I’ve been drawing so much related to “assignments” that, tonight, I really didn’t feel like drawing anything. So, seeing as how the challenge today is to draw anything you’d like, I turned off my brain as much as I could and just sort of drew whatever I liked while my pen touched the paper.
Kind of like my doodle only somehow entirely different. And unfinished, because I told myself I wanted to upload this before 11PM which is (as I’m typing this) in about 11 minutes from now.
I was going to make a scan of a blank page and type “GET IT?!” in the description but I realized that wouldn’t be accurate. I love my friends and my family and animals and whatnot so I shouldn’t lie. However, there’s one person who did come to mind as a good subject for a drawing. I haven’t gotten around to drawing this person before, which is odd, because I’m a bit of a fan.
Lots of people over the years have started sending me links and photos of anything related to David Bowie. This was sort of a wake-up call for me because it made me realize that I had been getting a bit obsessed and people were starting to think “Lorenzo” when they saw Bowie. That’s never a good sign, but in the end I embraced it. What can I say, the guy’s a pretty big inspiration, made some great music, is very intelligent and creative, and despite being an addicted wreck during the ’70s managed to remain 100% classy and polite throughout his career, which is remarkable.
So here you go, my first drawing of David Bowie, as drawn from a photo of his performance on something called the 1980 Floor Show during the ’70s just before he explored soul music and changed his look entirely.
I drew him without eyes because I like to draw people without eyes. Also, I’m still exploring my new found fondness for pencil. Odd.
This one’s a bit rough and unfinished, as I was working on this one I was interrupted to go out for dinner someplace unexpectedly with my family (not that that’s a bad thing) and by the time I got back the sun had set over the scene I was drawing so… Anyway, I don’t mind the way it looks, unfinished as it is.
This is the view from my balcony in the suburbs of a small city in Belgium where I’m currently residing.
My initial reaction to this assignment was “oh god why” but I soon found a pretty badass couple to draw. I decided on these two amazing characters: Dana Scully and Fox Mulder. I don’t think I have to explain why these two are fantastic.
Style-wise I obviously based this on two photos I found, not drawn from memory. Using pencil to accurately try and mimic the way someone looks on a photo is not something I do often. I’m not entirely convinced I drew them to look as recognizable as I had wanted them to, especially Mulder, but I’m still quite happy with the results. After all, as much as I strongly admire people who can draw to a photorealistic level, I’ve always really liked seeing little flaws, pencil strokes and unfinished areas, because I feel it gives you a closer connection to the person who drew it. So there you go!
I miss this. Preparing for my 3 month trip across the US and Canada. I actually miss the anxiety, but also the relief and realisation that I was making this happen. I miss the preparations, booking the flight, talking to friends about it. I miss every single person I met along the way, I miss meeting friends that I’ve known for years and making new ones. I miss being on the road and I miss the gracious people who gave a roof over my head. I miss it all. In such a way that every time I think about all of it, I’m happy to have these memories.
I will never ever be able to thank everyone who I met enough. And myself, for being brave enough to head out there on my own.
Anyway. I drew most of this in a tiny little sketchbook on the train today and applied some quick finishing touches at home. Honestly I’m surprised that in the second panel I actually look like a human being, the way the train was shaking about when I was trying to draw it. Because of the format I decided to keep the borders of the notebook on the scan, something I haven’t really done before in any of my other scans but I quite liked the effect here for some reason. A bit more rough maybe but there you go.
I want these logo things!
No, not really. I actually couldn’t think of anything at first (good sign I suppose?) but after a while I realized I’ve always sort of wanted to adopt either a cat or a dog from a shelter, only my housing situation in the past years has been unstable. Where I live currently I can’t adopt one either because the situation isn’t ideal (apartment) and I’m not the only person living here. Curses!
Anyway I started drawing dogs and cats from photos but very quickly gave up on that due to extremely boring, and tried to make some more simplified, personal line drawings. I liked these two and did some cut/paste work to put them next to one another, to make this image.
Also, I have no idea why I didn’t give the cat eyes because it doesn’t make it look very appealing even though I really do like cats. But there you go. I was going to ink them too, but then I didn’t. I’m a rebel.
I got a short-term job for a week doing some animation for a small television and media company in Ghent, the first week of April. So I went to the train station and got me a card to ride the train for cheap during that time period.
I wasn’t really feeling this assignment so I drew this without lifting my pencil. Which was very tiring.