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Skellie IV

I think I’m done.

I darkened areas and added a hazy background.

It’s amazing how many hours of drawing went into drawing so simple. Well… simple in that I feel like every artist at one point or another had to draw the skeleton.

I completed another assignment earlier today. It sounded simple enough: draw a blind contour of the skeleton and include the entire drawing on a single 20″ sheet of paper. Yeah okay, two hours later I finally got my drawing. My attempts:

My first attempt


My final drawing.

A full-sized view of my final skellie.


Skellie III

I’m feeling closed to finished with my skeleton project. I added some highlights to the right arm in additional adding the left. I feel like it still needs a background and more to the right of the paper, but I’m not sure what I’m going to add. I hate adding for adding’s sake.

After another 90 minutes

After an additional 30 minutes (I had time between classes)

We got a few more assignments today. One of them was to reproduce a well-known Renaissance sketch. I chose La Madonna che Allatta il Figlio by Michelangelo Buonarroti (otherwise known as Madonna and Child). I like it because I get to draw a fat baby and a lady; most of the other pieces were muscly unrealistic men, who I have little interest in. We basically graph out the piece, scale it on nice paper, and hand draw the new version. Fat baby Jesus, here I come!

Skellie II

Spent two more hours on my little skeleton today. I’m having a hard time with the hip because it’s just slightly tilted away from my viewing point. All of this is done on ebony/hb pencils – 6B.

After 1 hour

After 2 hours

We start new projects on Wednesday so I’m hoping to get at least this sketch done by then (along with two others that I haven’t even started yet!).

My professor, Anne, also went over some interesting artists that I would love to share with you.

Cindy Sherman: A photographer who focuses on the role of women in the traditional space

Cindy Sherman: A photographer who focuses on the role of women in the traditional space

More Cindy Sherman

More Cindy Sherman

Kiki Smith: Focuses on humans as sacks of bodily fluids, focuses on deconstructing the body

Kitaj: Combines line and solid form

Kitaj: Combines line and solid form


More Kitaj

Howardena Pindell: African-American abstract mixed media artist

Magdalena Abakanowicz: Sculptor focused on WWII and oppression, using repetition to highlight how people can be perceived as non-people



I’ve started Drawing 1 this semester, and I have to say that I’m pretty intimidated by everyone in my class. Right now I’m working on a skeleton… not much to say as of yet except “I’m out of practice.”

Skeleton arm

More images to come as I work on the arm and on other projects.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 60 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 196 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 220mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 29th with 74 views. The most popular post that day was The Top 10 Things I Learned at the Princeton Conference.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for bill mcdermott princeton, female ghost, how to create a vector out of a raster image in cs5, and how do i turn a rasta image into a vector image in illustrator cs5.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


The Top 10 Things I Learned at the Princeton Conference November 2010


The Final Project October 2010
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Porn in My Valentine (perhaps NSFW) October 2010


The (Top 10 of the) Top 50 Online Design Magazines September 2010


What is this place? September 2010

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