1-30-2004 - Today's Sketches
I've always used pastels so I never really saw a need to buy any, but nonetheless, the set of conte crayons I ordered came in today.
So, I gave them a test run. I think I'll like em. I used to use my semi-soft pastels to do the same thing, but these are thin, simple, and they've a peculiar texture that I could get used to. I wonder how they taste?
anyhow, conte try-out:
These past few days I've, once again, been busy doing a commission. For the curious, here's a poor quality (low-light/wet paint) preliminary pic (I'll get a better pic before shipping it out): here
I've just 4 commissions left before I get back to life/art as usual. Gah! I just wanna draw!
11-30-2004 - Today's Sketches
Thanks again Rodrigo!
Here's tonights work. I wrote down the working times, but these are not from life, they're from some large photos (suuuch a sweet book care of my mothers bookstore). The times are just for my own reference.
Oh, and this little bird? thing happened when I was testing out painting on the reverse side of some new prepared acetate I purchased.
i never use a tablet or cg, but i was playing paint chat and before i was kicked out of the room for not speaking japanese I made this semi-birdlike vultury mess here
c&c welcome as always
12-1-2004 - Today's Sketches
Hey all. Here's what I was up to so far this evening.
From Life (my harmonica, the paper box it stores in, and a rubber band)
self-portrait using a MIRROR
Mirrors are great for quick anatomy checks while drawing out stuff, but it's such a challenge to sp from. Anyhow, I blame the static pose on the mirror. :P I had to ensure that I could keep the pose, so to speak. A non-photo ref expression/better pose could be the next self portrait challenge.
pretty soon I'm going to start doing some from-life conte portrait studies in preparation for sidewalk portraiture. I've little idea how to pull it off, but the first day I do it I'll be doing 15 min portraits for free. That way I get free models and they get to keep the practice. Hopefully after that I'll be ready? for the real thing.
Thanks for looking!
12-02-2004 - Today's Sketches
Rodrigo - Not well. :)
This evening I planned to do another charcoal study using that huge book as a ref and then a series of loose ink drawings. Unfortunately the charcoal drawing took way longer than I expected. Anyhow, if only you could imagine how much erasing it took for me to get this figure right (not that I'm saying it's perfect, and I'm very skeptical about those hands, but nonetheless). I'm glad I have an electric eraser.
Although the point of these is just to hone my ability to 'see' the figure and get it all down with proper proportions etc, eventually I got bored and wanted to make it at least sorta interesting. So, consider her the (cue fearsome music)... ladybug hunter? The model had a big flower hat and was looking at her hand like she'd just been given a valium. Now, she's the ladybug hunter. I think she eats them.. definitely
Thanks for lookin'
btw, today's the one month mark for my sketch thread.
12-05-2004 - Today's Sketches
pattern - Thanks! I appreciate the crits! And, you're right, that barn needs some darkening and some layers. And that scarf.. I never noticed that. You're dead-on. Many thanks for the well-thought out crits. I love getting crits.
zebz - Thanks for postin and for the comments. I'm looking forward to the portraits, but I still need to pin down my friends and force them to sit for some test-runs. I think I'll need a generic sort of face really down-pat before I try it.
I was away for the weekend with my gf on our 2nd year dating anniversary mini-vacation. But, here's what I was up to this evening.
i was just having some fun with prismacolors and drops of alcohol on the paper
and, there's these rapid gesture drawings from some domais, but they're not worth posting the images directly, so 1 2 3
Thanks for stopping by,
12-07-2004 - Today's Sketches
Thanks Rodrigo. I always appreciate the support.
Today I finished up what I started last night. This is from a decent photo ref, but I did the face no-ref, so I'm a tad worried that it's off and I've just been staring at it too long to see the problems.
Oh, I 'aged' a stack of arches paper different shades using ink. I think I kinda like the look, though I wish I used a darker shade for this one to serve as more of a mid-tone. Anyhow
It's only mid-day, so I'll probably do another update later tonight.
THanks for looking!
c&c appreciated as always,
12-08-2004 - Today's Sketches
Her face, no ref again, came out more mature than what I had in mind, but I went with it as it evolved anyhow. The rest of her is based on a ref pose.
I'm liking using ink toned paper. I'll probably be making more sheets, especially some darks.
c&c appreciated as always
12-11-2004 - Today's Sketches
WOW! I'm really take back by all the comments. Hey, and they're good ones too. :)
Zebz - Yeah, it's crazy, but there's stars. If people are diggin' it, that's awesome. Many thanks!
Digby - Thanks so much! Really, your comment means a lot to me. By the way, I usually use mechanical pencils. I break the leads _constantly!_ You're right, I'm often heavy handed. I'll try to get more loosey goosey. It's necessary.
Argh - Many thanks! ANd, thanks for visiting the site as well.
sideshow - I've stunned you. You may still be immobile. Many thanks. I'm thrilled to hear that I incapacitated you. ;)
Jung - Many thanks! Yep, keep working daily.
Rodrigo - Your support is awesome. Thanks man.
Okay. Last night I did a figure study in oil.
Oh, it's small btw. 9x12 canvas. There's nothing like trying to take a picture of wet canvas in a dark room. But, here's the pic.
Thanks everyone! The support is very valuable to me.
c&c welcome as always.