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Doctor Platypus

Musings on and examples from various creative and constructive projects.


C’est Moi!

4 Feb 2021 1 minute read 7 comments DoctorPlatypus

Today my friend Sandra challenged me to draw a self portrait. I posted it without comment to Facebook, and my friends all said "oh! it's you!" so I guess it looks like me. Mission accomplished! It makes me puzzled, though, trying to figure out what...

Re-drawing masculinity Figure Drawing Workshop - January 2021

31 Jan 2021 1 minute read 0 comments DoctorPlatypus

Today was the January RE-Drawing Masculinity workshop so I spent the afternoon working on timed gesture drawing. We warmed up with 2- and 3-minute poses, and of course those were Not Great, but then warmups aren't necessarily supposed to be. A few of...

Just a quick shower

28 Jan 2021 1 minute read 4 comments DoctorPlatypus

I have been away from drawing for too long, and I need to re-establish the habit of practice that I developed in October. Tonight I got a start by drawing this figure in a shower that I wish I had at my house. I say this every time, but just the act...

A little bit of watersports to remind me of summer

7 Jan 2021 1 minute read 0 comments DoctorPlatypus

It's no secret that winter is really hard for me. I should really invest in one of those special lamps. Instead of that, today I worked on a sketch of a couple guys horsing around at a lake. The reference photo for this drawing is from Worldwide Roar...

Implied Violence in Two Sketches

7 Jan 2021 1 minute read 0 comments DoctorPlatypus

I spent some more time today on timed gesture drawings, and it was not going very well. I even gave myself 5 full minutes per sketch, which is basically double the time I get in my workshops. But I was not feeling disciplined tonight and I kept focus...

Vein popping

5 Jan 2021 1 minute read 3 comments DoctorPlatypus

I have a confession: In the figures I have been drawing, the source images often are in the sort of heroic condition that results in veins popping out of their forearms, and I have been pretending those veins are not even there, because I wasn't real...

New Year in the underground river

1 Jan 2021 1 minute read 0 comments DoctorPlatypus

By the time I get this posted, it will be pretty close to midnight on New Years Eve 2020. Let us let the underground river wash the filth of the past year off our bodies, leaving us fresh and ready for new projects, new opportunities, new knowledge. ...

Triptych of gesture figures

31 Dec 2020 1 minute read 0 comments DoctorPlatypus

I feel like I need to capture more information in my drawings in a shorter time, so that if I am trying to draw from a living situation that might change, I won't be denied the opportunity to complete my drawing. Toward that goal, tonight I did a bun...

Romping on the beach

29 Dec 2020 1 minute read 0 comments DoctorPlatypus

Today I am dreaming of warmer times, so I distracted myself with a beach drawing.   In my preview, the aspect ration is all screwed up. Hopefully it comes out right in the published version. The main new hurdles I wanted to work on jumping are drawin...

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...