Bad Artwork


We’re going to go over my bad artwork tonight!

I’m in an odd mood right now. Definitely a mood that would be viewed as pretty normal by regular people standards I would say. For me though, it’s out of the ordinary. I’ve been socializing and mingling on the Twitters tonight, with lots of people, about all kinds of things. Some things I’m putting out there are getting responses, and some aren’t. Pretty sure that’s how one Twitters properly.

So, I blurted out that I was going to possibly share some of my bad artwork, unfinished garbage, and other creative junk that I have saved on my hard drive. When you look at everything I have saved up together, there’s probably more than 500 individual pieces of artwork. Of course, a pretty large amount of that stuff is really old, unfinished, or just didn’t turn out as I had intended. It all gets saved away. Pushed into a folder within a folder within a folder. With that bad artwork never to be seen again.

Just for the hell of it – because I’m in a mood – I’m going to share as many pieces of bad artwork as I can;

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Day 300 of my Year of Creative Habits Project

New Patreon Graphic by Robert Chapman

Hello there! And welcome to my 300th post in a row for my first Year of Creative Habits. It’s been quite the fantastic journey throughout the entire process, but today I’m just going to look back at the last 100 days. Same as I’ve done for my 100th, and 200th post. Today feels a bit different though, because there isn’t another 100 posts ahead of me, there’s just 65 days left. Well, until I’m done my first year anyways. That’s… kinda exciting.

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Day 200 of my Year of Creative Habits Project

Space Vessel drawing

Welcome to my 200th day in a row of drawing, posting, and sharing my artwork. I’ve been going through the previous 100 posts, and the first thing I noticed is that there is a lot more stand-out artwork to share in this post today, then there was back when I did my 100th post. Which at the time I thought was a pretty huge post itself! I think today’s will surpass that one by a mile (it did). So, with the introduction out of the way, here’s some of my favorites from the past 100 days.

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Doodles: Day 165

Micron pen doodle

Well, on one hand this was a very unproductive day, while on the other I learned a bit about myself and my creative process. My package of new art supplies arrived today, and after unpacking everything and getting setup to draw, nothing happened. I stared at a blank page of this new high quality paper and… nothing happened. I had all these new fancy colored pencils to work with, my HB pencil was all sharpened and ready to go, and I had an awesome pen selection with these new Micron pens. I just didn’t know what to do with them. Nothing felt worthy enough to try.

This isn’t the first time I’ve had trouble getting started on something. I do remember pretty early on in my creative habit project that I had something similar happen to me. A blank page can be extremely intimidating, and I was feeling this ten fold today because I was using all new supplies. I don’t think I felt like I could do anything worthy of this nice expensive paper, or use up any of the ink in these new pens, etc. I didn’t realize any of this at the time though, and instead I was just stressing myself out by trying to come up with a way to approach this strange situation.

A short time later I got a message that I had company coming over, and so I decided to put things away and slowly work on it little by little as the evening went on. I didn’t touch my new colored pencils or paper, and instead I went back to my old sketchbook. I decided to ease my way into using the new stuff by starting off by trying out one of my new pens. This way I don’t really feel as bad about wasting the new stuff on some little doodles. I had no time, nor the concentration, to pull off anything epic tonight. So I kept things pretty simple by just trying out these pens. The detail I’m able to do now is pretty insane. I made a teeny tiny smiley face with one of the Micron pens. You actually had to squint to see it properly.

Sometimes I find I put too much pressure on myself to keep drawing consistently epic projects. I write about this once every other week it seems. I need to keep reminding myself to take it easy, and although over the last several days I’ve been forced to take it pretty easy due to the lack of art supplies, this time the situation is a bit different. I know I don’t ‘really’ need to explain myself to anyone, especially to any of the creative people out there. They get it. Sometimes you have it in you to do something awesome, and sometimes you don’t. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I felt uncomfortable with all this new stuff today. I’ll get used to it in time, or have some amazing idea that I’ll want to put to paper. Eventually, I’m sure. For now though, I want to enjoy the new tools and just test some of them out. Today was about messing around with the pens.

I’m not sure how I’ll feel when tomorrow comes (this post is already really late as it’s 11pm!) but I am excited to really get working on something cool down the road. My buddy, Brad, the company I had over today, actually helped me get some neat ideas together for a project I might start working on soon (Dagobah!). So we’ll see how that goes!

So, my first day with my new toys didn’t go so great. The day itself was great, but as far as building upon my creative habit, not a lot really happened. Today’s drawing is a pretty good indication of that. But that’s okay! I learned that I need to carefully feel my way around when it comes to trying something new. Sometimes it’s productive to just jump in head first, but carefully dipping your toe in is occasionally the answer too.


Digital Upgrades: Day 104

Ralph Photoshop

For today I decided to ink the drawings I made for the last couple days; The mutant alien guy from yesterday, and the Super Mario Bros. 3 picture from the day before. I think they look really great! They both stand out quite a bit more than they did previously.

Afterwards, I decided that wasn’t enough for today, so I recreated my alien guy (Ralph) in Photoshop! Making a few alterations as I went along. I think it’s a nice upgrade compared to the original. What do you think?

Ralph Ink

Next I’m going to add color and details to my Photoshop alien. Hopefully this guy turns out as good as the other drawings ive recreated in Photoshop in the past. No idea what I’m going to add exactly yet, but I’ll spend some time thinking about tomorrow.

SMB3 Ink


Super Mario: Day 102

Super Mario Bros. 3

Inspired by what I drew for yesterday’s post, I made Super Mario Bros. 3 characters! I actually might make a bunch of these. Find some of the official artwork from some of the classic video game series. I’m not too sure if I’ll do it yet. But it might be a fun ongoing project for me to take on.

It actually takes a good amount of effort to try and take something that has already been done, like these Nintendo characters, and draw it exactly the same way. Well, draw it as close to the original as possible anyways. On the other hand, anything I draw completely on my own, I’m able to do whatever I feel like. I can add or take away details from my original idea, turn mistakes into new features (which happens frequently!), or take it in a completely new direction. Drawing these characters today however, there’s really only one way I could draw them properly without them looking “off”.