pictures and words by paul mccall

October 2006
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Some More Thursday Night Painting Studies
Filed under: Open Studio Painting
Posted by: Paul McCall @ 2:31 pm

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Back to the Drawing Board
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Posted by: Paul McCall @ 2:30 pm

Almost a year ago I took down my drawing board. I’ve had a drawing board since my Granddad built my first one for me when I was in high school. We needed to relocate my wife’s craft desk out of the living room to make room for the Christmas tree. But when I looked at the level of dust that had accumulated on the surface of the drawing board I realized that I was indeed doing all my drawing within the computer using my WACOM tablet. (Except for the onsite caricatures and when I warm up and practice for those sessions I use the lap desk I designed and built.
That lasted until about two months ago when I realized I was using the excuse that the computer wasn’t on to draw up a concept that had come to mind. Plus, when I’m drawing in my Monday morning life drawing session and painting on Thursday nights I found myself having “control z” moments. Lay down a line or a brush stroke that I immediately regret and the computer bred instinct is to hit Control Z which is the “Undo” command for most computer programs. Doing most of my drawing in the computer was giving me some bad habits.
My last drawing table was set up on a cast iron pedestal that was mounted to the center of the table top. Almost everytime I slid under the table to start drawing I’d bang my knee on the metal central column. When I decided it was time to go back to the drawing board after my totally digital experiment I designed a wooden base based on the Scandanavian writing desk I have.

I built it out of oak so it’s quite sturdy with wheels on the back and legs on the front so I can roll it around by picking up the front.

From now on I plan on trying to distribute my drawing between the computer and the drawing board.

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