Of Pencil Sketches and Cartooning

I have officially sparked a sudden interest in cartooning.

That isn’t much of a surprise, because sudden interests are quite common to me. Just a day or two ago, I felt a deep longing to make exercise schedules and do burpees and planks and wall sits… But that’s beyond the point.

Today, I’m going to share two pieces of art, one a cartoon and other a pencil sketch. My interest in pencil sketches has not been short-lived, and I have drawn numerous eyes and such things.

Now to get on to the post, which I must tell you is not too long, and so you can read as leisurely and slowly as you want. Apart from that, I am also going to do a quick ‘review’, telling of my experience with the drawing. Buckle up!

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The Pondering Pup

This was a quick little drawing for which I used a Youtube tutorial as reference. The pondering pup is not very detailed or realistic, but I like it despite that.

The pup is not very different from the tutorial, but not exactly the same either. I skipped several steps which I felt unnecessary, but I’m well without all that.

I now present a fuzzy, brown dog that I proudly have adopted as a virtual pet.

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My Review

COMPLEXITY LEVEL: Two out of five. It was not very hard to draw, but satisfying, and only the hairy bush on the pup’s head took more time than expected.

PATIENCE REQUIRED: Not much! This doesn’t take too much time or effort, so if you’re an impatient cartoonist, this is for you.

WHEN TO DRAW AND WHAT TO USE: I recommend trying this out when you have about fifteen minutes to spare, because it doesn’t require too much work, although it’s no biggie even if you spend more time than that. You will not require too many materials, only a pencil, a fineliner and a brown colour pencil does the trick.

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The Eye

I could think of no better title, but I think the eye is quite straightforward. I ask you to expect no less than a large, pencil sketched eye the size of a palm. The tutorial I used for it was very informative and gave excellent tips for drawing eyes along with the step-by-step demonstration.

The eye in question is realistic and unrealistic both, because it does not look like a cartoon and neither can I expect anyone with such eyes to walk up to my face. Either way, it does not stop my showing you the best efforts I could make.

I can say that I am quite proud of this piece. I spent more time than usual on the pupil, and it did not come out too badly. I only wish the lower eyelashes were a bit thinner.
Take a look yourself.

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My Review

COMPLEXITY LEVEL: Three out of five. It was not the hardest thing ever, you know.

PATIENCE REQUIRED: A fair bit. The pupil took the most time, and getting the shading to be just right was not very easy.

WHEN TO DRAW AND WHAT TO USE: I suggest you sit down when you know you have plenty of free time, because I estimate that it will take about thirty minutes. You will not need much for this either, and just a black colour pencil is enough if you plan to do it without sketching it out with a normal pencil first.

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Here comes the end of this quick post. SPOILER ALERT: I may post a tutorial on the eye in one of my future posts!

Do you have any tips for better cartooning?
What is your say for sudden hobbies?
How did you like ‘the eye?’

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A random note: I will not be using featured images for any of my posts until the 28th of May. Weird.

A Little Post About Me and My Eight Day Hiatus// Letter Writing Updates (I’m Getting There)

If you’ve been around for a while, you may have noticed that my last post was on the 15th of May. And today is the 24th.

I didn’t mean to stay away for that long, but ideas seemed to slip out of my mind and I couldn’t resist the temptation to grab the Kindle. Sorry guys, no great expectations from me.

I have been up-to-date on everyone’s posts, I hope, and I also did one on TWW after what seems like a MONTH. So I may not have been the most loyal blogger for the past eight days, but what’s important is… I’M BACK! Hello, hello, how are you? Nice day, eh?

So today, I’m going to share how things are going with my communication with my future self. I’ll figure out a better topic next time, don’t worry about a thing.

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On the 16th of March, I wrote a post (linked here) on why I began this queer little project that I was by far enjoying. I was a newbie to writing letters to myself, judging by the first few of my letters, and it was only natural that I felt… #akward. Like meeting a new friend.

Now, I guess I can say that I’ve opened up to myself. I think I’ve figured that I will care to read what I have written, and I also seem to have digested the fact that I am the only one who will ever read (what I call) the LetterBook.

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So how does it work?

Unlike a journal, the LetterBook is not a description of events, but a compilation of thoughts.

It started off to preserve my distant musing, which by me is not a bad idea, so I can look back upon the things I used to think about and the feelings I used to feel. It sounded crazy for me ever to imagine my future self reading my letters, but somewhere I knew she would care enough to.

But something also tells me that I’m going to be asking my younger self this question very often.

