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Sunday, May 25, 2014
Sunday, May 11, 2014
After my family’s last coffee maker broke, we decided to buy a percolator. the advantages are that they are simple, easy to clean, do not require electricity (generally speaking) and are fun to draw. They do, however, take about 20 minutes to make coffee, and must be watched to prevent spills.
The original (above) is for sale on Etsy.
Monday, May 5, 2014
I say Stray Dog a couple of weeks ago. It is a 1949 Japanese buddy-cop film-noir… film directed by Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai, et al.). The main character is a detective who just wants his gun back.
Friday, April 25, 2014
As always, my weekly blog is less than advertized. I will not bother you with the sundry reasons for this, but will instead show you what I have been up to since the last update.
(This drawing is for sale on Etsy)
Saturday, December 14, 2013
WHILE I tend to side with the abolitionists on the issue of popular Christmas music (one can only hear so many jazz covers of Carol of the Bells before going insane), I am always glad to hear anything from the Vince Guaraldi Trio getting played on the air. In case you didn’t know, Vince Guaraldi was the jazz pianist behind the original Peanuts soundtracks.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
I am still alive! Otherwise, I would not have been able to see that new Thor movie a few hours ago, nor would I have been able to draw this comic in response to the film. I think the original “Thor’s Hammer” looks pretty cool.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Study after The Hermit by Gerrit Dou (which I got to see at the National Gallery of Art last year!).
Study after The Rest of Mars by Diego Velazquez.
The squiggly white lines on Mars were done with an electric eraser I received last week as a birthday present. It is a neat little thing; I am still getting used to it as you can see here.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
MY SKETCHBOOKS tend to fill up with spaceships and robots and all sorts of things from my head. This may not bad in itself, but it does cause me to burn through sketchbooks without really improving. I have therefore dedicated my current sketchbook to drawings of things I actually encounter (e.g.: not spaceships). This should help me improve and, ultimately, draw better spaceships. Here are two pages out of about a dozen so far:
Saturday, June 8, 2013
SINCE my last post I have been doing well. I was promoted to a Cadet Staff Sergeant in Civil Air Patrol this past Thursday, I had the honor of serving for the first Mass of a newly-ordained friend of mine this morning, and I am going on a retreat tomorrow evening. My current sentiments put me in mind of that well-known verse about snails and thorns and larks and things.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
THERE is a neat website by the name of WikiPaintings. I have found it useful for getting the general idea of a particular artist’s career, as the site lets you quickly flip through their work chronologically. It is interesting to see styles develop, themes revisited and models reappear. below are some sketches I did while surveying their collection of Bouguereau paintings.
(The site does contain some artistic nudity, just so you know. Parents, you might want to check it out ahead of your children.)
Also worth mentioning is yesterday’s homeschool formal. This year’s theme was Marvel Comics. Here I am disguised as Stan Lee:
Saturday, May 11, 2013
THERE is no cause for alarm (I am not depressed or anything like that); human skulls are just an interesting subject.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
I AM PRETTY TIRED, having spent most of the day at this year’s ND CAP Wing Conference. Before retiring, however, I wanted to write a bit about Colonel Mary Feik, who did us the honor of coming as a guest speaker.
Upon joining the Army Air Corps during WWII, she began working on the designs for “Captivair” training devices (essentially an airplane that is anchored to the ground) and authored pilot training and maintenance manuals. It is worth noting that she did this all in her late teens and early twenties. Throughout her career she has worked on restoration projects at the National Air and Space Museum.
You can read more about her here.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
IN KEEPING WITH this blog’s subtitle, here is this Saturday’s post. Three-Piece Samurai began as an idea for a short video about a well-dressed ronin who goes around fighting giant robots. Even though this never got further than a simple storyboard, I still think about using the character. Maybe I will start a band with the same name.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
EVEN IF I DID have something of my own to post right now, I would still probably post this instead:
I am currently reading The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse. While looking at the gallery of covers for this particular book on the Russian Wodehouse Society’s website, this one struck me as familiar. Using Google Images’ nifty “Search by Image” tool, I found the cover to have been taken from the above poster by Alfred Leete, who was also the man behind this well-known WWI recruitment poster (which I parodied about two years ago).
