Figure In Perspective, Etc.

I haven’t been doing much commissioned work recently, but I’ve been plugging away nonetheless, posting comics, videos, and sketchbook pages to my Patreon on a regular basis. On any given week I might post a book report comic drawn on a library call slip, like this one about Sarah Polley’s memoir:

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I Pick The Best Books To Make You A Better Artist

I was recently approached by Sheperd.com to compile a list of books to recommend. What is Shepherd? Here’s what their website says on the subject: “Shepherd is like wandering around your favorite bookstore but reimagined for the online world… along with little notes from authors pointing out their favorite books.”

The recommendations on the website are all over the map. Some recent ones are: “The best young adult shifter romance books” “The best science fiction books in aesthetic universes” “The best historical fiction books about the Tudors” and “The best Christian romance with spiritual and romantic passion”. Since the Shepherd people had chosen me because of the popularity of my perspective instructional books, I decided that my list would be “The best books to make you a better artist.”

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Not Your Typical Cat Video

My family and friends love to play the game “Eat Poop You Cat”, especially at large gatherings. This game is the drawing equivalent of the game “Telephone.” The way it’s played is that one person writes a simple description of a scene, preferably something comical like “a badger eating pizza”, then passes it to the next person. That person attempts to draw a picture to match, then folds the paper so that the only their drawing can be seen, and the NEXT person writes a description of that drawing, and so on until there is no more room on the paper. What may start out as the caption “Karen reads a lot of books”can end up as “A man presenting a girl with a snowman for her birthday” once it has traveled down the line.

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Perspective Grid Comics And Drawings

  • My late foster brother Rafael had a Cuban proverb he used to quote to me: “El vago trabajo doble”, which translates to “the lazy one works twice”, which I take to mean that if you’re lazy and skip steps, you’re going to have to work twice as hard fixing all your mistakes later. For me, this proverb comes up a LOT, because I am by no means a systematic or methodical worker. The latest proof of that is today’s subject, a series of posts I’ve been putting up over the course of the last few years on my Patreon page.

    David Chelsea is reading: She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement
    by Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey

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  • PleinAir Live Global Virtual Event: Watch Me Live & Save Up To $300!

    Well, you missed your chance to sign up for the PleinAir Live Global Virtual Event by Palm Sunday to save $500 off the retail price, but no problem- you can still register by April 11th and save $300! Go here and find out how!

    I will be presenting a live-on-video online perspective drawing demonstration as part of the event. This will be similar to the perspective speed demos I have been posting on Patreon for the past year, but in real time and with my spoken commentary guiding you through every step of the process. Full disclosure: my demonstration will not literally be plein air, as in drawn outdoors. It will be a simple one-point perspective of an imaginary room. The organizers told me that was fine with them. I will also be responding in real time to questions in streaming chat. Since I am not a touch typist, I will be using my iPad’s voice recognition software.

    David Chelsea is reading: Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World
    by Steven Johnson

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    PleinAir Live Global Virtual Event: Watch Me Live & Save Up To $500!

    Today, Palm Sunday, is the LAST DAY to save up to $500 on the retail price for PleinAir Live Global Virtual Event! A lot of attendees wait until the day of the deadline to purchase- could that be YOU?

    In case you missed my previous blog post, here’s a recap: I will be presenting a live-on-video online perspective drawing demonstration as part of the event. This will be similar to the perspective speed demos I have been posting on Patreon for the past year, but in real time and with my spoken commentary guiding you through every step of the process. Full disclosure: my demonstration will not literally be plein air, as in drawn outdoors. It will be a simple one-point perspective of an imaginary room. The organizers told me that was fine with them. I will also be responding in real time to questions in streaming chat. Since I am not a touch typist, I will be using my iPad’s voice recognition software.

    David Chelsea is watching:
    Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First Season

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    RIP, Anne Richardson

    Anne Richardson

    I hope you were happy to read my blog post about the PleinAir Conference last week. Did you notice that it was my first post since November? The story behind that is the all too familiar one of technology evolving beyond the ability of one backward Boomer with a 2012 Mac to keep pace. Many thanks to Brad Smith and his crew at Hot Pepper for bringing my code up to date!

    David Chelsea is reading: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me
    by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

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