Figuring things out

I have a tendency to bring a sketchbook with me everywhere I go, even if it’s only 3″x4″.  It gives me something to do when I feel like being antisocial, I can take notes, and I have the ability to draw no matter how cramped quarters are.  Back in November at a large Thanksgiving gathering I ended up huddling in a corner on a couch trying to avoid being pegged by flying (sometimes flaming) crayon shrapnel.

Did I mention I spend time with the best people ever?

While huddled on the couch I needed to distract myself from going up for fourths (my stomach already felt like exploding) I drew a little guy who epitomized all the chaos.  I’d previously done some icon drawings for a gaming campaign and had looked at a lot of owls, so a frazzled overstuffed little guy is exactly what came to mind.

Tonight I took a scan of that teeny tiny sketch and did a color study on my laptop to see if I have an interest in revisiting this tiny sketch for a larger piece.  Sometimes I do this in a sort of “is this worth my time” effort. This is really useful when I have a bunch of blocks of wood sitting around that I’d like to paint, but I don’t want to come up with an idea from scratch, and testing out colors on screen makes the whole process less threatening when i sit down with a brush (and hey, “undo” is a fabulous feature that just doesn’t work for me in the paint world!).

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He somehow seems both frazzled and amused to me. Kinda perfect for what was going on at the time.

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