Thursday, December 31, 2009

12/30




Tried doing a couple convincing weight
interactions, ran out of time. I'll do more
of those later, that would be something
good to work on.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

12/29/09



Well. This was certainly not an hour.
A lot to think about tonight, though.

The little guys at the bottom are from
photos in a Birds & Blooms magazine.
The top is after Adubuon.

Monday, December 28, 2009

12/28/09, drawing at Waterman









Today I went to Waterman, a local
conservation center. They have a big
collection of taxidermied animals, which
I drew from. They also have many skulls,
some turtles, fish, and live raptors (which
I didn't see today).

Drawing from a stuffed animal, then trying
to draw what I think it's skeleton would look like
was really a really brain-stretching exercise. Ouch.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

12/27, or, You Can Never Draw Too Many Birds





The color ones, I copied from my family's copy
of Birds of North America. That book was illustrated
by Arthur Singer, who was the father of Alan Singer--
one of my professors at RIT. Sweet! You can see work
from each of them at Alan's website.

The black and white anatomy pictures were copied
from various online scources.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

12/26/09

Horses!





Also, a study after Frederic Remmington,
because he painted horses like none other.

12/25 and a new book.



Some more animal anatomy. I got some new
sketchbooks for christmas, so I'm starting
a dedicated book for daily practice drawing.
Really going to beat the crap out of it and not worry
about the final product. At the same time, it's meant
for accuracy and realism. But this way I won't have
to mix that stuff in with my day to day doodles and such
if I don't want to.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Keep it fresh.






Some comics I doodled up to stay awake in Biz/Marketing class.
The caption on the last one is a Bill quote.





I did these guys during a REPORTER meeting.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

12/24

Dogs! I was copying from images I found at a sweet blog
called BibliOdyessy. It has all kinds of crazy images.

Didn't time myself today, was just trying to learn
the anatomy correctly, not be a speed demon.
I think I need to learn to slow down and draw
more carefully anyway.



Merry Chrism!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Study 12/22



Sort of lackluster today. I but I had other very
important things to attend to. Sorry art, I'll do
better tomarrow.

I tried to draw a christmas ornament on the tree.
Possibly the most complicated thing you could ever draw
in half an hour :\. Maybe I'll try again witha viewfinder
or photo sometime.

Monday, December 21, 2009

25 Hour Sketchbook

During finals week last quarter, I performed a feat of incredible sketchbooking stamina.



It all started when I heard about Gallery R's upcoming 25 Show. The theme of the show was "25." That seemed pretty open. I thought I'd better get off my butt and become a fine artist for once, with my work displayed in a gallery and everything. Ideas were bouncing around my head. Then, I was sorting through a used book circulation shelf at the Mount Hope Diner after having lunch with Andy, and I found a small black book. Thinking it was a sketchbook, I picked it up--it was titled "Asphalt Construction."

That's when I got my crazy idea. I would turn this unassuming construction worker's manual, apparently intended for reference when mixing asphalt, into a 25 HOUR SKETCHBOOK. And I would do it all in 25 hours, then immediately submit it to the Gallery's collection booth. During finals week.

So, I waited until I had exactly 25 hours left to submit, with one extra hour to allow for travel time getting to the collection table. I started at 3p.m. and drew like a maniac. I slept four hours, woke up and drew like a maniac some more. I definitely got a little crazy while I was doing this, and it was quite an experience, but I loved it. A lot of it turned out really crappy, I was rushing. I did get a bunch of great ideas though, under all that pressure. The book was about 160 pages long. Here are a bunch of my favorites













Well. I stretched my brain that day-and-one-hour, and it may never be the same. I want to do this again sometime. With a panic deadline and no requirements regarding content or quality, this project really stirred the juices of my brain and tested my resolve.

A couple people told me they read (or looked at) this thing cover-to cover, and enjoyed it. I also got a prestigious (kidding) Juror's Choice award in the show. Woohoo!

Also, the important words I wrote (and keep mispelling) on the first page have sort of become a personal motto. "Pour Forth."

12/21



Well I stretched that dude's face a little,
but covered a lot of ground today. Good.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

12/20



Some washes and color. "Oh god" is in reference
to the black and white, the color study came out ok.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Daily drawing practice

Since the first day of the quarter, Stu and I have been
waking up early in the morning to do some drawing practice.
We try to keep it to an hour, and break that up in to different
10, 20, or 30 minute exercises that we make up. We use
the microwave's timer. But sometimes we don't do any of that,
and we just draw a lot.

We've been using ancient wisdom from the sweet pages
of Andrew Loomis drawing books. A lot of the stuff you
see here is copied from them. These books are fantastic
guides on our journey of artistic improvement. We want so
very badly to get Awsome at drawing.

Ussually, it's studying anatomy, or drawing from a still life.
We copy pictures, draw from photos, and stuff from life.
Great way to start out the morning.

I didn't feel like finding/scanning all of my pages,
but here are a bunch. There's probably some unrelated
stuff mixed in with some of these, my sketchbook
is wild and unpredictable.