Sketches—May-2015

May 18, 2015

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Dr. Drawlittle

September 30, 2014

For a friend’s birthday, we went to the National Zoo to do some sketching. This was well timed, as it fit in with my recent attempts to improve my “dino” drawing skills. One thing I learned, just like with sketching the human figure, you need to warm up to it. I think it’s obvious… we shouldn’t have kicked off the day with the cheetahs; they were moving around a lot. As my friend Steve said, “We should have started with the 200 year old tortoises”. Oh well.

Side note, that weird squiggle between heads in the panda sketches… those are teeth. They’re all cute and cuddly until you see the fangs on them, not to mention the massive claws. Thank goodness the sucker likes eating bamboo over meat.

A shout out to the staff at the National Zoo for not yelling at me when I dropped my pencil into the elephant enclosure. As anyone who reads this blog regularly might know… I don’t do well with staff at most of these places; so it was a pleasant surprise not to get chewed out by staff for once.

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Real men, draw men

February 27, 2014

Das right! I said it!

It’s always amusing to me to walk into a life drawing session, see a male model, and then watch the procession of sour faced male artists slowly sneak out of the room; this is especially true with older male models. Why? WTF? You’re there to practice drawing from life, correct? What sort of fantasy world do you make art in that you only need to depict attractive, young women? Oh wait… never mind.

Hell I draw comics… let me say that again… C-O-M-I-C-S, and we’re vilified over the idea that all we draw are big breasted women (although they never mention how all the men are bodybuilder muscular types who are desexed— but that’s another rant); yet even we have to draw other people in our books. Next to babies, who better for a hero to save than an old man or woman?

I look forward to drawing all sorts of people. Mom always said the male body wasn’t the most pleasant thing to look at, so I love rendering out the gentle curve of a beautiful woman’s body. But it’s also a fun challenge to sketch someone who is past their prime, put on a few too many pounds, or just has a unique shape.

That said, the other night was a great challenge, as an older man was the model. He was barrel chested, had a face like a NY cabbie, with chicken legs. Know what? He was fantastic! This guy held poses with the best of em that are half his age. He brought props, from umbrellas, hats, golf clubs, an oar, even a cigar! He was a riot. He took up poses most dancers wouldn’t try to hold.

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He did some standards, like sitting in a chair… 10min

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Or sitting on the ground… 20 min.

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He earned this sitting pose after the one he did seen in the drawing at bottom of the page… 30min

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The last sketch is of a pose he did with a golf club, and he held it for 30 minutes; this guy earned every buck. He was priceless, and I learned a lot drawing him. From how the body changes, to the way it maintains balance with additional weight.

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So next time you walk into a session, and the model isn’t the hope you had in mind when you went; shut up, sit down, and learn something.

Life Drawing Feb 2014

February 19, 2014

Cause you can never get enough practice at this. Glad she let her hair down (no pun intended), models don’t do it enough.

 

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Shut up and sketch!

November 13, 2013

I’ve been so busy with GI Joe work lately, that I haven’t had time to do what I keep telling other aspiring artists to do… sketch. For the past few weeks I’ve felt like my figure work has started to get a little formulaic, so to give my work a much needed shot in the arm, I forced myself to go to a session last night to dust off the artistic cobwebs. Too many metaphors? Anyway— the model was decent, although she was a bit fidgety and apparently tired, as she kept yawning, but that’s part of the process so you go with it. One thing I haven’t missed from sessions are people like the guy behind me that, aside from milking the remnants of his 45 year old english accent in a pathetic attempt to woo the young attendant of the gallery, would not stop tapping his foot along with the radio playing, or stop belting out the few lines of the one Eric Clapton song he knew. Despite all that, it was fairly enjoyable, so here you go.

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And I’d also like to give my condolences to the family of Nick Cardy (1920-2013) who recently passed away. I never got to speak with the man, but he always seemed good natured at the comic cons we were both at. Most famous for his work on Aquaman, he showed a skill, and a range of styles, that are the envy of myself and anyone who saw it. Rest well.