Skinny People

I struggle with drawing people who are clinically underweight. It seems no matter who I draw, they end up smaller than in real life. If said person starts small, they end up absurdly tiny. This is something I need to work on. All people are beautiful, and I should be able to portray them accurately.

The Camera Adds Ten Pounds. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 6″ x 5.5″ (15.2cm x 14cm).

Unframed: $225.00

Color Challenge, Orange and Blue

This was my first week participating in a Color Combo Challenge. The colors were “tropical orange and blue.”  Below is a watercolor self portrait created to meet the color requirements.

Tropical Orange and Blue. Watercolor and ink on paper. 6″ x 5″.

Unframed: $200.00

On another note, this is the last week to see my works over at Casciano Coffee Bar and Sweetery in Hammonton, New Jersey. Don’t miss it!

Dribbble Dave

Artists today are some of the luckiest of all time. The internet has afforded artists the ability to speak directly to their audience, without the filter of an art dealer or gallery. Immediately after finishing a work I can post it online. The work will be seen by hundreds of people before it is even a day old. While there is nothing like looking at a painting in person, social networking allows artists to share exactly what they are creating while they are creating it.

I am a huge fan of what sites like Twitter, Facebook, Deviant Art, My Space, and Flickr have done for contemporary creatives. Recently, I was invited to join Dribbble. Dribbble is like Twitter, but for designers and illustrators. Updates are called “shots,” as they are small screen shots of your current work. There are a lot of basketball references (not all of which I understand). I was lucky enough to get “drafted” to Dribbble by the very visually talented David Everly.  To show Dave my gratitude, I painted the following abstract portrait of Dave’s current Twitter avatar.

Dribbble Dave. Watercolor and ink on paper. 6″ x 5″.

Unframed: $200.00

Do You Play?

This is Frances. Frances is particularly good at painting trees. Her favorite color is white. And, yes, she plays the guitar.

Do You Play? Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 8.5″.

Unframed: $175.00

Frances looking sleepy in black and white:

Frances Frown. Ink on cotton paper. 5″ x 6″.

Unframed: $100.00

The Worship of Tiffany

This is Tiffany. Tiffany is most comfortable singing at Calvary Chapel. Tiffany is a liver transplant recipient. Her son’s name is Isaiah.

The Worship of Tiffany. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 8.5″.

Unframed: $175.00

Portait of James

This is James. James is a very talented photographer friend of mine. He also enjoys bird watching and math.

Portrait of James. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 8.5″.

Unframed: $175.00

Dr. Sketchy’s South Jersey

I used to be a regular at Dr. Sketchy’s Philadelphia. Since my 2009 move, I have been slacking in my duties as an art monkey. Yesterday, I attended my first Dr. Sketchy’s South Jersey. It was held at the Artist’s Consortium in Millville. Our model was the bold and beautiful Chi Chi Rodriguez. It was an honor to work with Chi Chi, as she will be competing in Atlantic City’s upcoming Miss’d America Pageant.

Five minute pose:

Ten minute pose:

Two twenty minute poses:

 

Kimberly Townsend

Every week, I organize The Hammonton Art Center‘s Think Thursday event. From 5-9pm there is a kids’ craft, an artists’ activity, and live music. Everyone is welcome to stop in, and now that you know about it I hope to see you there.

Each week I give the musicians portraits I draw of them as they play. Part of me wishes I archived these drawings. The rest of me is very happy that I exchange an evening of my art for an evening of theirs. It is a dream come true to be able to provide a place where the visual and performing arts come together.

Last night, The Hammonton Art Center was lucky enough to have the thought provoking Kimberly Townsend perform. She agreed to allow the whole Figure Drawing club set up easels and draw her as she played. As it was a night dedicated to life drawing, I was able to keep a few of the sketches. Most of my better drawings went to her. Below are the drawings that did not.

As always, click on images to enlarge them.

Mr. and Mrs. Hill

The following piece is a commissioned drawing of a couple.

Portrait of the Hills. Colored pencil on matte board. 9″x12″.

SOLD

Some preliminary sketches for the piece:

Moody Little Self Portrait

This little  drawing is reminiscent of the small self portrait on my profile page. It is five inches tall and three inches wide.

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