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asmonet's avatar

What should I do for class tomorrow? This is a homework question. Oh no!

Asked by asmonet (21425points) February 6th, 2009

I’m in an art rut. I just keep looking around and I don’t know what I want to do. It’s due tomorrow, I just can’t decide! It has to be about 20×20in so I need something to fill it up…there are some other requirements but it’s just technical stuff. I can’t bear to spend five hours on something I won’t enjoy…

So Fluther. Care to help me get my creative juices flowing? What do you think I should draw?

Even if I don’t take something you guys say literally, maybe a random collection of ideas and images might be the spark I need.

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scamp's avatar

Draw a “conclusion”. Ha HA! Sorry I know that was no help. I lost control for a minute. Good luck with your project.

cyndyh's avatar

If you mention the other “technical stuff” that might help with ideas. Certain subject matter lends itself better to showing off certain techniques. So, what’s the what?

asmonet's avatar

I just have to use multiple textures, like hatching, cross hatching, scumbling, physical textures, it’s entirely open ended. I can use whatever media I want. :)

Since it was so open I just didn’t think it mattered. But if it helps, there it is. :)

dynamicduo's avatar

Maybe draw something you wish you had now, but don’t. For me, that’d be me sitting on a nice warm beach.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Tree

I’m just throwing out a word. I saw “textures” and thought “tree bark”. Good luck!

richardhenry's avatar

Umm, okay.

Draw an eskimo inside of a car on top of a cloud. Under the cloud on the ground there is a small family gathered around a campfire. This small family has eleven children in it and four adults. Each child has five legs, but the adults only have three. There is a tree in the background, that is appearing to play slaps with another tree. The other tree has really red hands and isn’t enjoying itself. Both trees have really big teeth, like rabbits. There are rabbits on the bottom of the cloud, upside down. They do not have teeth because the trees stole them. They only have one ear for an unknown reason; it is a mystery. There is a stable to the left of the family with the campfire. It has two rhinoceroses in it. Each rhinoceros has a cowboy on it’s back, and the cowboy has a microwave under his arm. Both of them.

The microwave isn’t plugged in, but is switched on and warming up a slice of toast. The toast will be soggy but that isn’t shown in the illustration as that would be hard. I forgot to mention that the ground is tiled with blocks of lego. There is also a pair of male underpants hanging off one of the rabbit’s ear (the one furthest to the left) but they are really small. Smaller than the rabbit. As though a tiny man would be wearing them but instead they are on one of the one-eared rabbit’s ear. When I said a small family, I meant that they are physically small. Short people. There is a huge television in the right hand corner, and inside of the television is this entire drawing again. Inside of the television in this drawing there must be the entire drawing again. Inside of that television there must be a re-run of an episode of Two and a Half Men, that awful television show. Oh and also the stable with the rhinoceroses is overly decorated like Christmas. You can see a Christmas tree through the window and there is a reef on the door and flashing lights. And a Santa on the roof.

There is also a small dogs tail poking out around the right hand side of the cloud, but you cannot see the rest of the dog or really tell that it’s a dog. It’s like a secret dog that if you know it’s a dog it’s obvious but could otherwise be a small rope or other rope like item. There is a few other smaller clouds in the distance each with their own dogs tail and rabbits and eskimo inside of car. The car is a Skoda. A really crappy one. That is all.

richardhenry's avatar

Oh and the trees are both wearing glasses (and have eyes).

cyndyh's avatar

Oh, ok. I think aprilsimnel is on the same track as me. If you’re talking textures I’d do a garden spot. All types of trees, shrubbery, paths, fallen leaves, some flowers…. These things have a lot of textures all in the same place naturally. I’d hit a park and pick a nice place that already has the textures you think could be represented by those techniques.

I hope that helps.

Allie's avatar

What the fuck, Richard? GA.

Draw how you think Fluther would work if it were a machine or an office. Where would the power switch be? Are there any flashing lights? Warning light and sirens when a troll rolls through? Is there a break room for the mods? There better be. Where do people keep all their soap boxes? Does each jelly have a personal cubby?
Clearly Rich and I are more abstract here. Is that allowed?

cyndyh's avatar

@richardhenry: It’s been done. :^>

Jeruba's avatar

Draw a dream. You have memorable dreams, I’m sure.

Or an image of the sort you see when you are falling asleep. Yes, I know geometric shapes are usual, but I see things that are more like hallucinations than any kind of geometry; for example, a large dark cave in a rocky hillside, with eyelashes.

Or listen to some music and draw that. Try Bach.

squirbel's avatar

Draw various Flutherites!

Portray their personality traits in their jellies…

gimmedat's avatar

Draw a box of crayons. How about the perfect breakfast?

