View Full Version : Ken's sketch book-Finally updated!!!
January 18th, 2010, 12:53 PM
Hey Ken just had to post to say the stand out piece for me is your super trooper. I love the pose it has real attitude and I really like the colours they have a great vintage feel to them. :)
January 22nd, 2010, 10:02 PM
Ken, I love those gesture figure drawings on post 243!
I just started a figure drawing class, and your one minute drawings look better than my 20 minute drawings.
Keep going strong!
January 23rd, 2010, 08:03 AM
Good work on the ballerina. I didnt realize until i see your set up how big the painting is.. Gonna look very impressive after you finished. Some suggestion i want to give for the ballerina is maybe to enhance the contrast for the right shoulder and arm is to extend the second fold to the right side as well such that the shadow of the fold is at the arm area. The contrast is going to pop the figure forward. Something i notice is also the coincidental shadow line in the bottom fold at the left is meeting the shadow line at the figure chest area. I would probably bring it down. Just my 2 cents.. :) Keep it coming!!
January 23rd, 2010, 05:08 PM
ZhouPeng Thank you for the comment!
I am trying to practice different styles and
effects. I'm glad you like them!
Marian Rowling Thank you! I have been
trying to get a finished feel to different things
and it just seems to escape me every time. I am
glad you like this one though :)
a.k.a.Brady Thank you. I have been figure
drawing (gesture drawing specifically) for many years
you will catch up-Just keep drawing!
Mydrako Thanks for the feedback. I really appreciate
the advice. I will be working on the Ballerina tomorrow. I
am going to finish it up. I agree about the contrast-I will
bump it up. Thanks again!
Here is some recent school work. Another still life painting.
I think I worked for about 9 or 10 hours on it. Something like
that. Also a figure drawing that I worked on for about the
same amount of time. Also some more gestures from class.
In the digital realm I came up with some car concepts.
I would appreciate some crit on these. I am thinking that
I would like to push myself more into the illustrative and
commercial aspects of painting in the future. This fine art
stuff is just a little out of my league.
Thanks for stopping by-have a good weekend everyone! :sungod:
January 25th, 2010, 04:18 AM
I worked more on the Ballerina today but didnt get any photos. Also did a quick self portrait from life. More drawing to be done tomorrow...
January 27th, 2010, 02:47 PM
Here are some little paintovers I did from movie stills. For those who dont know who Inigo Montoya is-he is one of films best badasses, Bye for now.
February 9th, 2010, 12:49 PM
Cadbury's eh, soon to be Hershey's...or not.
anyway...excellent life drawing as per usual
what's the story behind your avatar?
February 25th, 2010, 03:25 AM
Callumbo Thanks for stopping by! I love Cadburry's and would
die a little inside if it gets taken over by Hershey's. You Britts gotta
keep that from happening! My Avatar is originally from a video game
called Star Siege. I always used it for my characters. I thought I might
make it my symbol. I think its cool...do you?
This was a crappy still life that I obviously wasnt a big fan of. Its
good news though because I get to make my own still lifes now.
It is a HUGE breath of fresh air.
Here was the recent long azz figure drawing.
This was a fun cast drawing.
This is a little Barn series I am working on. They are all 9x12 small guys. Let me know what you think as these will probably go for sale.
this one isnt done yet.
Lemme know folks! I really appreciate it!
February 25th, 2010, 04:12 AM
Man, the last still lives are great :)
March 3rd, 2010, 03:49 PM
The woman standing is stunning... I wish I could draw like this from observation (working on it...).
March 5th, 2010, 04:28 AM
Quike Garcia Thank you!!
Mawh Thank you-it is all just lots of practice. Keep at it!
Here is a little plein air study. 7x5
Quick 3 hour still life of some orange
March 5th, 2010, 04:33 AM
Great stuff man. Your digital paintings are getting better. I love your anatomy as well. Thanks for sharing.
March 7th, 2010, 03:36 AM
Are you privy to the info in regards to Ashland's move?
What are your feelings regarding Ashland's program?
Love the progress you have made.
March 7th, 2010, 03:59 AM
cubesoflard Thank you! I will try to keep posting!
biocmp They say they are moving to Hawaii in October. They said the same thing a few months ago but it was to Portland. I dont know if they will actually go. This school has moved around a few times. I am applying to the Grand Central Academy just in case. If they decide not to move then I will stay here.
The Ashland Academy of Art has good principles. They teach well and I have seen lots of improvement. It is not the best program out there-but for the money it is very solid. I am excited to potentially study at the Water St. Atelier. They just offer more than this school and NYC offers more than hawaii would for the artist. Maui would be great if I was training to be a surfer. I have a hard enough time showing up to class already!! Anyway-the school is good. I have improved. There is no argument against that. The art school is designed for that purpose. Hope that helped...
