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Musings on and examples from various creative and constructive projects.


Inktober Day 9, 10 & 11: Pressure, Pick, and Sour

14 Oct 2021 1 minute read 5 comments DoctorPlatypus

I went away for the weekend and fell a few days behind in my daily discipline, so today I am playing catch-up. Probably tomorrow too. The prompt for October 9 was 'pressure' and I spent a bunch of time thinking about images that evoke feelings of pre...

Inktober Day 8: Watch

8 Oct 2021 1 minute read 3 comments DoctorPlatypus

Today's prompt is 'watch'. I considered wristwatches and pocketwatches, of course, and general timepieces like a nice big grandfather clock, etc, but I wasn't that excited. I thought about a city watch like in a medieval-setting RPG or a neighborhood...

Inktober Day 7: Fan

7 Oct 2021 1 minute read 2 comments DoctorPlatypus

Today the inktober prompt is 'fan'. If I were a responsible scholar I would have drawn a bunch of Maenads ripping some dude to shreds to acknowledge the origin of the word 'fan' (sense of movie fan or Beatles fan, etc) in 'fanatic'. But that sounded...

Inktober Day 6: Spirit

7 Oct 2021 1 minute read 1 comment DoctorPlatypus

Today's prompt is 'spirit', and I am guessing that there will be lots of ghosts and the like drawn today. I thought about 'spirit of the age' too, maybe I could draw a vintage airplane? One of my friends said she would probably draw a cheerleader, wh...

Inktober Day 4 & 5: Knot and Raven

5 Oct 2021 1 minute read 2 comments DoctorPlatypus

Day 4 prompt was "Knot" and I was reminded of an informal celestial navigation lesson I sat in on back in high school. The day I sat in, the lesson didn't include anything about actually navigating by the stars; instead we learned to make monkey fist...

Inktober Day 3: Vessel

3 Oct 2021 1 minute read 4 comments DoctorPlatypus

Today's Inktober prompt was 'vessel', and I eventually settled on the vessel with the pestle, which has the brew that is true: I would love to go back at some point and focus in just on the faces. I can almost recognize Danny Kaye from this face, bu...

Inktober Day 1 and Day 2: Crystal, Suit

2 Oct 2021 1 minute read 2 comments DoctorPlatypus

I'm hoping to use the Inktober prompts again this year to re-establish a daily drawing habit. The first two prompts this year are 'crystal' and 'suit'. You can see I didn't start off too ambitious. I did try to show them being translucent by showing...

Tan line beach study

16 Sep 2021 1 minute read 0 comments DoctorPlatypus

Every once in a while I find an image on the internet and think "that would be fun to draw" and I save it to my photos on my phone. I try to make a record of where I found the image, so I can credit the photographer or at least acknowledge the refere...

Meerkats to celebrate my many August adventures

9 Sep 2021 1 minute read 2 comments DoctorPlatypus

I spent more or less the entire month of August traveling. First I went tubing with friends down a river in Western Massachusetts, then a 10 day trip bicycling around the north coast of Iceland, which was AMAZING and like riding a bike on Mars, but w...

Pensive doorman, who are you listening to?

12 Aug 2021 1 minute read 0 comments DoctorPlatypus

Tonight I found a very cool reference photo on the MaleFormDrawing instagram page. I really liked the framing of the door, which I think adds an intimacy, like you're looking in on his life as he listens to someone or watches something going on outsi...