Sunday, October 27, 2013

Passenger. Mixed media.

Am all in my head, suddenly thinking hard about what I do, why I do it, and what I am gonna do about it.
(And I wonder why artists are so often accused of being navel-gazers.)

Still, if art motivation (or any other motivation) isn't examined once in awhile, the result could be tedium, or much worse.

But thinking about where I want my pictures to go next has never been a preoccupation until recently. Finished this little fellow after a workshop about characters.
Now I need to take everything I 've learned from the past six months of self-imposed study and everything I learned from the workshop (which was a lot) and move ahead.


When I figure it out, it'll show up here I guess.

Anyway, thanks for the visit!

Monday, October 21, 2013

A Great Pumpkin Workshop
A detail of a Work in Progress. I'm hoping to finish it tonight.
Last Sunday I got the chance to teach a four hour mini-workshop about Drawing 3D Jack O'Lanterns.
Teaching is particularly satisfying when the group is fearless or cheerful, and fortunately, this group was both.
I covered quite a bit of information in a short time, and using their drawn notes and a goofy plastic pumpkin for reference, the class jumped into their drawings!
 I apologize for my poor photo skills. Still, you can see some of the class' WIPs below:
An emerging sketch by an artist who specializes in graffiti-style works.
Another by a young lady of about ten years old;
This one by the young lady's Mom.
 A page of notes and the resulting WIP.
This one was by a student who told me this was her second attempt at art--her first being a wine and paint experience.
Hope they all were as pleased with their results as I was!

The class took place at Willow: An Artisans Market
The owner, Helen Rice, is warm and hospitable, and it's a wonderful gallery to explore. In addition, a variety of classes run there on Sunday afternoons. Take advantage of them if you can.
Thanks for checking this out!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Inspirations, Coveted Things, and Some Old Drawings

Very little of my childhood stuff remains, but this magazine somehow survived. The classic horror films were (probably still are) a major influence. Afflicted with nightmares as a kid, I still couldn't  resist this magazine. Year after year my parents would hesitantly buy me a copy when we'd go on a road trip. That probably kept me fairly quiet--at least during the day.
Each issue was full of corny text and terrible puns, but I ate up the black and white photos of the filmland creatures, and yearned for all the offers advertised in the back.
This fantastic model kit for only .98 plus .27 for shipping? I wanted this so bad--hard to believe I didn't have a dollar and a quarter for it.
But this really kills me--only one buck for a lifetime membership, a full color pin, and an 8" x 10" full color print of Frazetta's Uncle Creepy!
Couldn't scrape up a dollar for this either, but in one way it was a good thing--it forced me to draw my own monster versions, which my parents carefully saved in a folder.
Frankenstein's Creature
The Phantom of the Opera
Renfield (from Dracula)
More than any of the monsters, this guy scared the heck out of me. Dwight Frye's portrayal spawned more than a few night terrors. Maybe drawing him helped a bit. (I obviously had little patience with color back then.)
But they all have pinholes in the tops, which means they hung as my bedroom décor.
Thanks for checking this out!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fall Season Stuff
Evil Jack (detail of black and white version). Pen and ink with gouache, private collection.
Good old October. Usually unprepared, this year lots of my works have centered around witches and pumpkins, etc. Evil Jack was first sketched out on a recent plane ride to Seattle. And the expression?  It was on the face of a sales clerk I saw at JoAnn--no kidding! (Very glad she wasn't holding scissors.)
I try to be aware of and remember lots of faces and expressions for use later in drawings, and if I see a good one well, a quick sketch of the memory once I'm home usually cements into my brain. In this case, the expression was unforgettable. Put me in mind of a good horror flick it did!.
Evil Jack II (detail of color version). Pen, inks, and gouache, private collection.
The stuff nightmares are made of, right?
But it is Halloween season, and I'm going to be teaching an illustration-techniques workshop--featuring Jack O' Lanterns at Willow, one of the galleries that represents my work.
Not quite as malevolent-looking as Evil Jack. Probably because the expression didn't come from anything I'd recently seen, and it was a quick sketch. Still, this is the one Willow used for the class promo.
I'm looking forward to the workshop, and have always been partial to drawing 3-d pumpkins. 

And if you're in town and want to join me for the workshop, just email the gallery and they will reserve your space:
Thanks for checking out the work!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Illustration Process: Part 3
Sketch of Goblin-Master. Pencil, Micron pen, and Prismacolor.
I threw some quick value and detail into this nasty fellow from Part 1
It will seem like I got sidetracked, but finishing sketches--even roughly like this one--is part of the process I value very much, partly because it's good practice, and it also expands my mind a bit.
By thinking about light and shadow, and getting more detailed with the design of the clothing, I get to know my character even better. In this case my sense is that this guy's too long-leggedy for my original concept, but I'm going to remain flexible in my head, proceed, and see what happens.
Also, goofing around with the sketches is total relaxation. I dislike being my own task master all the time, so by carving out a half hour to play a bit in the sketch book I'm able to draw for no real purpose other than enjoyment. That's important.
And the mouse is next. I'm fairly certain about that.
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