Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Studio sketches: girl characters

In between a family thing that took up most of last week, finishing the newest round of Capital Mysteries art (coming soon on the other blog) and getting ready for a quick work trip (yes, more airport sketches likely next week), I haven't had much time to draw and post. But took the day yesterday to play around a little with the idea of girl characters. Some are more realistic, some are more imaginary, all are drawn out of my head trying to use some of what I've been focusing on in the subway & street sketches.

It was a fun day; this is just a little of what I came up with. I wanted to end with a little challenge, so after a late dinner, I just drew a bunch of ovals on a blank sheet and tried to come up with a nice variety of faces.

Another good challenge would be to draw this many ovals and try to make the same face in as many different expressions as possible. Maybe on the plane to Berlin. It's going to be a long flight.

Subway sketches

100 Eyes 13-16

Drawn live on the subway

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Chelsea Market 1.10.09 (brush pen)

Top row, just brush pens; bottom row, ballpoint pen first. I think the latter looks better on the page and the former better onscreen...

Chelsea Market 1.10.09

Sketching is becoming a regular feature of my grocery shopping. Uncomposited scan of one page, layered color in Photoshop.

Subway, 1.7.09

I don't think everyone was in this foul a mood, really. Just me.

Chelsea Market 1.4.09

Brand-new sketchbook, brand-new year. Composite of images from two different pages.

100 Eyes #5-12

Killing time the Old Reliable Macintosh shop waiting area. Some of these are drawn from life, others out of my head.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

First Bike Ride of 2009!

Up the West Side, once around Central Park. That earns me one (1) Bethesda Fountain:

About a ten-mile round trip. After I get some better cold-weather biking gear I ought to be able to do better than that.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Barred Owl

Sometimes it's fun just to go whole hog with the graphite. I laid this out a couple of years ago for my mom's birthday and never got around to doing it; I ran across it a week or so ago and decided it would make a nice quiet-time project in between holiday runnings-around. Done from a photo in this utterly wonderful book.


Thursday, January 1, 2009

New toys for Christmas!

Got a new pair of Japanese brush pens for Christmas (thanks Walter!), one with black ink and the other with a water well. Tried 'em out at the laundromat yesterday. Very quickly found out that the black ink is water-soluble, which lets me mix it with the walnut ink from the pen I've already been using. Very good change-up from the ballpoint pen I've been using.

Ballpoint pen and walnut ink

Fooling around with the brush pen on the plane to Cleveland over Christmas.

JFK sketches Dec. 22

Drawn at JFK, waiting for my sister and her kids to arrive from Paris for Christmas. Trying a little Photoshop color to break the monotony of pen on white paper.