Taking an online class with Don Seegmiller :D
My first and second pass at a black and white figure (er, face). I picked this guy because I liked the values. They were stronger than some of the others we could pick from. I feel like I'm pretty much done with this guy, but I might go back and tweak some more before the end of the week. My color painting will be one of the female photos.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
In the beginning of 2009, I lose another friend.
I keep thinking, "He's gone. He's gone! How can this be, I was just talking to him a week ago!" It came out of nowhere. I think one of the reasons I find it hard to accept is that nobody really saw it coming, not so soon.
I can honestly say that Sandborn is a man of incredible talent, who would critique my work and give guidance whenever I needed it. He worked so hard and had a bright future ahead of him, it just isn't fair. But tragedy strikes without prejudice or mercy, to the best and worst of us. I wonder what I could have done to have prevented this. In the end, it does no good and he was his own person, made his own decisions.
I find myself remembering all the good times we spent together, all the mischief and mayhem we went through in school. The trips to comic-con, cramming into a small room with 5 other people in humid, hot weather. The Dale-fests at school, BBQ'ing and eating cupcakes. Oh, and the hilarious misunderstandings. At the very least, the short time Sandborn spent with us, he had a lot of fun times and really lived life. That seems, to me, the least anybody can ask for.
If there is an afterlife, I imagine Mike must be sitting up there drawing in a sketchbook (probably red heads). I look forward to seeing what he's drawn when, someday, my time comes as well.
So to everyone I know, take care of yourselves.
Rest in peace, my friend.