21-day drawing challenge: day 5 (#draw21days)

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:

  • Bigfoot
  • “Your boss”
  • A shark
  • Skull
  • Pelican
  • Evil Space Villain
  • Horse

I kicked a couple of ideas around on a sheet– Bigfoot, a skull, even a pelican.

#draw21days- day 5 #draw21days day 5 side 2

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.

#draw21days day5- the alien

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.

 

 

 

 

21-day drawing challenge: day 4 (#draw21days)

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.

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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.

21-day drawing challenge: day 3

For day 3, we were give a reference sheet and asked to “draw what we saw”. I ended up seeing, among other things, a couple of dogs, a somewhat angry bird-like creature, some sushi, a funky-looking toe, a person ready to go fencing. There’s even a little stick man surfing.

My reference sheet, filled in

What did you see?

 

21-day drawing challenge: Day 2

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.

smiling face | continuous line drawing A smiling face. I tried several (you might see bits of them on some of the other images). With this one, I felt satisfied with the results.

hand holding a soda bottle| continuous line drawing Now, the directions didn’t state HOW the bottle was supposed to be held. Again, I tried a couple of different approaches. This was the winner for me.

man on a unicycle- continuous line drawing 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.

dog running- continuous line drawing My running dog. Again, I needed photo reference, and found a cute bulldog puppy to use.

21-day drawing challenge: Day 1

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.

my drawing of a cat for the 21-day drawing challenge
21-Day Drawing Challenge: Day 1 | Cat

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.

 

Friday Facepalm– Feb 21, 2014

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:

  1. It was built entirely in Flash (last “copyright date” is 2008).
  2. With an animated intro.
  3. And music that plays automatically.
  4. It also had a menu in the shape of a pizza, using a picture of a pie, complete with hovers and rollovers.
  5. But there was no search function.
  6. 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.

*Facepalm*

It was at this point I gave up, and we called the place. They have a $2 delivery charge.

Design tip for Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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.

Random Thought for Wednesday, January 15, 2014

On decisions–
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.