Archive for October, 2012


New Sketches: Waiting For Work

October 29, 2012

Here are a couple recent sketches I drew while watching some guys waiting to be picked up for work. They are on 8.5×11 inch cardstock drawn with a Uniball Gelstick pen.

I first drew just the outline silhouettes and then quickly placed the shading lines, keeing it as simple as I thought was necessary.


New Sketch: 3 Girls at a Bus Stop

October 26, 2012

When you’re out looking for a job, be sure and carry along some paper to sketch on. That way if things don’t go well you can at least make it worth the trip. For example, here’s a quick sketch from yesterday of three young ladies sitting on a bench. I sat in a doorway across the street, and had to be quick since the bus was on its way, so I just concentrated on lines and shapes. Got the bench down first to help with placement. It’s drawn on cardstock paper, 8.5×11″, with a .7mm mechanical pencil.


New Drawing: Portrait of Annah

October 14, 2012

A new drawing to show here of my friend Annah. It’s made with Conté crayon on rag paper, approximately 12 x 14 inches.

UPDATE: I uploaded a better scan of the image above.


New Sketch: Waiting for the Bus

October 9, 2012

This is a recent sketch of a fellow waiting for a bus, a scene I shot in video from across the street. It’s made with a PITT sepia tone brush marker on card stock, 8.5 x 11 inches.


A New Sketch: Cell Phone and Sun

October 6, 2012

Here’s a recent sketch taken from a paused frame of video I shot a few months ago. It’s drawn with a Uniball Gelstick pen on tinted rag paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.


Drawing Finished: Portrait of Alaleh

October 4, 2012

Here’s the finished version of the new drawing. 8 x 10 inches, pastel and graphite on wood panel. I was worried the small size and rough texture might complicate things, but I think it came out okay.


New Drawing Started: Portrait of Alaleh

October 2, 2012

I finally have the new studio space cleaned up enough to start making some art again. This is a small (8 x 10″) pastel based on a photo session of mine from several years ago of a good friend, Alaleh.

The surface is casein gesso on canvas mounted to a wood panel that I toned with a light gray pigment. To roughen up the surface a bit I added a layer of Golden’s “Absorbent Gesso” product. You can see the texture in the first image. Instead of blending the pastel with a stump, I just went back over it with a harder pastel that was lighter in value. I’m using Derwent Pastel pencils for this step, “French Grey #70 H & B.” I’m also touching up areas with some soft pastel sticks and sharpening edges with a 5H graphite pencil.