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: