crowmask

Ink, 8″ x 10″

A woman in a crow mask for Inktober, day 2.  I spent a couple of hours on another drawing that just wasn’t working out the way I wanted.  This one felt rushed because of it, especially the torso.  That’s ok- I’m mostly pleased with it.  Besides, I had to have something done for day 2!  It’s too early to fall behind.  The failed drawing still interests me so I’ll revisit it in a couple of days or maybe next week.

Materials: Pilot Parallel Pen with waterproof ink, Pentel Pocket Brush, Pentel Color brushes in grey and black, Speedball Super Black for the spatter.  All on Strathmore Bristol- smooth.  That is a lot of “P’s” in those pens!  Now that I think of it my other 2 favorite tools are P’s also: PITT artist pens and  Platinum Preppy fountain pens.

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Ink, 8″ x 10″

Here is my drawing for Inktober, Day 1.  Going to make this short because I feel like there are 47,000 different things I need to get done this afternoon.

For the ink and paper nerds here are my materials:  Pentel Pocket Brush, Pentel Color Brush with grey ink, Platinum Preppy fountain pen with waterproof ink, spatter with Speedball Super Black, all on Strathmore Bristol- smooth.

LifeDrawing1

These drawings were done at a weekly life drawing session at Archway Gallery in Houston, Texas.  The first drawing is of the other artists.   I began before the model arrived and added to it here and there during the session.

LifeDrawing2

The drawing sessions begin with a series of 2 minute warm-ups and then some 5’s and 10 or 12 minute poses.  The above drawing was the first 5 minute pose of the session and I remember this because of something very specific.  The gallery manager came in and asked “Does anyone here drive a silver BMW?  You need to move it because it’s blocking the neighbor in.”  Our model, unmoving, smiles and says “Yeah, that’s mine.”  Wouldn’t you know it, the naked guy is the one who has to go move his car.

 

HomageJCV

“Homage to J.C.V.”  Woodcut relief print, 12″ x 18″

I completed this woodcut about two weeks ago as a birthday gift for my mom.  The motif is based on a design her grandfather created.  Juan Cleo Valenzuela was a skilled leather crafter and saddle maker in California.
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