2012 – 100 Drawing Challenge 090 – Triangle

Basic Snake

Okay, I’m going to admit, that the very first thing that pops into my mind any time I see the word “Triangle” is obviously the Triforce, but since I just did a legend of Zelda joke the other day when I doodled my love of Lost Crates,  I decided not to go with the obvious choice. Although, honestly, I don’t nearly enough chances to draw Link. This is a sensitive spot in my artistic heart.  Let’s not dwell on it.

After taking a few moments to literally doodle some triangles on scrap paper, I found myself drawing a triangle snake, like I used to do when I was little and obsessed with drawing things that only had straight lines.

I know, you’re jealous of how awesome my neuroses is compared to your own. We all have a cross to bear.

That made me go, “You know what, snakes are pretty easy to draw, and it gives me a chance to talk a little bit about what my development as a drawing fool.”

So I drew you a cobra.

Here’s a little secret, though.

For years and years and years I couldn’t wrap my head around the concept that artists use of breaking the entire world into smaller primary shapes. I just didn’t get it. My brain was too busy noticing scary exact details and blocking out the broader shape of things. I was breaking things up into too small of abstract shapes, and it was hindering me as an artist. I wanted to put too much detail into the rough sketch.

It’s actually something that still effects how I write.

When I work on art, my natural instinct is to try to create the finished product on the very first go. Learning to build things from a framework up has been a trial for me that I constantly work on.

It’s okay for things to be a rough sketch.

Drawing the triangle snakes in my childhood really had an impact on my ability to recognize that as an adult.

I just wish it hadn’t taken me something like 20 years to learn that lesson.

In case you’re wondering how you get a snake from triangles, allow me to enlighten you:







Seems pretty obvious now, doesn’t it.

Of course, snakes might just have been on my mind all night because a certain  Mr. Brown (@Yeti_Detective) requested a doodle for the first time in a long while.

After flipping through my sketchbook and noticing that I had drawn both a penguin (with a butcher’s knife) and a medusa, he declared that he wanted me to draw for him a Pengusa, which I did:


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M.A. Brotherton is a writer, blogger, artist, and fat-kid from the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri. He’s tasted a little bit of everything the Midwest has to offer, ranging from meth-tweaking rednecks in massive underground cave complexes to those legendary amber waves of grain. When he’s not writing, he spends most of his time screwing around on the internet.