Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tuesday's Class - Ink wash

Well last night class felt really good. We did more of the ink and brush study of light and darks. First we loosened up with 6-7 90 sec sketches with sharpie and newsprint, contour line, blind contour line, opposite hand, upside down and look and recall. The last two were a lot more difficult than I would expect, seeing something right side up and having to draw it upside is a real mind fu*k. Anyway these were 45 minute drawings, we drew the figure with a pencil, no sketching, just definitive lines, then used an ink wash and brush to block out the shadows. One problem I have is I generally draw too small, so I have been purposefully going big and I have a hard time keeping on the page. But I felt very good about my progress last night and I look forward to Thursday.
And please if you have any critique or criticism, I would love to hear it.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Darks, Lights and Comfort Zones...

So last nights class was so much more satisfying that Tuesday's class. But I was totally out of my comfort zone, and I loved it. The class focused on lights and darks, and we use water with charcoal and ink. The first skull was charcoal and then used a wet brush to use the charcoal like an paint. It was very uncomfortable but I think for my first use, it turned out alright, I mean it looks like a skull.
The second was much more straightforward, ink and a brush. We did some pencils to give the shape and then added inks for values. I have to say, working on paper this size (18x24) really made me feel free, like a had room to breathe. I think the brush and ink really needs this kind of space to open up and helped be feel ambitious.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine's Day Cards

Instead of giving my hard earned cash to Hallmark, I did my own cards this year. One for my Mom and one for my Wife.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Class - Wire Masks

So Our first class was a lecture and just going over the expectations of the class. Last night was the first night of drawing...but we were told that budget cuts to the art dept will allow only one night a week with a model. And so this day was not our day with a model. But we did these exercises with greyscales and geometrics and it was pretty difficult to find a face in this, but I was pretty happy with the exercise.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Back to School!

Well, I am going to attempt to go back to school. The class I want has a waitlist, but it is short and I am sure I can get in...(I am trying to be confident...LOL) Anyway, I am going to be taking a life drawing class at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita. I am really excited about this. I am going to be getting some real studio time with real models and everything. I will be posting my work as the semester goes on, so keep checking in and following my progress.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Baby Eng

My buddy Geoff and his wife just had their baby boy. Big congrats going out to the new parents. This is just a quick sketch I did of one of the pictures that they posted online.