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.


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


Or sitting on the ground… 20 min.


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




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.



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.

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.

June Sketches 03—

June 24, 2013

This was weird. The National Portrait Museum/American Art Museum has a Tuesday program where you can come in, they give you drawing supplies, and you can sketch from the plaster casts that they have— it’s a traditional learning technique. Recently they did an expansion of that program and had a live model. It’s the same deal as the Tuesday session, but apparently this was a “one off”. They might do again, but not a weekly thing as I hoped it would be. One interesting point is that because it’s in a public space, the model had to be clothed. I’ve mentioned my desire for that before, but I would have pushed it more and had her in classical  robes looking all Roman/Greek or something. Oh well, it’s a start.

I went back to the toned paper for these, and both are 30 minute sketches.

Sketch June_2013_10

No she’s not floating, I just chose not to include the stool she was sitting on.




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June Sketches 02—

June 21, 2013

Sadly, I found out this model is moving to the west coast. That bites, I enjoy drawing her. She recently started running a lot and it was fun to see how her body changed with the added exercise. She was never out of shape, but her form changed, with areas tightening up, and gaining tone. Stinks she’s leaving.

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I tried something new this time around. I recently got back from Charlotte Heroescon and was doing marker sketches on white paper. I had been working on toned paper so much that I was having a hard time making things look right. It’s easy to get lazy, knowing that the mid tone of the paper will carry a lot of weight for you, where in these the white of the paper is your base, not just something you add in later. In some ways they look better, in other ways, there’s no where to hide when you mess up. I like the second one the best.

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June 17, 2013

June sketches are in…

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This was a 30 min., but she didn’t hear the timer go off and went for another 15. I kept going when I should have stopped and packed up, so I ended up overworking the face- ugh.

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