Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The list of media I've never tried includes all sorts of obvious things: oil paint, etching... but ink wash? Had a spare afternoon yesterday to fool around with it, using some newspaper photos. It's hard... everything they say about watercolor that's only sort of true (no going back, unforgiving) really is true here. Most of what I came out with was a total mess; these were the best of the bunch.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Short drawing expedition with Ann to the American Museum of Natural History. She was working on elephants but the crowds in African Mammals were too much for me... plus, I looked into the dusty glass eyes of the antelopes and decided that I wasn't in a mammal mood. So, up the stairs, around the balcony, through the sad fluorescent morgue of New York State wildlife and into the North American birds. Taxidermy up there looks a little scabby up close, but plenty to draw. Magpie, osprey head, and I forget which kind of hawk. The feet on the hawk are too big. Ballpoint pen on paper.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Both of this drawing and the one below it are a little rough around the edges because I haven't drawn anything like this in ages. I miss doing oldey-timey rock-and-forest storybook stuff... a little time in Germany brings out the Grimm in me. Or maybe it was hanging out with these guys... Ball point pen on paper, drawn on the plane ride back from Germany.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Drawn while standing in a very long, very slow line while an entire airplane's worth of passengers got rebooked. Got a seat on a flight tomorrow and a hotel room tonight. This, my first-ever remote blog post, is courtesy of the hotel's free wireless Internet-- thank you Marriot Courtyard! Image not my usual tidy scan: shot with camera and uploaded with no retouching, rearranging or prettying-up. Ballpoint pen on moleskine.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Spent Halloween in Ohio this year, which meant I got to carve (and art-direct) the pumpkins for the porch.
The vegetation (except the hay bale) is all from my mom's yard; the glowing eyes are clear colored glass marbles. We always did pumpkin-eyes that way when I was a kid. In the last few years I discovered that if you cut open the pumpkin from the back (instead of the classic around-the-stem technique), the marbles refract and round out the image of the hole and give the eyes spooky, flickering dark pupils.
Yes, I 'm a dork. Be glad I'm sparing you the full details of candle-placement strategies.