I have lots of sketches I could post but that would be kind of a pain in the ass right now. Scanning and what not. Maybe on Monday.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
July 22nd, 2010, 03:12 AM
Hi there, anything new ?
July 22nd, 2010, 03:21 AM
Thanks again Raileyh
I will check out the head demos more-And use them in my own time. The school here is pretty set in there methods. We have break for a month now anyway. I will give it a shot. I mostly struggle with proportions-but I always figured it was better to start with the face and not the outline of the head. I dont know much though.
Thanks for the feedback!
Thanks JakeG-I am trying to swim a couple ponds. See how many different kinds of swimmers ich I can get!
Now again for more- this is some more sketchbook funz. Also gestures from class- anywhere between one and 5 mins.
You have an artistic hand. Keep it up!
July 22nd, 2010, 04:51 AM
your figure drawings are wonderfully solid, and I love the long 'azzz' pose you just posted.
I find your colour work a bit too high chroma and lacking the solidity and class of your figure drawings. Perhaps that's just personal taste but I just thought I'd say :]
That said, the plein air and mini still life are nice.
keep it up !
September 18th, 2010, 09:39 PM
Your sketchbook is really inspiring to look at. I especially love your gesture drawings.
December 3rd, 2010, 01:06 AM
I am back! So Sorry it has been forever since I last posted. Ive been pretty busy! For a basic update:
I am living in NYC now. I am a core student at the Grand Central Academy. I had a freaking awesome summer full of hiking and camping. That last little plein air study sold at an auction for over $500! I competed in a paintout in Glacier Park that went great. Sold some work there too. Sadly I dont have many photos from that time. I am put my digital work aside for now...mostly because I have no space for a computer and my tablet. Literally. I pay $550 a month to share a small room and sleep on a fold out bed. NYC is a poopshoot and I cant wait to get back to Oregon!
But anyway the GCA is GREAT! The AAA had some really great qualities but I like the professionalism of this school. Plus the vibe is so much better. Lots of great folks and fun energy. Lastly-I am learning some great new skills and feel I have made a good leap in my drawings. Here they are-let me know what you think!!
First cast drawing-looong damn time.
Some block in studies.
Quick 3 hour portrait
Second cast drawing
20 hour portrait--terrible photo
December 3rd, 2010, 04:37 PM
Wow Ken what a brilliant update. You never fail to impress the hell out of me. I'm so glad things are going well for you and after seeing these beautiful drawings I hope it won't be so long before you post again. :)
December 4th, 2010, 02:51 AM
keeeennnnn~ you have me subscribed :3 you're awesome you know that? thx for stopping by the sketchbook-- time to watch you become even more awesome :D
December 4th, 2010, 04:21 AM
Great B/W studies. The shadows look great.
December 4th, 2010, 04:25 AM
The black man is very incredibly well drawn, nice man ! ;]
December 4th, 2010, 04:52 AM
Good job, very good figures study, keep up!
December 4th, 2010, 06:16 AM
Great figure studies and portrait!
Thanks for sharing.
December 4th, 2010, 06:29 AM
love your traditional stuff
December 4th, 2010, 09:54 AM
i like your drawing technique! Keep on posting this constructive stuff!
December 5th, 2010, 12:59 AM
Absolutely insane work here. Excellent shading technique, it's downright flawless. Looking forward to seeing more from you.
December 5th, 2010, 01:17 AM
yo man, great work on that portrait. great pencil work on the cast drawings too!
December 5th, 2010, 01:54 AM
Rockin' it at GCA ! cool! Your ashland gestures I think are great! You will learn a ton at GCA ( I've been with CAmie D at her new school in Brooklyn this fall).. Casts look GOOD!
March 2nd, 2011, 06:09 PM
Very nice drawing skills. Fresh line, clean shapes. I like it very much. You are good in thinking in terms of big forms and simpicity. You may benefit from trying to chip out some detail, that would make an impact to the viewer.
March 21st, 2011, 11:08 PM
Dang! Wasn't expecting such a response!
Marian Rowling Sorry it has taken so long to post again! I'm glad you enjoyed the last post! Hopefully you like this one too!
teapo Thank you sir! I will make sure to check out your book again. I dont get on this site but every once and a while!
lennon Thanks! We take forever to flatten the shadows and then do very little work in them with the eraser. Makes for a more solid drawing I spose.
Mawh Thanks man! I get a kick out of portraiture! I will post a few more but I dont think they are quite on par with him. He was an excellent model with a really distinct face.
DANKA Danke schone ... idk how to spell that. Its German. Thanks!!
insanelight Thanks! I will be happy to get back into drawing the figure again. I miss charcoal too..
hücumkediThanks man...me too. I wont be playing with the digital stuff for a while. Gotta focus on my drawing and painting.
surus Most of that constructive work was taught at the Ashland Academy of Art. The GCA doesnt get into it much. :(
cgaddicthaha thank you! That's very flattering! You should see the other student work. I dont have the patients to reallllyy get it-but thanks!
