Friday, May 13, 2011

Last of things I hate to draw

||= Edited for this disclaimer: My apologies for no post last night. Blogger was down for 'maintenance' until well after midnight (est), so my daily posting didn't happen, but I twitpic'd it via my twitter account=||

For now.. anyhow.

I don't normally draw political cartoons, mostly because they're strictly-topical, and 20 years from now, it won't be funny anymore..... not that a lot of things are funny 20 years from now, but the younger generations might find it funny while they'll look at a political cartoon and scratch their heads.

However, with the price of gas always going up, never down..I figured this was way overdue on my part.
I don't have a vehicle, but I do drive every so often..and I chip in for gas - which is always gouging me more and more when I do.
There's a breaking-point, and surprisingly, people haven't hit it yet.. I'm surprised. Seriously.
I've expected to hear on the radio about some hotshot at O.P.E.C.'s kid or wife or boyfriend or whatever's been kidnapped and lost a finger or toe as "proof" so the prices would come back down to pre-1990 levels, where they should really still be. The prices then were outrageous, and the fact that people have just accepted - angrily, theft-fully, and hatefull, the unjustified increases and gouges at the pumps tells me that when this thing finally hits boiling-point-spillover.. it's going to be damned nasty. Like "making medieval torture seem like roses & candy by comparison" nasty.

The really stupid part is, the Government says it can't do anything. Like hell it can't. Canada produces more than enough crude oil in its own backyard to supply it's house( crude produced in western canada can provide for all of canada & then some), but instead, sells it all to the neighbours....then buys crude from the neighbour down the block at an increased price. Fucking stupid or what!?

Anyhow.. cartoon! (please share with fellow gas-price-haters)

How Gas prices are really decided..and what our government does to help it's citizens.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

More things I hate drawing

And this time, I'm not alone!

I'm really beginning to understand why "crowd scenes" are one of the many banes of many artists out there.
Time consuming, a plethora of minutia of details, and basically, it tends to get glossed over by the reader when it's done well. When it's done badly, it gets noticed, and it's not supposed to really be noticed, is my understanding.

So, I started drawing people with no clue what they'd be doing (like an idiot)..and it became a club/discoteque kinda thing.. and then I got really really sick of trying to draw human-shaped critters for the further parts of the background and decided to watercolour-shade it...and just blobbed some humanoid shapes in there instead.

One more day of drawing the things I hate..and then on to a new subject for the week. ...the week typically running sunday-to-thursday.


Didn't do the P90X stuff today.. ...sunday I looked at the first part(and did it..stupid me), monday I did the first part completely(chest&back, ab-ripper-x), yesterday was that plyometrics stuff..today *should* have been shoulders&back..but I took the day off because frankly, when you struggle to get out of bed or when wiping your ass causes you muscular pain.. it's time to ease back a notch. "Extreme" can kiss my tender tucous, I'm dialing it back so I can actually keep doing it in the time-frame setup - I refuse to kill myself in the attempt of getting into better shape.
So tomorrow'll be interesting..  Run into Toronto with a friend/old boss, interview in the afternoon, and try the daily P90X thing in the evening. ...normally I wake up, do the P90X thing..there's a nice warmup for the stuff, just in case you do it right out of bed, like me - so I gulp down some water & fruit, do the exercise, shower, relax for a bit, then go about my day like normal. But not tomorrow.. tomorrow I'll be doing it at night..which'll be interesting.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Double-Shot Pt.2

So.. more of the things I hate drawing.

This time.. women.
Why?
Because like babies, cute critters, and overly organic things.. they're composed of very soft lines.
Curvy lines with a feminine touch. ...I can do curvy lines.. but it's that whole feminine touch thing that kills me.
Men, machines, weapons... static items aren't so bad.. hard lines, angles, thicker lines.. but no, women are soft, thinner-lined, curvacious critters.. and I can almost never get boobs or bums done to my satisfaction.

Double-shot pt.1

Ok.. so this week is all about basically hurting myself, for what I'm hoping is the betterment of myself.

Today's P90X thing was `Plyometrics`, which I guess is the technical term for `Jump, fat-ass! Now run in a circle! Now squat down like you're crapping on a bear-trap and JUMP, fat-ass!! JUMP` for an hour.
I tried to do most of these things.. but man are my legs out of shape!

...okay okay.. ALL of me is out of shape. My lats (the muscles that go from your armpits down to your hips, roughly) are still super-sore from yesterday's workout. I don't remember what tomorrow's workout is..and as much as I want to hope it's easy..I know it won't be..because this thing works muscles I haven't worked before, or haven't worked in a very very very very very very very long time.

