Time-Tested: 130

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It’s been quite some time since I spun the wheel and went shopping for inspiration at Reddit Gets Drawn. For those newer readers that might not know: I have a colourful, uber-glamorous Wheel of Fortune-esque spinner, adorned with various time limits. I spin it, and it gives me the time limit for a drawing. Simples. I used to do it as a weekly thing on Saturdays, but after completing the first wheel, Christmas came and went and my routine was knocked about. Now I’ve settled on it just being a sporadic, whenever-I-darn-well-feel-like-it kind of thing, which will do me just fine.

Anyway shut up Jacob and get to the point. After a dusting off and a fresh coat of glitter, the wheel played ball, and gave me 130 MINUTES to work with my latest subject.

What an absolutely adorable photograph! I couldn’t resist. This time limit was generous, and thank goodness too – I must have abandoned and restarted shading the face five or six times in the first forty or fifty minutes. The shading just wasn’t working, there was either not enough contrast or far too much. Needless to say, this stumble worried me somewhat, ever more mindful of the ticking clock, but thankfully I managed to get something sweet out of it in the end. I focused heavily on the cheeks and chin, trying to really bring out that grin.

I’m happy to devote more time to the face than the clothing, it was well worth it, but the issues encountered meant there wasn’t perhaps as much time on the outfit as I’d have wanted. I think that’s clear looking at his trousers, and something about the truck doesn’t sit right to me – I think its too clear that I just did it on another Photoshop layer, thrown on… perhaps more shading on/around it would have helped. There was a lot more charming decoration to his tanktop too, but I left that out in the interest of time.

Much as I am picking holes in it, I am chuffed with the result. I think I captured some of the sweet little boy in my drawing. And now I find myself wanting a child of my own.

Here is the Reddit post and comment thread – keep an eye on it as others might upload their own efforts.

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38 comments
  1. Geke Hop-Wassink said:

    He’s adorable 🙂

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    • Jacob said:

      I know, isn’t he sweet? He reminds me of me 😉 Thanks, Geke!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Geke Hop-Wassink said:

        I was thinking more about my youngest son, you know, I told you about him…. The good old days 😥 But I love him forever ❤

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      • Jacob said:

        Ah, yes. Sorry about that. If only we could all stay as innocent and happy as this little boy.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Geke Hop-Wassink said:

        It’s okay, there are happy memories also ❤

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    • Jacob said:

      Ah, great stuff, Rebecca – thanks! I hadn’t either until I saw a fellow blogger using it – Reddit Gets Drawn is a resource definitely worth looking at if you want a subject, and there are links on there to tons of other arty Reddits for sharing and discussing work.

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      • Jacob said:

        Haha, that’s good… I think! Glad you took to it!

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  2. What a handsome boy. Pencil drawings are so warm and inviting to ponder. Beautiful work Jacob.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks so much, Sharon! Just to be clear, this is trusty Photoshop – pencil brush, though. I’m even more pleased if you think it’s a pencil sketch! 🙂

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      • I did think it was a pencil sketch, very well done!

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      • jmnowak said:

        Jacob, Can I presume you use a Wacom tablet to do these drawings?

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      • Jacob said:

        Yep, the drawings are done using a combination of tablet and mouse (predominantly tablet, though).

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      • jmnowak said:

        Aahh, now I understand the Photoshop thing! Thanks, it took me a while, but I eventually got there! Cheeri-pip!

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  3. You absolutely captured the adorable-ness of this little boy! Don’t let it fool you, though, kids are only adorable 50% of the time and the other 50% of the time, they wreak havoc on your life and you’ll never have a good night’s rest again! LOL!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks! And what you say is no doubt very true; I’m frequently told similar by my own mother! I often think, though, that if I had a child, it would be them looking after me half the time! 😉

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  4. Awww what a cutie!! This is excellent Jacob!! And cheers to the “whenever the hell you want approach”! Lol that’s fun too! I think you did a great job on him, I immediately smiled and laughed along with him. Good sign. Hehe… Loved seeing this pop up today. Brightened my Monday. Thanks! 😃

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    • Jacob said:

      Haha! The fact I kept them going weekly for that long is a surprise in itself. I don’t do routine (evidenced by me sitting here at 2 in the morning).

      Aw, well that’s great news!! Thanks Charlie. Nice to return the favour for a change! Hope the rest of your Monday is fun fun fun!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Cynthia! He is very charming indeed. I couldn’t resist a drawing!

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    • Jacob said:

      He’s charming indeed. So cute! Thanks so much, Laura!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. jmnowak said:

    The ‘gentleman’ boy with, I bet, his little red truck on his vest. So ’50s…adorable! Nice work, Jacob!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks Janina! I got the 50s vibe too – very smart. (And yep, the truck is red!)

      Liked by 1 person

    • Jacob said:

      He was such a joy to draw and I’m pleased that’s come through. Thanks so much, Michael – very much appreciated!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Tori said:

    What a sweetie! I too thought that this was a pencil sketch, I’m amazed that you can create like this with a tablet, I’m in awe 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jacob said:

      Isn’t he adorable? Thanks so much, Tori! I don’t know what I’d do without my beloved tablet! 😉

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Lee Hesketh said:

    He’s awfully cute his smile is making my day better. I think you’ve got the innocent and fun aspect of childhood down perfectly Jay!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Lee – glad you think so, and I’m especially glad to have made your day brighter!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Jacob said:

      Haha, indeed – quite a fan club of his forming here! Thanks Jade!

      Like

    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, JP. I couldn’t resist the cuteness of this one!

      Like

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