To finish off our Best of the Drawing of the Day Weekend, here’s a bonus drawing of the day. We haven’t done one of these in a while, so a brief explanation may be in order. I began the drawing of the day project on January 1st, 2009. It started out as a simple New Year’s Resolution: I was going to improve my drawing skills and impose a little discipline on myself by making a finished drawing, in ink, every single day for a year. Frankly, I would have considered the project a success if I finished the first sketchbook. No one was more surprised than I was when I drew my last line on New Year’s Eve, 12 months later, and hadn’t missed a day. And then I kept going. The project is now more then halfway through its sixth year.
Then in 2o12 I started this blog, and one of the few features I had planned for it was that every week I would post the best of that week’s drawing of the day. Anyone who is reasonably good at math will note that that means there are at least three years worth of sketchbooks that have never been opened to the Internet in this forum. Turn with me now to sketchbook 2 and the drawing of the day for March 15th, 2009, to discover what M. Hebert found on the beach.This is, of course, one of the now familiar unplanned, semi-automatic drawings made with the brush pen. These are often the weirdest things in the sketchbook, since they evolve from a single line and also because my mind is a very weird place. It is the first “lucky drawing” that I felt was a complete success.
I don’t remember much about drawing this, but I do remember thinking up the caption at about the same time I was inking the stump, which went in at the last minute because I thought the figure needed something to lean against. Normally, I would draw a rock in those circumstances, but I guess I was thinking of the burn hunks of driftwood you sometimes see on our own grassy Duneland beaches. Nowadays I have more confidence in my brush pen lettering and would have lettered the caption with the same tool I used for the rest of the piece, as it was I used a smaller and more controllable brush marker.
Is the man M. Hebert, who has found a Horrible Creature on the beach? Or is M. Hebert a Mysterious Animal who has found a strange bipedal being? Or is M. Hebert in the position of the viewer, coming out of the water to find a pair of unlikely allies or conspirators deep in a conversation they don’t want interrupted?
What I do know is that if I ever collect my drawing of the day project into a single volume, “What M. Hebert Found on the Beach” and other drawings is a strong contender for its title.