Sketch Pad: More Disney!

The backstory: I’m nearly 40 and for some reason I think now is a good time to learn to be an artist.  Sketch Pad is a collection of drawings I’ve done throughout the week.  My time to draw is usually from 4-5 in the morning or from 9:30 at night until I can’t keep my eyes open anymore and crawl into bed.  I have included everything.  The good, the bad and the ugly, in order to remind myself that this is a process and it’s not about getting it perfect the first time…or the second….or the third…or…So here is some of the stuff from this week.

I have started a habit of asking my daughter, right before she goes to bed, what she wants me to draw for her that night.  It’s been challenging and fun.  Luckily my daughter loves everything I draw, so even if it’s horrible she makes me feel good about myself.IMG_1830

My kid threw down the gauntlet in regards to her requests this week.  First she wanted a purple Gruff.  If you saw the post last week then you will remember that Gruff is a character in the latest Tinkerbell full length animated film.  I started by drawing her another Gruff face, just like last week, but she wanted the entire body.  So I added the body.  Then I don’t remember if she asked or I assumed, but I felt as if I should try to draw a Gruff which more resembled what was in the movie.  So I did a full side view, which was the one in the upper left.  Before she went to bed she told me she wanted a page filled with Gruffs.  So I drew two more and spent some time evening out the purple in the initial sketch.  Turns out, my wife and kiddo like the purple one the best.  They say it looks more cuddly.IMG_1825IMG_1827 IMG_1826

A couple of nights later my child asks me to draw her something from Doc McStuffins.   I knew this one was going to be a challenge.  She/we watch this show every day.  There is no room for interpretation on this one.  So, that night, after putting my girl to sleep, I gave it a shot.  This is what I ended up with….uuuuhhh.

Doc1 At that point I was tired and decided the best thing to do was to go to bed and maybe give it a shot in the morning.  So I did and this was the result.  I like the Stuffy, but I think Doc needs a lot more work. Doc2IMG_1832

Either way, the kiddo was happy and I once again felt like “cool dad.”


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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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