Monday, July 23, 2007

Sunday Sketching

I've been doing a lot of work lately, which doesn't leave much time for fun-sketching, and this is the odd quandry about doing something you love for a living.

But on Sunday, when I rescued a mouse from the clutches of the cat, I actually took the time to do a few quick sketches. I'm always amazed at how much you can learn about a thing by drawing it. I've seen mice, but never before appreciated just how far their little eyes bulge out. Or how long their tails are in relation to their bodies. Or the odd downward turn of their nose.

Anyway, these were quick, but fun. The other challenge in drawing a mouse in a bucket is constantly having to keep the four-year-old and two-year-old (who are both intensely interested) from picking the little guy up. I was actually admonished by our two-year-old when I started sketching.

"Dada," she said, "don't draw in books!"




6 comments:

Matt Spencer said...

Ben, When are you going to get an RSS feed for your blog?! I always seem to be 2-3 posts behind...

mike said...

i think they need swords.

Ben Hatke said...

I wish I could, Matt, I wish I could. Unfortunately, I don't know to do that kind of thing and I AM SO STUBBORN THAT I WON'T LEARN YOU CAN'T MAKE ME

You have a good point, Mike. Mice are almost always better with little swords.

annie said...

Why is MY friend Matt Spencer commenting on my brother's blog and never on mine??? Poo on you, Matt Spencer. Next time you honk at me while I'm walking my dog, I'm not going to wave!!

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks for the kind words, Annie. Glad to hear you're enjoying my little blog!

Anonymous said...

Wait a second!!! Matt Spencer is YOUR friend, Annie?!!?? I thought he was MY friend!!! Damn it! I refuse to share my friends with ANYBODY!! Nobody else can comment on Ben's blog!!! He's MY friend!!! And nobody comment on Anna's blog either!!! She's MY friend!!! Wait.... maybe this is why I don't really have any friends...

Annie, I'll see you Friday for our totally awesome circle's Holy Hour. It is clear I need some prayer time to work on my selfish and obnoxious nature. Oh damn, and on my swearing too.

M.