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Internet Challenges

April 30th, 2009

bigapplecpEven as recently as twenty years ago, one would have to travel or move to a large city to find art groups to join.  Imagine, and many of us can remember, when just getting a reference photo was kind of a big deal.  You either took the photo yourself and then had to develop the film, process the photos, etc.  Or you went to the 1library or 2bookstore and spent forever going through the pages looking for just the right image.  Now, there are literally millions of free reference photos, and even more that are copyrighted, available for the artist student to download, practice, and challenge himself.  For instance, this apple was one of the challenges for April in the colored pencil section of Wet Canvas.  I enjoy looking for challenges all over the net.  Some of my favorites are, of course, Wet Canvas, Draw Space, Illustration Friday, and I think there are some on Scribble Talk, but I’m still new there and just feeling my way around.  If you know of any others, please feel free to add them in the comments or, better yet, e-mail me.  I’ll check it out and share it with the rest of the class.  I intend on doing at least one challenge like that every week and posting it here.  I intend on that happening on Thursdays.  We shall see.

1 For those of you under the age of 30, a library is like a bookstore except they expect you to return the borrowed books after you read them.

2 For those of you under 20, a bookstore is like the net with “pages” being made of flattened wood pulp instead of on a monitor, except that you have to buy the pages in bulk.

edm104scissorsEDM 104, draw some scissors was more of a challenge than I expected.  Foreshortening and still keeping the blades sharp, changing colors and textures using only .5mm graphite, and my beautiful young bride standing over my shoulder waiting for me to return her scissors to the kitchen all can be quite disconcerting.  I am pleased with the overall result, and yes my lover got her scissors back.  For the record, she had every reason to suspect that I wouldn’t return them.  I still have the bathroom scale, a spoon, and Girl1’s Buddy Holly sunglasses laying about in my studio space.

The Artistic Biker is me, Jonathan "Blade" Manning.
A treasure troll of a man, with hobbit feet and a sharp pointy head. You may see me traveling up and down the highways of Oklahoma looking for the next place to sketch, paint, sing, dance, write, photograph or simply meditate. I have begun a journey that once set upon, there is no turning back. You can share in my blunt force journey through the art world on my weekly U-stream broadcast
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6 Responses to “Internet Challenges”

  1. Margaret Caton on April 30, 2009 9:18 am

    LOL! Visions of you submerged beneath all the things you draw! That apple is super. I find metal things difficult too. But then I avoid drawing them, so don’t get much practice. Duh.

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  2. Blade on April 30, 2009 6:58 pm

    Seriously, you should see the crap piled up around my area here!

  3. Ann on April 30, 2009 9:13 pm

    Wow. You did a great job with that apple! The scissors look terrific too but I am glad you put them back where they belong :)

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  4. Blade on April 30, 2009 11:09 pm

    I tell you, Ann, she would not leave the room until I gave them back to her. After this post, she made me put the antique bathroom scale away also.

  5. Phyll on May 1, 2009 12:27 am

    Your lucky, I won’t even let my DH touch my scissors, I will place them, and he can look, but no touching. Something about cutting the car carpet many years ago… Your scissors look very sharp

  6. Blade on May 1, 2009 10:50 pm

    Phyll, I am lucky. But mostly I’m sneaky. I already had them and was in progress when she discovered them missing.

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