Another miniature portrait on the back of a business card. This time, during lunch at work. Good thing I can shut my door. It’s my Uncle Tommy.
Seems I’m recycling here, huh? Hey! I’m a green artist! Yeeeeaaahhh… OK, maybe not. But…
I spend a lot of time on the phone some days. This morning is like that. Finished my cup of Joe earlier… nothing else to do at the moment… so, hey, I’ll mess with the cup s’more.
Why do I draw Einstein? He’s on my desktop background…
We’ve got a pretty big problem at work. Not end-of-the-world big, but big as in this-kind-of-stuff-doesn’t-happen-’round-here-that-often big. Anyway, as a result, I spent a good bit of my day on the phone at my desk. Looking around, I figured, hey, what the heck, I should fiddle fart around in my sketchbook. (Understand that usually I would just doodle on a napkin or something like that, so to actually think to doodle in my sketchbook is PROGRESS!) Leaning back in my big ol’ comfy chair, I just started drawing what I saw. I added the color after dinner last night, then inked it during my 30-minute lunch today. And now… the view from my desk chair at work…
I have about five or six spiral-bound notebooks that I’ve held on to for a number of years now. Every once in a while I’ll find myself in need of a notebook, and one of these five or six is always within arms reach. They’re constant companions of mine when I go to meetings. I’m NEVER in a meeting without one!
And this is why… I’m usually BORED…TO…TEARS! And when I’m bored, I doodle. The longer the meeting, the more doodles there are, or the more complicated/intricate the doodle is.
Just the other day, I was in the car and in need of something to write on. I looked in the glove box and found a notebook from about three years ago. The first three pages had doodles on them. Here they are…
There ya go. A snapshot into 10-day period of my life. A lot’s changed since then… A LOT!, but isn’t it cool to look back every once in a while?
Here’s some other posts where I’ve been bored enough at work to doodle.
So I had the incredible urge to paint today, and inspiration… well, inspiration was lacking a bit. Funny how those two, urge and inspiration, rarely appear together for me. I fumbled around the office for a few minutes – the lunch hour was quickly slipping by – and I found this black-and-white photo I’d doctored up of a guy I work with, Michael. I enhanced it for contrast so that there wasn’t too much in the way of shades of grey. Anyway, I thought I could do that in under an hour in the ol’ Moleskine. My watercolor set doesn’t have black, so I went with the darkest color I had… brown. Hell, there may even be a technical name for it… OK, hold on, I’ll find out… “burnt umber”. Of course! Why shouldn’t I have known that?
So here it is, one simple, monochrome portrait of Michael. (He doesn’t even know I’ve done this… shhhh…)
I’ve been watching this show on Bravo called Work of Art, the Next Great Artist. I LOVE that show. It’s over now, and the winner, Abdi, is an amazing artist with a HUGE heart and tons of personality. He just seems like a great guy. Almost felt like a friend, even though we’ve never met. He’s well on his way. Check him out!
All this art has seriously primed my pump again. Watching those guys create, then stress out about what to do next, makes me feel not so alone when I’m second guessing myself. It was a great show, and I can’t wait for the next episode (hope they have another). Anyway, after all that, I decided I had to do something during lunch, and this is what happened.
Nothing fancy, but one, I don’t have much time, and two, during lunch? C’mon… gimme a break, huh? It’s practice. Practice! I draw, doodle and sketch all the damned time, but hardly ever in my sketchbook where I should. It’s always on a napkin, or on a piece of printer paper, or on the back of an index card. I’ve got to let it go that the stuff I put in the sketchbook needs to be “good”. It’s a damned sketchbook! Look at me yelling at myself. Such a dolt!
Anyway, make sure you check out Abdi. The others on the show were pretty good, too. Some were a bit out there, but the guy who won deserved to win! Great job, Abdi!