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Does it help?

WHAT DO YOU MEAN OF COURSE IT DOES! As my aunt would put it, the LetterBook is an “avenue to vent out my feelings”, and I’m not telling you the story behind that so don’t ask. #rude

Sometimes, I end up thinking that my problems, which seemed to overwhelming at the moment, were not so big after all. Correction: Were absolutely PUNY. That helps me clear some things out, hit my mental refresh button (for reals) and focus more on what really matters. Great, isn’t it?

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Organizing Thoughts is Now Much Easier

Maybe I’ll need a nudge one day, a little bit of encouragement, but that doesn’t mean that there’s no need for nonsense. Getting a bit of motivation once in a while is great, but being a little off the rocker has its own benefits.

Sometimes you’re in need of a smile, and sometimes a push. For my future self, both are well stored. That’s the awesome bit. There is a little of everything, because organizing thoughts is now much easier for me.

That doesn’t mean I never talk about grumpy things, though. You get grumpy too, admit it, and you need to lock away that grump of a you somewhere for good. Well, I’ve got that covered. It’s also quite entertaining to read about, and I’m guessing my dear future self will be grateful to me for helping her feeling good about herself.

Yay me.

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How far have I come?

I have successfully completed eighteen letters which have occupied forty five pages, the longest being some four pages long. Make that five. Six, if you don’t count that newspaper picture I stuck… that you don’t know about. 😈

I definitely can’t say I’ve been getting worse at this, so I’m keeping at it.

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A WORD OF ADVICE: Trying to peer too close will only strain your eyesight.

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There we are.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post, and don’t mind the fact that I couldn’t help sneaking in some pictures. Until next time, amigos!

What do you feel when bloggers you like have long post breaks?

I think it’s terrible.

How about post suggestions for next time, eh? I’m going to need them, so do me a favour, why don’t you?

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Natural Captures Issue One: Orchids

The wait took long enough.

Finally, I have come by the tedious resizing and file conversion process and have found out that batch resizing exists. Without blabbing much, let me present to you the first issue of Natural Captures, featuring vibrant orchids that I was fortunate enough to be able to see and take pictures of.

[For those of you who haven’t read the introductory post, click here.]

And before you get on, I must also ask you to note that though this post may seem short, it consists of 46 pictures (that’s NOTHING of the total number I took, phrbt) that I have compiled. I don’t happen to know the names of them all, but I will mention if I do, okay?Read More »

Using Gems in Your Zentangle// An Unprofessional Tangler’s Guide

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I had seen gems being used in zentangle since forever, and I finally decided to try it out. It used to look so complicated to make, but once I started, I realized that I was mistaken.

See that picture up there? That was the first gemdala (termed by me) that I made and actually liked. Since then, I have obsessively drawn, coloured and used gems in my zentangle like a hyperactive lunatic. Which I am, of course. Sometimes.

As I did it, I couldn’t help but notice that my way of drawing gemstones was different from the tutorials online. Seemingly simpler, too. That’s why today, I’m going to show you how draw them and how you can use them in your zentangle.Read More »

Animals in Action: Episode 1@ The Erratic

My cousin has started an awesome and informative animal endangerment awareness series called Animals in Action, and the first issue featured red pandas! Go check it out!

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Hello, world! I thought I’d got enough opinions from many bloggers and  thought it’d better start. After thinking, I thought I should write about red pandas as asked  by Mukta in the comments of A New Series. So, here goes! Nononono, but first, a picture….

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Red panda fact profile:

  1. Scientific name: Ailurus Fulgens.
  2. Also called: Lesser panda, red cat-bear, red bear-cat, firefox.
  3. Description: It has reddish-brown fur, a long, shaggy tail, and a waddling gait due to its shorter front legs; it is slightly larger than a domestic cat. It is an endangered species and is a squishy, little omnivore.
  4. Feeds on: Eggs, insects, birds, bamboo, fruits, roots and small mammals.
  5. Belongs to: Bear  and raccoon family. It is an arboreal animal, which means it spends most of its time on trees, etc.
  6. Most importantly, why are they endangered?
    Interesting question. Well, the reason is…

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Feelings are a Part of Being Human

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That’s a revolutionary, evergreen, and overused sentence. There are so many reasons to smile, and smiling can make someone’s day.

But we all can agree that there are emotions in the world ranging far and wide, and there’s no person who can say that he can always be happy, unless he’s lived in a giant milk carton all his life.

If that’s you, you have no excuse to read this. Shoo.Read More »