Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Faces, etc.

I just don't have time to fart around, y'know?
I removed the Twitter and Instagram apps from my phone because I found myself sitting on the toilet for like 20 minutes. That's okay to do with a good book but not with social media. I'm concerned about all that stuff- It's weird that we feel like we're accomplishing something as we scroll and scroll and scroll down an unlimited wall of information. I don't think I'll be avoiding them forever because I think they can be great networking tools (and I'm not sure Twitter will survive the month!), but for now I feel like cold, hard practice is a commodity too valuable to surrender to a frivolity like endless internet perusal.

We may have found a way to complete school this fall. More on that when I know.

I just found out a local library is having an art contest. Maybe it would be fun to enter? I guess I'll go get started after I make this post! The deadline is the 29th, so I'd better get crackin'!

This first montage is sketchbook stuff. The pen was one of the last pages of that Moleskine sketchbook I've been jawin' about since early January. It held together pretty well. I'm still not sold on it, but my little sister bought me a nice hardcover one and I must say I'm liking it so far. It's bigger and hardbound and the paper fits perfectly into my scanner. I wouldn't say I'm a convert yet, but the paper is very nice to draw on. The blue pencil were from the busride home today. The first 5 or so pages in this new one are disastrous. I feel like I may be slumping somethin' fierce as far as that's concerned.

I doodled this next one out a bit before bedtime late last week. It was a nice decompression sketch and I thought it didn't turn out half bad. I didn't use reference, so I basically put shadows wherever I wanted. I need to work on that.


I lunch sketch from today. I did have a reference for the lights/shadows, but it wasn't very helpful. I was too lazy to find something that would have served me better.

Kaitlin is going on a business trip Thursday, I think this will be the longest we've been apart since we got married! Everyone knows when you're alone in your bedroom that's when all the monsters come for you. 


  1. There is something old school Final Fantasy about those lips on the pened guy ... in a way I like. Also, Mr.Redintheface is looking pretty sleekly rendered there Zach!

    1. Thanks, Thomas! I really want to get into the habit of finishing things more.

  2. Just get in that habit, will ya!? I like old gray eyes, it probably has something to do with the fact that he's got a little bit of you in him. And I'm excited about your big school news! Weeeeeeeeee!!

    1. I'll try! I like to sketch, but I don't like to finish anything. Actually, I wouldn't know! I don't finish enough stuff to understand that. And everything I draw has pieces of me in it! I can't avoid it. It's the face I see the most (sadly... I'd rather see yours, wife of mine!). I'll be excited about school when we know for sure!

  3. Honestly, my favourite is the guy in the upper right of the multi-character rough panel... He's like the angry, elven version of actor Bill Nighy :)

    Have to keep us posted on this "school" business! Always glad to hear good news! And for the record, you guys are seriously, hilariously adorbs :D

    1. Whoa, what the heck? I didn't know who Bill Nighy was (I was sure this was a "Bill Nye" typo) but you're TOTALLY RIGHT! I've been unknowingly channeling him into characters!

      And yes, school will continue to be discussed until its (hopefully inevitable) conclusion. I'm not sure I'll have anything to talk about when it's all done. It fuels my rage and powers my art. Maybe I'll go on to get a graduate degree?

      No. I won't.

      But I'm glad you think we're adorbs! Thanks for the comment, too.