In Memoriam

Our local arts community was recently hit with the sad news of the sudden and unexpected passing of one of our stalwart figure models. 

He was a regular for many years, and posed for quite a few schools and art groups in the region. A soft spoken and humorous man, he sometimes drew with us on nights that he was not working. 

This is a couple of ten minute sketches drawn almost exactly a year ago. He is and will be greatly missed as a friend, fellow artist and model.

Mirror Monday…

and a self portrait. That’s me just to the upper right of center, above the model’s reflected back. To the upper left of center is Charlie, a colleague and a regular at figure drawing workshop, and beside him, watching with a critical eye, is a plaster bust of George Washington. This is a fun 45 minute pencil drawing from my sketch book. I might turn this one into a more finished piece, since there is plenty of detail in it.

Spring Blooms

This is another exercise in visualizing only what’s important and discarding the rest. I learned this technique from Nathan Fowkes, a concept and animation artist whose blog is listed on this page. This is a great way to get a feel for a subject before settling down and getting into details. I used one brush and painted quickly, blending some colors and then letting them dry before adding the background.

Sketch and Final

This is from a portrait workshop that I used to attend. It’s easier for me to create a more finished looking piece if I can manage to get enough information when sketching a subject. This is an example of my method. In my studio, I transferred the sketch at left to a piece of Arches watercolor paper and then painted it.

Bully!*

Theodore Roosevelt overcame a frail childhood to become a boxer, war hero, conservationist, author, cowboy, governor, Nobel prize winner, muckraker, trust buster, vice-president, and finally, immortalized on Mt. Rushmore as the 26th President of the United States. His macho persona, I think, is best described by a speaker at Roosevelt’s own funeral, who declared “Death had to take Roosevelt sleeping, for if he had been awake, there would have been a fight.”

*In Teddy’s day, the word bully meant something great, or, as we would say today, awesome.

Digital Enhancement

These colorful creatures can be seen flitting along the edges of the Wyomissing trail. They are noticeable especially against a snowy background. How do they stay warm all winter?

This is a watercolor on rough paper, but it looked too static when finished, so I scanned it and added some digital snow using Photoshop.