NickyBeats thank you thank you! hopefully this new post will show more improvement!
kevinwueste Kevin! I remember meeting you at a party there at Camies! I guess you have returned to California. I would have loved to do some drawing with you! I will actually be moving back to Oregon in June so maybe sometime I will get down to the big CA! Hope you are doing well! Thanks for the feedback!
MoonrageThanks for the crit! I'm hoping my studies here at the GCA will help me find that patience for the nitty gritty finishing. Definitely not my innate preference though. Detail can be a bitch!
It is almost Spring time! You cant really tell much here in the city. It just smells more like poo. It is still a good sign. I am looking even more forward to getting back West.
School is going great still. Finished my third cast and moving steadily through my final. Ive got one more month of portrait drawing class and I have started figure block-ins during the afternoon. I will post more of those later. Sorry it has taken so long to update but this drawing doesn't really lend itself to a quick pace! Hope everyone stayed healthy this winter.
I would of course appreciate any crit or feedback! Thanks!
3rd cast yo!
Portrait from December
Some of the final Bargues. stupid.
Some of my first block ins. 4 hours long.
Quick charcoal portrait I had to do...keep my sanity!
Andd a pencil portrait of the same model...
March 22nd, 2011, 03:37 AM
great sketchbook and huge improvement from the first page !
I really wish I can do an art school.
March 22nd, 2011, 04:08 AM
Such an awesome Sketchbook, your life drawings are so cool
March 22nd, 2011, 10:28 AM
Great pencil drawings dude! Would like to see some more imaginative drawings tho
Keep em coming
March 22nd, 2011, 10:41 AM
Nice rendering and the last portraits are awesome! Hope you don't get too tired doing the bargue stuff.
March 22nd, 2011, 04:54 PM
Well worth the wait Ken. I can only try and imagine how many hours you must have spent looking at that cast. Looks fantastic. Your self portrait is my favorite, great hair and beard, very soulful. I'm so glad you've found the training you were looking for and I hope we get to see more. :)
March 22nd, 2011, 08:39 PM
Wow, I agree with Marian... You must have a lot of patience to get such great detail. Beautiful rendering. Perfect! I'll keep checking in. Definately inspiring...
March 22nd, 2011, 08:48 PM
Just finished looking at your sketchbook and you are indeed artistic in every the sense of the word. Your pieces are consistent and excellent. Good thing you decided to update your sketchbook. I'm looking forward to see more posts from you.
April 13th, 2011, 12:48 AM
I saw your sketchbook about a year ago. Great updates, really nice work!
January 11th, 2012, 03:58 PM
TheGeek- Thanks! Art school is a must. Just make sure you spend lots of time drawing!
sony Thank you! I wish it were easier to draw from life everyday.
DeJakhalz Sorry man-wont being seeing many imaginative drawings for a while. I have a show to get ready for.
hummel1dane Thanks-practice is always kinda sucky. The Bargues paid off though!
Marian Rowling That was NOT a self portrait! haha! That was a model. I wish I could grow a beard! Yeah...those drawings took a long time. Not really my style but great for learning.
Masayasu Sorry to disappoint-wont be any more drawings like that.
john-briner-art Thank you :) That comment is very appreciated.
starshptroopr Thanks!! trying to keep improving. Hard work though..
Okay-So I did not return to the GCA this year. The city was too much to handle and my personal approach to drawing and art did not match the school as well as I hoped. The experience there was beyond crucial-and helped me in many ways. I hated NYC with passion but I loved the school-fully recommend it to anyone. If you have questions I will do my best to answer them.
I am now back in Oregon living the dream. I am going to be participating in "The Western Masters Art Show and Sale" in March. I have been busily painting trying to get ready for it. The work is all pretty western-landscapes and cowboys etc. Still trying to find my style-not settled with where these are now. I feel like my color has a long way to go.The photos are not the best either. So with all that said-here they are. Crits would be very appreciated! Thanks everyone!! Happy 2012!
Heaven's Peak Study
Falling Winter Plein Air
Thinking of calling this "Still life" lol
Dust in the moonlight
Past the Horizon
Another day on the job
January 14th, 2012, 11:29 AM
Marian Rowling That was NOT a self portrait! haha! That was a model. I wish I could grow a beard!
:) Ha ha Ken, silly me for making that mistake! I am glad to see that your still staying true to your heart and it's great news about the show. I really like the paintings and I think the colours look very bright and fresh. My favourite is 'Defiance' but I did have to laugh at your 'Still Life' suggestion. Hope it goes well for you.
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