Saturday, October 28, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Today's Page from the sketchbook> I am going to attempt to set asside time to draw daily. Yeah I know, but I have found out that with my reduction in TV, I have been doing this since spring. I just need to try to sketch more. Now if I can just get rid of this blasted upper respiratory infection. The coughing is really making me cranky.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
page from the sketchbook. A rainy Saturday morning and an ink doodle to help pass time. Why is it that the more attention that one should be paying in a meeting, the better the doodle always ends up turning out? Then you have a real conflict, do you ride the sketch wave knowing that it could leave at any moment? ...Right, always pay attention to the meeting content. Good answer. Me too. Yep, Me too... yep.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
This was an attempt at an evolutionary scale of Death. Starting with a fish then going on up through mammals and primates until we reached the Grim Reaper. Needless to say, sometimes things within my head sound better in there than out in the real world. But I still thought the Ceilocanth Reaper was fun to draw.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
This is a technique that I have been working in for about a year now. I decided that I really wanted to loosen up my drawings at certain times. Also the thought of using line not only as a single describing tool but as a part of a larger description of shape and form brought forth curiosity. I could push or pull the line and not feel so restricted by its perceived finality. This piece has made it to the finals in Artist's Magaine's 23rd annual Art Competition in the figure/portrait category.
This piece was one that felt good as soon as the pen hit the board. Time walked away from me, there was only a subject, materials, and music. A good way to spend an afternoon. I am finding it a challenge to not age females with this linear technique. How Jessie Wilcox Smith, Violet Oakley, Charles Dana Gibson, and Franklin Booth made it appear so effortlessly is quite the task to undertake.
This was done during a weekly sketch group. People fade in and out when schedules allow. It is just a handful of folks. A few core individuals, then attendance ripples from there outward. It is and has been a blessing when I can carve out time to just sit and draw with others. It feels good.
This piece was the first where I was able to let myself go and start to move the ink around without care of what was down earlier. I started to toy with the the idea that line may not always be absolute. It can be pushed, moved, even fleshed out. I am trying to move the ink line in similar ways that one may move paint or push or pull values with charcoal.
Ah, the monkey page. The pages on toned paper are from this latest sketchbook. My first on the earthbound toned paper. I love it. And since a friend has gotten me hooked on the books, a couple of others have joined in. I just wish that I could find the paper in large sheets.
Monday, October 02, 2006
This is a sample of the renderings that I have been doing for quite some time. This one is titled Estes Park. It was inspired by a hiking vacation with old and dear friends several years ago. When I started this piece I challenged myself to conciously pay attention to how light hits and bounces off of the rocks.