Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
First post on the blog for the year -Happy New Year! A Photoshop study of a video screen freeze -Gala Mitchell in Ken Russell's docudrama about preraphaelite painter/poet Gabrielle Rosetti -Dante's Inferno. Gale played muse and ultimate William Morris wife -Jane Burden. In this scene she is posing for one of their Oxford Union hall murals as Queen Guinevere.
Gala Mitchell was a high fashion model at the time. Striking features!
Monday, December 26, 2011
More than likely the last entry of the year -the holiday season affords some spare time while you wait for whatever festivity is next. Good time for some sketching. Here's 3 pages of hand and feet studies done digitally as opposed to the usual pencil or ball point...
Monday, November 28, 2011
Ken Russell just passed away at 84. One of my personal favorite directors -I had just finished watching a number of his early films that he directed for the BBC. He re-imagined the Hollywood biopic. Nobody else depicted the triumphs and failures of the creative artist, with the rhapsodic splendor, squalidness and sadness quite the way he did. And he was often very funny.
Here's a 2009 drawing from my ballpoint notebook .
Thursday, November 10, 2011
The last life drawing stint I managed to squeeze in this year was in March - I went to as many sketch classes in Manhattan as there were in a single week. Interesting exercise and I finally got to a few places I had never been. And I also ended up with a ferocious cold, which may or may not be the result of being around so many people in such diverse settings...
Monday, January 24, 2011
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Finally back to life drawing after years. I've been painting from life, but drawing by itself is a completely different experience. Feels great to be shaking off the rust, and I'll be posting the best of the lot in the future. In the meantime, here's another exercise I've been engaging in. After having gone through the little gym visit of a life drawing class, I try to draw something I've seen and studied over the course of the evening from memory. It's an interesting exercise and I heartily recommend trying it. Also doing it in Photoshop is the ideal way of doing it, because you can hash out the details in what is a continuous redrawing process in pursuit of something not immediately clear to you-it has to be found. When you finish the drawing, and what you have really looks like what you had in your head, it's an eerie, satisfying experience.
Here are the first couple I've done:
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Many people probably already know Darwyn Cooke, but just in case -he's an award winning artist famous for working on the Warner Bros animated cartoons (Batman/Superman), and for his stylish, comics and graphic novels for DC. Anyway, he has completed an illustrated version of Richard Stark aka Donald Westlake's The Hunter which features Stark's brutal, single minded criminal -Parker. As a fun promo he and Calum Johnston who runs his blog, had a "Draw Parker" contest . You can checkout the winners and other entries of that contest on this page:
This is my entry - I tried to make it look a bit like paperback illustrator Robert Maguire, who did a ton of terrific covers over the course of his career.
And nobody came away from the contest empty handed -how cool is that?! Looking forward to forward to my copy of the book...!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
As I mentioned earlier, I had a hard time finishing a sketchbook, so the solution was to just sketch on xerox paper and put it in a looseleaf binder. Instant sketchbook! That also made it easier to deep six drawings that truly stunk.With a bound sketchbook you're either stuck with them or you have to figure out how to obscure or enhance them in some fashion. Granted this approach doesn't produce an object with the talismanic energy a real sketchbook has, but it seemed as close as I could get at the time.
About 15 years ago, I went through another intensive drawing period where I was convinced that the obsessive drawing of objects would permanently imbed them in my brain. It turns out to not really work like that (you still have to deliberately create a codified representation of the object for yourself), but it did improve my capacity for accurate drawing from life.
Included here is a group of obsessive shoe studies, and likewise of a nice resin cast skull my wife got me for my birthday from the bone specimen shop -Maxilla and Mandible in Manhattan.