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By Siver Black

When I wake up in the morning I almost always have a song in my head.  Does that happen to you?  Sometimes it’s music I do not like, but usually it is something good (good meaning something I like!) and it influences the music I will listen to that day.  I woke up January 7th with “Starman” by David Bowie in my head and proceeded to listen to Bowie most of the day.  The next morning turned out to be David Bowie’s birthday, so the music marathon continued and I made this drawing.
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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.

 

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Ink and coffee on watercolor paper, 5″ x 8″

“Ain’t No Wifey” was drawn in a Strathmore watercolor book.  The inspiration for this drawing came from Sktchy.  The sweet face, the leopard print coat, the hat and the cool little Vans shoes hooked me and I had to draw her.  The foreshortening at this angle is tricky!  Most of the line work was done with waterproof ink, and then I re-stated some of the marks with water-soluble ink where I wanted it to bleed.  I created the tones and washes with a water brush loaded with coffee.

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