Archive for the ‘Sketches’ Category

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New Sketches: New Friends On the Bus

August 29, 2017

Recently a new bus service started into Austin from the town were I live, and the rides last week were free, so I took the opportunity to make some new friends along the way. These are pencil sketches of two students making their way into town, Belle and Suki.


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Two Pencil Portrait Sketches

August 1, 2017

Here are a couple portrait sketches I made recently. I first was done at a meeting in Austin awhile back on the subject of immigration. While there, I shot some short video of the people who came, including this fellow, Kamal, who I made a quick sketch of on paper, and used the video later for reference to get the shading right.

Later that evening I stopped for some Chinese food, and sketched this guy who was sitting across the room. No video help on this one.

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Sketches at Healthcare Rally in Austin

June 25, 2017

Last week there was a rally in Austin, TX on the Capital grounds about the US Healthcare bill. There was a large crowd of different sorts of people there. I shot a few minutes of video and photos of the crowd, and later made these two drawings from some of that imagery.

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Painting Started: Jan Sunning on the Grass

May 7, 2017

I’m ready to get the painting started. Before I transferred the large sketch, I paused to consider how best to continue. This will be a gouache painting on illustration board primed with a thin coat of spackle plaster mixed with acrylic medium.

I made the outline of the figure in charcoal to the bare board (unprimed,) and wondered if I should spray fixative on it as I planned or test out other options. The lines of the beach towel were drawn with a yellow pastel pencil that I darkened in the picture so you can see it better. One idea was to just paint over this with a thin layer of plaster and acrylic (as I tested out in my previous post,) or spray fixative on it and then prime it, or coat the charcoal lines with a thin coat of acrylic and prime it. With the primer on top, the gouache will not mix with the charcoal.

I made a quick test of those three options on a scrap piece of illustration board. The “X”s in the picture are charcoal marks not coated, so you can see how thin the plaster layer is.

The unfixed charcoal smeared a little, but was otherwise okay. The fixed marks (one coat of spray) looked the same, but no smearing. The wet acrylic medium turned the charcoal into a wash, so I ruled that out. I decided to just go ahead and add the thin plaster layer without fixing the charcoal, saving an extra step, and despite a little smearing, it looked okay. I’m finally ready to start painting.

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Jan Sunning on the Grass – Color Study

May 1, 2017

Okay so, what I had started as a drawing is now going to be a painting instead. I got sidetracked for a couple days helping a friend with his car, and the more I thought about this project the more I kept seeing it in color.

I made some digital color studies using the sketch as a guide, and this is the one I liked the most. I added a shadow of a person standing off screen to give a little extra drama to the scene. Barring any further interruptions, I should get started on this painting tomorrow.

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Sketch: Embrace on the Porch

April 7, 2017

I made this quick sketch after watching some old movie with a friend. The film wasn’t that good, so she changed the channel before I found out the name of it, but this one scene stuck in my head. Two teenagers on a porch at night after their date. The contrast of the lighting really made a strong impression, so I scribbled this down later. I may work this up as a painting at some point. The movie was in black and white, so I’ll need to figure out a color scheme.

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New Sketches: At The Airport

March 17, 2017

The airport is a great place to sketch people, especially when there’s bad weather in the North East. You’ll find many stranded passengers stretched out across the lounge chairs trying to catch some shut-eye, making good models for drawing.