Sunday, August 12, 2007

More Drawings from Montauk

Here are some more drawings from my trip out east.

I never considered myself a beach person. I've had quite a few "less than perfect" experiences at beaches. I don't like being around large crowds of people, I get bored very easily & I burn like an ant under a magnifying glass.

Although I'm not quite partial to the beach-going experience, beaches are a great place to relax & do absolutely nothing without getting reprimanded for it. You can be lazy & slothful all day long & nobody will care one bit.

When you're in Montauk, a lobster dinner is a must. & Gosman's is the best place to satisfy your seafood lust.

Lobster is nature's version of an airline bag of peanuts. To get to the good stuff, you gotta get through all the tough stuff. & the fact that after you get through that outer shell, you gotta pick through all that green & red gunk between the meat is not a pretty picture. Let me just say, thank God for moist toilettes.

One day, some of my family came out to spend a day with us at the beach. My 1 year old nephew (& godson) takes to water like a fish. Since he's too small to surf with the big guys, a small inflatable wading pool is a reasonable second choice.

I drew this while out on one of several "5 a.m. Wakeups". Those first few hours of light were the only times I had peace & quiet to think & relieve stress.

I love going to other artist's/cartoonist's blogs & just looking at pages of just random doodles, sketches & scribbles that they've done. Pages like these are like little maps of what goes on in the artist's mind to show what they think about while drawing.

Apparently, all that I think about is pancakes & ducks.

(Also, as I was drawing these pages, I was listening to Stravinsky's Rite of Spring on my headphones, just to add to the confusion that is my mind)

Here is a page filled with simple gestures & poses of stick figures. Most of 'em are misses, but there are a few bits that I think I got right.

This one actually was NOT done while I was away. My friend had an appointment for physical therapy, & I tagged along. By the look of what goes on, I think that whoever takes physical therapy will most likely need therapy FROM the therapy. It's like gym class in high school, but you pay for it.

More to come soon!


Anonymous said...

Hey Mike,
Great drawings. Sorry that you didn't get any sleep but I have gone through the same thing. Some times when I'm in a hotel and I have to share a bed with my brother he has this way of moving across the bed so gradually that I don't even realize he has moved until I fall off the bed. When I try to get back on the bed I discover that my brother's body has magically doubled in size and is covering the bed from corner to corner making it impossible for me to get back on. But according to my brother I try to do the exact same thing so its either him or me. Did you at least get to enjoy a nice sunset while you were awake at 5 a.m.
As for a reebop request, Spider Legs, Dragon wings, a goat's body and a parrots head.

Your Fan,
David Spector

Lainey Schallock said...

Hey Michael -

You've got some great sketches up! I wish you much luck in your pursuit into the wonderful world of animation. Are you applying to art school now or...? Anyways, just wanted to say thanks for posting your work and I look forward to seeing more!

Michael J. Ruocco said...

-Dave! Thanks for sympathizing! My sister did that to me nearly every night. You can see an artist's representation of that in my earlier post about NO SLEEP.

I did catch the sun rising, but my room faced south or southeast, so I didn't actually see the sun itself. Beautiful colors, though!

as for your rebop request... I'll get right on it!

-Lainey! Thanks for the kind words. You have a very interesting blog yourself. I plan to read every post there & I'm looking forward to what you have in store in the future.

I especially like your title art at the top with the radishes and/or turnips(?). I plan on doing something with mine, since it's just blank & boring.

As for school, I'm starting my freshman year at the School of Visual Arts this September, majoring in Animation. I'm real excited (& anxious) about the whole thing. Hopefully, I'll get used to city life quick.

-Thanks again for the comments guys!