Monday, May 15, 2006

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These are sketches from a meeting we went to last week. Rob was doing the "presenting", so I was doodling. I don't know about you, but when I sketch on a page I do two things: 1) I have to fill it up. If I have a big drawing that I start with (in this case it was the girl), then I will start figuring out shapes that will fit in around it and 2) if the first sketch doesn't turn out the way I like it, I stop doodling. Sad to say, but I've finally 'awoken' to this fact. I'm not a great doodler anyway, I just don't have a love for it. I love to draw, but I have to have a reason. That's also sad, but I think it's because I like perimeters. I like to have a goal, say, of drawing a funny dog. With that "assignment" in my head, I can draw a bunch of different funny dogs, but without it my pencil just lazily slides around the paper without motivation. Rob, and other people I know are just the opposite. They can doodle cool little drawing and characters without even knowing where they are going. Rarely, I will do that and I will have something I like on the other end. Now you know my problems. Sharing is fun.

9 comments:

Miah Alcorn said...

Hey Tom. Man I'm the same way.... I love drawing, but I have to have a clear vision of what I'm going for before I start. Without some sort of parameters I just stagnate... and eventually the pencil is layed down and I go on to something else. These turned out great though. That business man Larry is classic. Later tater.

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Jason C said...

Hmm neat.. I work with a guy that has the same issues.. can't draw unless it's for something.. Now I can tell him he's no alone! =) Got your book this weekend Tom... Great read..

Dustin said...

Wow! I'm the same way in regards to doodling! It makes me feel so good that others share my sentiment, I always thought I was a freak!

BTW, Tom, your book is awesome. I've had a blast doing the exercises. Ever thinking about putting forth more exercises for people to do on this blog?

Randy said...

I'm totally the same way, only a lot of times it's worse than the funny dog scenario. I gotta' have a story, or a slogan, or some *reason* why the dog is there, in order to inform why he's going to be funny. Talk about maddening!

Cool drawings, though, Tom!

Marmax said...

I'm the same way about doodling. Most of the time, I need to already picture what I want to draw in my head to do a good drawing...or I have to have a story behind what I'm drawing.

sushipajamas said...

sorry I'm nto the same way guys. If I'm not doing anything (i.e. projects...project...project...), then I just draw whatever. Ideas are always running through my brain so I keep a little notebook in my pocket for when those ideas need to be drawn. Even when I'm driving. But there has to be someone else there to write it down...^_^

Ugh, so I guess i am in the same club. Its never just spontaneous, its always a reall rawing or I got nothing...darn it!

Cedric said...

For me, it depends on my mood. Sometimes I have some really fun "doodle energy" bouncing around in my head that just has to get out, so I just start doodling and wind up doing some of my better drawings. There are other times when I have to have a goal in mind, and even then it takes me a while to warm up and get into a groove before I can even draw something halfway decent. Weird.

Mark McDonnell said...

I'm really impressed with your stuff man. You have so many talents all wrapped up into one. You can really tell you spent a lot of thought and effort into making each sketch/piece into it's own idea. What can I say man, I really enjoy your work. I will bookmark your blog and make sure I keep comin' back for more. Thanks for the coffee breaks in the morning, REALLY fun stuff.

If you get time, please check out my blog and let me know what you think. Thanks!

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