I was s'posed to ink this before Halloween, but Halloween came up too fast this year, or I was inking too slow, I don't know which. Sorry 'bout the light pencils. Happy Halloween!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
It's a vacation for me to sketch with a pen. I have to remind myself every once in a while to pay attention to negative space. Note the little girl wearing the skirt and boots. I've found in almost every violin group class, about one in every twelve girls has a creative fashion sense.
Friday, October 29, 2010
More micron sketches swiped from a Suzuki Violin group class about a month or so ago. I fell deeply in love with the sandals at the bottom of the page. These pen drawings remind me of the type of line art that was everywhere in the late '60's and '70's. Check out a Boy Scout manual (paper-back edition) from this period or any textbook for that matter.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Drawn from a photo published by the New Jersey Star-Ledger, 2001. It was the anniversary of a strange incident in which a large shark had made it's way via high tide, streams, etc., inland to local swimming holes, causing all sorts of trouble. Above is from a photo taken in the '20's of a group of local gals waiting to take a pot shot at the shark from the bank of a river. Pen n' ink, prismacolor on toned paper.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Our niece surfing the "inter-web" in a tiny apartment in New Jersey, 2001. Back then, phones were hard wired into peoples homes and this is also how people received the Internet. A computer system typically consisted of several components: the hard drive, the keyboard, speakers, and a "mon-i-tor" ( not the creature from mythology!)- can you imagine?! Why I'll bet she's waiting seconds for her "X-Files" related searches to yield results! Seriously, it's prismacolor on toned paper.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Dude, blocking the entrance to the Best Buy in the suburban shop-plex that took over the flood plains of Chesterfield, Mo. I don't know why this guy tweaked me so badly. It wasn't just the offensive use of "dude" in a public setting, or his location in the entrance designed to maximize the amount of people who would notice a dominant phone display. Is it possible that I was jealous of his Ralph Lauren style, his designer hair or the fact that he had numbers to crunch? Yeah, probably.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
I've been noodling around with digital painting lately. This is something I'd started sometime in the Spring and only returned to it in the last week or so. I saw a piece by my hero Barry Windsor-Smith in which the Joker is wearing Batman's ill-fitting cape and cowl, while joker playing cards rain down on him. For the life of me, I can't remember where I saw it- online somewhere. I laid everything out quickly, then hit a few snags so I abandoned it for a while. Coming back after a hiatus I think I worked through some of my problems.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Yep, it's the only known pen n ink sketch of the only known photograph of Arthur Rimbaud .... one of my short-term personal saviors (sorry Bruce!). I recently resurrected this old sketchbook from around 2001. I was a new father and playing Mr. Mom, so I had plenty of time drinking exotic teas, fantasizing about running guns to Africa, and breaking the ancient taboo of using colored papers.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Same child from the previous post. I can't recall what made me start over the pose above and finish the pose below. The Faber-Castell pens I bought a while ago did not work out for lettering and such, but I now carry them in my man-purse and they seem to work well for sketching.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Every other Saturday, my son has violin group lessons .... an excellent sketching opportunity. I'll admit to a small amount of smug superiority of being the only only parent not farting around with their phones, droids, blackberrys, laptops, i-pads, whiz-bangs, dingle-whatsits, etc. When did I become such a dinosaur?
Sunday, October 10, 2010
The worlds seems to have gone crazy these last 2 decades .... terrorism, economic upheaval, Glenn Beck, etc. The gods are truly punishing us. It's my fault, I'm afraid! 18 years ago today, through guile, trickery and deceit, I snatched one of their own. What hubris! By marrying someone way out of my league, I've caused decades of suffering for my fellow mortals. It was worth it. Thanks, Carol and sorry everyone else!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
More goof-off drawings from the same set as earlier (done while avoiding work at my animation job some years ago). My supervisor was a real Disney fan and kept several photocopied Disney model sheets next to his desk. He was also a real straight-arrow, handsome, positive, church youth-leader.... we were natural enemies. These perversions of his model sheets were meant solely to put a burr under his saddle blanket. I don't think he ever noticed them.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
From the same collection as below, (special thanks to the MacArthur Foundation for loaning them back to me). I have no recollection of doing this, but rest assured, it was probably meant to annoy someone. It looks vaguely like John Travolta from Battlefield Earth- I didn't see the movie, by the way, as I was told if you viewed it you would become a Scientologist!