Practicing my oil painting today,since its been full of fail lately. Playing with a limited palette - just Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna and Titanium White. Oil on vellum. ~3 hours. Photo ref from MJranum on DeviantArt
Just some quick hair sketches. Trying to expand my visual library of hair treatments
Here is some sketchbook stuff from a long holiday weekend visiting the in-laws. One benefit of being away from all my stuff is that it gave me a lot of time to just draw. Please excuse the crappy phone pictures.
I've been reading John Ruskin's Elements of Drawing and really wanted to do that kind of intense, highly observed sustained life study and this was the perfect time for it.
The tree started off strong, but I think I kept at it too long. Ruskin recommends that you stop as soon as your concentration starts to go, that its better to get 10 minutes of pure concentration than all day of rushed scrawling, and I think i went well beyond that point.
I think I did better on the still life, though I wish I didn't put the hard outline around the flower petals.
After the brain-numbing concentration of the last 2 drawings, this quick drawing of my niece and nephew watching tv on the laptop was a real tonic. Plus it was such a sweet pose and made their mama very happy. ~10 minutes with Copic marker and graphite accents
And finally, some imaginary sketchbook stuff. (except the head which is a Mucha copy)
Some amazing work in here, some of the pencil stuff and your life drawings really stands out. What a nice sketchbook! Really liked the cats on the last page btw (even though I'm more of a dogs person ), you did them justice. Keep on posting!
My Sketchbook: Blunder's Blund-o-rama
Thank you bupaje and Blunderguffer! I'm trying to keep at it and make some slow and steady progress
From Tuesday open model session. 2 hours. Oil on vellum.
Here's a 2.5 hour portrait from last weekend. This guy is my favorite model. He's got such a chiseled, weathered, ancient warrior type of face, its almost impossible not to get a good picture from him.
And here's some walnut ink sketchbook studies. Crappy ink technique, I know, but I really do love the look of the walnut ink. I'll be definitely exploring this avenue more and hopefully getting better at it.
Been a while since my last posting. Here are some pen and inks from my weekly life sessions.
Some new stuff from the sketchbook.
This one was done in ink at my weekly sketch group. I like how the drawing came out, but I think i was too heavy handed on the blacks, so I redid a second version at home. Not really an improvement though.
The next few are just some watercolor practice from photo ref
Thanks, man, though my technique is really a lack of technique. I personally feel my inks are too scritchy scratchy, but I'm working on that
A watercolor and ink from last night's sketch group
Awesome studies. The skin tones in the watercolor studies are really amazing. great sketchbook. inspired
sense of purpose
Thank you sin eater!
I have to say, I'm really enjoying my foray into watercolors. They're not nearly as unforgiving as I had always believed. Far easier than oils, in my opinion. It is tricky to control the water, which wants to do what it wants , regardless of my pictorial intentions, but it comes around with a bit of coaxing.
Here's another figure study from last night.
Ink wash drawing of Alima from Saturday's sketch group
Very nice work here, I admire what you're doing with the figure drawings!
art is never finished, only abandoned~Leonardo da Vinci
Thank you ezekrialase.
Last night's model was awesome. He was a real NYC steelworker and he came in his full work gear. There was so much authenticity to him, everybody got a good picture out of it.
Pen & brown ink on paper
Its been a long time since my last post. Here are a couple life drawings from the model and a pen&ink from a picture