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Feb. 11th, 2017

So I found a decent photo of Depp to draw, it's not as detailed as I would like, but since I'm working small it'll due. I've gotten so used to drawing just hair and wardrobe that I've managed to jack up his face twice. The last time I was doing so well until I was about to take a photo of it and realized that his face was too narrow and it just didn't look right. I had to erase half a day's work and now there is still a ghost of Jacked up Johnny on the page. Awesome.

I haven't started trying to correct any of it yet. Hopefully it won't be noticeable once I get more graphite on the page. I'm really not interested in starting over. I'm kind of sick of looking at Johnny's face and would like to work on something else for a while. I have a lovely drawing of Gina Torres I'd like to finish. I mostly just have some shading and hair to work on.

I want to get back to my painting of the alien queen too. I did an amazingly bad job on the angle of her head. I really wish I had a good action figure to use as reference. The movie is too dark for all the right shots. I watched a video of one of the action figures being described and it helped a bit, but it still didn't have the angle I needed.

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Last night I finished drawing Johnny Depp's Barnabas Collins (you can see it on my Instagram, of the same username) and now I'm looking for a decent photo of Johnny as Johnny. It's a little harder than I first expected it to be. I don't want to pick a picture that's too young, because he's changed a lot over the years, but he's gained a lot of weight lately so I don't want to pick a very recent photo because it doesn't look like the Johnny Depp I'm familiar with. I think I found something that's more in the middle, but not too long ago. Of course for all that I know it's a ten year old photo.

Was anyone else shocked at seeing him lately? I don't want to give away what film it was, but he had a surprise role in one I saw not too long ago and my jaw dropped open. Not only was I surprised that he hadn't been mentioned at all, but he looks so different! For a moment I wasn't sure it was him. It was like seeing photos of Val Kilmer since he stopped acting. I get so used to seeing the same movies over and over and actors don't change or age, that when I actually see the real person and what time has done, it's always a surprise. Sometimes it's hard to remember that these are real people. I think that's what I like about going to comic conventions. So many actors are going to them now, that I've gotten to see them up close. Coming up in a few months Tim Curry is coming to Dallas for a convention. He's a good example of someone that time has not been kind too. I hope his health permits him to keep his plans intact for the con.

Anyway, today I'm going to start my last Johnny Depp drawing.

Why does he wear so many hats when off camera?


But I might knit instead. I'm so close to finishing my socks. I really want to crochet my skull curtain, but I have to finish those blasted socks first.

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Last month or so ago, I got the wild hair to by some seedlings and attempt some sort of a garden. I picked up a watermelon, two types of bell peppers, and two eggplants.

I have no clue if I will get anything out of any of them. I can tell you that I was woefully under prepared. My watermelon is crazy out of controll. I looked it up, admitably bit late, and found out that watermelon vines can take over 20 feet of space. Most people end up rigging some kind of trellis for it. I do not have the funds to go buy a trellis. I do have a crumpled heap that was once my gazebo though. We had a storm with high winds that picked it up, carried it to the other side of the yard and left it a twisted wreck. I'm thinking I should use the parts and wire them together with my electric femce wire for a trellis.

Have I actually done it yet? Of course not. I'm not convinced that I'll get any watermelons out of it due to the lateness of planting.

I might have some luck with my eggplants and bell peppers though. Ive got two of them growing something. Unfortunately, they are both covered in bugs too. I still don't have money to go buy anything, but if I did I'd go buy some nemotodes and diatamatous earth. It also looks like I'll need a tomato cage too. One site I was reading said that the growing eggplants can get too heavy for the plant, by caging it fewer bugs will end up feasting.

I also need to do somwthing about improving the quality of the soil. It's bad enough that my backyard is all down hill, but the "soil" is more clay than dirt. I'm actually amazed that anything is still alive, I am horrible at remembering to water.

On a completely random note, one of my friends just mailed me cookies. I have a goal now to always have friends that mail cookies. Way better than friends who never attempt contact with me.