Archive for May, 2014


Oldsters vs. Youngsters

May 25, 2014

So here’s an oldster that I sketched on the DL while spying from another booth at Famous Dave’s.

When I see a someone like this, I can’t let the opportunity to draw him pass me by cuz…I mean come on, this guy’s got all the best stuff!

Glasses, wrinkles, long wavy hair, a double chin. These are all the special features and accessories that make a person fun to draw. And the best part is that he is NOT wearing a hat, because damn hats are difficult to draw.

Oldster Profile

The only thing missing is a mustache. But to quote The Fault in Our Stars, “The world is not a wish granting factory.”

(PS – go read The Fault in Our Stars)

So anyway, my point here, not that you asked, and which I’ve already made before anyway, is that the older a person is, the easier and more fun they are to draw.

Which makes babies the ultimate challenge.

The only exception would be if someone had that aging backwards disease like Benjamin Button, in which case the older they are, the harder they would be to draw.

I guess.

I haven’t actually seen the movie, so I’m a little hazy on how that works.

Anyhow, in normal situations, where people are born as a baby and grow older as time moves forward in the usual direction, younger people are generally much harder to draw than the older ones.

The reason for this comes down to one thing: Line.

The older a person gets, the more stuff they acquire on their face. Hair, scars, accessories, wrinkles. All that stuff takes lines. And the more lines you have to draw, the less it matters if you get them right.

With babies it’s the other way around. All they have are the basic features: nose, mouth, eyes, ears. And those features are so small that they barely even cast a shadow. So you gotta be real careful to get those features in the right place on the first line, because you can’t correct them with a second, third, or fourth line, or you’ll just make them look older.

Also, babies have kinda lumpy heads, and it’s really hard to get the shape right on the first try.

I’m bringing back Little Neph because I have so few decent drawings of babies.

Little Neph

If I could go back in time (in a time machine, not the Benjamin Button way) I would have been more careful about the lines I made around Neph’s eyes. Because even though he did have a couple faint shadows around there, I made them look a lot more sunken in than they really were.

So when it comes to drawing the youngsters, even if they do have a shadow on their face, or a tiny crease around their nose, sometimes maybe it’s better to leave it off.

And yeah yeah yeah, all the art teachers are going to say “Draw what you see, not what you know,” which is true and all, but sometimes you gotta bend the rules. Or be very clear about how many lines, and what line quality it will take to represent that shadow or crease accurately.




Little Neph

May 18, 2014


So here is my first ever sketch of Little Neph (son of Little Bro). I did this one in the hospital where Neph was getting surgery to have a feeding tube put in. The sweet little guy has this thing called EoE (eosinophilic esophagitis), which I am just barely starting to understand, but which basically means he has some very serious food allergies so he has to drink this special formula, because regular food will cause major damage to his esophagus. But he can’t drink enough of the formula to get all the calories he needs in a day, which is why he got the feeding tube.

Little Neph


I cannot imagine how stressful and heartbreaking it would be to have a child with EoE. Luckily for Neph, he won the lottery when it comes to parents. His mom is a physician’s assistant, so she is already scientifically minded and has a really good understanding of his disease, AND she knows her way around medical equipment. His dad is an Aries, which means he is not afraid of a little confrontation, and has absolutely no problem going toe-to-toe with evil insurance companies that try to claim they don’t cover things that they actually cover.

After seeing Neph’s parents in action I was beyond impressed by how capable and devoted they are. And I suppose it doesn’t hurt that Neph is just super cute and sweet. Even when he’s cranky and not feeling good he is still adorable.

Here is a picture of Neph with his tubie friend, Bearamy. Are they cute or what?


Tubie Friends is a really neat organization that gives a teddy bear to kids that have feeding tubes. The teddy bear is equipped with a feeding tube, just like the child, to help make the whole thing less frightening.

By the way, this week happens to National Eosinophil Awareness Week. I am still working on my awareness. 






May 12, 2014

Another big head Richard drawing. The hat is actually black, like most of his hats. I made it green because it’s just too hard to draw a black hat. I wish I had gone with a different color.