Keeping Up with the Basics

It’s important to practice figure drawing once in a while, just to stay fresh. Since models aren’t always easy to find or afford, sites like this are fantastic to help artists keep in practice. I spent a couple hours creating gesture drawings today. Since the point was to study anatomy, not make a pretty picture, many of the drawings aren’t worth sharing. Here are a few that came out all right.

Eleven and a half minute study:

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Thirty minute study:

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Two minute study:

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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

The Heart of New York

Union Square stole my heart. Something about this corner of New York is different. The materialism fades, the cliques meld, and eye contact with strangers is made. If I lived near NYC I would paint this park all the time. This was painted on site, looking down Broadway from the steps of Union Square.

When Honest. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 6″ x 5.5″ (15.2cm x 14cm).

Unframed: $225.00

The heart of New York is obvious. It’s the people. During my visit I drew residents and tourists alike. Even as an outsider, it was easy to make out who was who. I drew them in parks, in museums, at protests, and on trains. It was my goal to draw fast enough to not get caught. Here are a couple pages of my discreet sketches.

Nothing Serious

Like most creative people, sometimes I struggle with artist’s block. Group assignments are a great way to fight this not so serious ailment. The following works took no longer than forty five minutes to create. They are in response to specific themes assigned daily by Reddit’s Sketch Daily Club.

Painting of my favorite word: Sparrow

Drawing of my favorite villain: Samara

They aren’t masterpieces, just fun little exercises. Sometimes, it’s nice to make art without serious intentions.

 

 

Taste the Rain(bow) (wow)

Skittles is a dog. Skittles has owners. Said owners wanted me to paint Skittles. Maybe next week.

Abstraction of Skittles. Watercolor and ink on paper. 4.5″ x 6″.

Unframed: $150.00

Ouch

I’ve hurt my foot. As my bed is where I have been spending most of my time, the view from my bed has been my recent subject matter. Let’s hope I heal quickly, or drawings of my feet will consume my blog.

RICE. Ink on paper. 5″ x 6″.

Unframed: $100.00

Broken ‘Ol Foot. 6″ x 5″. Mixed media.

Unframed: $100.00

Drawing Distraction

This drawing is being posted as a distraction from the fact that I haven’t updated in almost a month. It is not that I have not been making art. I have been painting every day. I’ve been painting so much that updating my blog has not been a priority. Soon, within a week or two, I will be posting pictures of the largest painting I’ve ever created. It is a sixty foot mural, and it is almost complete. Until then, here is an ink drawing of a kitchen stove.

 

Lacebook

Below are portraits of all my Facebook friends whose names begin with the letter “L.”

Click to enlarge images.

Facebook friends A, B, C, D, E-I, Ja-Je, and K.

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

Hello November

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and somehow I have not managed to update my blog yet this month. I am sorry. Here is a page from my sketchbook to break my artistic silence.

Featured above is my purse, a stapler, and a calculator depicted in pen, marker, and colored pencil. Sketchbook Saturday lives!

Also, I’ve recently revamped my Etsy shop for the upcoming holiday season. For the first time I am selling prints of my plein air paintings. Take a look.

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