Friday, April 25, 2008

Just Some Doodles Before I Go

I thought I might get in one more post before I zip off to London. The other day I was waiting for my bride so I decided to work on some pen techniques. This first is the result of a scribble that morphed into the start of a face.This next is a preliminary drawing of a breast stroke swimmer - a project that has been bouncing about my mind of late. It needs work . . . but the concept is getting clearer.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Artomatic Preview

These are previews of the five drawings I will be putting up at the Artorama this weekend.
A drawing of my Dad as he posed on his adobe brick making machine in Albuquerque, NM.
Arthur's Shoe Repair. Arthur retired last November and I have a feeling that this sign is not long for this world.

This is a crane (Duh..) it seems to be a dominant sight on the landscape these days.
This is a re-do of my RFK Camera Guy in my sketch book. Just before I went to Albuquerque I was at a Nationals baseball game and he caught me on camera and put my mug on the big screen - I made fan of the game!
This fountain in Albuquerque always intrigued me so I had to draw it. The big 'pots' are actually made of copper and I tried to find out what they are called - nobody knows! The best I could find was Bahri - so the title of this one is "Los Bahri" until I learn better.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Busy Making Art?

The last day of the figure drawing class one of the other students declared that she was going to participate in Artomatic (see the link in sidebar) and wanted someone to share her space with her. Trinka (our enthusiastic instructor) talked me into participating with Ami. Soooo. I have been trying to get stuff ready while traveling to New Mexico and now having to dash off to London. So I will be trying to get some posts in before I leave and provide a preview of the work I will be putting up at Artomatic.

This drawing was the last one I did for the figure drawing class using the Nexus art pens and oatmeal speckletone paper.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

A Figure Drawing Experiment

I came across Cachet Earthbound sketch books from Daler-Rowney and am fascinated with the paper - oatmeal colored Speckletone. It really has an interesting feel and enhances figure drawing. I want to try some other things with it as well. Here I am using Nexus Art Pens (yellow-ocher, and light-sepia) from Koh-l-Noor and Conte pastel pencil for highlighting.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Back to Figure Drawing Class

I tried something different in figure drawing class this time. I wanted something loose and maybe a little color. These were done with watercolor.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Small Works

Every day before I would go to the hospital to visit my Dad I would stop by the local Cyber Cafe to check my email and catch up on work related stuff. One day I was inspired to make a quick sketch and all I had handy was a business I did a quick sketch on the back side of the card.
That night I was at one of my favorite restaurants in Albuquerque and was inspired by the line of Tequila bottles on the bar back in front of me. So, once again I grabbed a business card and sketched a small drawing.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Hospital Equipment

This sketch is done on a piece of parchment paper - you know, the paper you make certificates and diplomas on. I was using some new pens I cam across - the Nexus Art pen from Koh-l-Noor. They are pretty interesting... This was a CPAP machine in my Dads hospital room.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

My How Time Slips By

Just after my last post I rushed off to Albuquerque to visit my Dad. Somehow time has escaped me and I haven't posted in almost two months - I have been worse.

I do have some sketches I made on my trip to post today and some more drawings from my figure drawing class that I will post later.

This is an entry in my sketch journal on the flight to Albuquerque.