Notes from the Man Cave

Adapt - a self portrait

Adapt - a self portrait

On Tuesdays, I like to post the weekly challenges I am involved with, or any new challenges I might find.  The Illustration Friday challenge this week is “Adapt.”  Of course with my background in biology, I immediately thought of evolution.  After brainstorming a bit I came down to cro-magnon in a business suit, or a chameleon in the unemployment line.  I also thought of my friend Nick Dupree and the ADAPT organization.  I decided there was enough depression about the economy and ran with the cave man.  I borrowed a business suit from the Hanna Barbara line and viola!  Adapt – A self Portrait.

weekly drawing challenge at wet canvas

weekly drawing challenge at wet canvas. China marker on Canson recycled paper 9" x 12".

I went to the Oklahoma City chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America meeting last week.  One of the guys there was giving a demo of blending and color choices.  He drew a beautiful dragon head from imagination.  I’ll talk more about that tomorrow, but I have always loved doing dinosaurs and dragons.  However, my dragon heads always end up looking like beaked muppets.  I was trying to decide what I needed to fix that.  Just today on the ride home from work, I decided that I needed to draw more animals.  I watched the special feature footage of how they did the dragons on Reign of Fire.  Turns out they based much of their dragonry on cats, especially their movement.  That’s what I was thinking about when I came across this week’s drawing challenge over at Wet Canvas.    That’s kind of like the universe saying, “Hey Blade, draw THIS!”

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