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Doctor Platypus

Musings on and examples from various creative and constructive projects.


Re-drawing masculinity Figure Drawing Workshop

27 Dec 2020 1 minute read 0 comments DoctorPlatypus

Today was the December Redrawing Masculinity figure drawing workshop. I like how friendly and enthusiastic everyone is - lots of laughter, plenty of opportunities to see one another's sketches but no mean comments. It's pretty great! I'm going to inc...

Two Days at the Beach

25 Dec 2020 1 minute read 0 comments DoctorPlatypus

Merry Christmas! A friend and I were chatting about a particular drawing I made in 2018, speculating how I might do it differently if I had done it now. it started out pure speculation, but then we thought "Why not!?" Here's today's drawing:   Today...

Nothing says "Christmas Eve" like Shirtless Arm Wrestling

24 Dec 2020 1 minute read 0 comments DoctorPlatypus

Merry Christmas Eve to you all! Today I wanted to get some practice in because last time I waited too long between drawing. I came across a photo of these arm wrestling fellows and thought that would let me work on hands, faces, hair, shading! Here i...

A spa day in Elfland

21 Dec 2020 1 minute read 2 comments DoctorPlatypus

I haven't draw in over a week, almost two weeks! I was fretting about trying to find something to draw that had all the elements I am working on - fabric, shading, hands and feet, making it look as much as I can like the source image. (I know the las...

The Shape of the Wind

10 Dec 2020 1 minute read 5 comments DoctorPlatypus

This evening I spent a few hours in a Zoom with one old friend and a few brand new ones, all of us making art independently. Two were doing self-portraits where you don't look at the page or lift the pencil, which strikes me as terrifying, but is dou...

Date Gone Wrong?

6 Dec 2020 1 minute read 0 comments DoctorPlatypus

Sometimes I just see a photo and want to try it out, especially if it has some of the elements I am trying to practice. This one had hands and face and shading and weird posture and leaves me wondering what the poor model is thinking - What happened...

Psych: Busted

4 Dec 2020 2 minute read 2 comments DoctorPlatypus

In accordance with the plan, today I spent a few hours trying to draw the face of Maybe James Roday Rodriquez so that you could tell it was supposed to be a copy of that picture. I wasn't necessarily aiming to trick the viewer into believing that it...

Psych! Untimed figure practice

4 Dec 2020 1 minute read 0 comments DoctorPlatypus

This time I was working on figure drawing from a photo, I am pretty sure, of a super-buff James Roday (who is now also using his original surname, Rodriguez), who played one of the lead roles on the TV show "Psych." My first try, the head seemed WAY...

A Change of Pants - Revision of my Rope Swinger

1 Dec 2020 1 minute read 0 comments DoctorPlatypus

A number of things were bugging me about the picture I drew of the man on a rope swing, most prominent among them that the background was Not Up To Speed. I spent a few minutes making the trees and greenery in the background look a bit more deliberat...

Re-drawing masculinity Figure Drawing Workshop - November 2020

30 Nov 2020 1 minute read 0 comments DoctorPlatypus

I took the figure drawing workshop "Re-drawing Masculinities" again today. It's once a month - very welcoming, creative, fun, and great practice! Here are a couple of my 15-minute sketches: You can find the workshop on Facebook and Instagram. I am s...