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Learning To Draw: Post #21


Took me a bit longer than usual to collect images for this post. The reason is I haven’t really been able to draw lately, headaches and eye-problems. I’m told it could be some kind of migraine activated by the computer screen? Next week I’m getting my brain X-rayed to make sure there’s nothing more serious behind my condition.

To be honest this makes me terrified. I’ve been struggling with fear, thinking a lot about death lately. I just want this to be over, to know for sure I don’t have anything unwanted inside my skull. Luckily my family and my dear friends have been a tremendous support during this time. I’ve been sleeping at friend’s places for almost two weeks, trying to pat a lot of cats and laughing at The Office. The hardest part is when I’ve shut off the computer, when it’s just me, the darkness and my own fears.

The chances this is something more serious are extremely small, but after witnessing my grand mother die in cancer and my own mother fighting cancer when I was around 12, I know bad things can happen. Anyways, the doctor made me go on sick leave this week, and hopefully I’m back at the office after the Easter, ready to work with my main game project! Until I know I’m not dying I’ve kinda put everything else in my life on hold. Gonna spend the following days in Malmö, and then make a trip to Finland to celebrate Easter with my family. I’m sure everything will be OK.


Practicing facial features.


Just some cartoony doodles on the train from Stockholm to Malmö. Gonna stay in Malmö for a few days, just resting and waiting for my X-rays.


Things from imagination.


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Drawing on the subway to work this week hehe.


25 minutes, just playing around. First digital image in ages, my eye starting to fail after 1 hour, bringing that nasty headache and numbness in my right part of the face.




Back at the office after a week of sick leave earlier this month! Drawing in 30 sec bursts at my job when my queries are searching the databases for information. It’s hard to direct my energy to other more complicated tasks when these “pauses” are something like 30 secs. Nice to see my brain is still improving even if I haven’t really been drawing for two weeks now.


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After a week of sick leave and almost no drawing or painting I’m able to create this.


Practicing some real life faces. Got such a headache after the right one I needed to sleep one hour to make the pain go away. Nothing else really helps : /


On the train between Uppsala and Stockholm, on my way to have lunch with my sister. I was on sick leave this whole week, made this one to see how much my eye could handle before it started moving rapidly from side to side which is annoying as fuck.

My friend Mary Q is doing a really amazing project. She is painting a self-portrait a day, publishing them on her blog [link]. She has drawn 27 portraits so far and you can really tell she is developing her skills, it’s very inspiring and fun to see. I hope she keeps it up!


Image by Mary Q. One of her self-portraits published on the blog.

Previous posts about my “Learning To Draw” project: 20191817161514131211,10987654321

DeviantArt gallery featuring most of the stuff I made so far: [click here]

Learning To Draw: Post #20

Hi guys, gonna make this as quick as possible. Sine yesterday I’m home from work. My right eye is totally fucked up right now, and after Monday’s visit to the doctor he told me I need to rest my eyes from reading text on a screen. So I limited my computer use to 1 hour/day until this problem is fixed. Short story: the muscles making sure my right eye is able to focus on stuf are failing. Got new glasses this winter, but for some reason the glasses are not helping anymore and I get a really nasty headache and dizziness after just a few minutes reading text or focusing on small details. Time to stop writing, time is ticking away. This batch of stuff marks 6 months since I started my “Learning To Draw”-project, and my 20th posts about this small adventure. Cake for me, drawings for you:


Collage of all the stuff I made for this so far. K-k-keep on pushing!


Haha I’m pretty sure you are getting tired of my sentences starting with “on the train to…”, but the thing is that I ride a lot of trains these days. In fact I spend something like 20 hours on trains/buses/boats ever 14th day. That is equal to two trips to Egypt from Stockholm, there and back again. Gotta make sure I do something nice with those hours, right? This is made with a red pencil I found in Malmö. Drawing quick, cartoony stuff on the train since it’s difficult to make straight lines or small detail when stuff is rocking from side to side. I want o practice more on making sure standing characters get proper feet and wight in their hip-area.


Experimenting with my red pencil, mixing it with my ordinary one. I like to draw scary stuff sometimes.


After reading Andrew Loomis’s book “Drawing the head and hands” I finally managed to understand the hand is actually a small bowl. How come I have never noticed this before. I now try to measure the proportions of the hand.


Skull and face.


First thing I drew after almost a week without drawing or painting. Trying to create faces and heads using another style than the one I usually go for. Experimenting is fun and something one should do a lot.


Muscles and pose study from a photograph, 1 hour.


Front view study of muscles, 1 hour. Photo ref found on the awesome site “Figure and Gesture Drawing” [link]. They got tons of photos of both humans and animals, chek it out! Thanks to Mary-Q for the tip!

So I guess I can’t really draw anything digitally on my computer before I eliminate this eye-problem. Until that I’m gonna see if it’s even possible to draw the old school way, or if that will bring back the headache and pains. I’m sure it will all be OK, just gotta wait for that next visit to the doctor. I was reading my friend Karrey’s blog the other week, and found this: “Doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop” it was much easier for me to stay peaceful in difficult times of creating and lack of free time to draw. I figured it’s important to learn to stay proud about my progress no matter how slow I am some days or if something turns out like shit constantly for weeks. It’s crucial to fail to succeed!”

This really got to me. I might need to take a brake from the stuff I love, drawing and work, but as long as I just don’t lie down on the bed and feel sorry for myself I think I will manage to bounce back. Karrey is a super skilled comic artist/animator and inspiring person! She was part of the Junebud Crew back in the days. You can check out her blog [here].


Image by Karrey. Some of her characteristic doodles!


Previous posts about my “Learning To Draw” project: 191817161514131211,10987654321

DeviantArt gallery featuring most of the stuff I made so far: [click here]