Category Archives: Research

Drawing? What’s that?

Wow it’s been long since I’ve posted anything.  I guess that’s what happens when you start a full time job that happens to be overnights and you’ve spent the past few months adjusting to having almost no social life and having to sleep while the sun is up…

Anyways, I’m jumping back in and hoping to keep it up since I’ve now had plenty of time to adjust to my new schedule.  I decided to best place to start up again would be by drawing.  I recently received two wonderful books as gifts from my amazing fiancee.  Figure Drawing for All it’s Worth and Drawing the Head & Hands both by Andrew Loomis.  I decided to start with the head and hands so that when I moved onto the figure the head and hands would not be as intimidating.  I’m not that far in, but I have created some useful tools to help me understand the physical structure of the head (and they’re pretty funny looking, too!).

Here’s a photo of Drawing the Head & Hands and the two new drawing tools I’ve made:

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Dune Prep Sketches!

Having learned far more information than any person ought to know about the Starspen Galaxy, and specifically the Canopus system, I feel much more prepared to sketch some layout ideas for my Arrakis painting.   I now know what Canopus, Canopus B, Seban, Menaris, Arrakis, Krelln, and Arvon look like.  To most people that probably sounds like a bizarre list of made-up words, but to a Dune-loving nerd there is an all-too-clear understanding of fictional space!  Vielen Dank to http://dune.wikia.com/wiki/Arrakis for all the essential  information, it is greatly appreciated!

The problem I face now is with positioning.  Do I want to show all of Arrakis or just part of it so I can include everything between it and Canopus?  Do I even want to include Canopus, Seban and Menaris or should I just paint Arrakis with its moons? Here are the thumbnails and planning page thus far:

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Is searching the internet really art?

Today’s art adventure begins with research.  So I’d say YES! searching the internet is art……sort of.

I need to learn all I can about Arrakis so I can plan out my painting. Here’s what I know so far:

It’s a dessert planet.

It orbits the star Canopus.

It is the third planet from Canopus.

It has 2 moons; one with a Muad’Dib (Kangaroo Mouse) image and one with human hand image.

So far, this is all I found: