Back to Blogging

It’s been awhile since I have tried to blog regularly, but I think I am finally ready to give it a go again.

Blaugust

About 8 months ago there were 50+ bloggers typing away vigorously as they attempted to write 31 blog posts within the month for Blaugust, turns out I actually completed the challenge, and then subsequently fell off the face of the earth (read: stared at the WordPress editor for a month and then started school again). I never did a proper reflective piece on Blaugust, and I won’t do one now, but I did really enjoy it.

blaugust_2015_conquerorWhat I want to do is thank Belghast for putting the event together and congratulate all the participants. Also, I never got to show off this nifty badge Belghast made for everyone who completed all 31 posts.

One more thing. I need closure, because…

100 Noses

In April of 2015, I decided one of the firsts things I wanted to focus on as I practice and improve my drawing was the human head. It was during Blaugust that I started posting my progress on this project starting with drawing 100 noses. And while it took longer than I wanted, I drew the last one on New Year’s Eve. I haven’t decided what my next “100…” project is going to be, right now I am thinking eyes.

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Back to Blogging

Coming out of Blaugust I didn’t have a plan for when to write, and I started to question what I wanted to blog about.

I don’t think a month, or really a week has gone by since August where I haven’t told myself I should start blogging again, and I often found myself fiddling around with the blog or staring at the WordPress Editor. I even started writing a few posts, but as you can see nothing materialized.

I suppose the logical question is what changed to make me start blogging again. There are a few reasons chief among them being I have a little more time right now as I am in a transition period as I recently completed my undergraduate education. The second reason is I need something to help focus my gaming and drawing because my efforts in both are feeling a bit scattered.

So, the plan is to post at least once a week, with the focus being MMORPGs, drawing, both, or something else entirely.

Keep Going

Blaugust Day 20

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As I read more and more about drawing and writing one of the things I keep coming across is the necessity to get all bad drawings and bad drafts out of the way as soon as you can. This quote or some variation of it tends to show up often:

“We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out the better.”

-Walt Stanchfield

For some us we may have to do those 10,000 drawing or write 9 novels before we’ve crossed the threshold of beginner and finally are proficient at our craft. Others may not have to produce near as much. To get good, we have to put in the work and push ourselves.

We have to let go of perfectionism and produce drawings and drafts that are terrible. The grammar stinks, the perspective is off, characters lack depth, and the composition makes your eyes go crazy. But, with each new drawing and each revision or new draft we learn more and eventually we start to get better because we’ve put in the effort.

Blaugust fits into this concept. It’s about quantity, not quality. Proving to ourselves that we can write everyday- that we can in fact get words on a page even when we are not feeling it. Quality comes later after we’ve made mistakes and learned from them.

Just don’t give up even when you’re not happy with what your producing. Keep trying, keep learning. One day you’ll look back and realize you’ve mastered that skill and didn’t even notice the transition from all those bad drawings or drafts into the good ones.

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

-Thomas A. Edison


Blaugust Initiative Page

Blaugust Nook

Everyday Matters Catch-Up Day 6 & 7

Blaugust Day 8

If you’re not familiar with the Everyday Matters Challenge check out my first post here

EDM Day 6&7

EDM Day 6: Draw your favorite well-loved object or a childhood toy

Bugs Bunny is my favorite Looney Tunes character, and the camera above was given to me by a family friend. I wouldn’t consider this camera to be my favorite well-loved object. I ended up drawing it more out of convenience than anything. As a kid when I knew Looney Tunes was about to come on I would run into our kitchen. When I got to the kitchen I would rummage through the refrigerator in search of carrots. With carrots in hand I ran back into the living and plopped myself down. Bugs Bunny was usually gnawing on carrots, so I figured I would join in.

Did anyone else do anything special to prepare for their favorite TV show as kid?

EDM Day 7: Draw a bottle

This is a water bottle I bought recently for a camping trip. I think this is probably one of the first things I’ve drawn that has a brushed metallic finish. Another good sketch to remind me what I need to work on.

To-Do

It’s been just over a week now that I’ve started this blog, and there a few things I need to do to spruce up the place. I’m going to list them here so I feel like someone is holding me accountable during the week.

  • About Page: Currently I only have one sentence on this page with a rough definition for the meaning of Static Refresh. I would like to expound upon this further. So, this week I would like to have an About the Blog blurb and an About me blurb.
  • Contact Page: Here I want to add some icons, as well as some of my gaming identities.
  • Blogroll Page: Considering organizing the blogroll into the following categories: Blaugust, Art, Gaming, Writing and Life, and Science (geared towards paleontology and zoology).
Blaugust Initiative Page

Blaugust Nook

Everyday Matters Catch-Up Day 4 & 5 and a Question

Blaugust Day 7

If you’re not familiar with the Everyday Matters Challenge check out my first post here

EDM Day 4&5

EDM Day 4: Draw your mug or cup

During a family trip as I child we went to Little America Wyoming where I got this mug. As I kid I loved dinosaurs, and still do, so this Dino Drink was a must have. What I remember best about that trip was some pretty fantastic orange juice, and eating my first bison burger which also tasted great. I remember this trip fondly, and have always wanted to go back to Little America…maybe one day.

