Monday, December 28, 2015

Escaping the Vacuum


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Up until a few years ago, I had little chance to work with other illustrators. I taught art classes with three amazing artists, and learned much from them and my students; something I continue to value very much. 
But then I made a change, and began full-time in the studio. While great in many ways, it was dangerous in a big way: I was trying to work, learn, and grow in a vacuum. Maybe there are artists out there who can do this, but I'm not one of them.

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I'm a quiet, Hobbit-ish fellow, but I need the company and interaction with other artists. Case in point: In the past, I always began sketches with graphite, but took fellow illustrator Kyle Baerlocher's advice and began sketching with a colored pencil--a Colerase pencil I found on the floor at an illustration workshop.

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It's made a huge difference in giving me a sense of freedom I've not experienced.
In the case of the bird-trapper (above), I worked back into the sketch with graphite, adding highlights and color with Prismacolor pencils.

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Over the holiday week, getting out of the studio, sitting by the fire, and sketching was a great pleasure; made even more fun using Kyle's (new-to-me) technique. In the toothy sketch above, I went back into the Colerase sketch using a white GellyRoll pen for the highlights and a UniBall Signo pen for the darks.

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For some reason, loud-mouthed singers with large teeth were the prevailing theme.

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Leaving to Fight by Kyle Baerlocher.

You can see more of his work here:
Thanks for checking out my blog--hope your upcoming New Year is fulla learning!



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