It’s ended

I took a walk to get to my mailbox. At home I’ve opened my mail. There were two envelopes from my employer. My employment has been terminated and I’ve lost my insurance. Life as I’ve known it has just changed. For once in my life, I don’t know what to do…

 

 

Advertisements

new knee

My new knee. It’s just over 24 hours old. The nerve bipass has worn off and, what I thought was too much pain meds, are barely doing anything. But I’ve walked on it and I’m home already. Now, hopefully everything can get back to being normal.

 

newknee

 

 

#103 – the center part

After drawing the beginning of what I’m working on, I had to come up with a center. I never know how to finish the centers even though they’re where I start. I didn’t want to jump in and mess up what I’ve done so far, so I’ve drawn out a few sketches. I wanted a sun like I was working on for the box. But faces are hard enough to do with pencil where I can erase and shade, but ink dots? I know this would take more work. This is the third one I came up with and I think it’s what would look good. There’s more going on towards the center of the drawing but this is the main focal point. I like this idea except now it has to be twice the size. I have a lot of time so there’s no rushing it.

 

#103_aCenter

 

6″x 4″  – ink on paper

 

 

#103 – starting simple?

I’m finally able to sit up like a normal humanoid. I kept thinking I’d get back to a box I was working on then thought, fuck it. I haven’t done anything for a while so lets start out simple and basic. I dig out my box of stuff and start looking at what’s already been done and do it again. I start with my simple mapping out the paper and let it sit. What I do is walk away and come back. Each time adding something to it. My simple basic idea after a few days kind of got out of hand and I haven’t added my ideas yet.

 

#103_pencil

 

 

 

#102 Sun & Moon Face

I’m still trying to do sketch’s for the next box. Seems like I have to learn how to actually draw to do what I want. What’s good about using graphite pencils is mistakes can be erased, and I’m doing a lot of that. Also, I found knead erasers. These can be molded to any size and make good high lighters. They also don’t leave eraser dookie behind. I messed with the Sun a little bit, mostly the mouth. The moon was supposed to be identical but different. The same tone was difficult to achieve, too. The Moon’s eyes are larger. I like this after seeing PannaKosciotrupina’s art work. Next, the craters need some attention. It looks like a bad skin condition. I’ll probably spend more time sketching out objects then I’ll spend doing the entire box, but I might get good at it. I like working with graphite pencils. I’ll spend some time following tutorials if there’s any that aren’t so full of themselves. Most are giving out advice on everything like how great they are and how much everyone else sucks because they’re not in thousands of dollars of debt from paying for some shit schooling they’ll never make enough to pay back.  So here’s my beginners work.

(Sorry I keep saying I or I’ll so much, I’m not a professional)

 

sun-moon face

 

 

 

#102 sun face

I’m drawing on another box. I decided to draw on a few more until I get it right because the Cigar Box Guitar parts are around $100. The box I found to practice on this time is an old sewing box. It’s a lot larger than the cigar boxes. I wanted to put a Sun Face into the drawing but I had to practice it a few times. After I got the outline drawn I kept going.

I practiced two things I’m not very good at, faces and graphite pencils. I rarely post practice material and the low light photo didn’t make it look any better.

 

Sun_Face

 

 

elementalfractal.deviantart

 

 

#101 – CBG

 

Everything went well. I spent seven hours today finishing the drawing. There’s a lot of mistakes and mis-measurements but no one would notice unless I pointed them out. Next I’m going to put a sealer on to keep the ink in place. I was able to get most of the pencil marks out but some left grooves in the wood grain. Hopefully the sealant will hide that.

 

23101_3

 

23101_5

 

At the bottom left of the corner. There’s my accidental Sharpie mark. Hopefully alcohol will get it off. I don’t want ti lighten the wood and make it really stand out. Now I’ll give it to my brother and let him assemble it as a Cigar Box Guitar.

 

 

#101 – progress

 

I have one side of the cigar box ready. Think I’m going to wrap it around to the other side of the box. One thing I’m having trouble with is the pencil guidelines. I pressed too hard and left grooves in the grain. Hopefully the acrylic sealer will help hide it.

 

#101_2

 

 

 

#101 – cbg difficulties

 

#101_1

 

I’m not sure what kind of wood this is made of. I’ve sanded and degreased it but I’m still getting oily spots. The Micron pens definitely won’t work on this. They smear too easy even on paper. The sharpies are drying O.K. but the tips are wearing too fast. At least they’re cheap. It took the entire day to get this far. I didn’t want to start applying the ink so soon but I was losing my pencil lines. Even pencil doesn’t stick too this wood. I have a big smudge mess going on in the center, I hope that cleans up. I’ll let it dry over night and see what happens t’mar.

 

 

#101 -a cigar box guitar

 

My brother makes Cigar Box Guitars. They’re pretty well made. Here’s a sample of a few

 

1a9da828-3d9a-4a9b-9fb6-e61f22082487_rs

 

a979245e-3c06-4835-a9c4-dd04a30f57e1_rs

 

I’m going to try and do a drawing onto one of these. I tried once with a practice box and it had a difficulty factor of 8/10 because it sets up off the desk. Prepping the box helped give it the texture of paper and roughen it up to hold ink. I’m not sure if I’ll use a sharpie or a micron pen yet. I’ll finish it with an acrylic sealant to keep the ink from running.

 

#101_cbg_rs

 

Here’s the beginning layout. I’m going to cover the entire box, I think.

 

 

#100

 

#100

 

Cheap Trick – Surrender

 

elementalfractal.deviantart

 

Mother told me, yes, she told me I’d meet girls like you.
She also told me, “stay away, you’ll never know what you’ll catch.”
Just the other day I heard a soldier falling off some Indonesian junk that’s going round.
Mommy’s alright, daddy’s alright, they just seem a little weird.
Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away.
Father says, “your mother’s right, she’s really up on things.”
“before we married, mommy served in the wacs in the Philippines.”
Now, I had heard the wacs recruited old maids for the war.
But mommy isn’t one of those, I’ve known her all these years.
Mommy’s alright, daddy’s alright, they just seem a little weird.
Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away.
Whatever happened to all this season’s losers of the year?
Every time I got to thinking, where’d they disappear?
When I woke up, mom and dad are rolling on the couch.
Rolling numbers, rock and rolling, got my kiss records out.
Mommy’s alright, daddy’s alright, they just seem a little weird.
Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away.

starting #100

 

Here’s something I’ve seen others do. So, I’m steeling ideas and claiming them as mine, just to show my own unique individuality. They write something inside their work. I stopped in the very middle of what I was doing and for a few days I’ve tried different ways and measurements to even out the spacing between words or letters. This shit ain’t easy, I had to think and count the little lines on a 1/64th ruler and stuff. Then when I messed up too many time I had to draw out another identical section of the original drawing where this is supposed to fit in. I’m close now, I think I got it.

 

photostudio_1546726652365

 

One more adjustment and I think I’ll have it.