Sunday, April 28, 2013

Life Drawing at D.U. 4.27.13

Roughly in order from longest to shortest poses.  (Or reverse chronological order, you could say.)  Aja was the model.  This is my second session sketching her, and she's very good.  She has this neat '40s/'50s look with the bandanna and bouffant hairstyle that Linda likes as well.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013

Trading Portraits

After posting a few of my self-portraits on my Facebook page, the amazing sketcher and online friend France "Wagonized" Belleville-Van Stone asked if she could give my likeness a try.  Wow.

Undaunted, I foolishly asked if I could return the favor.  And, being the hedger-of-bets that I am, I sketched her twice in the hope I would get enough right in each sketch that they might possibly match the quality of France's effort, at least when remembered together.

quickie sketch of France (Wagonized)
A quick charcoal and white conte sketch on toned paper

Sketch of France (Wagonized)
Longer duration sketch, with white Sakura gel pen and sepia Copic multiliner with white conte on toned paper

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Unfinished business

It may seem hard to believe, but I don't share everything I draw or sketch.  In fact, I have tons of unposted and/or unscanned material.  Sketching takes time, and that's something I often run out of.  So making lots of sketches equals making lots of unfinished sketches.

Here's a few unfinished sketches, most of which I haven't shared before.  You'll notice in the Moleskine sketches that the left sides are done but the right aren't.  In my other sketchbooks I often use pencil beforehand, so the sketch can develop a bit more organically, but Linda pointed out to me that I work from left to right pretty much without exception in Moleskines.
Details from the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, TX

Facade of the Express News Building, San Antonio, TX

The Leaf and Bean coffee shop, Bozeman, MT

The Gourmet Burger Grill, San Antonio, TX
Biryani House, Berkeley, CA

Crowd at Red Rocks, Denver, CO

Counter at Magnolia Pancake House, San Antonio, TX

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Self Portraits

We have mostly stationary mirrors in the house, except for a tall skinny one that I have to drag out of the bathroom for self-portrait sketches like this:
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So I finally went and bought a $5 small mirror at Target and did this self-portrait last night while Linda watched "Cold Case Files."
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Friday, April 12, 2013

Wash Perk Fisheye

I dropped by Wash Perk today to drop off a print of my previous sketch for the owner (who saw it on Facebook and loved it, I'm happy to say), and stuck around to do another sketch.  Good day.

At Wash Perk again

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Figure Drawing at DU and Redline

Went to two figure drawing sessions this week, one at University of Denver on Saturday, and then the regular Wednesday night session at Redline.

DU:
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life drawing at University of Denver

life drawing at University of Denver

life drawing at University of Denver

Redline:
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redline 4-10-13

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Living Rooms past and present

Whenever it snows and the streets ice over, my sketching options narrow a bit.  I have a set on Flickr that contains no fewer than 85 sketches done inside my home or others'.

Here's a couple of recent living room sketches, and some past classics.

2013, Denver, Colorado:
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2009-2010, San Antonio, TX:
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living room on beryl

2007-2009, Bozeman, MT:
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new living room

the living room