Learning to Draw: investigation

I am making some tentative at distinct faces, it is a good exercise but quite different from my first two drawings that I liked so much...


One of the biggest pleasures of being back in Normandy is the silence at night. The second biggest pleasure is to spend time with family and friends. But the third biggest pleasure is to spend time with the animals of my parent's minifarm.

P. offered a couple of small chicken "Neigre-soie" to E for her 60th birthday. Those chicken (chicks, actually, it will take 4 more months for them to mature) are very quiet, and you can take them and stroke them with a bit of care: it was a hit with L even though he is only 1-year old!!!

I cannot live without her...

When I came to France I had to leave her in Chile, but I quickly found out that I could not live without her: far from her, I was feeling tired, without energy, I was not eating well, losing the taste for life.

So I went on the web (!!!) and found a suitable replacement in Normandy. She is different, she does not support me as much as I am used to, but her "brain" is working better. I gave her a superior laptop with a bigger screen with which you can interact with both pen and fingers, on which we watch tv series and educational videos every morning, shortly after waking up while exercising together.

I love my new home exercising cycle!!! (I hope the one in Chile won't get too jealous, because I am NOT bringing this one across the Atlantic, my two pieces of luggage will be full enough as it is!)


Learning to Draw: bigger sportive TNT

I tried to draw a larger version of the previous drawing, but I think I like the first one better. I am still trying to repeat the impression given by the head in my first drawings, the position of the eyes or the shape of the head is not quite right. I need more practice!


Learning to Draw: Sportive TNT!

Trying to draw a whole character is a bit harder, but I like how this one turned out!


Wood Spoons in French

My brother T has moved in a new house, so I did a set of wordy wood spoons for his kitchen.

Ce jeu de mot (pas besoin de l'expliquer en Français!) était sur un cendrier dans la maison de ma grand-mère, je l'aime beaucoup :) This one is a play on words: one side says "I smoke, you smoke", the other side says "we used to be", taking advantage of the fact that the French conjugation makes "we used to be" look very similar to "we smoke" ("Nous Fumons") and look like a logical continuation of "you smoke". Our maternal grand-mother used to have an ashtray with this play of words, and I just felt like putting it on a spoon.

"A Coeur vaillant rien d'impossible": une expression suggérée par notre grand mere M, qui correspond bien a T et C :) This one says, in two steps, "to a courageous heart, nothing is impossible". It fits T and his wive C very well, as they attack seemingly impossible tasks with amazing resolution and courage, and achieves them armed with this fortitude.

"On deviens ce qu'on mange", une phrase qui m'a semblée approprié pour un ustencile de cuisine :) This one says that "we become what we eat", which I thought was appropriate for a kitchen ustencile :)

"L'amour c'est de pouvoir compter l'un sur l'aure, le desire c'est de pouvoir se surprendre l'un l'autre." Je l'ai laissé en Anglais parce que en Français, ça ne tenait pas sur la cuiller! This one is in English, even though C does not speak it well, because I found that the words were similar enough to skip the translation, and the English form was quite shorter!


Learning how to Draw: Portrait

I drew a portrait of the character from the previous post: I like it very much!!! I always had trouble drawing feminine caricatures, maybe learning to draw chibis feminine portraits will help me to draw caricatures in the future?

I tried to ink this drawing using Inkscape, with a lot of frustration. In the end I managed to do some very nice effect on the blouse, even though that was not my initial objective!!!