Sketch Pad: Mountains, Candles, Snoopy and more

Cover_SketchPadWhen I was a young boy I always dreamed of drawing a comic strip.  Snoopy and Garfield were my favorites and I would spend hours trying to replicate those two characters.  I even have an old marble notebook which has tons of Garfield strips that I would cut out from the newspaper and tape them onto the pages each day.  This was all before I hit my teen years and high school which pretty much threw a monkey wrench into everything.  Also, I never considered myself to be skilled at drawing. I had a love for the craft but it just didn’t seem that I was able to translate what was in my head to the paper.  So I pretty much shoved everything into a box and forgot about it for about….25 years.  However, thanks to my daughter, I draw all the time now.  It is a nearly daily ritual where we will color or doodle after dinner.  Heck, a few weekends ago, I had her in my lap and she was drawing as we watched Dr. Who.  Awesome!! So through playing with my daughter, I have found enjoyment in drawing once again.  She’s my best supporter by far, loving everything that I sketch for her.  I know that will probably change in the near future but as of right now, the praise of a 3 year old is all I need to encourage me to keep on going.

Here is some of the stuff I sketched this week.  I am still knocking off the rust and I can see where I am not applying correct techniques, but screw it because it makes my kid smile.

These two are where it all started.  I have not drawn a Snoopy or a Garfield in decades and as this happens to be Throwback Thursday, I decided to give it a shot.

Snoopy Garfield

Candles.  For some reason I got on a candle kick.  Actually, it was a lit candle in the dark.  I never tried anything like that and thought it would be cool to try a mostly darkened piece.  I didn’t get too far, focusing more on the candle itself.  I think this is something I will continue to play with throughout the weeks.

Candle1 Candle2

Mountains and round building. A few weeks ago I did a post on Mark Kistler and his drawing show The Secret City for Throwback Thursday.  Mountains and cylinders were always a big thing. He has a bunch of recent YouTube videos too and they covered these topics as well.  I am currently stuck on the concept of a village in a valley between two mountain ranges.

Mountains&Cylinders Valley_Village Village

I have been toying around with idea of drawing original characters and also on the proper way to draw body parts.  I have been working on feet and arms, this one being my attempt to be able to draw arms in a position other than hanging by one’s side.


This character is currently called Dinx.  He is a Friar Tuck type of fellow, but he has a secret.  Despite his round belly, high intelligence and passive demeanor, he is a master in hand to hand combat and very agile and flexible.  He is also a master with his staff.  However, he mostly uses his skills to steal treats from vendors in the market or anonymously embarrass those who trying to bully the townsfolk.


So there you have it.  If you can’t tell, I have had a lot of conference calls at work this week, which allows me time to doodle.  What do you think?  Remember, please be kind and gentle.

Don’t forget to check out some of the other stuff on this blog, such as Monday Cinema Club, Bookworm TuesdayAnything Can Happen WednesdayThrowback Thursday, and  Friday’s Week in Review.

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About OxenTrot

During the day, I am a mild mannered desk jockey who helps to manage a large IT company.  At night, I am a family man, who is insanely in love with his wife and a proud daddy to an amazing girl.  But in the pre-dawn hours, as most everyone else is still asleep, I am my alter ego.  During that time, I am: OxenTrot. Ox was a call sign bestowed upon me while I was an active duty United States Marine, mainly in tribute to the fact that I was a major gym rat. After 5 years and three tours of duty, I reentered the civilian world.  My call sign was replaced by my actual name but the Ox still lived inside. As I began to adapt to my new life, I also began to take on new adventures, such as starting a family, getting a “big boy” job and taking on endurance sports.
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4 Responses to Sketch Pad: Mountains, Candles, Snoopy and more

  1. Jen says:

    Go for it. You have a place to try to showcase it, now. Work in a moral for Dinx’s story and put it together.

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    • OxenTrot says:

      I’m actually thinking Dinx is a support character for a bigger story. I’m working it through right now and seeing if I can properly portray the tale artistically. We shall see.


  2. The effort to create is where it is at!
    Get them coming!

    Liked by 1 person

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