One of the most important exercises an artist can do is life drawing. I’ve been trying my best to get to a local studio session once a week to practice drawing from a model. It’s so easy to slip into bad habits, to become repetitive with your poses, or to use shortcuts when working, simply to save time and to meet deadlines. Doing any of those things is also the easiest way to stagnate yourself artistically. Constant challenge, be it self imposed, or by the pose before you, keeps you fresh and alert. For me, the challenges are more self imposed, as I’m trying to get a better understanding of how shadows form. Not so much to build high contrast images in the manner of Mike Mignola (Hellboy) or Frank Miller (Sin City). Rather to understand their nature, how they’re slaves of light and form, and how the smallest shift of the body can drastically alter their shape. (whoah, deeeeeep) Within all that there’s also the daily challenge of capturing the likeness, the correct proportions, and general look of the subject. Below are some recent efforts.

Sometimes it seems to work…

When it does, you get a little more adventurous with your blacks…

But, sometimes you run out of time…

 

 

 

Often you fail…

Worst yet, there are those nights when you’ve had too much of the free boxed wine someone brought…

C’est la vie.

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Reminder- Baltimore Con~!

August 18, 2011

Just a little note to remind people that I’ll be at the Baltimore Comic Con this weekend, so come by and chat a spell. I’ll be signing books, and doing sketches of your favorite characters. Something like (but probably not as elaborate) as the commission seen below, which I’m delivering to a friend this weekend.

 

Derrick- don’t look! It’s a surprise!

 

😛

 

The ladies of G.I. Joe in Slave-Leia outfits- of course- why wouldn't you?

Baltimore Comic Con 2011

August 6, 2011

Well it’s been a bit, but the news this week is the Baltimore Comic Con, taking place Saturday and Sunday, August 20 & 21. If I can find a way out there (one of the few times during the year when not having a car is a problem), then I’ll be sitting at a table someplace signing books, doing sketches, and annoying fellow attendees. SO if you get the chance, come check out the show; then you can see if I found a way out there… or not. 😛