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The Third Dimension

June 20 2017

Do you remember ‘The Twilight Zone‘? It was a weekly television program with entertaining human interest stories delving into to Science Fiction and other unusual circumstances. Or something like that. Rod Serling was the creator and host of the show, and every week while smoking a cigarette, he would speak to us about the forthcoming episode and usually end with mentioning the ‘fifth dimension’. As a kid watching the show each week, the thought of 5 dimensions was very intriguing and up to now as an artist, I’ve been trying to grapple with two of the five. We are are now entering the ‘Third Dimension’. 3D printing.

We suspect Lamonte McLemore and Marilyn McCoo were fans of the show.

Quote of the Week

June 17 2017

“People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Can we get along? Can we stop making it, making it horrible for the older people and the kids? … It’s just not right. It’s not right. It’s not, it’s not going to change anything. We’ll, we’ll get our justice … Please, we can get along here. We all can get along. I mean, we’re all stuck here for a while. Let’s try to work it out. Let’s try to beat it. Let’s try to beat it. Let’s try to work it out.”

– Rodney Glen King III (1965-2012)

A Brief History of the Pencil

March 24 2017

As told by a Pencil Aficionando – 99U

Caroline Weaver, the owner of CW Pencil Enterprise, a specialty pencil shop in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, has managed to make the dream of obsessives come true: What if this thing I love, this strange small thing, could be my job? For Caroline Weaver, the humble pencil has provided not only a business—celebrating its two-year anniversary this March—but a book as well, a history of the pencil entitled The Pencil Perfect.

Source: A Brief History of the Pencil, as told by a Pencil Aficionando – 99U

Drawing Lesson No. 6

March 22 2017

It’s been awhile since we shared some little tips and exercises regarding drawing. Here is a simple task. Decide on a subject to draw with a single uninterrupted line. It is helpful to work out the details in pencil first, and when you are satisfied the design is sound, commit the drawing to ink. You can trace the pencil sketch using a light box to illuminate from below placing a few sheets of paper between the draft and the paper used for the ink drawing diffusing the brightness of the lights.

Now I know some of you may be asking, ‘What about the bunnies eye? The eye is separate from the rest of the drawing? What’s the deal with that?’

I have heard it said that ‘There is no such thing as a dumb question.’

There you have it, Drawing Lesson No. 6.