Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Stanley McChrystal says the darndest things.

After sketching Donald Sutherland for a bit, I flipped through the copy of Time I was reading and found this picture of General Stanley McChrystal, the guy who lost his job for thinking Bud Light Lime is the best beer ever or something, and thought it would be a fun profile to draw. McChrystal probably never said exactly that, but I think that "x rules, y drools!" is a really funny thing for someone to say; it was probably made up as a phrase sometime around 1983. I'm pretty sure that some Tea Party types will see this and not realize I'm making a joke and this will turn into some meme among right-wingers that have figured out how to use the series of tubes called the Internet.

Donald Sutherland with a Beard

This is for all of you Donald Sutherland lovers, I guess. I was drawing him from an advertisement for some dumb-looking teevee movie or mini-series, and I only realized it was him after I'd been working on this for about 15 minutes. I've been trying to work on improving my ability to draw eyes, which is why I chose to work off of this photo. I'm giving myself a C+ on this one.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Joseph Gale

Joseph Gale was an early American pioneer and fur trapper who was born in 1807 and died in 1881. If you want to learn more about him, you can read the Wikipedia article here. I'm guessing that this photo of him was taken in the late 1860s or early 1870s. Anyway, he's a minor character in a project I've been working on for several years, and today I decided I should probably draw some pictures of him.

A lot of the people in the 19th century that I find interesting were old when photography started to come into play, so you can never really tell what they looked like when they were younger, since all of the existent photos of them are when they are old. With that in mind, here's my regression of Joseph Gale:

A couple of things I've got to admit: 1) I drew these a few hours after seeing his photo and I did them without reference in front of me, so I'll probably have to go back and re-visit my drawings, and 2) yes, he's wearing a coon skin cap in place of his actual hair, I believe.