Archive for May, 2013


Drawing Update: Miguel Seated

May 30, 2013

Still have the floor and background to draw in, but here’s how it’s looking so far.



New Drawing: Miguel Seated

May 26, 2013

I’ve begun a new drawing of a friend of mine, Miguel. Here’s what I’ve gotten drawn so far. It’s on 8.5 x 11 inch rag paper, made with a UniBall Gelstick pen.


I’ve been asked why I bother to draw all the dark area with a pen and not just back it out later with a larger brush. While that would be quicker, I’m not interested in speed. If you click on the detail image below, there are areas within the dark of the hair where it will get one step darker as I press the pen into the paper. There remains little specs of white within the dark areas, too, that the pen leaves behind that helps add texture and linear direction to the shapes that a brush would not be able to make. I also want to keep all the lines consistent. In case you were wondering…



Two New Sketches

May 19, 2013

Here are a couple recent sketches that I think are worth showing.


The man in the suit was sketched on location in downtown Austin as he sat on the grass outside an office building at lunch. Looks like he had some tough decision to make. That drawing was made with a Uniball ink pen on 12 x 12″ cardstock.


The woman exercising was from a tear-sheet magazine photo I had on file, drawn in pencil on 8 x 11″ rag paper.


New Sketch: At the City Council Meeting

May 11, 2013

I made this sketch a few days ago while monitoring a local cit council meeting. I stood in the doorway and made a quick line sketch, and then finished it up later in the lobby.


The drawing is made with ink pen and layout markers on 7.5 x 11 inchcardstock paper.


The Bicentennial Paintings of John Falter

May 5, 2013

Back in the late 1970’s I used to by many of my art books from a mail-order place called North Light. They also printed out a small pamphlet magazine that they mailed to their customers on art related issues, and in their March 1978 magazine there was an article on a series of paintings by the great illustrator, John Falter.

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Falter was a well known illustrator through much of the 20th Century. In 1974 he was commissioned to do a series of six paintings for the American Bicentennial of 1976 by the 3M Company entitled ” From Sea to Shining Sea.” Each is painted in oil at the same size of 50″ x 36″. Please click the images to see a larger version of the file.

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