One advantage to drawing from photographs is the opportunity to create a truly ridiculous self portrait.
One morning my two cats decided that the tipped-over HVAC filter box was The Place To Be. I drew this differently from usual, starting with the full outline of both cats and box, then filling in the details. It ended up kind of geometric, with lots of angles, and yet also a pretty accurate depiction of my kitties.
Inktober is in October, of course, so I was in a bit of a Halloweeny mood.
Ever on the lookout for new and interesting places to sketch on location, my friends and I ended up at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. The tour of the house was fantastic, then afterward we sat on a stump and drew the house. Buildings are hard to draw but I’m actually pretty pleased with this one. And of course I’m always a sucker for National Park stamps.
I found myself in Gettysburg one day (as you do), and I stopped by the Dobbin House Tavern for lunch. The food was good but the hot buttered rum was exquisite.
I arrived early to meet some friends, so I stopped for a cappuccino at Dolci Gelati in Old Town Alexandria. Very tasty and the barista was super nice. And one day I might get the hang of drawing coffee mugs.
MOD Pizza is pretty tasty, and no one bugged me while I drew their drink machines. Better yet, that “gratitude with attitude” thing at the upper right is a temporary tattoo. That’s right: you can apply those to paper the same way you apply them to skin, only they’re far more permanent.
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