My Blue Jays are in FIRST PLACE in the AL East. I have to say that now for two reasons. The first is that they’ve been on the other end of the scale for the past couple years. The second is that they’re in a slump right now so I thought it important to say it before things change. I guess that makes me a pessimist. Cubs fans will understand.
But one thing is certain. Baseball season brings the TV into my life – the couch potato existence that is modern life for so many. I only watch Blue Jays games but still, it’s a big time committment. And so I compensate, some. Instead of beer and chips, I sit armed with pointy devices and sketchbooks. I doodle. Maybe this is why I don’t like hockey. You can’t doodle while watching a hockey game.
Anyways, it occurs to me regularly that the internet is great for budding artists as we get to see all the great art done by our betters. But the downside is that this sets the bar a bit high. I sometimes feel more sketchers should post their doodles, failed sketches, etc. to indicate the real world rather than the internet world.
So, for your amusement, and my embarrassment, here are some of my baseball doodles. All are done either from something that flashes by on the TV screen or from memory of someone’s style I’ve seen on the internet. You’ll notice that I play with a lot of techniques and approaches, just to see how it feels to draw in different ways. No high art was committed in the creation of this blog post.
<- Here I was playing with my Kuretake #13 brush pen. I love it but I still struggle to control line width with it. The smudges were some tests of a couple gel pens, looking at how ‘waterproof’ they were (weren’t).
I hope you enjoyed sitting on the sofa with me. Go Blue Jays!