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My Work! Drawing

Hey kids! So, I haven’t shown any of my work for a while on the blog, so I thought I’d post some stuff.

Here are some sketches and life drawings. (Note: RATED R! There are naked people! If that freaks you out, go take a bathroom break, get some hot chocolate, come back in a little bit. No bigs. It takes a little bit to get used to naked people.) Anyway, I love life drawing. It calms me down so much, and whatever approach you decide to work from, it always makes you see the world dramatically different (e.g. negative space drawing! contour! volumetric! focused body part! strong awareness of perspective! etc.). Also, when you do it a lot, you improve so quick. That is not always the case with some stuff…. I used to do chemistry a lot… did not get that much better at it.. Anyway, I always talk about drawing on this blog, I’m sure you all know I’d MARRY drawing if I could.

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(Also, there are many, many other mediums that I love… I think just today, conte is definitely the best medium of all time)

Here are some of my favorite regular, ole’, daily sketches.

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Anyway, any thoughts and feedback would always be appreciated!  I hope you all have a great Tuesday.

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3D Sketches

3D sketches are super important in industrial design. (Obvs.) Right now, my 3D sketching needs to be done Waaaaaayyyyyy more frequently. But for now, here’s some places I’m getting techniques and inspiration from for 3D drawing.

These shots are all from grad student sketches from the industrial design department of RISD (Rhode Island School of Design). Apparently, one of the profs there found his students always falling asleep in his lectures for History of Industrial Design, so he assigned to his students a drawings of at least one of the pieces they learned about in class! And, every class they submit their drawings. So cool!

Notice how great their 3D rendering is on each image, and you can never really see their 3D guides. Also, check out the different hatching techniques that were used!

Contour Drawings, YO

Here are some contour drawings I’ve been doing.


 I really love this method to drawing. Its so intentionally imperfect, yet it doesn’t look gimmic-y or unrealistic. I find that I am actually able to add a lot of extra details and realism sometimes, even if shapes end up being totally wonky.

Contour drawings remind me of Shel Silverstein poems.

Blind contour drawing

Blind contour drawing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I used to know a guy named Shael and he was really cool, but we ‘drifted apart’ in, like, grade 5. And then I saw him again once a couple years ago, and he still seemed really cool. I like to think if things had happened differently, I would have or could have been friends with both Shael and Shel. I never actually really got into “Where The Sidewalk Ends“, but I was always sure that the guy who wrote it would’ve made the best uncle or grandpa.

I don’t know… still… I mean, I want to love this poem, it is cute and everything, but even for children’s poems, its no Billy Idol or Robert Munsch.  Nevertheless, the contour drawings suit him and his poems oh-so-well.

(Click on all images to go to their original webpages.)

Drawings are Hatch-ing…

I was going to write about hatching today. All the romances of using cross hatching, and shading, and how it adds grit and depth.  And blah, blah. And ‘look at my portraiture drawing!’

But, I just read a post that Swiss Miss did (Tina Roth Eisenberg) about the 15 things to learn from the Eames’, and I needed to share it.  I love the Eames’ (Eames’s? Eames? Eames’?).  Their work, their workplace environment (so open and weird, even though it was the freakin 60’s), their colors, their personalities, their home, their ideologies, their funny marriage and how they worked together. [Awesome documentary]  These 15 points are so important to me, and I hope I never ever, forget them.  Every point is essential, as a human and as a future designer. I hope when reading them, you guys totally read them slowly, too :)

The 15 Things Charles and Ray Eames Teach Us

01. Keep good company
02. Notice the ordinary
03. Preserve the ephemeral
04. Design not for the elite but for the masses
05. Explain it to a child
06. Get lost in the content
07. Get to the heart of the matter
08. Never tolerate “O.K. anything.”
09. Remember your responsibility as a storyteller
10. Zoom out
11. Switch
12. Prototype it
13. Pun
14. Make design your life… and life, your design.
15. Leave something behind.

(Taken from this whole essay, here.)

Anything to add to the list? Thoughts? Please leave comments below!

P.s.: get excited! Because hopefully sometime soon, I will have completed this art project I have been planning on doing for MONTHS! And, I’m just gonna be real: I think its seriously going to be awesome and I really hope it turns out the way I picture it in my mind…

P.p.s.: About hatching: You’ve just gotta practice hatching a lot, I think.  It is SUPER important for industrial design sketches and really good to have a handle on for all types of shading. Also, remember that hatching is meant to indicated existing planes, and the hatching direction can indicate ‘plane direction’, so be careful when you chose the angle of your hatching lines!

