Monday, March 24, 2014
Just for kicks (and the fact I hardly ever do it on real jobs), I decided to have some fun with a drawing i did in my latest sketchbook. I started off with a line work sketch of the pig with a Sharpie, went back into it with a Micron pen for minutia, started some of the shading with a very limited palette set of colored pencils, and then added some subtle digital colors. It's an experiment at best but it's something I don't get a lot of opportunity to do with my hectic schedule. Between teaching, clients, and just trying to have a normal life, I have to sneak this guilty pleasure in at 4:00AM!
Friday, March 21, 2014
The majority of the sketches you see in this blog are from my sketchbooks. This is what four years of sketchbooks look like. It's 25 lbs. (or just a touch over 11 kilograms for those of you on the metric scale). They're all 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" Handbook Journal Company Travelogue Series sketchbooks. In this box, there is 55 individual sketchbooks. Each sketchbook contains about 65 individual images for a grand total of 3575 drawings.
I do this as an exercise for myself; I use it to stay limber mentally and physically. I also do this on top of my real job and teaching. It gives me a chance to explore new line weights, styles, and subjects that my regular paying clientele might not ask me to do. I also do this to hopefully inspire my students, to let them know it's possible to do this. Finding the time can be tricky but it's so worth it.
Not every drawing is a gem. Some are just random scribbles. Some are done in marker, some are in pencil, some are a combination of media- but all of them I'm putting down a mark. I'm not afraid to take a chance. And if the idea is valid (no matter how rough it is), I can always come back to it and make it better. It's about taking a chance. It's my expressive nature coming to the forefront here.
And ultimately it's also a lot of fun to do.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
Ever since I was a little kid and I found out about angler fishes, I've always been fascinated by them and now that there seem to be more and more deep sea explorations, we're learning more and more about them. They're just so unique looking that they almost crave to be drawn... and who cares if it's accurate?
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Saturday, January 11, 2014
On a recent trip down to Lexington, Kentucky during the Christmas holiday, I was inspired to draw live chickens and asked to draw piranhas. It's not exactly something I draw on a regular basis and it'd been ages since I've had an assignment where I had to draw them for a paying client. It was an interesting challenge and a great deal of fun to be pushed like this.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Just recently we at CCS were blessed to have famed car illustrator, Art Fitzpatrick come by and talk to our students prior to his lecture. Not only is he CCS' oldest living alum, he's been working professionally for over 70+ years. His stories were amazing and his wit was still evident as he regaled us with his stories of drawing so many cars over the years. His drawing and painting style set the bar to how cars will be drawn for decades.
A few months back I got invited to be the sketch artist on the Travel Channel's Dead Files TV show. It's a show that features a NYC homicide detective and a psychic who do paranormal investigations. They both conduct their investigations separately from each other and at towards the end of the show, Amy- the psychic investigator will sit down with the sketch artist (me!) to draw what she saw. This is one of the images that I was asked to draw for the episode.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Monday, September 2, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I love seeing some of the outrageous wardrobes on some people, especially during the summer months. Every now and then an outfit just stands out. It leaves an impression that's tough to shake and as someone who loves to see this and documenting them, it's a guilty pleasure of mine to draw.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Saturday, August 3, 2013
No particular thought here other than another one of my takes on Dracula or any other vampire. It just started out as a set of spooky eyes, then it morphed into the vampire ears, the shoulders, and then the ragged cape. I'm not so sure about the Colonel Harlan Sanders' Kentucky colonel bow tie though.