A couple of things about today’s episode… I don’t normally name these, but this one felt natural to name “Buzz Oddity.” I also don’t normally comment, but given the subject matter I felt that I should.
David Bowie passed away, and when I heard that, my mind went back to a time in my childhood when I remembered hearing his song, Space Oddity, for the first time. It wasn’t just music, but it was a story. I remember feeling like it was more than a song, as I found myself imagining Major Tom floating around somewhere up there.
This episode in and of itself was inevitable, given Buzz’s antics, and my fondness for song parody. David Bowie’s untimely passing made it impossible not to do this today. I have no way of knowing what he might have thought of such silliness, but it’s my way of saying to the universe that something he created implanted itself into my subconscious in such a way that it was inevitable that one day I would create something inspired by his creation.
So, I learned quite a bit when I did my Ryan Reynolds drawing earlier this year. I thought it was about time to put some of that into practice again, and see if I can continue to improve skills in drawing real people. It’s always a bit of an internal struggle to decide what, or in this case who, to draw at any given moment. I draw inspiration from television, the Internet, dreams, or whatever happens to pop into my head.
If you are a longtime follower of my blog, the choice to draw Riki Lindhome should come as no huge surprise to anyone. I’ve worked her name into quite a few comic strips over the past year. She’s pretty, and funny, hey that’s pretty funny right there! 🙂 She has a new show right now on Comedy Central, called Another Period. I encourage everyone to check it out. This illustration of her comes straight from a promotional photograph for the show.
I think I’ve improved quite a bit in skin tone and general shading. I could stand some improvement on clothing folds and wrinkles… and I would like to be able to do a little better with hair. Overall I am quite happy with this one, and feel like it does show definite improvement in my work. I realized after the fact that the way I drew her here, Riki Lindhome looks a bit like Snow White. I think it’s the color choices I made that unintentionally led to the resemblance.
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