Archive for the ‘Sketches’ Category

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New Sketch: Curtis on Guitar

July 28, 2018

Apologies for being away for so long. I had to work on a project to get some spending money. Now it’s time to get back into some art making, so often not the same thing, unfortunately.

Here’s a sketch I made up recently of my friend Curtis from a frame of video I shot of him playing some Blues, ink on 11 x 17″ paper.

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New Sketch: Cathy on a Barstool

July 9, 2018

This is a sketch from yesterday of my friend, Cathy, scanning through an art supply catalog. She’s a sculptor. I drew her arms first so she could continue to flip through the magazine while I drew the rest of her. She appreciated that, I think.

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New Sketches: People in Bastrop TX

July 2, 2018

I was visiting a friend down in Bastrop, TX yesterday, and we spent some time at a nearby park and cafe. She got some sun, and I made a few sketches of the locals. I used a Prismacolor Premier layout marker.

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New Sketch and New Water Brush Pens

June 6, 2018

Lately, I’ve been working regularly with my water brush pen, so I decided to get a few more to add to the family. These are made by a company called Cocoboo. The set of six pens cost me $9, with 3 sizes of round and flat brushes. They each hold about 6.5 ml of liquid.

Below is a rough sample of the type of strokes these brushes make, using liquid sumi ink inside the handles. If you look closely at the rounds, when they are first filled or wiped dry, you can get decent dry brush effects, even though the brush stays filled with ink. Also, notice with the flat brushes (#2 medium, and #3 large) that the first strokes at the top look like multiple strokes from the brush, but are actually single strokes. This is caused by the way the brush hairs tend to separate when they’re wet, and clump together. As the drawing goes along, and the hairs get more saturated with liquid, they get more uniform, and make a solid stroke.

This closeup shows how the flat tips tend to clump together when wet. When you lightly drag the brush across the paper this way, you’ll get multiple lines from a single stroke. As you press down, the hairs will come together in a more uniform stroke. Working with these, you will get a feel for their behavior.

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New Sketch: Dallin’s “Scout” Statue

May 15, 2018

I was skimming through auction sites yesterday looking at sculpture, and came across a photo of a miniature bronze reproduction of a statue by Cyrus Dallin called “Scout.” I thought it might make a nice drawing. This is 11 x 17″.

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New Sketch: One Too Many

May 9, 2018

I dug out a picture from my reference files that was a screengrab of some TV show. Unfortunately, I didn’t save the name of the show or actress, but liked the pose she had at the bar. I decided to make a sketch of her.

I used the Pentel Color Brush that I showed in my previous post. I refilled it with a diluted Sumi ink, Yatsutomo’s Ultra Black. This was used to render the main figure and foreground, and a larger brush was dipped into the ink bottle for the background areas.

To follow up on my previous post, I wanted to show how I refill the Pentel Color Brush Pen. This ink is very dense, so only a small amount is needed to get a medium grey tone. I fill a small jar with the shade of ink I’ve mixed up, and then pull that into a small syringe. A wad of poster putty holds the pen handle upright, and I gently add the ink to the handle. I discovered that it works best to slowly push the ink in at an angle. If I hold the syringe tight to the rim, the ink will back up, and overflow. I think it’s due to the air pressure inside the handle having to escape.

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New Sketch: Mary Eating Pizza

May 5, 2018

Sorry for being away for awhile. I’ve been traveling around with friends. Here’s a new person I met, named Mary, who let me sketch her eating pizza while she watched TV. I did a light wash in ink with brush, and then finished it up later. It’s about 12 x 14 inches.