Blondesjon's avatar

Create a picture that looks like a collage. You can layer and mix your mediums to create the effect. Try doing a self-portrait that way but from an esoteric perspective, such as, “how a bug views me” or “underwater in a mirror.”

AstroChuck's avatar

Paint the dispair I am feeling right now.

Darwin's avatar

Make a still life out of stuff lying around your place.

Make a heap of various shoes and draw a very close view of them.

Draw the way your towel drapes over the shiny metal towel bar, which is up against a rough textured wall.

asmonet's avatar

Haha, everything is allowed!

Richard, you’re…something. I haven’t decided what yet. But it’s definitely something.

Blondesjon's avatar

You could also go Georgia O’ Keefe without the metaphor.

asmonet's avatar

@Blondesjon: I love that in college, I can draw a giant vag an no one could say a thing. ;)

Vinifera7's avatar

Kill two birds with one stone: Draw a design concept for a Fluther tee.

asmonet's avatar

Thank you all for the ideas, keep em coming if you have more. ;)
It’s helping. :)

Plus, next time I’m in a rut I can just whip this out and daydream. Thanks all!

shilolo's avatar

How about an artist’s rendition of the human genome. Here is a store that sells DNA gels (purportedly of your own DNA).

AstroChuck's avatar

Paint my avatar. I’m such a cute lil’ crumb cruncher.

Jeruba's avatar

@gimmedat, crayons for breakfast??

Actually, there’s an idea—a meal, with a plate of food and side dishes and beverage, only instead of stalks of asparagus there are four green crayons (paper-wrapped, Crayola logo showing); a pile of mashed white crayons, some grilled brown crayons, a slice of orange crayon as garnish; a wineglass full of ruby-red crayons; and so on.

Or—just the opposite—the hand of an artist painting with a beet, while on her palette sit a lemon, an orange, some peas, some grapes…

AstroChuck's avatar

Or how about a beaked alien or a Great Nordic tree penguin?

asmonet's avatar

If we happen to have a portrait assignment, I’ll sketch your adorable little face Chuckie. :)

shilolo's avatar

How about an “aged” version of Michelangelo’s David? Give him some love handles, a pot belly, double chin, etc.

^ How did you read my mind, asmonet?

Darwin's avatar

@shilolo – so the textures would include beard stubble, stretch marks, and cellulite?

asmonet's avatar

Or maybe shi.
Protection gear is fun!

Bri_L's avatar

Draw the statue of david but with a not so great physique, kinda like he let him self go. And for fun put a kid with a balloon that rests right where his penis is, but make it one of those penis shaped balloons

asmonet's avatar

@shilolo: I’m made of awesome. Try to keep up. :)

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

I think you should do the many faces of AstroChuck.

fireside's avatar

Extreme close up of a seashell on the sand.

cyndyh's avatar

Oh, you could do AstroChuck in multiple colors like this. :^>

shilolo's avatar

@cyndyh Do you mean something like this?

Jeruba's avatar

@shilolo, marvelous! Bravo! How did you do those reflections??

galileogirl's avatar

The old joke about getting perspective-a painting of a giant thumb.

asmonet's avatar

Haha, nice photoshopping shi.

I suspect he just Gaussian Blurred and messed with Opacity. :)
A darn good job though!

Thanks for the input everyone, I ended up doing a Tibetan Ohm symbol held by wildflowers, bugs, and stuff. There’s a whole big background of stuff I’m planning out but really it’s just a girly pretty flower thing. :)

This thread helped a lot in just getting me thinking, I’ll definitely come back here next time I’m stuck. I lurve you, jellies. :)

steve6's avatar

I draw a lot of cars. And women, never on same sheet.

Darwin's avatar

@steve6 – if you put them on the same sheet you might have a future in advertising.

steve6's avatar

I’m an artist. I wish I had lots of money but I am too shy to pursue sales. Plus I have trouble getting rid of things.

madcapper's avatar

art is for suckers…. paint a tiger fucking a can of red-bull. This will be the hit of the summer

amanderveen's avatar

Reading everyone’s responses make me want to do some drawing again, hahaha. You guys are great!

steve6's avatar

Drawing is my forte. It is a God given talent and you should revel in it as much as possible.

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steve6's avatar

@asmonet Where are you? 3:10 am

madcapper's avatar

@steve6 drawing is so fun and it should continue being awesome… I am currently working on re-vamping my portfolio with great new art and it’s so fun!

steve6's avatar

@asmonet you should do 1st thing in head

madcapper's avatar

@asmonet break the mold an do something really interesting! no still lifes and all that crap… pen and ink always makes for fun drawing and mistakes can be made to be part of it. I love being messy when I draw, just how I am, but I feel it makes for more interesting art than clean boringness

steve6's avatar

That’s what I do… Sweet Thistle Pie, I mean Pen and Ink, I like 0.5 mm.

cyndyh's avatar

@shilolo : Awesome! I like that. Lurve to you. :^>

asmonet's avatar

@steve6: Are you kidding me?! I was asleep. So I could actually go to class.

