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.
Ink and watercolor, 9″ x 7″
I have driven past this boat numerous times over the last few months and it always makes me sad. On a dreary grey day a couple of weeks ago I stopped to draw it. The drawing is unfinished because it began raining too hard to continue.
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 and watercolor, 7.5″ x 9.5″
My truck needed an oil change and some brake work done. I brought my sketching gear with me with the intent of drawing my truck up on the lift and capturing a mechanic or two in action. Instead I found this!
Ink, 6″ x 9″
This is a 1937 Morris, a car make I had never heard of until seeing this one. They were a British car manufacturer and were the creator of the Mini. The owner of this car drives it nearly every day, as long as it’s not raining.
Ink on paper, 6″ x 8″
It seems to me that every time I sit at my computer I do the same things: look at Facebook for far too long, check the weather, look at the news and email. An hour is gone and I probably didn’t even do the thing that I had intended to do in the first place.
Trial Proof, woodcut relief print, 12″ x 18″
This is a trial proof of the color version of my new woodcut print. I printed magenta first, then blue, then yellow, and finally black. The yellow block is where the magic happens,
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, 5″ x 8″
I participated in an art journal workshop last month called 30 Pages/30 Days. It was quite fun and helped reinforce the importance of a daily art practice. The drawing above is from Day 25.
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.