mrs. gwynn

Day 2

Alastar didn’t know what to think after what the man had said. “Am I being charged for something?” 

The man shuffled his papers, writing something down than looked back up. His eyes were dark black, nothing he had seen in a human before, only in demons or strong shadow users, he noted absently. Alastar stomach began to twist in a slow knot.

“When is your birthday? “

Alastar stared. “What?”

The man heaved a great sigh. “Li-” he paused, “Mr. Gwynn, as I’ve said before, it will be easier and quicker for us both if you answer my question and not ask me any in turn. Answer my question.” He paused only to stare long and hard at the baffled young man before adding, “Please.”

Alastar had to stifle his own amusement. That please was long and hard, something the man clearly never said. Even the smile seemed hard pressed. “April,” he started, the man frowned at the amusement leaking from his voice. “April 15th.” 

Farewell, Mr. Padre

Tony Gwynn, the greatest San Diego Padre of all time, a 15-time all star and a Hall of Famer, died Monday after a prolonged battle with salivary gland cancer. He was 54. 

The lefty right fielder won the batting title eight times, retiring with a .338 career batting average and 3,141 hits. 

In 2007, Gwynn was inducted into the Hall of Fame, with 532 of 545 voters selecting him on his first try. The 97.61 percent represents the seventh highest percentage of all time. He went into Cooperstown along with Cal Ripken, Jr. 

Gwynn, whose son Tony Jr. is a MLB outfielder, passed away after Father’s Day. Gwynn coached San Diego State’s baseball team from September 2001 until his death. 

pepidiphuso  asked:

Hi, Mr. Gwynn! I LOVE your character designs so much, they're so free, flowy and fun! I love this kind of approach to drawing, but when I'm drawing, my character designs look so contrived and boring. Do you have any advice on how to loosen up when creating characters? Thank you!

Thank you very much! I was just checking out your portfolio site and I think you do great work. I actually think your characters are very charming :)

I’ve been thinking about the most helpful thing I could say and I guess it’s really three things: 

#1 Draw the people you see. I think it’s very important to sketch the people around you and get inspired by them. I try to sketch from life every day. When you draw in public places look for variety and personality in clothing, poses, interactions, facial structures etc. Really observing and internalizing the life around you will start to influence your original works making them richer and more authentic. 

#2 Let your doodly side drive. As artists we often try to learn as much as we can about the things we are trying to depict and about the act of art creation. We learn anatomy, color theory, rules of composition, principles of animation etc etc. All of these things are good and we should continue to learn throughout our lives… but if you’re looking for a freer looser feeling in your characters/art you’ve got to find a way to let the rules take a back seat. Forget trying to get everything right. Draw for fun. Turn off the academic artist and draw from your gut. In this zone there are no mistakes, and I think, the possibility for greater expression. 

#3 Practice as much as you possibly can. The more characters you create the better they’ll get :)