
Nowhere in the directions did it say the villain had to be humanoid. And, even though the idea of a human being considered evil in space is appealing and potentially more frightening, I decided to go with something a little more insect-like in nature.
How did yours come out? I’m going to check stuff out later and see what others created.
Gotta admit, I’m really enjoying these challenges.
I got a little behind due to other commitments, and because I wanted to give these challenges the attention they deserved.
That said, the challenge for day 4 was to draw our non-dominant hand 5 different ways. Here are mine.
Later today I’ll check out Von’s solution, and catch up on yesterday’s challenge.
Don’t forget to share your stuff with the tag #draw21days. I’ve been checking stuff out on twitter, and there’s some really awesome work happening.
It’s been a long while since I last did continuous line drawings– day 2’s challenge. Specifically, we were challenged with creating:
- A smiling face
- A hand holding a soda bottle
- a man riding a unicycle
- a running dog
Here are my drawings.
The man on a unicycle. I’ve never drawn a unicycle before, so I needed some photo reference. I tried one in a side view, but getting the pedals and the unicycle the way I wanted was a pain. I found a “dead-on” shot of a unicycle, and it occurred to me that using that angle would work with the structure of the cycle, especially because I was dealing with one line.
Yesterday was the beginning of a 21-day drawing challenge course on Lynda.com (you can find out more here). The day’s first challenge was to draw a cat. Frankly, I’ve always felt animals were one of my weak areas, so I would qualify this as a definite “challenge”. That said, here’s the piece I did yesterday.
Are you also doing the challenge? If so, share it ’round the inter webs– Twitter, Facebook, Instagram– and tag it with #draw21days. I know I’ll be checking out what other folks are doing from time to time.
You know, I kinda like that title. I might have to make it a thing. Lord knows there’s enough material out there for that.
So, at work, someone ordered pizza and, after placing the order, had a question on whether they charged for delivery. Their menu was unclear, so we went to their website. Here’s what I found:
- It was built entirely in Flash (last “copyright date” is 2008).
- With an animated intro.
- And music that plays automatically.
- It also had a menu in the shape of a pizza, using a picture of a pie, complete with hovers and rollovers.
- But there was no search function.
- It did have an “order online” option, but that redirected us to a separate site that looked like one of those “thisdomain.com is available” pages, and that had a list of sub-menus with no way to do an intelligent search.
It was at this point I gave up, and we called the place. They have a $2 delivery charge.
If you work in the most current version if your software of choice…
When creating files that you know will be handled by others outside your organization, presume that they will not have the latest version, and “downsave” the file (It also helps to outline fonts, but that’s a discussion for another time). This should help prevent conversion issues like unnecessary clipping paths, and type-filled text boxes breaking up in odd places.
There’s an old saying– “It’s better to fail trying something than it is to succeed doing nothing.
It’s one thing to change a decision once it’s been put into action and its results can be evaluated. It’s another to constantly make second-guessing decisions without ever putting any of them in motion.
The former shows flexibility, strength of character and the potential for growth. The latter a paralyzing fear of the unknown.
Given those options. I’ll take the former any day.
I would rather have to course-correct on a wrong choice made with strong conviction than to be adrift in a spineless ocean of indecisiveness.