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Jo’s Journey (A Somewhat Irreverent Guide to Doing Anything Better) – Working With a Pain in the Neck

I slept very badly last night.  And after thrashing around all night, I awoke with a severely cramped neck.  Which got me thinking that maybe instead of running around the house today doing the cleaning in preparation for my husband’s return from being out of town, perhaps I should just take it easy.

(Taking it easy is not something I’m good at.)

So in the spirit of play and “taking it easy,” I decided to do a timed drawing.  The idea was to just experiment at the drafting table.  I decided to sketch myself with a pain in the neck and set the timer for exactly 37 minutes.  (Why 37?  Take a look here.)

In 37 minutes I came up with this…

Pain in the neck sketch

But since I can’t leave well enough alone, I decided to render the sketch to see what it would look like.

A little (LOT) more than 37 minutes later, I came up with this…

Pain in the Neck

You’ll notice I cropped the illustration.  I did this because my proportions for the arm on the left side of the illustration weren’t right.  I also overworked the skin more than I should have.  The good thing is that I learned about arm proportions, the ever-tricky nose placement, and how many layers of color are just too much.

On the positive side, I’m sufficiently overworked enough now that I’ll be able to take a nap.

(Cleaning the bathroom will just have to wait!)

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