Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
He's in his mid- 80's and sharp as a tack. I wish I was.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
About a month ago, I started using my lunch hour as an opportunity to sketch people coming and going from discount department stores. Originally I was preoccupied with the clothes people chose to wear in public. Alright, it was a sneer-and-mock mission. The pickings were pretty slim, though as I work in a relatively upscale area.
I need access to some of the outlying towns where I once saw an obese young woman wearing a t-shirt with the word "Sublime" stretched across her front in pink letters. I'm haunted still. Or the Aryan Nation gentleman who frequented a local Wal-Mart Superstore, with swastika tatoos and children in tow. Heartwarming.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I draw using Black Prismacolor pencils for the most part. For years I drew with the Color-erase Blue pencils favored by most (as far as I know anyway) animators. I switched a few years ago to Black Prismacolor, primarily to get a rich dark line that didn't smear. I think this has something to do with my animation background. As a species,(animators) we're obsessed with bold, clear outlines and not so much by shadows and atmosphere. I sometimes have to remind myself that it's okay to smudge lines and have fun with textures. This is all just pissing in the wind, of course .... isn't it all done by computers now anyway? The idea got scrapped due to my ignorance of mathematics, tattoos and shaved headedness.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
And so, I begin a blog which is primarily about drawing, with a digital painting. I admit to having mixed feelings about digital work. I'm old, and a fuddy-duddy, and it'd be just like me to avoid a perfectly good tool just for the sake of principal. It appeals to my lazy nature. I can sit down, open Photoshop, paint wildly for 10-15 minutes, then walk away with no mess to clean up.
It had been a while since I'd been able to paint digitally. My wife attended her 1st year of Law School this year, and we share one laptop, so guess who had to wait his turn. A new P.J. Harvey cd caught my eye and I decided to break in with something easy. I began on a toned background and sketched in the basic shapes. I soon realized I was trying to draw the painting, so I widened by brush stroke considerably and dove in to the shadows. I gradually tweaked some of the mid-tones and tightened some of the features, saving the highlights for last. The white hatching over the background is a swipe from J. C. Leyendecker. Steal from the best!
I read an interview with a hot-shot "conceptual designer" from Denmark who advised against using too many layers in Photoshop. He was producing some intricate work, yet claimed to use only 3-4 layers at most. This has helped me immensely! Tone the background, draw/paint on the next layer, and save additional layers for experimental lighting or anything you may feel unsure about. This has helped me keep my pieces fresh (I think) and spontaneous. It also saves a lot of time not having to waddle around a dozen layers every time you want to add a stroke.