[the occasional] Dumb Sketch

Backing away from the daily sketching of 2015, to observe more slowly and acutely.

Please: Allow Me To Insult You–#27

Parlor Game Gone Terribly Sour


I draw your likeness. You hate it. Hilarity ensues.

My 13 year old nephew aged dramatically: with my artistic skills he became a 30-year old with a bad 1970’s haircut.


About kirkistan

Kirk Livingston is a copywriter in St. Paul.

4 comments on “Please: Allow Me To Insult You–#27

  1. 7891samoth
    December 27, 2014

    I think that the geomety of “Not-paula” looks great. It’s a nice angle, and to me the proportions looks right. Maybe doing a drawing like that with a really hard pencil, and then going gradually darker and more detailed could be a way of making a nice portrait. I also think that the “cro-magnon Jay” is really well done.. I like the sketchy lines.. I’ve always liked the idea of a lot of “approximative” lines that together form a whole, but individually are all intuitive or in a sens “wrong”… When you look at pencil / ink drawings of Rembrand for example, he’s doing something like that.. I’ve always wanted to be able to draw in that style!

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  2. 7891samoth
    December 27, 2014

    I always draw portraits of people i don’t know, because it’s much easier for me to be objective like that.. Even with my self-portrait’s i have a tendency to joke a little about the errors i make because any imprecisions sort of get “personal”.. But i don’t know, though.. It can be a little discouraging to me at least if i feel that what I’m doing is insulting someone, so I’ve decided to save my family portraits for later.

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  3. kirkistan
    December 27, 2014

    Great comment about “approximate lines” that are all wrong but end up working for the drawing. I’m feeling more comfortable with the pencil and will to start wherever and then hone with more graphite. I went out and bought a hard and soft pencil today. I’m eager to see how they do.

    I don’t think I’m actually insulting anyone, but I need to play it that way to take the edge off my lack of skill and perhaps to own that I am a learner. Plus, people seem pleased to see what I’m doing, even if it off the mark. I like these dumb sketches as conversation starters. Partly I”m doing these in a big group so people have questions.

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  4. kirkistan
    December 28, 2014

    Reblogged this on conversation is an engine and commented:

    Demonstrating one dumb sketch approach to life.


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