@madcapper: I have a naturally more sketchy style when it comes to plain sketchwork, I don’t have many perfect lines. But too much messiness I think detracts from the work itself. I’ll keep it in mind though. :)

Thanks again, everyone.

scamp's avatar

Ahh, I see you drew a conclusion after all! Good luck, and happy drawing!!

desiree333's avatar

@richard henry. Wow…
did you think of that yourself?

richardhenry's avatar

@desiree333 I had a notebook full of drawings like that when I was 13. It was either that or things exploding or some sort of disaster.

fireside's avatar

For bonus points, how many legs are on the drawing that Richard described?

scamp's avatar

@fireside I tried, but it was giving me a headache!! I do have the right answer tho… more than 2!!

richardhenry's avatar

I was actually wondering that when I was writing it. There’s atleast 261 visible legs, including all of the repeat legs in the television universes. The problem is the unknowns, for example:

- The trees stole the teeth from the rabbits, and there is two trees. So are there two rabbits? Or are the trees wearing more than one set of rabbit teeth, and pretending to be sharks?

- Is it a particularly cloudy day over in the distance?

- How many people (and their legs) are visible in the current frame of that awful television show, Two and a Half Men?

- If the television and the television in the television are particularly far from the transmitter and the transmitter inside the television, it may actually be slightly back in time, and the eskimo may not be in his car on the cloud(s).

So it all depends on what asmonet actually decides to draw; there’s plenty of room for artistic interpretation.

@asmonet You should get started.

fireside's avatar

I agree completely. There’s also the question of perspective how many legs are visible is different from how many legs should be present.

Looking forward to your drawing, asmonet.

Darwin's avatar

Also, whether any of the legs are invisible is important to know.

asmonet's avatar

Did you have time for girls at thirteen!? My god man.

And yes, sir! I’ll get right on that.
Acrylics tickle your fancy?

asmonet's avatar

I’m thinking a five foot canvas… ;)

madcapper's avatar

share your work when your done!! I am interested!

fireside's avatar

So we should be expecting this by…March 1st?

asmonet's avatar

Hopefully. :)
Maybe later than that if she doesn’t let me do it for my final. Cause then it’ll be done between my midterm and my final. Instead of one big piece I’ll have to do three. :’(

But soon.
I already have a space to work in…yay. :)

richardhenry's avatar

@asmonet Did you ever do this?

fireside's avatar

Yeah, seriously, I wanna see it.

No wussy cop outs like, “oohh my (lack of) teeth hurt”

asmonet's avatar

@fireside: Hey, screw you! I’m swollen!

@richardhenry: Not yet, I don’t have enough paint. I’ve been sketching it out and reworking it though. It’s in it’s fifth incarnation in my sketchbook. By the time I can afford the canvas – which I checked out at Michael’s for $100 = 8’ x 8’ it’ll be all planned out and ready to go. If it takes me till next year, I’m gonna do it. And when it’s done, I shall post pictures upon pictures upon pictures. I DID just buy a bunch of canvas boards, I might do some select scenes in the meantime.

OR MAYBE SOMEONE TOOK AWAY ALL MY MOTIVATION BY IMPLYING I WAS A WUSS.

Hmpf.

fireside's avatar

“OR MAYBE SOMEONE TOOK AWAY ALL MY MOTIVATION BY IMPLYING I WAS A WUSS.”

Who did that, asmo?
I’ll talk to them if you want.
That’s just not right, I mean, you’re teeth are missing and you’re all swollen.
Some people…

asmonet's avatar

If by ‘talk’ you mean ‘kick their ass’ might I direct you to my favorite suggestion?

asmonet's avatar

I lost my camera and my scanner ain’t working, you’ll just have to deal.

Cartoony Canvas Board One

Aptly titled:
(No Teeth, 1/2 Ears, WTF) Richard Henry Has Some Sort of Beef With Bunnies, 2009

It’s like, 20% done. I don’t think realistic is the way to go with this idea…I think I’d be committed.

asmonet's avatar

My motivation is stronger than fireside. Suck it, jerkface. :D

fireside's avatar

Gee, i dunno, the underwear seems a little big : )
nice job

asmonet's avatar

I don’t have paintbrushes small enough to paint such tiny underpants for Richard. :P

steve6's avatar

@asmonet Did you really just say “suck it, jerkface.”? Tsk, tsk.

madcapper's avatar

oooo I like! except the lil raisin bran sun guy at the top of the cloud, just get rid of him and it looks pretty sweet!

asmonet's avatar

@steve6: Yes, yes I did.

@madcapper: He’s not a sun guy, that’s the eskimo! He’s integral!

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