Archive for the ‘Process’ Category


New Drawing Started: Kelly on Her Bean Bag

March 29, 2017

This is a new drawing I started of my friend sitting on her bean bag chair. The surface is a small gesso panel, 8.5 x 11″, and I’m drawing with graphite. She had this fuzzy shag carpeting on the floor, so to capture that I decided to brush on some graphite powder with a stiff brush.


Drawing Final: Guitar in the Park

January 20, 2017

This is the final state of the drawing, not accounting for some minor clean up I still need to do. I darkened the bushes behind his leg some, too, so it would be easier to see the leg. I’ll let it sit for a few days to see if there’s more to be done.



Drawing Update 3: Guitar in the Park

January 16, 2017


Here’s the latest state of the drawing. I’ve gotten more of the figures drawn in and started on the back wall. I very loosely scribbled in some lines on the back wall to get a random texture, and now I’m scratching away more regular lines.


Drawing Update 2: Guitar in the Park

January 10, 2017


Slowly plodding along on the drawing. This is the first time I’ve worked with Claybord in this manner. Before, I would cover an area in ink, and scrape away to the white. Here I’m using it more like a regular drawing, and it’s working, but very slowly.


One effect I’m noticing is that because its a non-absorbent surface, when the wet lines of ink intersect the ink will flow across the area, sort of like the way watercolor stains. This causes the lines to get lighter in some places as the ink puddles. I then have to draw back over the area again, slowing things down. Also, I was hoping the undertone staining I had done with thin oil paint would not scratch away so easily. That’s forcing me to go back and forth with drawing, scratching, and then reapplying the tone. This new tone of oil color is thinned with mineral spirits so it won’t disturb the ink.

I’m not sure I’ll get this finished in time for entry into the art show I was planning to apply for at the end of the month, but I’ll keep at it anyway.


New Drawing: Donna Brushing Her Hair

December 22, 2016


Here’s a new drawing of my friend, Donna, sitting in her butterfly chair brushing her hair. The drawn area is about 13 inches tall. I used a Uni-ball #207 pen on paper.


Drawing Final: Smoking on the Back Porch

December 17, 2016

Here’s the final version of the ink drawing. I’ll prop it up against the wall and study it for a few days, possibly make a few touch ups here and there.




Drawing Update 2: Smoking on the Back Porch

December 12, 2016

I’m further along on the drawing. The back column is drawn in, and I’ve started on the background landscape.



In the closeup you can see some of the range of marks that this Uniball #207 pen allows me to make. I can get an almost dry brush texture by lightly dragging it across the paper, and I’ve gone back to the figure to darken it up some with some finer modeling that I’ve added here to the arm and blouse.