EDM Day 5: Draw your bed

Not much to say here really. To the right of my bed is some driftwood. In front of my legs in the sketch are my erasers, pen, and sketchbook. This sketch could have used some more work from the perspective to the folds, and values. It’s a good sketch to look at to remind myself of what I need to continue to work on.

A Question

notes-514998_1280When you have a topic you want to write about, but don’t feel like you have figured out exactly what you want to say- what do you do? Do you write down your ideas and save it as a draft so that you can come back later to polish it up when your ideas and thoughts are more concrete? Do you write what you have at the moment, hit publish, and revisit the topic later with a new post when you have new or more refined thoughts about it?

I have a few things I want to write about, but at the moment none of them feel like they are fully realized ideas. Maybe I need to start writing and see how far my mind can go with them. Since this is Blaugust I may roll with a few of them and revisit them in the future after my brain has had time to ruminate and contemplate.

Blaugust Initiative Page

Blaugust Nook

Everyday Matters Catch-Up Day 3

Blaugust Day 4

EDM Day 2&3

EDM Day 3: Draw your wallet

Going to keep things short again today. For the past year at least, maybe it’s been longer I switched from using a wallet to a rubber band. Wallets tend to get too bulky. I just want to carry the essentials on me, no more no less. I probably could achieve this with a wallet, but the rubber band suits my needs just fine.

I wish I would have cleaned both of these sketches up a bit, as both feel a bit rushed and the line work is less than stellar. I am definitely going have to come back and draw the lamp a few more times to try and capture its depth more accurately. Turns out it is more difficult to talk about the actual drawing than I thought it would be.

Well, now that I have figured out some things I need to work on I’ll leave you with a sneak peek of what I hope to talk about tomorrow. I also really need to to try and catch-up on all the Blaugust posts tomorrow.

Trove

Blaugust Initiative Page

Blaugust Nook

Realization in the Light

Blaugust Day 3


EDM Catch-Up Day 2 and 3

If you’re not familiar with the Everyday Matters Challenge check out my first post here

Yesterday my scanner wasn’t cooperating, but today it kind of sort of cooperated so here we are with an Everyday Matters catch-up post.

EDM Day 2&3
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EDM Day 2: Draw a lamp

On the left is the lamp that sits on my night stand. Each night I read, write, or draw by its light. This lamp was given to me by my Mamaw (my grandmother), and as I sit by its light and write this blog post, the purpose of the Everyday Matters challenge is becoming more clear. I see this lamp every day, and each night I flip the switch on and off; like so many things it is easily forgotten and often taken for granted. And more often than not it blends in with the rest of my static room. Yet, if I let it, this lamp can act as a conduit to and trigger of memories. Memories of a marvelously stubborn and admirably blunt woman. A woman whose nemeses were the Western Scrub-Jays, and favorite board game was Aggravation. Snack time was at 7 p.m. and the pièce de résistance was popcorn. My Mamaw was amazing and her love knew no bounds. I am so grateful to have spent the time with her that I did.

If you don’t mind I think I’ll leave things there for today, and continue with Day 3 tomorrow.

Blaugust Initiative Page

Blaugust Nook

Every Day Matters

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A Challenge

On July 2, 2015, I started the Everyday Matters Challenge. The EDM challenge is an invitation to anyone from the novice (that’s me) to the professional artist to push their creativity by drawing the things of everyday life. The challenge was spawned from a book by Danny Gregory called Everyday Matters. I have not read the book, but I stumbled upon the challenge list created by Karen Winters on Danny’s site. The list consists of 328 things to draw that are, for the most part, something from everyday life.

Since June of last year I have been drawing every day, sometimes it may just be a line or a few scribbles, but the point is to get something down. Now, drawing every day has become a habit and I look forward to putting pen or pencil to paper and seeing what happens.

When I discovered the EDM challenge my interest was immediately piqued, it’s not always easy to decide what to draw every day. This challenge helps me with that daily decision, and I am looking forward to how it alters my perspective of everyday life. Whether you read it as Everyday Matters or Every Day Matters both apply. This challenge isn’t only about leveling up your artistic skill, but also an appreciation for the everyday things in life and each new day itself.

EDM: Day 1

The first thing to draw on the list was a shoe, so here is my shoe.

EDM Day 10001

With each sketch, I hope to provide an accompanying story/memory or just a few details about the item, the situation, or my thoughts on the sketch itself. Over the next few days, we will be playing catch-up because currently I am on Day 29.

Just Start

Before I wrap up my first post I want to welcome you dear reader and say thanks for stopping by. My original plan for the first post of this blog was to introduce myself and give everyone some background information while explaining my hopes for this blog and the meaning of the blog’s name. I was knee-deep in that post which was originally created in May, but I finally decided I needed to scrap the whole thing, and so I did. I realized that if I didn’t just start- this blog may never see the light of day. Taking that first step is all it takes sometimes. I decided the best way to start was to tell you about a project I am working on right now. Let’s leave the backstories for another time, shall we?