My name is Ken. During the day I'm a Matte Painter and Concept Artist on feature films. In the evenings and on weekends (when I have them) I sketch and do scattered Illustration work.
I don't get to take my work home with me. The NDAs in the industry are extremely strict and the images I complete are often filed away for an extremely long time.
This has created a huge desire in myself to do as much personal work as possible.
A lot of my current stuff is done at the ol' coffee shop or Starbucks on my way home from the office.
For my movie stuff I have a matte painting section at my website www.kenmccuen.com
My weapons of choice are pencil, ballpoint pen, and watercolors. ... usually in a moleskine, or on bond paper for sketching.... rag/print-making paper, graphite, oils, watercolor, and/or digital for my finals.
I used to do a lot of pen sketching on the train to work... it made a lot of drawing look like it was created during a mild earthquake.
Some of the stuff below is pretty old (latter part of art school)... go page 7 and 8 of my sketchbook for more current stuff.
Thanks for taking a look,
Last edited by kennygeeze; November 3rd, 2013 at 03:37 AM.
You just made my day. Juno is awesome! Not to mention mixed media is friggin badass. MORE!!!!!!
Moving my stuff from the first post into this one to fix the formatting issue....
Here's more like you asked ...
Here's a couple more sketches from the train:
A couple of images I drew from a trip to a Nightwish concert. We had to ride a greyhound bus for hours, and then sit out on the porch of the bar from about 12:00pm to 7:00pm -- but we were nearly the first in line.
Last edited by kennygeeze; September 22nd, 2013 at 10:03 PM.
Nice start for your sketchbook kennygeeze. Im really liking the penciled faces you posted! Keep it up -Omerta
sketchbook updated October 6th
Definitely a great likeness. I haven't seen Juno and I didn't read your description and the first thing that hit me was "Michael Cera!"
Thanks OmertA, I guess I use pencils the most -- or at least when I'm starting any project most of my roughwork and research is all pencil.
Hey, Drin, thanks! I've been trying really hard over the last year and a half to be able to get a pretty readable likeness when I draw someone.
Portrait of Safire (the pencil drawing and the painting)
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your sketching is good I must say
the moleskine train-to-work livesketches are really great!
post more of them!
oh hey. I had seen your stuff at a sheridan grad show. it's nice to see you go and put some colour into these sketches. do you ever take any of them further?
that is some wild curly hair on the girl up there...
Hi Kalim, thanks! I have a lot more on the way... I've been sketching on the train a lot the past couple of days. I'll get them up when I can get my scanner working.
Yeah, I've been assembling a lot of sketches for potential finals. Most of my leisure time drawing is done on the train though since I work so many hours currently. I'll probably have time to do some paintings next week since I'll be off.
That's good that you remember that piece from the grad show. I was thinking not many people saw my board since it was so close to the projector.
IMC stuff from a while back
Started going to keyhole sessions life-drawing:
Last edited by kennygeeze; December 15th, 2010 at 08:11 PM.
The brown paper one is simply epic.
I bet its a lot easier once you've given up.
No one ever cared about me before. And I just tried to blow it off, you know. But it was still pretty rough. I used to think there was no place in this world for me. But...but I... still found friends. I kept at it and didnt give up, and good things happened. When you give up, you dreams and everything else...THERE GONE!
"Hard work is worthless for those that don't believe in themselves!"
Regarding your moleskins or more a general question..
I see a lot of people coloring them (most likely later on) but i was curious if you knew of any mediums that were big no no's for moleskins...for some reason I want to say they were using possibly watercolor? or acrylic...would that even be possible? I'll ask a few others but I was curious if you had seen anyone around doing something in those regards.
Obviously - awesome work. Will be coming back for more ..so i hope =).
Keep-a posting. And thanks for being here! x27 kudos. ^^
"If you want something. Go get it. Period."
Sketchbook : http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...=151856&page=4
Some of your life drawings remind me of my own in a strange way. Maybe its because people who arent looking directly at you fidget less, hu?
I like that painting, its very cold, but energetic. I thick you should try the same approach a couple times. If you liked the results that is.
When the moleskin paper gets wet it tends to lose a bit of its smoothness and starts to feel somewhat fuzzy to touch. I don't think you could go in with multiple washes of water... the paper would get fuzzy and probably tear through eventually. The A4 size moleskins have slightly thinner paper than the regular "large" size. The size that I most see them in stores is half the size of A4... I forget what designation that is... but its paper is a little thicker and more card-like.
Acrylic and guache seems to do 'okay' on it, but it's not the ideal surface. I usually use pens, graphite, or markers. If you use guache or acrylic just don't use a lot of water.
I hope that helped,
Nonobot, thanks for the comment. Yeah, I seem to be able to relax more drawing in public if the person is at an angle that they're unlikely to look up at me, etc. hehe.
I'm actually working on painting similar to that style right now we'll see how it turns out. I'll post it up when it's further along.
nice style keep it up! i love your drawings from life.
I like the pictures here! Keep on posting and drawing!