Something Stupid Every Day

In which Cole Ott attempts to draw, write, or otherwise create something every day.

I post a lot of rough sketches here. All "finished" work is cross-posted on
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Hung out in possibly my favorite spot in SF today and sketched some plants.

— 17 hours ago with 11 notes
#sketch  #art  #pencil  #flowers 

sketchbook excerpts. the 2nd one is a sketch of this adorable character by Heather Penn (admittedly, I didn’t understand those shorts at all at the time of drawing).

— 1 day ago with 12 notes
#sketchbook  #pencil  #bleh  #art 
tiny character design for a comic idea.

tiny character design for a comic idea.

— 2 days ago with 6 notes
#sketch  #art  #digital art  #bleh 

blackmagics:

I made a weird lil’ comic! It’s way outside of my comfort zone (longer than anything I’ve made before! wordless! environments!), but I think I learned a ton from it.

I’m focusing my art efforts on comics for the next few weeks, so I should have some more lil’ comics coming very soon!

— 4 days ago with 165 notes
#comics  #comic  #art  #original art  #digital art  #fish 
blackmagics:

I made a short comic.

Err, I’m making a short comic.

I’m almost done making a short comic. This is what it looks like with all 7 pages slammed down into 1 glitchy image (WIP!) I normally only post works-in-progress to my daily blog, but I really like how this one looks.

blackmagics:

I made a short comic.

Err, I’m making a short comic.

I’m almost done making a short comic. This is what it looks like with all 7 pages slammed down into 1 glitchy image (WIP!) I normally only post works-in-progress to my daily blog, but I really like how this one looks.

— 6 days ago with 32 notes
#comics  #wip  #digital art  #original art  #it's nice down here 

some tiny rock studies + the rock-related linework for a panel in a comic.

The direction I think I’m going with borrows pretty heavily from this panel from the fantastic short comic collection White Clay, by Thomas Herpich. I really really love that book.

— 1 week ago with 3 notes
#rocks  #studies  #art  #digital art  #wip 
Testing out finished looks for a lil’ comic I’m making. I may simplify further. We’ll see.

Testing out finished looks for a lil’ comic I’m making. I may simplify further. We’ll see.

— 1 week ago with 5 notes
#wip  #comics 
blackmagics:

I liked the three lil’ knights I tweeted yesterday (top row here), so I added a few more to make it match what I’ve decided to now call the “buncha things” series.

blackmagics:

I liked the three lil’ knights I tweeted yesterday (top row here), so I added a few more to make it match what I’ve decided to now call the “buncha things” series.

— 1 week ago with 86 notes
#buncha things  #9 things  #knight  #art  #digital art  #original art 

A fish sketch I like + the full page of fish sketches.

I’ve been doing everything digital-first lately, but life drawing has put me in the mood for pencils, and reminded me of how nice it is to have a sketchbook I can flip through.

— 1 week ago with 15 notes
#fish  #sketch  #art  #pencil 
I tried out this photoshop brush pack a bit today, and in the process made these lil’ trees. I thought they looked kinda cute.

I tried out this photoshop brush pack a bit today, and in the process made these lil’ trees. I thought they looked kinda cute.

— 1 week ago with 14 notes
#trees  #brushes  #art  #digital art  #doodle  #original art 
Wish I had something better than this dinky little doodle to celebrate this double occasion. Click here to see all 300 posts at a glance.

I AM SO STOKED. I started this blog for two main reasons:

I was feeling creatively unfulfilled as a software engineer and wanted to make sure I worked towards fixing that (hence the something-a-day pledge)
I wanted to see if I could maintain a high volume of work than what I was used to without getting burnt out.
On both counts, it’s been a big success! I’m more excited than ever about making things, and more confident than ever that this path—art, comics, animation, writing, etc—is the one that will make me the happiest right now. YAY YEAH ALRIGHT HECKYEAH ok it’s time to make some cool stuff.

(technicality: I did take 1 week off last year, when I was in the desert without internet. BUT OTHER THAN THAT I’VE POSTED EVERY DAY so whatever)

Wish I had something better than this dinky little doodle to celebrate this double occasion. Click here to see all 300 posts at a glance.

I AM SO STOKED. I started this blog for two main reasons:

  1. I was feeling creatively unfulfilled as a software engineer and wanted to make sure I worked towards fixing that (hence the something-a-day pledge)
  2. I wanted to see if I could maintain a high volume of work than what I was used to without getting burnt out.

On both counts, it’s been a big success! I’m more excited than ever about making things, and more confident than ever that this path—art, comics, animation, writing, etc—is the one that will make me the happiest right now. YAY YEAH ALRIGHT HECKYEAH ok it’s time to make some cool stuff.

(technicality: I did take 1 week off last year, when I was in the desert without internet. BUT OTHER THAN THAT I’VE POSTED EVERY DAY so whatever)

— 2 weeks ago with 95 notes
#life update  #meta  #milestone  #self portrait