Old Pen Sketches from my Telemarketer Days

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When I was in college I worked as a telemarketer. I didn’t really like the job, but the company was great to work for. They had very flexible hours and included a large amount of tuition reimbursement.

When I started I was selling long distance plans for AT&T. Then I sold DSL Internet. Then I was a chat customer service rep for Kohls. That one was my favorite one and I was so sad when they decided to outsource to India. And my last job with that company was selling services for Verizon through chat.

I wasn’t very good at it and I was done with telemarketing and sales after that. I made a few friends while there and in between calls we talked and laughed and complained about people hanging up on us.

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I actually learned about the anime Death Note from one guy.

From another guy, I learned about the very cool graphic novel, Preacher Gone to Texas. Fun fact: I went to high school with the daughter of the guy who wrote the forward, and he even mentions my home town in it.

Bic Pen Sketches

Another thing I did to kill time while sitting in my little cubicle was sketch. And I found 6 that I’d like to share with you.  You can tell that a lot of my pen strokes were done quickly. That’s because I had to hurry while I was getting a call.

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I was really into metaphysical art back then. I think that’s the style I was going for in this one.

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This one is kinda cool. I like how I made the eye blue and drew only one blue line coming from it. If I drew that today, I would’ve drawn some blue vessels in the white part of the eye, and connected it to the blue line, and the blue line would be coming from the other side of the eye.

I also like the dirty stains on it. I have no idea what that’s from though. Spilled coffee, maybe . . .

Guy with Spikey

This is my favorite. I like this dude’s lil’ spikey friend/pet thing. I wonder if I was inspired by the Chain-Chomp on Mario Bros . . .

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Another inspired by metaphysical or maybe surrealism.

Sunny Ball

Awww, and there’s a sketch of my dog, Sunny, while she was sleeping. We just got her when I drew this. I actually drew these two of Sunny at home, but I kept them with my other sketches that I did at work.

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And the final image is another of my good girl snoozing. She’s such a loud snorer. She snores like a grown man! And she kicks her legs and makes squeaking noises when she’s dreaming about chasing rabbits.

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I love drawing with pen. It can be a good way to challenge you to draw better since you can’t erase. And I think it looks cool. Plus, you can actually draw some incredible artwork using a simple and cheap Bic pen.

Do you like drawing with pens?

They come in a lot of colors so, if you haven’t already, go ahead and try them out . . .

Finished Pumpkin Drawing

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My god daughter drew this picture of some creepy stuff. I love how she draws. She’s very observant and creative. I like how she drew the expressions on the ghost’s faces. And below is my finished pumpkin drawing.

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I got so tired of drawing pumpkins! But I think it turned out pretty good. I don’t think I’ll be looking at another pumpkin for a while though. I used graphite pencils, black charcoal for the background, and white charcoal for the spider webs. Now, I’m gonna try to go find a scary movie that will hopefully give me nightmares! Happy Halloween.

Getting Better at Figure Drawing

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Aside from drawing pumpkins, I’ve been working on improving my figure drawings. My goal is to be able to draw people from my imagination . . . easier said than done though. It’s been a little frustrating, but very rewarding whenever I see improvement. I’ve mostly been sketching simple stick figures to get comfortable with proportion and movement.

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I grabbed an old sketchbook and started filling up empty pages and empty space with as many stick figures as I could stand to do. It’s actually a lot of fun creating little scenes for my stick figures. And I’m able to see my mistakes and fix them.

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I imagine people in my life and get a really good visual image of them and their personality in my brain. And then I draw them. Some of my favorites are on the right side of this page. My wacky boyfriend loves watching JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and likes getting into the crazy JoJo poses. They make really good poses to draw. Btw, if you like anime you should check it out.

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Yoga poses are usually held for a long time and make really good ones to practice. And if you like sports, just grab your sketchbook and draw while watching. Since they’re moving, sports is really good for quick gesture drawings. And don’t forget your mirror. If you’re struggling with a specific pose, you can just use yourself.

After tons of deliberate practice, drawing from your imagination will be a piece of cake. If anyone out there is also trying to improve, I’ve found a couple of websites that have really good reference photos with lots of variety. Check ’em out.

https://line-of-action.com/

This site also provides teaching material and a community of artists that you might find helpful.

https://www.quickposes.com

This site provides a good variety. I really like the warrior images.

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I also found this guy on youTube. I was wanting to sketch, but I couldn’t get the motivation to just do it. So, I did a little search on youTube and this guy was just sketching figures while chatting with his viewers. I found myself listening and sometimes I wasn’t listening. But the important thing was I ended up drawing for an hour and I didn’t even notice the time going by. Plus, he’s a talented artist. Go ahead and check him out.

Struggles and Favorites

When I first started drawing figures, I struggled so much with proportion. My necks and torsos were always too long.

What struggles do you have when drawing figures?

