Creativity! Guy Drawing 2

I’m celebrating Columbus Probably Did Not Discover America Day with more drawing.  I’m working very slowly through a lesson book.  I was sketching last night and people in chat teased it wasn’t Richard Armitage. So I make up for it today with a nice close up of him.

Richard Armitage as Guy, simple outline trace lesson; pencil.  If you can’t see Flash, it’s here.


33 thoughts on “Creativity! Guy Drawing 2

  1. Love your idea of a “Columbus Probably Did Not Discover America” Day!!!! I have to admit that I’ve never actually heard of anyone else who came to your neck-of-the woods before Columbus in 1492, but, then…….

    The English always took credit for “discovering” Australia in 1770 (Captain James Cook) but the Dutch, the Portugese and the French “found” this largish landmass before the Poms!

    Now, don’t ask me why we call them “Poms” because I don’t really know. I’m old but not quite as old as that! It has been said that “Pom” came from the initials of “Prisioner of Mother England” [we started out our European settlement with English convicts….plus some soldiers and some free men (and women)] but, surely, that would make them “Pomes”, wouldn’t it? as in “homes”!!!! But we definitely say “Poms” as in pom pom.

    Do you call the English “Limeys” because of the limestone cliffs near Dover or because…….?

    That’s one cute guy you’ve drawn up there!

    • There has been such dismissal of this holiday based on relatively new historical studies, that it’s a bit of joke (at least on my part.)

      ‘Course when you said “pom” I thought of Pomeranian, my breed of dog. 😀

  2. The Scandinavians were in North American in the eleventh century, but their settlements died out. I like Judi’s title, and what it points to for me is America didn’t need to be discovered. There were people waiting here to meet his ships when they got here.

    My understanding is the English are called limeys because the Royal Navy forced sailors to consume limes to prevent scurvy, but it’s been a long time.

    • I disliked history textbooks as a child which implied the discovery of America could only be by while Europeans. Even with that, the Vikings got short shrift.

      I heard the same thing about limeys.

      • I was thinking about this again recently because that’s the lecture that every survey course I teach starts off with (“European Expansion and the ‘New” World”) and I am pretty sure I remember that we learned in elementary school that the Viking thing was a myth. So I looked up *when* they figured out that the Vikings had been in NA and it was *well* before I was in elementary school and it was pretty well substantiated with archaeological evidence from excavations before the 1970s. It’s amazing how long lies, half-truths, prejudices, and myths last.

        On the whole “discovery” thing — we learned in school that the French discovered Wisconsin *even though* it was obvious that they encountered people who were already there the second they arrived. I don’t know if it’s that they thought that we kids were stupid? I mean, for crying out loud, the “res” was practically right next door.

        • Heh, it was worse in Chicago. My elementary textbook said John Sutton founded Chicago. But everybody knew Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, a black man, settled Chicago. I recall my mom was quite angry when she saw my book and made a point of correcting things in it (which basically ignored Blacks).

          • We didn’t go to school with those kids, who went to school on the reservation, so we were pretty white with a sprinkling of Hmong. Catholic was exotic for us. I think I told you I didn’t meet an African American in person until I was 12. It wouldn’t have occurred to me to ask about African Americans in WI because I didn’t know any. But we met Indians all the time. And the books were written in ways that just made no sense.

  3. Of course! Yes, I can vaguely remember hearing that bit about the limes, now that you mention it.

    And Aborigines have been living here for at least 45000 years so I know where you’re coming from. You did notice that I was talking about European settlement in Australia?

    and that I was also being ironic as well as facetious?

    I’m sorry, Servetus, but sometimes what you write reminds me of the way my sister speaks. With her, I always say “once a teacher, always a teacher”. I don’t come on to these blogs for a lecture – if I feel the need to attend classes, I’ll do so of my own volition, thank you.

    And if I’ve inferred something you didn’t mean to imply, then, I apologize for getting snarky. You know how I sometimes jump to the wrong conclusion…and only open my mouth to change feet!!!

