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Keep Drawing

MicMac Lane from Eric Funk on Vimeo.

— Keep Drawing has been taken down from Vimeo, so I replaced it with this hand drawn animation, Mic Mac Lane by Eric Funk . Same basic comment as with Keep Drawing, that there is a lot of great drawings within the video. —

I’ve seen this video, Keep Drawing, a few times and, beyond just how cool it is to watch, I’m always impressed at the sheer number of drawings in it. It takes me diligence just to complete a single drawing, let alone an animation full of them. But I’m hoping to be good about drawing this year. I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions, but, if I did, keep drawing would probably be one of them.

Or my resolution could just be to complete my unfinished sketches. It usually only takes a little more drawing and a few minutes to scan them into the computer. I did these at Joshua Tree in the Hall of Horrors area. The one above is probably abandoned rather than finished; the one below I just darkened some lines and called it done.

This view is from a ledge, midway up a climb on the Old Woman formation at Hidden Valley. I liked how the boulder pattern seemed to casually enclose the space in the way a freestanding wall might have done. The first sketch wasn’t showing that, so I started to redraw it at home; I’d do better if I tried a third time. As the title says, keep drawing.


9 Responses to “Keep Drawing”

  1. January 6th, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Scott Weber says:

    What a cool vide! Love your drawings, especially the 2nd one. I used to drawn constantly…but sort of gave it up after a while…maybe I’ll return to it someday when I have more free time…I have such a short attention span these days 😉

  2. January 6th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    ryan says:

    Yeah I have sort of an attention span issue too with finishing the drawings I start. I’m happy, though, whenever I make myself do it.

  3. January 7th, 2012 at 11:03 am

    chuck b. says:

    Great video, and great drawings! My friend, an architect, used to send friends postcards of sketches he’d make when he traveled instead of those cheesy postcards you buy. I have a whole series of them from Mexico City. He was very practiced at drafting so the sketches I’m sure came quickly. The few minutes he spent drawing them added value to his visit, I’m sure. I wish I could draw! Maybe my next thing will be drawing classes.

  4. January 7th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    ryan says:

    It’s probably a sweet little collection of Mexico City drawings. Basically I’m trying to copy what your friend was doing and get better and faster. I took a two day class on perspective drawing that taught me a lot, and I’ve more or less kept practicing since then.

  5. January 13th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Town Mouse says:

    A very good idea. I’m amazed how much more I see when I draw – and how much less when I just snap photos…

  6. January 14th, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Country Mouse says:

    Town mouse sketches and I would like to but never seem to have time to take for drawing. I used to do clay sculpture as a hobby and a bit of drawing. Maybe the fact that I don’t any more has resulted in shrinkage in that area of my mind/brain! Even now, I’m finding reluctance in running this video or any other video come to that. I’ve gotten in a “hurried” mode. OK, I’ll go back and run the video, having chastised myself sufficiently! Your drawings are enjoyable. Makes me ponder on the differences between a drawing and a photograph. Thanks for posting them!

  7. January 14th, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Country Mouse says:

    Yes, it is an amazing video – how long it must have taken to create, and how quickly it all passes. I kept wanting for a slo-mo button!!

  8. January 15th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    ryan says:

    Townmouse, I agree a big part of the drawing is just that it gets me to pay better attention. Though when do a good job of taking photos and really take my time and think about what I’m doing, I notice a lot then too.

    Country Mouse, yep, the biggest problem is finding time to do everything, one of the reason I don’t always have the patience to finish my drawings while I’m somewhere like Joshua Tree.

  9. January 4th, 2013 at 8:01 am

    DryStoneGarden » Blog Archive » Gone Camping says:

    […] off for a few weeks of camping in the mountains down in southern Arizona. Last year I made a resolution to spend more time drawing, and I actually followed through pretty well, better than I probably […]

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