Tuesday, January 17, 2012

More Hand and Feet Studies

More hand and feet studies. Actually, they're a good wake up call before I try anything more challenging on any given day...
And they're something to do as opposed to nothing to do on days I haven't figured out what's next...

Friday, January 13, 2012

Neck Study

Neck study sketch in Photoshop. Odd source photo. I think it's Brigitte Nielsen...

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Gala Mitchell as Jane Morris

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

Hand and Feet Studies Farewell 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

Bye Bye Unkle Ken

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

Life Drawing March 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

Rosario Dawson Drawing

Little drawing of Rosario Dawson in the same sketchbook as the Audrey Hepburn. First drawing in the book since that one, actually...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Claudia Black as Aeryn Sun

Since July -GEEZ! Let's remedy....
Here's a little oil painting from yesteryear -Claudia Black as Aeryn Sun from the SF TV show Farscape...

Friday, July 23, 2010

Painting of Lance Henriksen

Haven't put anything up here in eons, so let's put up this oil study I did of Lance Henriksen about 2 years ago. Lance here as Frank Black from the television show "Millennium".

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Life Drawing Beginning of May

Due to circumstances beyond my control life drawing on hold for the remainder of the month. Here's the last "acceptable for others to view" output...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Some Current Life Drawing

Winding down a run of life drawing work at a particular location, so here's a few current samples. Finally feel like I'm getting back to some of the train of thought I had many years ago when I did this constantly. It took almost a year it turns out. There are still some things I feel I did better then, that I'd like to regain, but there are some new approaches to problems that were definitely not there years ago.
One would hope, right?

Saturday, January 9, 2010

A Few Current Pastels

Happy New year!
Here's a few pastels that I've had in exhibitions in this past year:

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Life Drawing 2009

Here's a few current drawings from class...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

From Memory

I got a little cocky and waited too long on this, I saw these people on the train two weeks ago now. Still a lot of the things I wanted to draw are there. Finally got around to drawing it this morning...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

My Sargent Knockoff -Helen Dunham

When first getting seriously back into oil painting about 6 or 7 years ago, I decided to start by diving in the deep end of the pool and "reverse engineer" a number of paintings by accomplished artists of the past. This, one of my favorite John Singer Sargent paintings of Helen Dunham, is probably the most successful. Done to scale from a meticulously studied drawing, it took me a looonng time to do. And the punchline of course is, I didn't miraculously turn into Sargent upon completing it. But I did learn a lot.
I still like this and it hangs in my house, but it needs to be restretched and given a nice frame...

Monday, October 12, 2009

From Memory

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

Skull Study in Pastel

Another skull study from my resin cast skull, done in pastel on masonite, a few years ago...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Hunter: The Darwin Cooke "Draw Parker" Contest!

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

A Couple of Still Lifes

I haven't posted for a few on this blog, so I'll post these - a couple still lifes done in oil on board around this time last year. I like painting still life subjects, I find them very relaxing to do. Obviously the subjects don't move, so the only problem you have to deal with is changing light. The idea for these was to juxtapose slightly incongruous objects. The one with the Mad Ball I still have hanging in my studio. They're all "8"x"10"on gessoed cardboard.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Audrey Hepburn in a Sketchbook

A drawing I did in another one of my unloved sketchbooks. Graphite and white Prismacolor on toned paper.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Take 3

Closer to what I had in mind in the first place...

Take 2

A slight variation...

Monday, July 6, 2009

Drawing Board Jam-Yoga Poses

The first rendering is something I did for an ancient jam over at the Drawing Board. Old for them-new for me. It's a yoga pose but I have turned it sideways. Yoga poses are interesting to draw because of the extreme tension and flexion of the form, and as seen in earlier posts I like to tackle poses like these often. On a related note, the second, is a drawing from the as of yet unfinished ballpoint pen sketch book that was complicated but fun to do.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Barron Storey's Journals Exhibited At the Society of Illustrators Till the End of July

Do yourself a favor if you are in the New York area and go see the exhibit of illustrator Barron Storey's journals at the Society of Illustrators in Manhattan. There are 150 of these intensely detailed journals and they just might rock your perception of what it means to create art . I made it a point to go through all the journals and feel well rewarded for my effort. Go see, go see!!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

More From My Back Pages

Since in my current line of work I'm obliged to draw everyday people most of the time, I've clocked in time practicing drawing them from magazines and stock books. Here's a couple of old pages I thought were something like fun, with a lot of Liliputians in suits...

Sunday, June 7, 2009

My Nostalgia Files: Shoes and Skulls

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.

Here's the Shoes...

And Here's the Skulls...