Also working on those artistic muscle!
Things I hate drawing..
Cute animals, and kids/babies. Especially babies...little weirdo deformed people critters that they are.
Anyone who knows will tell you 2 things about me in regard to kids: I don't like them, and I'm great with them.
But it's a sham, really. I'm only `great` with kids because I know that soon enough, one of us is going far away from the other. So it's really more of a tolerance thing.. that, and because as much as the gut-instinct is to cry out `what the fuck is that!!?????` while grabbing for something sharp and on fire to kill it with, the people who've actually spawned the thing tend to think it's some kind of wonderous miracle of beauty. So you make "cutesy" faces and such and just try to get through the evening without having to kill something with fire.
Seriously though, the thing I loathe about kids is the crying. Not the `I need food` or `I just crapped myself` cry.. it's that `I'm gonna cry because I'm mad, and there ain't a damn thing you can do about it` cry.
That cry riles up the Spank-You Meter in my head something fierce.
Like my parents said to me : You want something to really cry about??

The cute critters I can do, more or less, I just don't like to. I'm not a cutesy kinda person. This is why I like machines, macho imagery, weapons and the like.. good hard line, solid lines. Nothing soft or fluffy there, unless said weapon happens to have gotten some cutesy-splatter on it. ^_^

Monday, May 9, 2011

No art tonight

There won't be any art tonight, but there will be a double-shot tomorrow.

Did that P90X thing today.. the chest/back was alright..the ab ripper X portion just freakin killed me. It hurts to sneeze, laugh, or bounce.

Today is a day I could have easily lived without..and it's not over yet.. technically it's got an hour & 40minutes left, but it'll still live on in my nightmares - and that includes getting an interview setup for later in the week.

I hope all y'all's day went a lot better than mine.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Things I hate Drawing

So, this week I've decided to really abuse myself.

A friend lent me their P90X fitness dvds..and now I'm going to spend the week drawing the things I hate drawing, because they either take more time than I want(to look good when finished), or I'm not as skilled as I'd like to be, and drawing them only brings to focus my lack of skill in drawing said item.

All of the drawings will be roughs(blue), with some shading for added substance.

SO.. I tried the first part of this P90X thing. Now, I'm a big guy. I stand 6'2 and weigh in at roughly 280lbs.
When I left the military I was in better shape than when I was in. And that was years ago. Many things have contributed to me being in the shape I am now, and frankly I'm sick of it. I used to be a nice, firm, imposing 230.lbs. And I aim to get back there. I am going to get away from these 44-waist pants and back into something I like. And I *liked* fitting into my 36-jeans.

Problems though: 1: I only have the dvds, not the nutrition guide, or any of the required gear for the proper workout. Now, my roommate has 2X 2.5lb, 2X5.lb and 1 10.lb vinyl-covered weights, and I've got 2 steel-cast(much better than the sand-filled vinyl) 45.lbs dumbbells.
I can go out and get a yoga mat for traction & stability (thank you, tax-return) and some in-between weights. A chin-up bar will be something else. One of those ones that uses a door-frame would be good, but it'll have to come in time.
SO.. while I'm not going to worry about the nutrition guide for now (roomy & I decided to start eating healthier.. no chips or cookies on the last grocery run.. a shytload of apples & oranges though), I am going to have to get something to stabilize myself quickly. Our apartment floor is all tile, with laminate-wood in the bedrooms.

Oh..I forgot to mention I sweat.. a LOT..when I do any cardio. Sweat + tile = slippery like greased ice.
I'm not a cardio guy. I'm a muscle guy. I build it quickly, lose it slowly(which is the opposite of the norm), but cardio just kills me.
So, I'll be updating this thing a bit with my weight-loss/strength training thing as well as my art.
I tried part of a routine today to see what it was all about.. and it's pretty honkin intense.

Anyhow..enough of that.. here's some quick art - all freehand. Eventually I'll start using a ruler, but I want a steady freehand line first.

So, one of the things I hate drawing is buildings. Buildings require perspective. Multiple angles of perspective.
And the problem there is that the real world view of buildings is never as neat and perfect as it is on paper. To draw a building realistically means things slope and sag and are missing or overlapping or just.. not nice and neat and ruler-friendly on paper.

So.. here's a "from a tree-fort" view of a simple house, looking out to the street.

Pain is weakness leaving the body, and artistic-self-discipline is creative-skill growing stronger.
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