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.
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.
Ink, 7.5″ x 9.5″.
This past Saturday I went to the Art Car Museum with Urban Sketchers Houston . We had a special guest from Barcelona, the artist, illustrator and Urban Sketcher Lapin. He was in town visiting family and hooked up with us to draw on WorldWideSketchCrawl Day. Read More
Ink, 8″ x 11″
I used up the last couple of pages in two sketchbooks yesterday, and because I haven’t posted anything on WordPress since October I need to share some drawings. Yes, TWO sketchbooks.
Ink, 6″ x 5″
The Inktober day 10 prompt was “gigantic”, so I just had to do Andre the Giant in The Princess Bride. If you haven’t guessed already it is my favorite film.
This is a super quick sketch on a page with a couple other loose scribbles that weren’t quite working out. They were meant to be preliminary sketches but ended up being all I got done for Inktober yesterday. I like the way the page looks because it shows a little bit of process.
I’m a little behind as I still haven’t finished my drawing for the ninth. No worries. I will get it done.
Ink, 8″ x 6″
Today I continued Inktober with another Princess Bride fan art piece. The prompt today was “crooked” and Vizzini is definitely crooked.
Vizzini: “We are but three lost circus performers. Is there a village nearby?”
Buttercup: “There is nothing nearby. Not for miles.”
Vizzini: “Then there will be no one to hear you scream.”
My approach here was to use a very light, warm gray to sketch the shapes in loosely at first, and refining and defining later in darker grays. I stared at Vizzini’s jacket for a long time trying to figure out how to render it without losing my mind. I never realized how fancy that dude’s costume is! Something an art teacher said a long time ago came to mind: “indicate, don’t state”. So that’s what I went for; an indication of embroidery.
So there! I’m caught up. Tomorrow’s prompt is “screech”. Screech could be a synonym of shriek- that’s what I’m going to run with. Can you guess what I might draw?
Ink, 8″ x 6″
The prompt for Day 6 of Inktober is “sword”. I returned to the Princess Bride for inspiration today, drawing Inigo showing “The man in black” the sword his father made. Faber Castell PITT pens in a Plumchester sketchbook.
Ink, 8″ x 5″
Inktober Day 5! The prompt today is “long”. I chose not to draw something that is literally long and instead worked from the film Rumblefish. Tom Waits plays Benny, the proprietor of a pool hall where Rusty James and his friends hang out. Rusty James is sitting at the window table lost in thought.
Benny: What’s the matter with you? I ain’t never seen you sit still so long.
Rusty James: How do you know when someone’s crazy?
Benny: Well, you don’t always. It depends on how many people think they’re crazy.
Ink, 7″ x 7″
Day 4 of the Inktober drawing challenge is here and the prompt is “underwater”. I waited to see what the people at Sktchy would come up with and I used one of the source photos they suggested for inspiration. This is done with my trusty Faber Castell PITT pens in a Plumchester sketchbook.
Ink, 8″ x 8″
The Inktober challenge Day 2 prompt is “divided”. I began with a couple drawings of Ian Curtis of Joy Division but they were just not working out. When a Joy Division song popped up on my playlist I called out ,”Ian! I’m trying!” In the end it was a bust.
“What else can I do?” I wondered. Divided, divided, house divided? Lincoln! And that is how I got to Lincoln from Joy Division.
Tomorrow I am working a Princess Bride theme. It is the 30th anniversary of the film, after all, and it’s returning to some theaters for limited dates this month. Fun stuff!