I was drawing in my sketchbook today, something I do in fits and starts, and N. took a few pictures of me:
Then she came up with an idea: I should post the sketches on the blog. I don’t have a scanner, so I had to use a camera, which sometimes casts shadows on the page.
After I took the picture, I coloured it up a bit with Photoshop. The paper, which is cream-coloured, turns up grey in the photos for some reason.
I started drawing again last year for the first time since the mid-eighties. As a result, I’m still quite rusty compared to what I was when I was a teenager. I was better then.
This drawing, and the next one, were done in a moleskine with thick, heavy paper. The rest are from another moleskine, but with regular paper, so you can see through them.
I rarely try to draw something I see. I just improvise, even when I draw something that turns out to be a comic. I’d like to draw comics again, but I’m afraid that drawing a character the same way again and again will be too difficult. The first one I drew when I started again avoided this problem: it was about Bob the Amoeba.
Then I came up with another character, Murray and his beatnik snake, but it never turned into an actual comic, and I forgot about Murray and concentrated on the snake.
I’ll probably be doing some more in the next little while, and maybe I’ll post them. Maybe I’ll find out what happened to Bob the Amoeba or Murray and his hipster snake. If I do, I’ll let you know.