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Just noticed that there hasn’t been anything posted on here for a few days now. Thought I’d do a quick something-something in photoshop to throw up here before I left work. Hopes you likes.


Written by zee

August 13, 2008 at 2:46 am

Life drawing

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Tonight’s life drawing session was pretty fun. I didn’t get into the life drawing groove until the second half, and even then it was a little iffy. I am going to cheat and only post the good stuff from tonight:



Written by phildraws

August 7, 2008 at 4:37 am

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Update, finally.

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I don’t have much to update with, since I have been slacking when it comes to sketch club and figure drawing lately!

This is a fairly quick digital paint over a sketch I did last week.


I will post some other stuff later, but I want to do some work in photoshop first.

Written by phildraws

August 5, 2008 at 5:38 am

So Many Drawings!

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Hey, so here’s what I’ve been doing in my sketchbook the past week and some figure drawing stuff too.

Written by scottdraws

August 1, 2008 at 11:54 pm


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Just now I stumbled across a site kept by an english man who is dealing with mental illness while simultaneously keeping a sketch-blog.  His drawings of the people he sees arond him are quite charming and also very good!  If anyone’s looking for some great sketches with a lot of personality, you should check this out:

I LIKE!  It gets my stamp of approval (whatever that’s worth)!

Written by zee

August 1, 2008 at 5:10 am

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skratch klub, july 31st

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Continuing with my theme of trying to draw things that I cannot draw, today I decided to attempt doing some sort of costume/fashion design. I like the stripey leggings, I like the shoes, I like the pirate sleeves and I especially like the little wing sleeves. I think I should have fixed the scarf, and the skirt is a little too sailor moon. But all in all, I think it’s passable considering this is something I’m supposed to be bad at.

I was saying to Scott and Phil today during our session that I think I’m finally back in the practice of good drawing. I wouldn’t say I’ve really improved any substantial amount, but I HAVE managed to remember the proper discipline it takes to draw something well. My previous efforts suffered from a lack of planning and were too hastily drawn. I need to have patience if I hope to do something right and I think I’m getting that patience back after having lost it for some time due to a lack of practice.  Forcing myself to do little 60-second thumbnails in the corner of the page before I draw anything is a good way to keep myself from just diving into a detailed drawing without any sort of a plan.  I think I’m finally getting back into the zone where I can start improving my skills because I’m finally drawing properly again and giving myself the chance to learn and discover new things.

The three of us meet and draw at a little coffee shop near the university in the city we live in. It’s a pretty trendy little place and a lot of the university kids make up a large portion of the clientele. But between today and last week I can’t help but wonder what is up with these people. Last week there were these two girls sitting across from us and they talked for at least an hour and a half non-stop about all the dudes they’ve had sex with… and they were going into the kinds of details that nobody wants to hear, and they were saying it rather loudly too. I couldn’t help but wonder if they were aware that they were coming off as pretty much the two biggest sluts in the city to everyone in the shop. I was kind of disgusted by them and to be honest, relieved when they left. I mean, I’m a pretty liberal dude, anyone who knows me can attest, but you gotta have some level of self-dignity, come on.

And then today there were two girls sitting across from us again (I don’t know if they were the same ones as last time or not, I couldn’t tell) but they came with a psychic who was doing tarot card readings for them for about an hour and a half. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with you doing your tarot thing in public… but they took it so seriously. I’m sure it’s kind of fun and there’s some level of entertainment, but I can’t help but think you need to do a little self-evaluation of your own if you seriously think some kook with a deck of cards is going to determine your fate. Come on.

Also, stupid wii-fit told me I have a wii-fit age of 40 today. That’s such garbage. My Body Mass Index was perfect, and it STILL said I’m like a 40-year-old man. SUPER HARSH. Stupid wii fit; I’ll show you!


PS: on the way out I noticed a new gelato shop opened up across the street from where we sketch!  Maybe next week we should check it out.  (PPS: SHUT UP WII FIT, I EAT GELATOS IF I WANT)

Written by zee

August 1, 2008 at 4:42 am