DRAWING #2 UPDATE #2.Meh... I don't know what happened, possibly something to do with my loading the applet that lets you watch Google videos yesterday, but something really screwy happened to my computer, to the point that, when I tried opening Windows, I just got an error message about Kerio and, while I could see my background, nothing was happening. Windows wasn't even working in "safe" mode. And, weirder still, while I could get to the DOS shell using a boot disk, it wasn't reading the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drives at all. Fortunately, my father was able to find a way to use Windows system restore from MS/DOS, and then managed to get Windows back to normal.
I almost had to reformat the hard drive without backing up anything I've done over the past month or so, but, eh, I managed to put it off a little while longer. I may still do it soon, since there are some mysterious system malfunctions on this computer, like how the microphone doesn't work at all, even though the exact same microphone works on my other computer. I will probably reformat the hard drive anyway sooner or later, but, due to my procrastinator tendencies, more likely later.
Anyway, I also worked on my drawing of Trafalgar Square in London a bit.
It's coming along okay. I am pleased with the way the National Gallery building looks, even if the sections I've drawn are far from finished, and the tree at the right looks great. The statue of King George IV on horseback looks pretty decent, even if it's somewhat minimalist (and I had to draw it over because, the first time I drew it, it was a little too far to the right; thank heavens I bought a proper eraser). I wish I could put more detail on the people, but they're just too small to add that much detail to. Keep in mind that, on most monitors, the scan is a bit larger than the actual drawing, so all the flaws are more readily visible.
That's supposed to be the Reebok logo on the backpack, by the way.
Also, I thought this drawing would be finished faster than my Piccadilly Circus drawing, but it's already July 19th, and I'm only 50% complete.
Speaking of the Piccadilly Circus drawing, one thing that this drawing has in common with the Piccadilly Circus drawing is that I'm finding I'm drawing two drawings at once: the buildings above, and the people below, and the "horizon" where the two main parts of the drawing meet never quite fricking match up properly, despite my measurements. I do like that this drawing has a couple more verticle elements to tie both halves of the drawing together, namely the statue on the pedestal and the fountain.
Thanks for reading this far, and, as a bonus for all readers who haven't bailed out on this article, please enjoy this page I found with clips from the Frantics' 1980s CBC-TV sketch comedy series, Four on the Floor. Yes, this is what Canadian sketch comedy was like before Kids in the Hall... oh wait, besides SCTV, I mean. Woo-hoo, I finally got to see "Brown Car" again after at least 15 years, and the video's just as trippy as I remember!