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.