Saturday, December 8, 2012

Soap opera sketches

 Doing a little character project for myself using TV soap operas as source material. This drawing is sort of a kick-out from that project: so much plastic surgery on these actors, so many crazy gym bodies... it's like monster drawing, but with people!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mourning dove

I draw a lot of birds from photographs, but every now and then I get a live model. For some reason, once in a while, usually when it's really cold old, I'll get a mourning dove that comes and just hangs out on the shelf outside my window.

I happened to be at home, with graphite and paper already out. So I took a few minutes for it.

These aren't really great drawings, but they were fun to make. Winter's just starting, so maybe I'll get a chance for another round.

New Moleskine Pages

I haven't posted any moleskine drawings in a while, partly because I've been doing them less regularly, partly because I've been experimenting with color. I'm partway through the second sketchbook's worth of these.

If the whole point of this kind of drawing is staying loose and explore some new corners, I think these succeed.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Watercolor warmup

Not having picked up watercolors for a couple of months, I wanted to put my head back into them a little before finishing a big piece that's all laid out on my desk.

Just penciled in some random characters and painted them, working down from the top. The piece I'm warming up for has a lot of faces, so I concentrated on those.

Not sure why everyone looks so pensive/hostile.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

TV sketch monster

Sketched while watching TV. It doesn't have anything to do with what I was watching; I just wanted to draw so I could feel productive while not, in fact, being productive at all.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Not Quite a Monster Drawing

Worked up from a phone doodle and inspired, a little, probably, by the big heap of awesome that is Walter Krudop's new website.

July Museum Drawing: Fossil Fish at the Natural History Museum

The early vertebrate hall at the Natural History Museum is one of those rooms I've been meaning to draw in for ages. So much crazy all in one place... and the potential material for monster drawings is everywhere you turn.

This wasn't even scratching the surface.

July Museum Drawing: African Art at the Met

When all else, fails, I go back to the African rooms at the Met. It's such a target-rich environment, I can't imagine anyone who likes to draw not finding things here to engage and delight.

July Museum Drawing: Egyptian art

There was some museum drawing in July, and Egyptian art was one of the themes that sort of developed. First was the Met exhibition on the earliest Egyptian art, later on there was a visit to the Brooklyn Museum's Egyptian collection.

Instead of focusing on the best-known, monumental work, I took a turn through the cases with the smaller, more obscure objects. Once you get into it, any big style or period has its quirks and odd corners, and that was where I found myself this time around.

None of this stuff (well, the falcon, maybe) exactly fits our stereotype of Egyptian art... but here it is, just the same.

The Egyptians really knew how to stylize natural forms. This frog was one of several in one of the cases and I think it's my current Favorite Thing on Earth.

This 'Bird Woman' lives at the Brooklyn Museum, but was over at the Met for the Early Egypt show. She's gorgeous and weird and you can't quite believe that those thin, sweeping terracotta arms have managed to survive for all those hundreds of centuries. She delivers an unusually strong emotional note in the Met installation and I went back to look at her a couple of times on later visits.

Next time, maybe I'll have a go at the big Pharaoh heads and whatnot as a counterpoint to to all of this.

Always more to draw. Always more to look at.


Apparently I'm not the only one who thinks Bird Woman is pretty great. Sharp-eyed all-around smartyboots Ann Marshall sends me this evidence that she also turned up at some point in the HBO series True Blood:

They shot her from the back, which might be the only time in the history of the show that they passed on a chance to show bare breasts.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Cleveland cityscapes

I don't do that much landscape drawing, but every now and then I get out and give it a whirl. These were from a day out in Cleveland's inner-city last fall.

Kraft paper sketchbook at Chelsea Market

Some more of last winter's drawings. These were from a kraft paper sketchbook I used at Chelsea Market. It was fun, cheap paper, and the drawings were mostly no-stakes warmup pieces. But some of them came out OK.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

100 Eyes 33-37

Drawn from various internet photos I pulled over a long period of time and saved for this purpose.

These were part of a whole program of exercises I gave myself at the beginning of 2012 to get my head back into drawing after all the time away.

Moleskine Dump - Monsters

I think I drew the top one in an eye doctor's office while I waited for the drops to take effect. 

I think I wasn't quite done when the drops basically made it impossible to focus, which is why this is a little less finished than my drawings usually are. But that's kind of a good thing.

I completely forget when this was made. Waiting for a movie to start, maybe?

Moleskine Dump - Full Figures

Because I don't only draw heads.

Moleskine Dump - Heads

Most of the blogging break was also a break from art in general. Family stuff which took up a lot of time and a lot of brainspace. Sketchbook work was pretty much the only work that happened in most of 2011 and the early part of 2012. When life is complicated, the drawing gets simple: simple materials, very limited subject matter. Or maybe 'focused' is a better word.

I think some of these came out OK.

100 Eyes, #25-32


One of the first projects I started on this blog was the 100 eyes series. 

I've pretty much blown the original goal of doing 100 eyes inside of a year, but the project is still going, slowly but surely. These are from late January/early February 2011, mostly done from magazine covers and posters while waiting for trains on subway platforms.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Wake up, little blog monster...

I was away longer than I meant to be. But I got some new stuff to show you!

And eighteen months is a long enough nap for anyone.