Things I Should Be Doing: Taking Notes

In case you’re wondering, I have written my term paper and paid my electricity bill (it was surprisingly low this month) since my last post. I’m a procrastinator, but I’m not irresponsible.

Keeping in spirit with things I should be doing, this is a compilation of drawings/doodles I did in class during the past two weeks or so. Obviously, I should have been taking notes during this time, but sometimes my eye wanders and my fingers spasm in motions very similar to drawing.

I saw this guy a few seats away and thought his hair was magnificent. So I started drawing him. I’m leaving my notes (or lack thereof) in this picture because the empty space is symbolic of the human condition. Or something deep like that.


(I actually just didn’t feel like cropping it.)

He sat in the same seat two days later, so I drew him again. That’s not creepy is it? This one is actually a lot more accurate, even though there’s less of his face shown. He’s the one in the middle, between my hand and the guy with the big head who blocked my vision.


This last one is anomalous in that it wasn’t based on anyone in the lecture hall and I actually took a decent amount of notes. My handwriting is typically much prettier, but it’s hard to keep up with note taking when there’s so many things to draw.


Hats off to you if you can figure out what class I’m taking.

(I don’t even wear hats.)

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1000 Faces (Part 29)

Among the many things I should be doing that I’m not are writing a term paper and paying the electricity bill.


Instead, there’s this.

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Two Pages

As always, I put a lot of thought into my titles. Here’s two pages from my sketchbook today:


I think I can see my pencil dulling with each progressive drawing.

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The Climb

If I told you this was the start of something beautiful… well, I’d be lying.

I needed a change of pace today and picked up the sketchbook that I hadn’t touched for a few months. With my tablet, I didn’t see much need for a physical sketchbook. But nothing beats the feeling of drawing with a pencil. With a pencil, I have so much more control over my lines– the weight, the curvature, the spacing. It’s also much easier to use a ruler on paper than on a screen, if I ever wanted to draw a straight line. (Pfft, who needs straight lines anyway?)

My current goal is to fill one sketchbook every month. Considering that my sketchbook has a hundred pages and it’s already a week into April, this should be a fun goal to hit.

I used up all of the first page on a drawing of some mountains.

The Bad: As of now, the best way to transfer drawings from sketchbook to blog is to take pictures. Yeah.

The Good: I’m pretty happy with how this turned out. The shading could be more consistent but it was good practice nonetheless.


“I get bigger when you touch me,” said the mountain to his wife.

So maybe this actually is the start of something beautiful. Low-resolution, but beautiful nonetheless.

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1000 Faces (Part 28)

I actually drew something yesterday but decided it didn’t fit the big, gushy, introspective post I was gonna pair it with. I’m saving that post for when I have a drawing appropriately fantastic to go with it.

In the mean time, here’s yesterday’s work, today:


I don’t dig them too much. 119 would probably be much better if I lessened the gap between his eyes. Too bad I don’t have some image editing software like Photoshop. Oh wait I do. Eh.

I was much more satisfied with my work today:


One day I’ll figure out painting but for now I’m happy with the coloring style I have.

Random aside: My school’s library charges $1 for each page printed in color. I once printed out a brochure for a class project in full color (2 pages) because I wanted to impress the teacher. She loved my project and really appreciated the effort. But I ended up with a B+ for the class and not an A, so I kinda want my $2 back.

If you’re wondering why the numbers are so shaky, it’s because I wrote them with my mouse. I forgot to number them when I was drawing on my tablet, and then couldn’t be bothered to connect my other tablet once I imported them into Photoshop.

Fun fact, I used to be pretty good at drawing with my mouse.

See exhibit A. Doctor Doom:


This was my greatest accomplishment from 2012, because it was that kind of year.

It took me three hours.

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1000 Faces (Part 27)

I was looking at some of H.R. Giger’s art earlier today. Much like every other time I see his work, after the initial period of disgust, I come to appreciate how brazenly he incorporates sexual imagery into his paintings.

Some people do subtle. H.R. Giger doesn’t do subtle.

Anyway, I’m not H.R. Giger so there’s a distinct lack of penises, vaginas, and alien sex here:


You’re free to be relieved or disappointed.

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Let’s enter Oz and the land of color once more.


I dig how happy this guy is.

I’m on a much needed Spring Break right now. A week away from school, work, and overthinking things is a week to recharge and come back stronger.

I’m going to read lots. I’m going to draw lots.

It’s gonna be rad.

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A confession I read a while back:

“Sometimes people ask me how I’m doing and I actually tell the truth.”

The weight of that line still astounds me. So often “how are you?” is a question not designed to elicit a serious response, but just a simple greeting. It’s small talk, not invitation to vent about how terrible your day/week/month/life is. But sometimes you need that. We all need that.

“I’m fine” is the most common lie people tell.

It’s all very repressive and unhealthy.

At some point, everybody should admit the truth of the day:

“I’m not okay.”


But maybe tomorrow you will be.

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Little Ninja Man

Number two in the list of rejected Verne Troyer movie titles.


I really dig the kicking stickman from the waist up. The position of the upper torso and arms have a good kinetic energy, but the legs seem stiff.

My next post will probably be a thousand stickmen, because it’s always good to work on the fundamentals.

Just kidding, knowing me the best you’ll get is ten or so.

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As I write this, I am very hungry

Sometimes I start drawing and don’t stop until I hear my stomach grumbling and I realize I want to consume like a hundred chicken nuggets.


Though I’d be happy with eighty or so.

Update: I have since burned my hand with boiling water while attempting to cook. The moral of this story is that being hungry sucks. Safety first folks.

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