Lately, I’ve been stopping and staring at lizards and reptiles. My latest sketchbook pages are of drawings centering around dinosaurs! Not just extinct prehistoric beasts, but also birds and lizardy things. I even looked up rhinoceros but then stopped after I read that they were mammals.
It started when I found myself exploring of the look of hind legs. Specifically, I was studying that Styracosaurus from Terryl Whitlatch’s Science of Creature Design and trying to draw my own version of it. It looked BAD:
Looking at Terryl’s illustration again, I found myself wondering, what makes those legs so dinosaury? For some reason, I allowed myself to reference the head while drawing, but not the body. I think I thought I had it, but quickly discovered oh no, I need to study up on some hind legs!
Oh hello, bird. After looking at a few reptiles and birds, I made another attempt at the Styracosaurus later that day:
Whoa. Surprised myself! I mean this is by no means flawless, but what a difference. I drew a couple of skeletons too which helped with forearm placement and show some scapula action going on.
Dinosaurs are so cool looking.
Oh, kids say the darndest things. I heard this story from a coworker by one of the 7 year olds. Their perception of marriage is so innocently simple…
It’s December now so I’m starting a new series of inked comics called Inkcember. I’ll aim to crank out at least four this month.
Revisited another old treasure from the “X-vault.” Original sketch by my sister, MJ. There’s no date on the drawing but my guess is 2000. Thought I’d add some color and try fixing it with shading. Nowhere near done, so to be continued in the future. Maybe another 16 years? Haha. Hope everyone had a great cook out and stuffed themselves silly this holiday! Don’t let Gambit cut the turkey.
At work, I deal with a 5 year old kid who has the worst frustration. EVER. It makes her cry, hyperventilate, and say gibberish. Gibberish that translates to “I’m completely hopeless. Help me. Do everything for me.” Her brain gets stuck on “I can’t! I can’t! It won’t!” or, “I’m still hungry!” so reasoning with her is ineffective. Today she cried because one of the kids was not playing with her. Any solution suggested to her resulted in a “I can’t!” accompanied with a ton of sobbing and hyperventilating.
When she calmed down, she joined some children at the drawing table where I also sat, of course. Since there was no more scratch paper to draw on, I had pulled out my homemade sketchbook which I normally kept with me in my fanny pack… basically a few sheets of paper bound by string. Well, she noticed this sketchbook and then wanted to make one. I mean, really wanted to make one. First of all, there was no blank paper available to make one. Secondly, we would need string and something to help string it through the pages. Third of all, it was almost time for her to go home anyway. I could tell she was becoming frustrated again as I was trying to convince her that we’ll make it another day, but then her mom arrived to pick her up.
Wow. Even though I’m pretty sure she will have forgotten about the sketchbook when I see her the next day, I think I will make her one anyway. And the cover will be this:
So whenever she gets overwhelmed with frustration, I can just tell her to read the front of her journal. Yes!
I thought this was an actual quote, but I couldn’t figure out from who. I only found variations that weren’t quite the same. If anyone knows where this one came from, please share!
Hunger. I had the perfect work-inspired story for this prompt:
In fact, looking through all of the latest Inktober prompts, I think they’re all great for recalling moments with these kids. Let’s see if I can draw something from work for each prompt…
Today a coworker brought up an excellent idea. We work with groups of kids aged 5-11 years, and out of this we’ve had so many great moments… great moments, stories, quotes that would be worthy of collecting and compiling into an illustrated/written collection like a yearbook.
“Noisy” is a very apt description when it comes to working with little children in recreation. Noisy also happened to be the prompt for the 2nd. Here’s my attempt to kill two birds with one stone:
This was supposed to represent moments from our music enrichment classes. Just imagine what happens when you give a group of kids percussive instruments and ask them to play to the beat. Well, you find out very quickly which kids actually have rhythm. And which kids don’t.
Aw. I completely forgot about Inktober and Drawlloween and all that fun stuff last month. I only remembered on the last day of October and managed to look up the day’s prompt, which was ‘friend.’
Dinosaurs are popular Halloween costumes. And I like chickens. So this is what I came up with in the last few minutes of October 2016:
Perhaps I should work on polishing my drawings. I’m such a fan of messy drawings. They’re just exciting to look at! But I should learn to polish my drawings too. Perhaps that should be my goal via… Inkvember! There’s no reason that Inktober as a concept should only be done in October. Jake Parker is my new drawing hero.