Wednesday, December 30, 2009

the cetaceanist

the cetaceanist, originally uploaded by paul heaston.

Since I haven't posted much this month (though I do have new sketches on the way, I promise) I thought I'd go way back and show some very early sketchbook work. This drawing was done 17 years ago today. I'm sure I copied the pose from a comic book somewhere, but the character is an original creation by yours truly. "The Cetaceanist" was a marine biologist and crime-fighter with various whale-derived superpowers. One of these days I'll get around to finishing the comic book I started about him. Also of note here: I no longer put little loops in my 2s.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

More from my Italy Sketchbook

Since I've haven't done a lot of new drawings lately, I thought I'd dip some more into some older sketchbooks. My Italy semester was a great experience in terms of developing a sketching ethic and a kind of discipline that I've more or less stuck to since. Here's where it all started.

sketchbook page

sketchbook page

sketchbook page

sketchbook page

moleskine sketch, tree in hyde park London

circo massimo, rome

train seat, between Firenze and Perugia, Italy

sketchbook page

sketchbook page

studio outside sketch

piazza dei caduti sketch

piazza maggiore bologna

sketchbook page

sketchbook page

bologna people

What making art looks like

...according to my sketchbook. In Italy in 2007, when I really began sketching in earnest, I drew whatever was available to me. A good deal of what was available to me were the Montana State students who accompanied me during my semester abroad. In between teaching and critiquing I ended up drawing each and every one of them at least once, and many several times. They were all also making art at the time, so my sketchbook became a record of their process and mine.

sketchbook page
l to r (I think): Grant, Katie, Regina, Megan, Sara, Brent, Chelsea, Hana, Mel (on the fence), Elisa (nearly invisible), Tiffany (ponytail), Dan, Sarah, Rikka (standing), and Jeff


brent 01





Elisa again

dan drawing

ink self portrait

Monday, November 30, 2009

Brought to you by 3M

This is by no means my first sketch on a Post-It note. But it is the first one I've ever blogged about.
post-it note tree

And here's a sketch of my Leatherman:
leatherman tool

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Medical Center, and a chair

There are too many good angles of the South Texas Medical Center to choose from, and too many security guards in parking lots for me to feel comfortable sketching there.

south texas medical center

This is a chair at the Yarn Shop shop where Linda works.
yarnivore chair

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Forgotten sketches

I almost forgot to post these. Actually, I did forget to post these. Now I am. That should solve the problem.

across the street
This is the house across the street from ours. Damned if I didn't make the foreground SUV a little bit too big.

apartments on blanco road
I drew this from my truck while it rained.

live oaks and dumpster
In Boerne, Texas

tegue's handmade wooden pull toy
Linda gave her young nephew Tegue this cool wooden pull toy. I want one.

old ford at the yarn barn

parents' living room 2009
While watching a Spurs game.

Monday, November 23, 2009

New bits and pieces

Since I was out of town for a while and started a new job immediately after coming back, I've only done a few sketches. And these are them:

calculator and water bottle

pricing gun


Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Story Mansion show

The show "Drawing On Main" went great. Dede Taylor and Erin Anderson were fantastic in helping to organize the show and get people involved! We had some terrific sponsors as well-- MacKenzie River Pizza supplied lodgepoles, Ferraro's supplied the wine and Old Main Gallery took care of the framing. We also had help from the Downtown Bozeman Partnership and a lot of help from friends and community members! I want to thank Vaughan Judge, director of the MSU School of Art, and Harvey Hamburgh, art historian, for speaking at the openings, and thanks also to everyone who attended both the receptions and the sketchcrawl workshop, despite a killer storm that left many folks stuck with tires spinning.

Without further ado, some pics and art:

The snowstorm aftermath:
Bozeman snow

Bozeman snow

Bozeman snow

Story Mansion
Story Mansion

story mansion exhibit "Drawing on Main"

story mansion exhibit "Drawing on Main"

story mansion exhibit "Drawing on Main"

story mansion exhibit "Drawing on Main"

story mansion exhibit "Drawing on Main"

story mansion exhibit "Drawing on Main"

story mansion exhibit "Drawing on Main"

story mansion exhibit "Drawing on Main"

story mansion exhibit "Drawing on Main"

story mansion exhibit "Drawing on Main"

story mansion exhibit "Drawing on Main"

story mansion exhibit "Drawing on Main"

story mansion exhibit "Drawing on Main"

Some drawings from the Sketchcrawl:
story mansion in the snow

story mansion stairs