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Having Fun Isn't Hard; when you've got a library card (OPEN)
Topic Started: Jun 13 2015, 03:10 PM (1,143 Views)
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((Bridgette Sommerfeld continued from Imparare))

Bridgette normally ate her lunch in the cafeteria before heading over to the library. If she could she'd just eat her lunch there, though there was a no-food policy and even though kids rarely got busted for it she wasn't one to break rules. She liked the library and it's quiet atmosphere, even when there was a lot of people inside. It was a nice place to relax during lunch and a perfect opportunity to draw, study, hang out with friends or some combination of those three. Right now she was alone, though she was hoping that someone would drop by to talk.

She was sitting at one of the tables in the center of the library, sketchbook laid out in front of her. She was starting another drawing, sketching the guidelines for a generic figure. After some thought she decided to go for a heftier figure, though she didn't know where to go from there. Bridgette tended to let the ideas come to her as she drew, though at the moment she didn't know what to draw. Nothing she thought of struck her fancy, so she was stuck staring at a blank mannequin on her page.

Oh, what to draw, what to draw...
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Bridgette settled on refining the figure until she could think of something. She was still absorbed in drawing when Danny sat down next to her. Danny was a friend she met through ballet, and therefore one of her closest friends. She liked having him around; he was an excellent conversationalist, and he was a good person to just talk to after a long day.

She smiled at Danny's attempt at a serious voice, but didn't look up as she put her eraser to the paper to clean up the line work. She opted to ignore the library question in favor for the second one.

"I...don't know, actually," she admitted, brushing off the eraser shavings as she studied the figure. "I mean, I'm drawing a person, but I just don't know who." She huffed and leaned back, glancing up towards the ceiling before returning to the drawing.
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Those weren't half-bad ideas. Her usual subject matter was either fantasy or sci-fi, so she hadn't explored any Asian-based designs. Those might be interesting to try and draw. She flinched when Danny almost hit her, though she brushed it off as horseplay and gave him a pass. At least he didn't actually hit her. "You've gotta be more careful" She chastised jokingly. "We're in a library, after all. Anyway, those are some pretty good ideas. I'll go with the...er, 'old man on the mountain' thing."

She looked down at the paper and scrunched her nose. She wasn't that good at drawing old people. It was their faces that gave her trouble: all those wrinkles and stuff were difficult for her to pull off with accuracy. Bridgette didn't draw faces that much, anyway, so it shouldn't be that much of a problem. She still needed to draw a beard, though, just to add flair to the drawing.

Bridgette paused, her pencil hovering above the paper before she put it down and sighed. "I need a reference picture to work from," she whipped out her phone and turned to Danny. "What should I google? 'Old man on mountain', or is that too generic?" She looked at the blank search bar. "Maybe 'monk' would work..."
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Bridgette paused, listening to Danny go on before finally typing in 'old monk', hitting enter and seeing...

...a bunch of alcohol. Huh, who knew old monk was a brand of whiskey? She chuckled and flashed the phone screen at Danny before trying again with 'old kung fu guy'. That did the trick.

Danny asked another question about the library. "That's the good thing about this place," she responded, setting her phone down next to the sketchbook and nodding to herself. "It's quiet, and I like quiet. It's very peaceful and relaxing here. Y'know, people like their peace and quiet, so I come here. Sure, it's not optimal for hanging out but...yeah." She trailed off.

"Okay, so this looks like a good picture," She said, clicking on one of the pictures. "What do you think?"
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Bridgette nodded. "Those are some pretty...fluffy eyebrows," She noted before picking up her pencil again. Danny offered to just sit quiet and watch, which Bridgette was fine with. While she would've liked to talk to Danny as she drew, she also drew better in silence.

She enlarged the picture on her phone and began to sketch the general shape of the clothes. She lightly drew the airy tunic and tight sleeves on the arms and legs. She also began to outline the facial hair, drawing in a long, wispy beard. After some thought, she penciled in some eyebrows as well.

She paused to see her work. It looked fine, just a bit too...faithful to the original. While Bridgette did pay attention to detail, she also didn't like drawing from just one picture. She liked to experiment and mix different reference pictures together to create a whole new design. Even though it was her first time drawing this sort of thing, she still wanted to use multiple references.

But she still needed the old photo for further reference. She saved the picture on her phone before going back to the search results, scrolling through to find a new picture.
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Google Image search results tend to get weirder the deeper you go. Bridgette was still close to the surface, however, so it wasn't as weird as it could be. Thankfully the Pai Mei guy didn't dominate the search results, but most of the pictures were face or portrait shots. Not so much clothing. Bridgette wrinkled her nose as she kept scrolling...

...Jesus Christ, what an awful photo.

'Old kung fu guy' wouldn't get her anywhere. She tapped on the search bar again and typed in 'monk clothes'. A couple of the first searches were too European for the aesthetic she was going with, but she found a suitable picture very quickly.

"Hmm..." Incorporating this with the previous clothing would be a little difficult. She turned to Danny, showing him the screen. "How would you mix this design with the other one?"
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Bridgette tapped the pencil eraser against her chin as she listened to Danny's input. It wasn't too bad of an idea. It was the more obvious one, but it wasn't the worst idea she'd ever heard. But throwing one over the other wasn't enough to create a whole new design. She could remove the tighter spots from the legs, leave it covered by a longer tunic.

Yeah, that'd work.

She nodded in reply. She erased the clothing on the legs and drew in a flowing robe, with a cloth belt around the waist. This was coming along just fine.
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Okay, Bridgette was liking where this was going. She had nailed down the design and could begin refining her sketch, turning it into a proper, presentable drawing. She pressed her pencil down harder this time as she began working on the linework. She started at the head, outlining the skull and the wisps of hair as she worked down to the neck.

Her concentration was broken by a very loud greeting. If it had been a close friend, she wouldn't've thought much of it. However, when some underclassmen she didn't know approached them, she was a little peeved. But despite that, Bridgette didn't want to be rude. She gave the boy a curt nod and a "Hello," turning back to her drawing and letting Danny do the talking.
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When Henry came over and peeked at her drawing, Bridgette instinctively hunched over to shield her sketchbook. This kid was too nosy and buddy-buddy for her liking. She shrugged in response to both his questions and kept drawing. She started drawing in the tunic, paying extra attention to the folds. Bridgette loved drawing in little details like that; it just added a touch of realism to the drawing. She loved drawing, especially in calm, amicable situations. With the underclassmen here, however, it was anything but.

And then Danny said what she'd wanted to say. She turned to the boy and nodded. "Do you need something from us?" She asked, draping her free arm on the back of the chair. She made no effort to mask the hard edge of her tone.
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The boy got the message and left. Bridgette sighed and turned back to her drawing as the boy said something about a hypothetical date. Did he assume she and Danny were together? She scoffed internally. The two were close friends and nothing more. Bridgette hadn't harbored any of those feelings toward anyone, especially not Danny. Besides, she was busy, and had no time for a boyfriend.

Danny was leaving, too. "None taken," she replied, nodding in his direction as he left. "See ya around." Bridgette checked the time on her phone. She had about thirteen minutes until lunch ended. She wondered how much she could get done in that time frame...

((Bridgette Sommerfeld continued in Small Steps Can Take You Great Distances))
Edited by Aloha, Feb 7 2016, 06:04 PM.
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