Saturday, February 28, 2009

Day 41: Jumpman Levels

Okay, I may be cheating a little bit today. I've been playing a (free) indie puzzler/platformer game called Jumpman. I wrote a blog post about it here. The game has a level editor, and I made a few levels that are inspired by some classics. I figure this did involve some "drawing", no? This counts as art, no? :) Anyway, see my blog post for more thoughts about the game, a download link for my levels.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Day 40: "Beach Closed Today"

Based on this photo I found by doing an image search for "shark sighting".

I'm trying to learn to draw waves. They didn't come out as well as I had hoped. Will need to try them again some time. Anyone have any tips for drawing waves? I'd like to learn how to draw waves with just line art, too (i.e. not shaded).

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Day 39: Gorilla

It's been two weeks since my last "daily" doodle, but I'll just number this consecutively. Based on this flickr photo. I decided to try being a bit more abstract, simplifying the lines from the photograph.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Day 38: Meta-Drawing

Drawing the hand that's drawing the hand! :)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Day 37: Colombian

Portrait of my Colombian friend. Same method as yesterday: Based on looking at the LCD of my camera after taking this photo. I'm really surprised at how well this turned out!

Day 36: Lucy

My friend's dog. I took this picture and then drew based on the LCD on my camera.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Day 35: Wide-eyed Man

Based on this photo I found on flickr. It's not quite the same, but hopefully it's more or less recognizable? I think maybe I needed lighter shading on the eyes, because it kinda looks like he's wearing makeup. I guess that's partly because I didn't shade it much in general, so the high contrast gives it a bit of that Joker vibe. :P

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Day 34: Work in Progress: Hair

Another work in progress. I'll finish this later. Can you guess who this is? I hope you can, because then it'll save me the trouble of trying to get the eyes to look right. I haven't done them yet, and I bet it's going to take me forever. :P

Update: Okay, I've completed this portrait.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Day 33: God Rejects Your Bling

While waiting in line for the bus this morning, a pickup truck pulls up. This guy comes out and starts yelling angrily at everyone in line.

I don't remember much of what he said, since I was mostly trying to avoid eye contact, but I think he said something along the lines of the above. He ranted for a good minute or two before getting back in his pickup and driving off.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Day 32: Bride from To Live

This is how people got married in 1960s China! The circular pins feature a portrait of Chairman Mao. She's holding a Little Red Book off-frame, too. :P

Based on a still frame from my To Live (活着) DVD. I did a terrible job with the eyes. This looks nothing like the actress, but luckily the actress isn't famous anyway (that was her only film), so you don't know who you're supposed to recognize. :P The eyes actually looked better before, but I erased them in order to try to match the actress better. Instead, I still failed to match, and the eyes look even worse now. I gave up on trying to tweak them. I did draw them right-side up this time, so maybe I should try upside-down again next time?

To Live was directed by Zhang Yimou, who had previously directed Raise the Red Lantern, and would go on to make Hero, House of Flying Daggers, etc. I've always felt that his later martial arts movies were pale imitations of Crouching Tiger, but To Live is one of my favorite movies. I describe it to people as the Forrest Gump of China. It's about the lives of a couple from the 1940s through the 1970s, a tumultuous period in China that spanned the Chinese Civil War, World War II, the success of the Communist Revolution, the Great Leap Forward, the resulting famine officially called the Three Years of Natural Disasters (in which some 15-30 million people died), and the Cultural Revolution. There's a lot of heavy stuff, but the film also has a deft touch of humor, sometimes broad, often subtle.

The movie, made in 1994, was banned in China. Zhang Yimou himself was banned from directing any movies for two years. Later in life, he went on to direct those politically safe martial arts movies, and even the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics. Some say he sold out. Personally, I think he proved everything he needed to prove with To Live, and while I would love to see more challenging films from him, I don't think he owes me a thing.

I guess this movie has special resonance for me because I know my own parents and most of my relatives lived through this stuff. I saw this movie for the first time with my family, and whenever something totally insane happened, they would tell me that the reality was even crazier!

Perhaps the best example of insanity was during the Great Leap Forward, when Chairman Mao became determined to surpass steel production of the UK within 15 years. How would he achieve this? Why, by asking everyone in the country to take all their iron, and burn it in furnaces into useless slag, of course! If you tried to withhold even a doorknob, you were billed an anti-revolutionary, and awful things could happen to you.

I guess the thing I most want to keep in mind with this stuff is that crazy revolutions and stuff aren't just stuff you seen in the movies. It really happened to my parents. And it could happen anywhere. We can never take peace for granted.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Day 31: Super Bowl XLIII Game-Winning Catch

I don't really follow football, but the Super Bowl this year was a pretty good game. Pittsburgh earned their win with this perfect leaping catch of a perfect pass over the heads of three defenders, right at the edge of the end zone. I drew this based on a photo from ESPN.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Day 30: Garlic

Cooked tonight. Here's the left-over garlic.