Monday, May 29, 2017

Some Thoughts on Process


I'm currently working on a role playing game called Misspent Youth. I thought I'd share some of my process for these, and some thoughts on the economics of being an illustrator.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

More Life Drawing, Spring 2017



The last few drawings I've made at my weekly life drawing sessions have been pretty good. Likenesses are a bugaboo for me, so the fact that all of these models have distinct faces that actually look like them in my newest drawings pleases me no end. I realize that verisimilitude is not the aim of art (if it was, the king of the artists would the photographer), and I realize that any drawing made from life is necessarily a composite image because even the most disciplined of models will move during the session, and the artist themselves will move, too, but a good likeness is always a goal for me. I'm a representational artist by temperament, so it's a matter of pride. Anyway, these are all drawn with a graphite pencil (a number 2 pencil, as it so happens, rather than a snooty art pencil). The above drawing is especially satisfying for me because it's the first time I've drawn this model and I got her in one, awkwardly posed feet and all.


This drawing and the one at the head of this post are very similar. I was in the same spot for both of them and the prop set-up hadn't changed much.


I'm particularly happy with this one. I mostly got everything right, even within my method of creative scribbling. I'm really happy with her face. I've just been feeling it lately, I guess.







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Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Great Race of Yith



I started drawing when I was a kid because I wanted to draw monsters and dinosaurs. I get to do that for money sometimes as an adult, so who's to say I'm a failure in life, eh? I don't draw monsters for pleasure very often anymore, but sometimes I do. I'm thinking of doing a series of monsters as a medical fundraiser later this year, but that's the cart before the horse right now. Anyway, here's a drawing of a monster I did this morning.

This is a member of The Great Race of Yith, from Lovecraft's "The Shadow out of Time." The description of this thing is ridiculous, and consequently, most depictions I've seen are ridiculous (although one enterprising cosplayer made a dress and some other stuff to play as a Yith. I liked that). So the challenge was to make this look NOT ridiculous. I don't know that I've succeeded, but it was a fun challenge. Pencil on crappy drawing paper.









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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Various Life Drawings Spring 2017


Here are some more life drawings. I haven't been attending as often as I'd like this spring, owing to a persistent respiratory infection. I'm slowly easing back into it, but it always feels like I've forgotten how to draw when I've been away for any amount of time. Anyway, these are all pencil drawings.  The drawing above has a nice sense of geometry to it. Not quite cubist, but architectural none the less.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

More Late Winter Life Drawings

Here are some more life drawings from my weekly sessions this winter. I'm getting pretty familiar with drawing our regular models, so my likenesses are getting pretty accurate.

 


Monday, December 26, 2016

More Life Drawing, Winter 2016



Here are some more drawings from my weekly figure drawing session. The above drawing is another in a long series of awkward poses. I'm an absolute champion at finding difficult foreshortening poses. This, more than a lot of my drawings, is an example of my technique with a pencil, which is basically creative scribbling.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Fall Figure Drawings


Here are some of the drawings I've made at the weekly figure drawing sessions I attend every Thursday. The drawing at the head of this post is conte crayon on 96lb Canson drawing paper. The others, below, are all graphite on the same paper






This last drawing was done a bit larger than the others on 80lb Blick drawing paper.



All of these drawings are available for sale at my Etsy store.








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