I’ll never reach my destination if I never try

Periscope went to the Oregon Zoo on a life drawing trip Wednesday. I LOOOOVE our zoo life drawing trips! It’s great practice, plus all of the usual fun you get at the zoo. Cute kids, cool animals, friends, walking around outside, and drawing. The best things. You can see my sketches from our 2011 trip here.

This year I wasn’t thrilled with my drawings–a lot of these felt like steps backwards–but there were a couple I was really happy with.  We might be going again next month, and if we do I plan to spend a longer period of time with fewer animals, so I can actually nail down their constructions.

Soon we’ll be found

Portland got 2 consecutive days of sun this week and so we have entered the magical, annual sprouting phase, where every patch of earth suddenly explodes in bright fresh, SATURATED green things. It’s lovely!

The Periscope whiteboard is infamous for sprouting horrors, but this is the worst one yet:

I’ll let that sink in for a moment.

I am kind of hoping this will become an insert-able rage face, but I’m afraid its short/fatness makes it difficult to impose over photos. This is the best I could do, and it’s awful:

Feel free to try your own. Tomorrow, if I remember, I’ll take a photo of what’s falling into its mouth on the whiteboard.

Now I see the world as an ancient place as a smiling face

I do declare I’m in a state

Periscope went to the zoo today to draw the animals from life!

I like drawing adults holding children to practice weight.

The top right drawing is an example of what happens when someone knows I’m drawing them. My high school art teacher taught me that once someone makes eye contact with you 3 times, it’s time to drop it and move on.

The polar bear was probably my favorite animal to draw today. That arched nose and the multiple head bumps are really interesting, and the way their massive weight shifts when they walk, swim, and stand up is really striking. I can’t believe how long their necks appear when they stretch their heads up!

That’s ‘knows’. (-__-)

Colobus monkeys are awesomely fun to draw. I can draw nothing if I can’t draw long, trailing hair.

Here is where my blood sugar dipped dangerously low.


I’m falling upstairs to meet you

More life drawing sketches! Heed me: this is NSFW.

I am SO GLAD we are organizing monthly life drawing sessions. I have a woman’s body, right? But drawing a woman’s body last night made me realize several things that are going to help me draw women more accurately from now on. I have realizations like that every time I draw people from life.
If you are an artist, but you can’t take a figure drawing class for whatever reason, search around your city for drop-in sessions you can join. In Portland we have Hipbone, The Canvas, and countless bars and cafes that do regular life drawing nights.


Right around here, Ben Dewey recommended I focus on contour shading with my extra time. I said “Yes, Sensei,” and broke out some blue lead so I could get my messy sketch of the model down first, then go in with pencil for neat lines and add shadow onto a cleaner drawing:

Momentum, for the sake of momentum

I went to a life drawing session tonight! It’s so good for me–I’m going to try and go monthly. Eventually, I will be able to draw men!
Check out Joëlle Jones’ sketches from the same session! Dzamn!

^The upper right sketch is my favorite :)

The way you are now you’re never gonna make it

New fan art for Sweet Tooth:

Sometimes it can seem so cold do what you gotta do to cope

My contribution to Periscope’s art auction to benefit victims of the tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan:


I was made to believe there’s something wrong with me

My contribution to Periscope‘s sketch challenge for this week:

I think that Cold War is my favorite of her songs. So wonderful.

You know what you believe to be right

Brian Warmoth posted a nice article on my fan art over at Comics Alliance today!:D

(Speaking of…) New art for Periscope’s weekly sketch challenge: Joan and Roger from Mad Men!

You can buy the original from the Periscope Etsy store. :)

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