Happy Valentine’s Day!
I have what everyone wants, a disagreeable valentine gift. An intense ginger, who seems not at all pleased. That was what you wanted, right? Sorry, but this is all I have this week. I think the brutal cold made my desire to draw hibernate….at least that’s what I prefer to believe.
(media: markers and colored pencil)
Two of my better drawings of the last week, faces referenced from models Joan Severance and François Verkerk. I employed a certain amount of exaggeration, but I like the results. In drawing this, it seemed I was either on or couldn’t do anything. Shouldn’t drawings of beautiful people always come out well? They most certainly don’t. Some of the fault is pure fatigue on my part: half because I didn’t sleep well most of the week and half because I tend to put off drawing until evening when my best hours are behind me. To make better use of my livelier hours, I started sketching from life again, people loitering on their lunch breaks, but I’ll gather those at another time. It took a few days to get back into the swing of that on-the-move style, but I liked my results after that.
(media: markers and colored pencil)
A few drawings from the week…Rey and Kylo Ren, both to be added to the Star Wars gallery shortly, and a sketch of the Stranger from Rattman Road.
(Media: pencil, markers, colored pencils)
With my focus lately on wrapping up the Duckworth revision, I’ve not been posting as many of my drawings, but of course I am still drawing every day. There have been the usual ups and downs: late in October I was doing a lot of work I enjoyed, but more recently I’ve been on a downturn. With writing sliding into the back seat for a few miles, I hope to focus more on drawing through the end of the year. To kick off a little more intensity, I decide to post the best of what I’ve been up to.
I’ve been looking to many sources for inspiration: Downton Abbey, Star Trek, manga, people I see around me, Drawing Tutorials Online (especially the work of June and Alex), and the work of Frank Stockton, Skottie Young and Moebius. There are rendered portraits, original characters in several styles, caracatures….just about anything that struck my fancy. I imagine the ideal would be to be very serious and focused, working through various exercises to gain definite skills and improve where I’m faulty, and I hope that day won’t be far off, but for now, what I want to do is have fun when I draw. And that’s what this work is, the fruit of fun.
It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; I hope so. I’m trying to learn and so I choose the inspiration I like the best.
(Media: markers, pencil and colored pencils)
Déjà vu moment this week as the company I work for has decided to try out using Revit as they grapple with a large project on a tight deadline…. Has anyone seen my plastic Godzilla?
Another week of irregular work. No real theme, other than continuing to absorb reference material so one day I can draw my characters on my own. The red-haired fellow and the girl with the sunglasses were my attempts for the week. I’ve been looking at a lot of comics, too, including Wes Craig’s art from Deadly Class and Tony Harris’s drawings in Ex Machina. I’ve also been inspired by Will Terrell’s sketchbook videos, which hearten me. I felt the opposite from watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi–great film, cool guy, but it made me depressed about my life choices. On the other hand, I finally figured out a bus route and timing that will take me to the Southside on my lunch hour, allowing me to get to Utrecht for art supplies. I’m really loving my new Pigma Brush pen! I actually did a fair bit of exploring this week, which is unusual for me, but much needed.