This leaves me with a new favorite artist and a new blog post. I am going to bed.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
A FOURTH BIRTHDAY was recently celebrated by my little brother. Like any older sibling, I gave him a present. Like any good older sibling, I gave him Red Rackham’s Treasure by Herge. Like any extra-good older sibling, I read it to him with funny voices and everything (making up a voice for Captain Haddock is especially fun). So if you are looking to ingratiate yourself with younger siblings, nephews, nieces, et cetera, you may take it from me: The Adventures of Tintin will not dissapoint.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
I GAVE UP MUSIC FOR LENT. Since I do not have anything of my own to post right now, here are a few of the songs I have been enjoying again since Easter:
Saturday, March 30, 2013
OUT OF ALL OF THE SATURDAYS IN THE YEAR, Holy Saturday (today) is probably my favorite, owing (in part) to the fact that it gives me an excuse to draw Jesus Christ pulling Adam and Eve out of the jaws of death, represented by a giant monster head. Have a good Easter!
If you do not know what to make of all this, please refer to the Wikipedia Article on the Harrowing of Hell.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
ACCORDING TO THE CALENDAR, Spring began three days ago. But, as the snowbanks still stand about three feet high around here, you really couldn’t tell. I have, therefore, found much comfort in the warm, colorful paintings of Boris Kustodiev, who even manages to make the dreaded Russian Winter look inviting. Above is a study after The Merchant’s Wife at Tea which, needless to say, does Kustodiev’s original no justice.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
FIRST OF ALL, long live Pope Francis! The above painting (P.S. Krøyer’s Hip, hip, hurra! Kunstnerfest på Skagen) sums up my feelings pretty well. I was naturally as surprised as anyone by the recent abdication of Pope Benedict XVI. All I can say is that I wish our former Roman Pontiff all of the best as he carries out the rest of his days.
Secondly, I have decided, painful though it may be, to learn how to draw (properly, that is). Why painful? let us just say that the more I learn, the more apparent my ineptitude becomes, and, in turn, the more humiliating I find it to publicly display my drawings (hence the recent lack of posts). Seeing as humility is something I can always use more of, I have decided to share with you the fruits of my efforts, horrible as they are (also, the knowledge that my sketches will be made public should prompt me to put a little more work into them).
A few months ago, a friend gave me a small plastic skeleton model (thank you, Mrs. D.!). The picture below is a sketch in pen and crayon of the same. As you can see, I have quite a ways to go. If you have any recommendations as far as books on drawing go, please feel free to make a comment or send me an email.
Thirdly, I have changed the name of the blog (yet again). This time (as you can see) it is G.M.’s Weekly, which, besides being inaccurate so far, is a reference to something. Any guesses as to what?
Fourth and lastly, I wish you all a happy Feast of Saint Patrick!
Saturday, February 23, 2013
NEARLY FOUR WEEKS have elapsed since my return from Washington D.C.. The reason I have not written about it until now is simple: I do not like sorting through pictures. But sort them I did, and here they are for your perusal.
Our group followed essentially the same itinerary as we did in 2011 and 2012, and were once again very generously accommodated at the Saint Francis Hall. Our ultimate goal was to participate in the annual March for life, but we did get to see a fair bit of D.C. beforehand, as well as Emmitsburg, Maryland and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania after the March.
We were given an excellent tour of the Franciscan Commissariat to the Holy Land‘s beautiful Memorial Church by Brother Thomas.
I was also able to return to the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution (I visited before in 2011).
Regina Doman happened to be doing a book signing in the Basement of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. I purchased a copy of her manga, Habemus Papam (illustrated by Sean Lam), which I highly recommend.
There was an estimated 5 x 105 people present.
If you are wondering about the big print, the U.S.Supreme Court Building’s facade was being restored.
The memorial of Major General G.K. Warren.
In addition to regular images, I decided to try something new: my dad recently came across a neat program by the name of Microsoft ICE which allows one to stitch images into a panorama and project them onto the inside of a sphere (the result is similar to Google Maps’ Street View tool). You may need to download a plugin in order to view these panoramas, but here they are if you are interested:
Lastly, I would like to express my thanks to everyone who made this pilgrimage possible: Father Gunwall for his spiritual direction, Mrs. Sauvageau for all of the planning and coordination on her part, all of our wonderful chaperones for keeping us from getting lost or worse, the Franciscans of the Commissariat to the Holy Land (especially Brother Max), everyone who supported us financially or through their prayers, and all of my fellow youth who made up our group. I enjoyed my five days with you all and hope to see you again soon!
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