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It's too small. I'd really like to see a bigger image. (Now that I have that out of the way...) It's an interesting pose. I love the in...

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You're holding the sword correctly; that alone puts this photo way ahead of may others that I've seen. The pose is a bit off, but it's ...


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No one actually reads these, do they? Maybe that's a good thing.

Anyway, I'm almost halfway through. I have 128 drawings to do, and I've done about 60 of them. The drawings are all pencil outlines and then ink wash for tone. I haven't posted a lot of them because, well, I think people might get bored of them. I feel like I've made progress in learning to draw. The earliest ones (which I will have to redraw) are hideous. The ones I'm doing now are marginally acceptable.

It's kind of a unique project. I'm drawing the same woman (mostly) over and over again in slightly different positions. I've learned how to use ink and a brush to do blended tones. The drawings themselves taught me. I tried recently to use a different brand of ink for one of the drawings, and it was a disaster. It's interesting that my drawing technique has evolved into such a narrow little niche that something as unimportant as a brand of ink makes the difference between something acceptable (to me, anyway) and a disaster.

Each drawing is based on a photograph from a series of semi-studio shots that I took a couple of years ago. It bothers me a bit that I'm so literal. I really am just copying photographs. I very much admire people who can throw some color down, make a mess, and make it beautiful and magical. I'm sort of doing technical drawing. For the purpose of what I'm doing--an illustrated manual of Thai massage--that's probably OK. But I would love to practice doing magic, like other people do.

The drawings are all black and white because the person I'm doing the book with (the Thai massage therapist whom I am mostly drawing) wants it to be inexpensive so she can sell it to her students. I'm making the drawings small so we can put them on the pages of a small book. That means we can't use color. Maybe it's just as well. I took a single drawing class and we didn't get to color. Maybe after I finish this project, I can learn color. Also, it would probably take about four times as long to do each drawing, and I'm old enough already.

One thing that I'm doing in this project that I haven't done before is that I'm seriously trying to finish it. That means that when one of my friends asks me to draw things for them, I tell them, "Yes, sure, I'd love to do that" ...and then I deliberately forget all about it. There's no way I can do my 128 drawings and start something else in the middle. I know myself too well. I can't tell you how many times in my life I've started working on a long-term project and then stopped it in the middle to do some other, immediate project, and then never went back to the long-term project. It's a bad habit. I'm trying to practice the Buddhist virtue of diligence. 

I guess that means I'd better get back to work.

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Timothy Rogers
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
The "3" is silent.

I'm old: really, really, really old. Most people think that disqualifies me from being any kind of artist. However, it turns out that the older you get, the more flexible your mind becomes and the less trivial stuff you care about. But I'll let that go.

Being so terribly ancient, I've done a number of things. I was a professional graphic artist for eight years in Southern California. We did a lot of packaging, so I've seen more dog food and vitamin labels than most people care about. Mind you, I was a "graphic artist" and not a "designer." I did more of the nuts and bolts kinds of things. I know how many points are in a pica and I know why 72 points didn't necessarily add up to an inch.

Towards the end of that career, there was this newfangled thing called the Internet. I left graphic design and became a computer programmer because I wanted more power to do cool stuff. I've been a computer programmer now for longer than most other Deviants have been out of high school. My web site is left over from that transition. It has games. But of course, they're really, really, really ancient games that no one has ever heard of like checkers.

I work in the oil industry, but I've never thought of myself as an oil guy. In fact, I'm a little concerned that I'm helping out in an industry that wants to rape the planet for money, but...it pays the bills.

I figured I can get out of this business, and leave programming, if I can figure out how to write books. I've done a small bit of fiction, but non-fiction seems more straightforward, especially for a computer engineer like me. To write books, I need to illustrate them. To illustrate, I need photographs. So, I've become something of a photographer. God help me.

About a year ago, something funny happened. I started raiding the local art supply store. I bought pencils, paper, clay, paint, glitter, glue, and anything else that looked interesting. And I started playing.

I decided that photography was fun and I started doing it for its own sake. And to do photography, you need to photograph something...or someone. I joined a web site for models and photographers and started looking at everything. I joined deviantArt. And then I realized that if you're going to photograph a model, you'll need make-up, hair, and clothing. So, I started making a costume. Costumes are fun.

I'll have to let you know how the story ends later.

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DanNeamu Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016
Thanks for the watch!:D (Big Grin) 
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PersephoneDarkQueen Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016
Hello.  Thanks for the watch! :) Gave you a watch back.  I hope you like my stuff.

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DanNeamu Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Many many thanks for the Watch
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soiseiseke Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thank you for the watch ^^ 
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LadyAzurFromAlkemya Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Many many thanks for the Watch :D
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LauraBallesteros Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013   Photographer
Thanks for watching me!! :aww:
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Sinera Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
thanks a lot :)
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NicksPencil Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks for adding me to your deviantWATCH :iconbummy2:
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Anina-Bird Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Though it was a while ago now, thank you very much for the watch.
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J-Mobius Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
this user
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aka
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you may have donated to, is an art thief. claiming other people's work as her own.
she has galleries full of images which are copyright infringements. if you save them, flip them (mirrored) and do a google image or tineye search, they come up with suicide girls logos on them, etc. I would be surprised if there is any original content in those galleries. the user is plagarising the works of artists, at a profit.
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