    I do feel privileged that you ladies have been so kind to me and I certainly have no wish to get “on your wrong side”.. So, once again, I apologize if I “got it wrong”. I think I may have gotten out of the “wrong side of the bed” this morning. Sorry, couldn’t resist saying “wrong” one more time.

    Maybe I need to have a coffee and then to watch me some RA???

      • Oooops, I did it again. I read something that wasn’t there into a perfectly innocent remark.

        I’m so sorry. I really should have stayed in bed that day. “Wrong side of the bed” or what! Fibromyalgia plays havoc with my memory and concentration (amongst other things). I’m aware that I can get rather frustrated and defensive, thanks to chronic fatigue side of it, but that’s no excuse for my rudeness. I do sometimes take offence when none was meant, as my children have pointed out!

        So, once again, please forgive my stupidity.

        I also sincerely hope that I didn’t offend any English people with my usage of the word “Poms” – I only really ever use it as a joke with some of my English friends who have good senses of humour. If I ever say “Yanks”, it’s also meant in fun.

        Those Vikings got around, didn’t they? We learned about them in regards to their “conquering” the areas near and in Britain back in my late primary school days (at age 10 to 12) but this is the first time I’ve heard that they might have ventured as far as the Americas. Well, you learn something new every day …as they say.

        And, to be truthful, I love the opportunity to learn something new every day. As I’m often housebound for days or sometimes weeks at a time with the stupid health issues I have, I rely heavily on my computer to keep me educated as well as entertained. I quite happily “fork out” $35 a month for the internet but still can’t really justify spending $50 to $70 a month for pay television for myself!

        I’m so grateful that we have so many free-to-air channels here and that I bought a DVD player/recorder quite some time ago! The harddrive on the DVD recorder is always “chockers’ (that means “chock full”) because so many shows sound interesting when I read through the television guide – online! [Gee, I’m modern for such an old woman, aren’t I?]. I will have to dub a couple of the movies I’ve saved onto disk this afternoon and then delete the entries from the harddrive to make room for more recording!

        Oh, boy, rambling or what. Sorry

  4. There is evidence to support a Viking settlement at l’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, circa 1000 BC. (Sorry, Kathryn, I enjoy any knowledge anyone brings to the RA blogs…) And then Tim Severin sailed a leather curragh from the west of Ireland to Nfld to prove that the Irish might have saved the world again. 😀 (The Brendan Voyage, 1978).

  5. Hi Judiang!

    Great drawing of RA as Guy–eyes, nose, mouth, brows, etc. You captured him beautifully!

    As to Columbus Day, my associations with the day are a little bit different than talking about who discovered whom, etc. You see, my late Mother was born on that day, Oct. 12th, she died two days after her 58th birthday, and she was buried on what Hallmark cards says is “Boss’ Day” (Oct. 16th). It’s been 30 years and I miss her every day. But, I’m also grateful to have had her in my life as my mother. I’ll write about her on my blog sometime. I just can’t do it yet.

    Best wishes, Grati

    • Thanks! I couldn’t resist Guy especially since he’s on my desktop. 😉

      Oh, so sorry to hear that. Four members of my family including my mother died at the end of the Christmas holidays so I understand how you feel. It’s been almost 25 years for me, but the memories live on. Hope one day you’ll feel strong enough to blog about her. *hugs*

      • Keep concentrating on the revealed beauty of the clean shaven! 🙂

        I especially like the eyes in this. That includes the eyebrows.

        According to the OED, “pommy” is most likely to be from pomegranate, old Aussie slang for immigrant, which I know only because the above comments made me wonder. It’s hard to not look things up. Inveterate wonderers of the world, unite! I must admit, I’ve always rather disliked “pommy” and “limey”; still, as a Briton, it took living in the US to stop referring to all Americans as “Yanks”, so I’ve learned to be a little less defensive about that!

        • Thanks! Oh I will, concentrating as hard as I can, being vindicated and all… 😉

          Pommys, limeys, kiwis, do Brits have a thing about fruit? 😀

          • We are, as any American TV series or film will take pains to point out, a deeply fruity nation 😉

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