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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Star Wars Themed Dr. Sketchy’s

I haven’t updated in over a month, which is some sort of awful record. I won’t give excuses. Sometimes life just gets in the way of art.

Last Friday was May the 4th Be With You. There was a Star War’s themed Dr. Sketchy’s at Smithville’s The Underground. Our stellar models were Roxanne Mass and Sam East (aka Samantha Star).  Unfortunately, a glass of water was spilled, ruining some of my better pieces from the night. Here are some of the surviving paintings:

 

D’Arcy D’Lux

This month’s Dr. Sketchy’s Philly session was exceptionally fun. The model, D’Arcy D’Lux, really knew how to put on a show.

Steampunk Sketchy’s

It has been a while since I attended a Dr. Sketchy‘s Anti Art School in Philadelphia. And what an event it was today! The costumes were gorgeous at the steam punk themed Dr. Sketchy’s. Our lovely models were Lulu Lollipop and Ginger Leigh of the burlesque Peek-A-Boo Revue, with special guest posings by Count Scotchula.

Ten to Twenty minute poses:

Two minutes poses:

One minute poses:

Click to enlarge images.

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:

 

Welcome Spring!

It is the first day of spring. It also happens to be Sketchbook Saturday.

Very close to my home is a big, beautiful bird reserve. No one appreciates the arrival of springtime quite as much as our feathered friends. The gestures below were drawn from live birds, which are found in abundance in my area. There is a hen, a rooster, some geese, and a large, black, duck-like bird with a bumpy beak.

Happy Spring! Happy Sketching!

Second Majesty

Last night, I went to the Gypsy Bar in Atlantic City to see Second Majesty perform. Here are the few sketches from the event. Enjoy the rest of your Sketchbook Saturday!

Sketchbook Caturday!

Here is a page of quick cat studies from my sketchbook. Ink on paper.

Western North Carolina Nature Center

I spent the past few days in the beautiful mountains  of North Carolina. During my stay, I went to visit the Western North Carolina Nature Center.   Along the outer edges of the map provided I drew all the animals I saw (except the bobcat, which is odd as I love felines). Below is their map and my sketches.

Wolf details:

Alpaca details:

Should this piece sell, I will donate $100.00 to the Western North Carolina Nature Center. They are currently working to build a new veterinary clinic.

Western North Carolina Nature Center Map. Ink on paper. 8″x11″.

Unframed:  $200.00

I Remember That.

This drawing was done at a high school graduation party I attended earlier this summer.  I was the weird adult sitting quietly and drawing the teenagers’ table. It’s OK though, because only other uncool grown ups like myself even noticed.

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