Doctor Platypus
Doctor Platypus

Doctor Platypus

Musings on and examples from various creative and constructive projects.

Blog delinquency

22 Sep 2020 1 minute read 0 comments DoctorPlatypus

Since last post I have dismantled my engagement and moved iut if the house we shared. Recent weeks have involved unpacking into the new place and taking new furniture deliveries.  I bought a Roomba and one of those optical illusion rugs that looks li...

Faces - Drawing practice

31 Aug 2020 1 minute read 0 comments DoctorPlatypus

A lot of this coursework goes so fast, and it's easy to just do what the instructor shows you once and move to the next lesson; That's basically what I did first time through. This time, though, I am spending a lot more time on revisions and adjustme...

Wood, Box

29 Aug 2020 1 minute read 4 comments DoctorPlatypus

Today I continued practicing wood texture, this time applying it to a 3D object. Publish0x is refusing to upload the crate as an individual photo, but I liked the way the overall sketchbook page looked, so here's that: My box is on the bottom. The w...

Getting wood just right

27 Aug 2020 1 minute read 0 comments DoctorPlatypus

The thing is, it's real fun to draw wood, and it comes out pretty great. Again, I have a long long way to go before I am tricking the viewer into thinking my drawings are photographs, but I like how satisfying and relatively simple it is to draw wood...

Son of Somber Swimmer (Before and After), and a Couple of Comics Reviews

23 Aug 2020 2 minute read 0 comments DoctorPlatypus

This morning, to distract myself from some terrible stuff, I went back in and did some clean-up work on my last drawing. I know it shouldn't, but it surprises me every time how much difference even tiny revisions can make. Here's a side-by-side befor...

Somber swimmer - Figure practice

21 Aug 2020 1 minute read 2 comments DoctorPlatypus

This is built on gesture practice, but there's not so much gesture in the original pose, and it quickly turned into shading and values practice. I need to spend more time learning anatomy, for sure. Anyhow, here is today's drawing:

Bricks are hard...

20 Aug 2020 1 minute read 4 comments DoctorPlatypus

... and I am not sure I am getting better at them.  Here are today's bricks: I feel like it's all about shading and value, but also probably about being more precise with my pencil strokes. I could clean up the outside some with an eraser, and maybe...

A Nuance For Emily

18 Aug 2020 3 minute read 0 comments DoctorPlatypus

An author colleague today was musing about the use of 'basic' to mean "I don't really like it, but I don't really want to think about it." and she compared it to the older 'decent'. This led me to think of the way we now use 'fine' and how difficult...

Quad stretching - Gesture Practice

13 Aug 2020 1 minute read 0 comments DoctorPlatypus

More gesture practice today - This took me about 45 minutes.  Because I misplaced his hips on the overall gesture line, and because I drew his head too small (or perhaps too far down on the gesture line), there are some proportion issues here, makin...

Brick by brick by brick

12 Aug 2020 1 minute read 2 comments DoctorPlatypus

Last November, I took a texture-drawing lesson in which we drew bricks, hoping to make them look as realistic as possible. Here's my assignment from then: I revisited the same lesson today, and tried to add a little more depth by making the brick wa...