Spider police

Doodle showing a police spider chasing a criminal spider.

Asked my 4-year-old what to draw. “A spider thief!” she said. “And then the police spider comes in his spider police car!” “But what has the spider thief stolen?” I asked. She got a worried look on her face. “ALL the presents.”

Random prompt: Miniature boxer

Sketch of a man clutching his face in pain, reeling back from a microscope. There is a tiny figure standing in the microscope’s sample dish.

Was doing some 1-minute sketches from random prompts, when this stupid gag came out of nowhere.

Sketchbook page, Jan. 7th

Sketch of a fish costume and a person wearing it while jumping off a diving board

Some kind of fish costume for jumping off things.

Figure drawing, Jan. 4th

Montage of quick figure sketches

30-second, 1-minute and 5-minute studies from reference images. (Montage)

Figure drawings, sketches with watercolor marker and tech pen.

A couple of longer studies, broke out the watercolor markers. (Montage)

More figure sketches from reference photos. (Found another great source of pics at

Still have very little idea what I’m doing; just drawing off photos feels like learning a new language by parroting the TV or learning to cook something by blindly following a recipe. (Both good first steps, though.) Will have to dive into the anatomy books to get a better feel for the underlying shapes and proportions.

Figure drawing, Jan. 3rd

Figure drawing sketch

Pigma Micron 02 on spiral notebook paper – if I’m ever going to fulfill the other goal of drawing every day, I gotta use whatever’s at hand! Love that pen, though.

Same new year’s resolution every year: gonna up my figure drawing game! Found some of the sketches I copied off of Loomis’ “Figure Drawing...”, those were from 2020. Didn’t draw that much last year, I guess.

Tonight I did a quick sketch of a random image from the SketchDaily Reference Site. Not great, but the point is to return to these after some time and (hopefully) laugh heartily at all the wonky proportions. Exercise baselines and whatnot.

Hoping I’ll find some local life drawing sessions this year.