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Alexis Evanoff
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This #sketch is an adaptation of #pose 513 in #StudyofPose by @cocorocha and @sebringrevolution I am listening to music I haven't listened to in a while and it's reminding me of important things I had forgotten. 
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One must begin somewhere... So, a while back, I started the #dailysketchext project for myself because I wanted to challenge myself to draw quickly and make sketches that would be less about the refining technique and more about the concept. I had intended to later use these sketches to make conceptual art photos. During this process I have discovered a few things: first and foremost I discovered that coming up with a good concept is far more time consuming than the execution of a sketch. The other thing I learned was that this concept&sketch on a daily basis actually ended up taking up the bulk of my art-work time in the day, leaving me little time to refine my technique or trying new ways of doing things and because of that, I was beginning to resent the #dailysketchext for not allowing me to do other things. I still have a few days left of previous sketches to show you, but I'm thinking maybe that from this point forward I will commit myself to one or two a week instead of one each day. At least, not a concept&sketch each day that is. I'll see and play it by ear. Thanks for all the love you gave me about this up until now though! I really needed it and I really appreciate it!
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Friday, August 7th #dailysketchext: when I was a little girl I didn't know anything about clichés or why I should know better than them. I watched Disney movies and dreamt of a prince on a white horse coming to save me from myself. Fast forward to when I met my now husband. I think one of the very first things I told him is that I didn't want him to save me, that I didn't need no man to save me. Now, don't get me wrong, I still totally maintain that, but I can see now how the pendulum swung for me from "O Prince! Rescue me!" to "All of you stay away from me! I'm doing this myself!" and I can see now how neither one of them is really good because they are both extremes. When I was in my all-of-you-stay-away-from-me mode, I was not very humble and I made a lot of mistakes because of this (I'm thinking about a few of them I made in my photography career in particular). I also didn't let anyone in back then and that wasn't good either. It is just so much better to maintain a balance. 
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Thursday, August 6th #dailysketchext: Sometimes when someone is trying to swindle us it's fairly easy to spot. Sometimes, we keep running into swindlers again and again when we are trying to get one of our needs fulfilled (e.g. buying a car) and it can lead us to believe that ALL car salesman are the same: swindlers who are trying to cheat us. While it is a good idea to proceed with caution when dealing with situations that have presented danger in the past, I think that it is also important to still proceed so that your needs still get met. Whether those needs are physical (e.g. for a car), or spiritual, or emotional, like the need to be loved. Just proceed, with caution, and don't be shaken or swept away from your reasoning abilities. #keepyoureyesopen
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Ugh... Can anybody else tell that that is supposed to be a #hand? This is yesterday's #dailysketchext and it is a hand offering #reconciliation. While I was looking for references for this, I saw someone paste under a collection of hand reference photos: hands are evil, I swear! Which made me laugh. But as I was struggling with this I was like, "Yes! Hands are evil!" Hands are actually one of my very favorite parts of the body. They are beautiful and expressive and so useful, but daaaaaaang, they are hard to draw. 
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Good To The Last Drop #dailysketchext. I'm doing this kind of backwards. This is the #sketch for today, I will post yesterday's belated one next. This is inspired by/worked through a J.W. #Waterhouse painting called Circe Invidiosa. I do not know the history or the story behind the original painting but when I saw the image of it, it helped me to conceptualize what my contemplations for the day would look like as a visual. I was thinking about the spirit of self sacrifice that my single-parent friends show, that I have seen many mothers show, and other people I have seen give of themselves to further a cause. It is a #sacrifice to do these things, but sometimes #giving of yourself can be a funny thing. In doing it, something odd can sneak up on you and your motives can change on you, without you noticing it, to a selfish one. Think about it. There do exist parents who start out sincerely giving their all to their children but then it turns into being about them and they live vicariously through their children. This even happens to people who give selflessly for a cause. Over time, a person can begin to revel in the compliments and adulation they receive for being so #selfless and then they actually begin to give of themselves for these compliments and not for the reason why they started in the first place. It's actually kind of difficult to maintain one's focus and be good to the last drop. 
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Ok, I swear, I had it all planned out this morning, I was going to draw you a lovely pair of hands open towards you with a lot of beautiful things in them like music, dancing, nature and other gifts that make life worthwhile like that for the #dailysketchext, however, I have just finished reading "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" (people keep talking about it around me) and so I was inspired to power through the first round of going through my things today, and I found this #conte #sketch and started cracking up. It's probably more hilarious to me than it is to you, but this is from a funny day where I was just having this burning desire to #draw something, anything! And since I was with Simon and we were in Little Italy, we went to #Blick and bought whatever #paper and drawing medium was on the discount table (it's right by the door) and thought it would be romantic to sit at a cafe while I drew him. Oh my goodness, this is when I was introduced to my wonderful husband's inability to sit still, and this lopsided #portrait is the result. One eye is going one way, one the other. Part of his face shape was drawn when he was turned more towards me, the other when he was turned farther away... Hilarious... I love you @techsimon!
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She is a funny #dailysketchext who just kinda snuck out of my pencil today. I do not recall drawing this character before (usually they are reoccurring or reiterations of some sort), this is a new person. I like the expression on her face... Also, I went to an amazing gallery today belonging to artist Tim Cantor. He had a piece up called Nostalgia that simply took my breath away (the original oil was hanging up and the brushwork was out of this world). It's in the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter and definitely worth a look. It's free and all that 😉
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And for today's #dailysketchext I present to you the not-sure face. This is the expression of uncertainty, the kind of uncertainty where you are trying not to make it obvious that you are not sure, but really you are just not sure. What will happen next? What is even happening right now? Yeah, I don't know. But I'm gonna keep breathing and we will all find out eventually. 
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This#dailysketchext is belated and is for yesterday... I sketched this little #Persian #baby who was visiting with her grandma, sitting in front of me at the meeting a while back. She was so cute, as babies often are, at the same time she has this old-soul quality about her, even though she was just a #toddler. I thought she was beautiful and I couldn't get over her meaningful looking gaze. So I sketched her. 
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