Feeble Jeep

I was excited when I started this site (still am!) because it would force me to stay creative.  I had stopped sketching for years (decades) and earlier this year had started again and enjoyed it.  But, like anything else, to get/stay good it requires practice.  I have a problem just sitting and drawing something for the sake of sitting and drawing something.  That’s one of the reasons why I loved art classes in college, there were regular assignments and the more I drew, the easier it was and then things started to flow from me.  So I was hoping that this would be similar.  Force myself to sketch and eventually it’d become easier.

I tried doing this napkin last weekend.  Wow.  It’s hard!  So used to using a pencil and being able to erase, using ink and having it committed was frustrating.  Once you screw up that line do you toss the whole thing, or just try to compensate?  Or, like me, just start tapering off?  Then the medium.  This terrible little piece of thin paper that bleeds so easily and is so tiny compared to jumbo sketch pads!

Anyways, I liked the challenge and think this will be fun.  Here’s hoping the improvements come!  And new respect gained for the people who do it so, so well.

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Wee little houses and poems…

Here’s the submitter’s description:

“Two more napkins! (Hopefully paper towel will do.  It’s all we could find)

The first one my sister did.  It’s a drawing of her Tiny House she’s building in her driveway and plans on living in (eventually) on our parent’s property on the Sunshine Coast.  It’s built on a flatdeck and is 248 square feet.
The second one is a quote from my mom who is a writer and poet. ”

 

I’ve really had to start thinking about how much space I need to be content and while I think it’s a little more than 248 square feet, it’s a lot less than what I’ve got now.IMG_3039IMG_3042

Awesome Dad!

Press StartEarlier this week I was so excited about finding Chris’ napkin gallery that I posted a link to it and I’ve got a link to his other site in the footer below.

This was the first napkin of his I saw and he graciously allowed me to repost it here.  Chris has drawn a napkin for his daughter every school day since April 2012 and now has a son who has just started school as well.  Even though he’s now doing 2 a day I’m hoping he’ll do an occasional napkin just for Drawn on a Napkin!

Keep up the great work Chris!  I really remember the little notes Mom would put in my lunch.  Kids need to feel loved and appreciated and it sounds like yours do!

The full intro for Chris is here.

Vacation!

A very special younger site visitor sent this picture in today.  He was on vacation in North Carolina over the long weekend and tried to capture the trip in his napkin drawing.

I’m doing some interpreting here, but it looks like he went para-sailing, but I think he took some poetic license with what appears to be a red sea monster?  I love the way that he rubbed it in by taking the photo of the napkin on the beach with the beautiful sky, water and sand in the background.

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Too cool not to share!

I’ll be posting a picture from Chris later this week, but his work is too cool not to share now.

Go look at his gallery at:  http://peterparkerpa.deviantart.com/

Then come back and read more about the awesome dad, here is his intro in his words:

My name is Chris Hughes. I’m 29. I’m a married father of two great kids, ages 9 and 4.
In April 2012, I started drawing on my daughter’s school lunch napkins. The kids were bummed to return “Hop” to our local Blockbuster (yes, we still had one then), and I drew the titular Easter Bunny behind his drum kit on a napkin for my daughter to ease the pain a bit. One thing led to another and now, as she starts fourth grade this month, I’ve drawn more than 200 consecutive daily napkins minus obvious holiday breaks and sick days. Her art teacher even displays them at the beginning of their classes, which is funny to me because I did not fare well in my art school critiques. (I later left the AFA program and switched to a Communications track at another college.)
My son, who starts school for the first time this year, will be getting napkins from the beginning of his school experience. I’m eager to see how long he actually lets me continue it. What a neat metric to count how many days of school we put our kids through!
The napkins are inspired both by my kids’ interests and my own. I’ve tried introducing a lot of 90s television, movies, and video games into their impressionable minds, but we watch a lot of modern shows and play plenty of current generation Nintendo games together. They’re admittedly drawn on fairly cheap paper napkins with thin tip Sharpies, and I changed over to a brush tip marker for the outlines this year.
Drawing daily napkins got me back to creating things every day, which helped rekindle a lost love of graphic design. I operate a pop-culture mashup infused shop at www.society6.com/peterparkerpa (including one design featured at teefury.com last fall) and my personal design blog at peterparkerpa.com.
For the last eight years, I was a journalist in northeastern Pennsylvania. At the end of August, I switched roles and returned to my alma mater, Lackawanna College, as their new manager of web content and news media.
Massive props to my wife who gives me the time to do silly napkin doodles for the kids we both love very much.

Wedding Napkins!

So, these aren’t really “drawn on a napkin” (and if you work for the company that printed these, please know that I am not trying to infringe on any copyrights, if you provide me with details, I’ll happily update this post with the proper info!) but it’s taking a little bit to build up some steam on the submissions side and my good friend AB sent these in.  She was attending a wedding this past Labor Day weekend and these were the napkins that were used.  I definitely agree with the sentiment expressed in both.

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Boats!

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There are going to be a couple boat pics this week.  This one though, it’s definitely in the “funny” category.

Emily’s explanation:

“This is a picture of my parent’s boat. It’s name is Trio. One time my dad and my uncle were sailing at night and they hit a green can (a kind of buoy, for you inland folk) and had to sail back to port with the front chunk of the boat dangling off. And there is my mom throwing up over the side because she does that sometimes.  And on the deck is my parent’s cat. Her name is Z-cat, and she goes on the boat with my parents for weeks at a time. And in the water is my sister because she fell overboard a lot as a child.  She was pretty clumsy.

Oh, and there’s a seal. Because I like seals.”

Circles

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I love this one!  It’s from a friend who I hope will be a frequent contributor.  Oh, for those friends who’ve been suckered into helping out, I hope you don’t think of this as a “one and done”.  Oh no, keep’em coming!

The artist’s words:

“No interesting story to it.  Just a napkin from the deli around the corner from where I work where I get a cappuccino occasionally.  And I’m on a kick with circles right now.
:)”