Theme On Eames. Chairs.

Oh man. That title is so lame. But as soon as I thought of the rhyme, I HAD to write it.  It was a Siren Song moment (in case you don’t know what a siren song is: when you find yourself in a situation, where you know you should NOT! do something, but you just NEEED to do it anyway. E.g. 1) this lame title, 2) wanting to drop your keys in a grate as you walk over it (I’ve never actually done it, but everytime I walk over a grate, I actually have to hold onto my keys tighter to fight this insane compulsion..), 3) wanting to press every button only when someone tells you not to press any button, etc. )

[p.s.: Do any of y’alls have some bad/good Siren Songs? Post them in the comments below! (Ha, seriously, do it! Some of the ones mentioned on the podcast (that I linked above) were hilarious!) Oooo. I just thought of another one! When body lotion smells really good (and like food of some sort) I really, really have a compulsion to eat it.]

DAR 1948, by Eames

ANYWAY. Today’s post! So, today’s post was supposed to be up on Monday, but of course some issues arose on Monday, so I am posting it today! Here is the start of a series I’ve been working on:

 I’ve drawn up probably the most famous and well-designed Eames Chairs, the DAR (1948).   After, I have started imagining up crazy and weird variations on the theme.


To start off slow, I drew this cushioned version of the chair.  Its kinda interesting cause for me, I was totally going for an 1850’s interpretation of the chair, but while keeping the original chair as in-tact as possible,  but I think it may have come off as FULL 1960’s version anyways..  Whatever, as they say, what happens, happens. Also, I drew this a while back, way back when my perspective still sucked and also, I kinda had to finish it off fast, since I kinda spent awhile on that cushioning, so don’t mind the rough-and-dirty-ness! Anyway, hopefully I’ll be able to show you guys some more versions on this theme sometime soon.

Surrealistic Glass (Cup/Occasional Vase)


I used a ‘new medium’ today – black, lovely, smooth gel ink – and as you can see, it turned out a bit shaky. But I like it, despite. It looks a bit hipster and the proportions are quite off, but I love how you can totally tell exactly what it is, and can picture the shine and gloss on the glass in your head (at least I can). It looks real, yet surrealistic. (Which has nothing to do with Jefferson Airplane’s Surrealistic Pillow, but for some reason that is a phrase I thought of and couldn’t get out of my head.) Def’s must improve skills though.

Anyway, I also like the drawing because I feel like I can also see all kinds of things inside that drawing. Like a swamp, or the trunk of a weeping willow, or icicles, or draped fabric.
Think about this. What do you see in my cup? What do you see that is unintended and weird (totally something that could not have been an intended metaphor) in a famous work of art? What are your real-life Rorschach inkblots? (Post in the comments below.)

Example: the holes in the chair of the dogs kinda create a weird face. Like the two holes are eyes, and the one hole below is a mouth going ‘Ooooh’.


Photo found here.

Lol, wow. And that concludes this intellectual post!

Future goals for postings:

1) Include different media!

[ 2) Include somethin’ physical. …. .. Sculpture! Heck YA! ]

Every time I hear ‘Heck YA’ I think of Napoleon Dynamite. Real (, suburban, North American) life. Real life.

Hello world!

So, as you know (if you’ve read my About page), I am working from scratch to make myself a portfolio to get me into industrial design graduate school! I want it so bad I think my brain might explode.

So basically, I’m going to be using this blog to post some of my regular weekly work, and also to show the world what is inspiring me lately, what I’m into, what continues to make me obsessed with the interweb, and what is making me need to express my kaleidoscope brain so bad.

Anyway, here is a ‘daily drawing’ I’ve been working on.  Sadly, my daily drawings times are actually starting to get cut down…… eeeep… What used to go down with my ‘daily drawings’ is: sit down and draw people/places/things for 1 hr. Everyday.  I will usually finish about 1 piece per week. I started this because I really, really wanted to get my drawing skills improved, so that they could be something I could depend on. (AND they will be that. Mark my words.)

Unfortunately, recently I have been cutting down on my drawing time!  And I think that is the fault of wanting to sleep more (and knowing that I can… since I usually don’t have anything concrete to get up for in the morning).   Also…. it may be the fault of really bad episodes of Hellcats that I watch while I workout, and then my workout tends to get longgerrrr…  Anyway, I will no longer compromise my self. Or the improvement of my drawing skills. For HELLCATS!

Anyway, here is a result of ‘daily drawing’.  Since I am doing this myself (and since I do not have much technical drawing instruction), any constructive feedback on any of my work would be appreciated. :)

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