I’ve had this post window open for about an hour now, and haven’t started anything.

What I’m Watching
The Syfy show “Alphas” is up on Netflix. I always meant to get into this show, but for some reason didn’t manage to do it. Just got done watching the first episode; it’s a super-hero show without being a super-hero show, which is kindof a cool concept. We’ll see how far I get into the first season before I’m inevitably distracted by other stuff.

What I’m Drawing
I finished up the fourth and fifth postcards in my Facebook project (which, on a review of who contacted me and said they wanted one, is now up to 32 postcards) to draw something on a 5×7 postcard and mail it to a friend. Both of them were incredibly well-received, which makes me happy. I started working on the sixth one tonight; it’s the first of them so far where I’m working on an original drawing and not trying simply to copy something that another artist produced originally. It’s been a good test of how I see things, even in the early stages of the layout and pencils that I’m in now, which has been fun. I’m using a reference photo to establish the perspective of the object I’m drawing, and then a second reference photo to draw the object (but at a dramatically different angle). I’m sure I’m not doing the perspective correctly; perspective is like a lot of things in my drawing in that I completely understand the concept in my head and know how it works, but I haven’t done the work to know how to properly put that on paper. So this is really good practice for me — and, really, beyond just wanting to do something fun for my friends, finding ways to practice and get better was one of the main reasons I wanted to do this postcard project in the first place.

Wrapping Up
I’m beyond thrilled that tomorrow is Friday; it has been an incredibly long week at work, mostly from a meeting-hell standpoint. Next week is going to be worse, by a significant margin, so I’m hoping for a nice, relaxing weekend. However, it’s increasingly looking like the weekend may well be spent installing a new floor in our kitchen — the old floor was torn out on a total whim by Melissa on Tuesday, and we still have no plan for what to do to replace it, so it’s plywood subfloor central in there right now.

Andy Bartlett

By day, I am the executive director of communications and marketing at Bemidji State University. The rest of the time, I'm a husband, father of three, and proponent of super heroes, lasers, space ships and explosions.

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