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I used to draw a lot when I was a child. From my favorite cartoon characters, to airplanes, to random scenes that I pictured in my mind, I was a decent artist, and won a few art contests in elementary school, but there were always people who were better than I was. When I entered middle school, I lost interest in drawing, and became more interested in something I was really good at--writing.  Drawing and painting fell by the wayside, until high school, when I took an introduction to art class.  That was where reality set in: I sucked at drawing. No matter how hard I tried, I just could not produce anything that looked remotely like what it was supposed to. I spent a lot of time with the art teacher, showing her my old drawings, and sometimes, crying, because I couldn't reach the level that I had when I was younger.  "You never lose the ability," she told me, "you just have to reactivate it."

Fast forward about 12 years. By now, I was into photography as an art form, and had my interest validated by winning a juried competition at the county fair with this image. Fishing Nets and Floats by the-sashimi-frog (Honorable Mention, Still Life Adult Photography, 2004 San Mateo County Fair).  I was active on internet forums and became friends with another girl through our mutual interest in Hanna-Barbera cartoons.  She was on DA, and had showed me her work. I was insanely jealous, not just of her ability to mimic the style of Hanna Barbera, but also of her ability to imagine the characters in new, original poses and settings, something I had once been able to do, back when I was a child.  When she came to visit me, she spent a lot of her time drawing. I watched, trying to get the courage try again.  My high school art teacher's words rang in my mind You never lose the ability, you just have to reactivate it.  I took a deep breath, and said, "toss me a pencil and a sheet of paper."   I don't even think I have the original anymore. 

Since then, I have returned to drawing, though not as frequently as I would like. Some of my later ones are here.  PAA China Clipper by the-sashimi-frog (2004--first major attempt at returning to drawing,from a black and white photo)
 Airedale Head Profile by the-sashimi-frog (2005--first attempt at depicting texture with colored pencil. from a 3-D magnet) 
Harbor Scene by the-sashimi-frog(2008, august, from a self-instruction book on drawing. Just because I wanted to see how good my eye was)



Ch. Hilltop Rocky Notch by the-sashimi-frog (2011--Attempt to combine texture, shade and depth. total rush job, from a photo)

I started to get a bit bolder in my drawing, coming up with original ideas, even if they were only fan art.Summer Squid by the-sashimi-frog (2007)Everything That's Wonderful by the-sashimi-frog (2008--an original idea from a discussion with the same person who inspired me to start drawing again)
 Squidward vs. Bart by the-sashimi-frog (2009--same story) No Ordinary Totem Pole by the-sashimi-frog (2008--same story) 
 


(2011--what happens when you watch a cartoon starring a raccoon and a blue jay and have a racoon problem) 
RS: Breakfast of Champions by the-sashimi-frogJust a Regular Artwork... by the-sashimi-frog (2011--attempt at realism with said cartoon)

Why so much fan art? Because I feel that fan art is a way to practice new techniques and to experiment.
As I said, I am not much of a drawer (but I wish I were). I am way more successful with my photography, but will continue to enjoy drawing. I just wish I had more time to do it.






 
  • Mood: Nervous
  • Reading: French poetry
  • Watching: The Real Ghostbusters
  • Drinking: Coffee

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Jaguaro Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another you should like!

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Jag
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mikedaws Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Hi. Thanks for the Fav :)
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Jaguaro Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Jaguaro Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Here's another cool Ghostbusters art.  Happy New Year!


www.deviantart.com/art/Total-C…


Jag

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zaccool14 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful place fun :)welcome
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Jaguaro Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought of you when I saw this artwork with billiard balls.

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Jag
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chillydragon Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Happy birthday!!! :la: :cake:
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regularshow96 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Happy Birthday!!!! :party::party::cake::cake::cake: :iconchococakeplz:
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Happy early Bday! :party:
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Jaguaro Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Here's a Ghostbuster artwork you might like.

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Jag
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Diamond-Drops Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ありがとうございます!
あなたはフランス人ですか?
日本語の先生ですか?すごい~
質問があればすぐに伝いますよ。
よろしくお願いします!
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the-sashimi-frog Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
私はアメリカ人です、しかし家のおかあさんのかぞくは日本にすんでいます。おかあさんは日本人;おとおさんはアメリカ人。母国語は、もちろん英語、でもフランス語と日本語ぺらぺらです。よろしくおねがいします。
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Diamond-Drops Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
遅いなんてすみません。

ラッキーじゃん~~~!!
私、アルジェリア人です~UAEに住んでいますよ。
こちらこそよろひくお願いします\(^O^)/
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noelzzz Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the comment and the fave!
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spongecorn Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
I know Zero the kamikaze squirrel theo
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