Archive for July, 2012

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Drawing Update 2: Tanya’s Bamboo Curtain

July 31, 2012

Only a little bit more to see here, but I have started on the figure, and wanted to show how I’m planning for this to look. I’m scratching away at the wax coloring, going back and forth between scratches and laying down new tones, then scratching away some more in layers. You can also see that, although the initial coloring of the flesh is saturated and garish, it gets toned down in the shading that’s made by the scratched lines. All the white you see here is from the paper beneath. I still have a good bit of clean up on what your seeing here, but I won’t bother about that for now.

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Drawing Update: Tanya’s Bamboo Curtain

July 28, 2012

Here’s the latest update on the new drawing. I’ve have the dark background and curtain areas laid down. In the close up detail you should be able to get a sense of the texture of the wax surface.

I have to admit that this is one of those rare times when I only have a vague idea of how this might turn out, but I am enjoying it so far.

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New Drawing Started: Tanya’s Bamboo Curtain

July 26, 2012

I’ve begun a new figure drawing. This is based on an old sketch of a model named Tanya who had an interesting bamboo curtain in her studio that we made use of. I’ll be using a wax crayon and oil pastel combination as I demonstrated in my previous posting. This surface is a cold-pressed illustration board.

I’m layering the colors, starting with a light brown, yellow orange, then blue volet. There will likely be more layers yet, but I wanted to show you how I’ve gotten to this point.


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I’m also making use of a commercial wax medium called Dorland’s. It’s a mineral based wax that has a very soft speadable texture. After I sketched out the pencil drawing, I covered the whole surface with a thin layer of this wax medium. While I could have used the crayons directly on the paper itself, coating it first with this medium allows me to scrape down to the white of the paper. Otherwise, the first color applied to the paper won’t remove so easily. It also fixes the pencil to the paper nicely.

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Mixing Wax Crayons, Paint, and Oil Pastels

July 21, 2012

I made a quick experiment using wax crayons, oil pastels, and a handmade wax paint that I wanted to show you. This is all in preparation for a new drawing that I’m developing.

In the photo above are boxes of Pentel brand wax “soft” crayons (upper right corner) and oil pastels. I’m also testing these on top of an ink brush pen marker from Faber Castel (PITT) along with a selection of metal tools I use for manipulating the wax texture, such as a steel wire tool and a spoon for burnishing.

A problem with adding white with the crayons, whether oil or wax, is that it never gets very opaque. To remedy this I make my own paint using a stick of Sennelier’s Oil Pastel Blender, which is a stick of oil pastel medium without any pigment. To this I add raw titanium white pigment to make a thick paint. I can add a drop of gum arabic to make it mix together easier. In the picture above you can see how much better it covers darker areas compared to the white oil pastel.

I’ve experimented with making my own “blender” stick using different oils and waxes, and gotten satisfactory results, but it’s simplier to just buy this from Sennelier, considering how little of it I’ll ever use for this purpose. This paint, like the oil pastels, will never dry, so the final work should be protected from dust or touch by mounting it under glass or plastic. I really love the mixture of rough and blended texture that these crayons give.

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Stinger Studio Art Opening

July 15, 2012

Last night was the art opening at Stinger Studio where two of my drawings were on exhibit. Here are a few photos I took of them at the event. Thank you, Sonia, for an entertaining evening!

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A Couple New Sketches

July 14, 2012

The new house has been keeping me busy, but I thought the least I could do is resurrect this blog by showing a couple new sketches. Both are in pencil on 8×11″ drawing paper.

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New Home

July 7, 2012

This is the project I’ve been persuing for over a year now, a new home. I signed the papers yesterday. Welcome to Clemons Manor. I would invite you in, but the interior needs some improvements. Nothing major, but I need to add a little spit and polish before the grand opening. Oh, and you can probably see where the new studio space will be in this photo.