I hereby confess that I am a TV junkie. I know, I know–so lowbrow, so wasteful of time. I really love movies too. But every second while I am just sitting on the couch watching the TV screen, I feel guilty. Sure, I could watch TV from the treadmill or the exercycle, but most of the time, upon pondering that option, I’ll agree that it’s something I really should consider seriously . . . tomorrow. Instead of watching TV at all, I could be, I should be painting or drawing or at least updating the records I used to keep of my paintings.
So, to assuage my guilt, I keep sketchbook and pencils handy to the TV, in order to sketch from the TV screen. In order to capture an image , I have to pause the program. It does kind of interrupt the flow– so not something I can do when sharing the TV viewing with another human, but the dogs are perfectly OK with it.
I have collected some drawings from last year and this year, and boy, do I hope to discover that this year’s are better than last year’s! Some nights (I mostly watch TV after sundown) I am on, others I am off; some nights nothing inspires me, other nights I am pausing the screen every five minutes. As you will see, “Prohibition, Part 2” holds the record for number of images captured during a single program. MI-5 is probably in second place. But I started with ads. My first screen captures were from an ad for an antidepressant. They get right in your face, and the expressions are so mournful. This one shows a blocking style that I was working on for a class at the time:
For the rest of the year, I had permission to use shading. Can you identify these faces without looking at the caption?
Depressed Man was not supposed to show up in that presentation, but I don’t know how to delete him without deleting him from the library altogether. I think the only way to do it is to start a new blog entry.
So I am going to divide this week’s blog into two parts, just to make viewing the images more palatable (using a slide show). I am ending this half here. For the second half, move on to part two.