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Prompt-inspired Artwork

Here are scans of some of the artwork I've done in the past few days. These are all inspired by prompts that were given to me in the entry I posted last week. Since this artwork is mediocre at best, please don't feel obligated to click. I thought those of you who gave me the prompts might want to see what I did with them, though. :D

First, let me apologize for the quality of some of these scans; the drawings I've done in pencil just don't scan very well. I've boosted the contrast a bit, but they still don't look as clear as they do in real life. Still, you'll get the overall idea.

From synergy: Go out to a local park or nearby natural area and draw the habitat of your new/temp hometown.

For some reason, I didn't remember the word "habitat" in this, and I focused less on plants, and more on capturing something that seemed typically "Pennsylvanian." I might do this one again and do JUST a natural setting, but for now, here's the one I drew with this prompt in mind. I drew this at Morris Arboretum, trying to capture the way this building looked as framed by the trees (I ran out of steam before I drew all the trees, though). :D I think this looks pretty craptastic right now, but I might work on it a bit more. I think there's potential here for something good, if I put in a bit more effort.

Local Environment

ETA: I forgot I also took photos of the scene I was sketching. Here is one of them:


Next, from pussreboots: 1) Draw the view out your window. 2) Draw what you imagine the view from your window in Puerto Rico will be.

Here is number 1. The view from our window is really not very appealing - a huge, overgrown parking lot with an abandoned warehouse (or manufacturing facility?) behind it. There are train tracks, though, and the trains go by twice and hour throughout most of the day. I think the hardest thing about this for me was trying to get the perspective "right" (and I wasn't particularly successful).

View from my Window

Finally, I've drawn a few things in response to the prompt given me by syrinxkat: give me a classic Western dragon from a famous image or piece of art, then give me one from your mind's eye. If you take issue with "classic" portrayals of dragons, let the mind's eye image reflect that.

First, I'll share a drawing I did back in July, when Connor and I were playing around with drawing dragons. This is a completely original attempt, although not a particularly satisfying one. (Also, sorry about the image quality; I had to scan it in sections):

Dragon, July 07

Fast-forward to yesterday. In response to this prompt, I chose some artwork from the gorgeous "Dragonology" book (these books contain some of my all-time favorite dragon illustrations). Here's the original I chose:

Original Dragon from Dragonology

First, I copied it in pencil:

Dragonology 1

Then, again, using markers:

Dragonology 2

Finally, I did a second version in markers, but this time I tried to sketch more quickly, not trying to stay as faithful to the original. I was trying to do something more abstract, although what I had in mind before I started was not the way this turned out. It's all right, though, and I'm starting to feel more comfortable with the markers:

Dragonology 3

Finally, I drew an entirely new dragon, completely out of my head. I like the way the head turned out, although I need some anatomy lessons, I think, when it comes to drawing the body. :D

Dragon, Sept. 07

I intend to keep working on dragons, until I've come up with something that I really love. Oh! And I did try the "drawing without looking at the paper exercise" you suggested. It was fun, although Connor was unable to do it without peeking. D: I'll post about that next time I write about the work C and I are doing with the "Drawing With Children" book.

Thanks everyone, for the prompts - I'm going to keep working on them, and will post more soon. :)



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Sep. 3rd, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
Whee - dragons! My drawing request was inspired by the fact that one of the last things I drew (sketched, really) was a Western dragon. I don't think I've touched my sketchbook since 1996, or so, but you might get a kick out of it nonetheless. Sadly, it's a bad camera photo, not a scan. I really need to get my tail in gear and digitize ye olde sketchbook one of these days :)

Sep. 13th, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
Ooh! I like your dragon. Looks like he (she?) is in motion - I have a hard time expressing that in my own drawings. I think they all look very static. Thanks for posting that link. :)
Sep. 3rd, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Pretty dragons :D
Sep. 3rd, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
Dwagggons! *loves*
Sep. 4th, 2007 11:03 am (UTC)
LOVE the drawing of your dragon curled up in the rocks!
Sep. 5th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
I like the one to my prompt. On one hand the building looks very East coast/New Englandish, but some of the um wispiness? kind of reminds me of Chinese/Japanese art.
Sep. 10th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)
Re: art
Thanks! I'm working on another "habitat" one now, too - which I think could come out REALLY cool. It's of a small lake with ducks . . . so far I've only started out the bare sketch, but when I have the time to sit down with it, I think it could turn out well.

Kevin said the same thing about the trees - that they reminded him of Japanese art. That wasn't what I had in mind, but I like it. :)
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