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.
Monday, June 1, 2009
I was just rummaging through the files of an almost full external drive looking for stuff to put on disk, when I came across these archived photos of my sketches from when I went to class at The Project For Living Artists down on Greene Street, now many years ago. I was turned on to this class by some longtime illustrator buddies, who went there on a regular basis, and I continued to go for quite a while on my own after they had moved on. It was a large classic Soho bohemian basement space,and the classes were run by this guy Joe who had two cats that roamed the class. The models were almost always good, and the location for me in terms of commuting was perfect. Joe now runs a class in Williamsburg which is not a good commuting fit.
Anyway, it was a period of a lot of intense drawing from life, something which due to my current concentration on painting, I've not been doing a lot of, apart from in a professional capacity, which is not the same . Seeing the pics of these oxidized drawings, makes me really want to get back into it. I'm loving describing things with line again.
I'll have to check out the League, Salmagundi Club,Society of Illustrators, or SVA and see what fits.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I started a sketchbook last year, using a ballpoint pen in a classic school composition notebook. I thought it would be a fun thing to do. Well, ballpoints are neat and I quickly collected as many colored ink true ballpoint pens as I could find, but the paper in this book turned out to be crap. I've often poked holes through it, and had to repair it with little scotch tape bandaids. It's too late to stop, I've already drawn a great deal in it, and I consider it part of the challenge now to work with these limitations in completing the thing.
Anyway, I've selected some pages that I thought might be fun to put up here. You can see what the ink does to the surface of this paper, that's why putting it in a scanner makes it look even worse. So, the camera it is.
Those are leafhoppers on the second page. They use to used be all over our yard when I was a kid. There are all different types, but this is the one I remember. Tiny little bright green, wedge shaped guys, that hop all over the place. Yep, we used to catch them.