I love drawing foreshortened poses. They’re so challenging, which is actually great for the learning process. If you can draw the complicated poses, then the simpler poses don’t seem so difficult.

What positions are your favorites to draw?

A Few Pumpkin Sketches

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I just wanna share a few more pumpkin sketches. My Jackabee, Sunny, got right between me and the drawing while I was trying to snap a pic. She always does that. She lays down on my paper, gets between me and the video game I’m trying to play. She’s so cute.

 

 

I worked a little bit more on the large sketch of the pumpkin that I showed in the previous post. I’ll probably do some more work on it this week.

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This pumpkin I drew with some Faber Castell Polychromos Colored Pencil Set. It was my first time using them. They’re very smooth. Very different from my Prismacolor Pencils that I’m used to using. I still gotta do more on this one too.

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This last one is some quick sketches of the decorative gourd. It looks so cool and it’s fairly easy to draw, but it’s also kinda complicated. It looks like some kind of alien octopus with it’s tentacles wrapped around a planet or something.

I’m still in the sketching stage. But I need to come up with some ideas soon for the final art pieces that I’ll be drawing. There’s just so many options. If anyone has any ideas, I’d love to hear them.

Pumpkin Drawing for October

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Fall is my favorite time of year. The air starts feeling cool and fresh. The leaves start changing colors. And the best part – I start getting the heebie jeebies to the extreme. I love it.

Heebie Jeebies – By Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five.

While I was grocery shopping the other day, a giant display of pumpkins grabbed my attention. They had so many interesting looking varieties that I thought could be a lot of fun to draw. I got a bag of small orange pumpkins, and the other two kinds in the picture above.

Apparently there are at least 50 types of pumpkins. I used to think there was just one type – the big orange ones you see at Halloween and on Cinderella. Some of them have the coolest names too, like Hooligan and White Ghost.

Which Ones Did I Buy?

The similarities made it a little difficult to know for sure . . .

Pumpkemon – The white one with the orange and green stripes. Sounds like a cross between a pumpkin and a Pokemon. Maybe I can create a Pokemon character from this little pumpkemon.

Ornamental Gourd – I was going pumpkin crazy trying to figure out what kind the weird looking one on the left of my picture is. I’m pretty sure it’s a gourd used for decorating. Regardless, it looks like fun for making some art.

I started out sketching the orange pumpkin. Below are some quick sketches I did on yellow paper. I held the pumpkin in my hand and looked at it for a long time, trying to get familiar with it. This helps to be able to draw your subject better and faster.

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Side, bottom, and top views

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2nd page of sketches

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Nupastel and pastel crayons

The next sketch I did using graphite and white charcoal on my gray paper sketchbook. I was still going for speed with this one.

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This last one I decided I wanted to work on a larger piece of drawing paper and take my time. I like working large. It helps to focus on the details of your subject. I still have work to do on it.

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I’m having a lot of fun drawing these pumpkins. My plan is to post my progress throughout the month of October and we’ll see what kind of art I can create with these cool looking pumpkins.

Are you working on any Fall/Halloween inspired art? If not, then run to the store and grab some pumpkins and get started!

Old Drawings from College

This summer I started decluttering and organizing everything I own. One day I tripped over a stack of sketchbooks and almost broke my neck. When I got back up I noticed I had sketchbooks stored in 4 different places. Suddenly my eyes were opened and I realized everything was outa’ order…the whole trial was outa’ order! 

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I’m still not done going through everything, but at least now all my sketchbooks and art supplies are all together and easy to use. As I was going through my artwork I found an old portfolio from college. I looked through it and actually threw away 2 pieces of art that weren’t worth keeping. One was a chili pepper I made out of cut up coke cans. It was falling apart. And another was a process art piece that just wasn’t any good.

The rest of my drawings I kept. I remember being in school so stressed and being my own worst critic, thinking my drawings sucked. But looking back, I realize it wasn’t as bad as I thought at the time. I picked some out to share with you.

These first 2 drawings look a little like mug shots. They were done in one of my early studio drawing classes. We partnered up and drew each other on flimsy newsprint paper. They’re very flat and I remember we were all feeling timid drawing another human from life. I wonder if they still have their flat profile drawing of me. They were drawn a month apart.

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This guy modeled for us a lot. I liked drawing him because he could sit very still. It sure didn’t feel like it at the time, but I made a lot of progress in two years. The portrait doesn’t look flat and I have good tonal range.

Self portraits were tough. I’ve always been disciplined about staring at the thing I’m drawing, but staring at a mirror and trying to remember to sit in the same position was so hard. Plus, I’m always lookin’ so intense when I draw. These two self portraits are 6 years apart. The one on the left was drawn at the same time as the 2 flat mug shot drawings. The one on the right was done in 2011. I was feeling a lot more confident in my drawing skills by that point.

I love looking back at my old artwork, seeing my progress, and remembering moments throughout my art journey.