Posts Tagged ‘Drawing’

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Starting a New Painting: Curtis On Guitar

August 6, 2018

I wanted to get back to painting again after all the ink drawings I’ve been doing lately, and for my subject I chose my recent sketch of Curtis playing guitar.

I got a general “future vision plan” of what I hoped it would turn out to look like in my head, and then chose an 18 x 24″ canvas that I had previously stretched a long time ago. I think this time the media will be acrylic paint, since I haven’t used that in awhile. I scaled up the original drawing on a larger sheet of newsprint as an outline drawing, and next I will transfer that to the canvas. Wish me luck!

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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 Drawing: Berenice’s Hair by Borghi

July 3, 2018

It was too hot to step outside today, so I spent time looking for something to draw online, and found a photo of a sculpture by Ambrogio Borghi called “Berenice’s Hair” (Chioma Di Berenice) that I thought would work. Drawn with sumi ink with a Pentel water brush, @ 10 x 17″.

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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 Drawing: Portrait of Roberto

June 14, 2018

I asked my friend, Roberto, to sit for a drawing, and this is the result. Most of the drawing was made with a water brush filled with ink on thin cardstock paper. I wasn’t expecting to do the rest in a thin wash, or else I would have stretched the paper beforehand. As a result, it curled up a bit like a potato chip, but still came out okay. I’ll mount it to a backing board later.

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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.