Wednesday, October 29, 2008


That's "Booooooooo!" as in "Sit down! Get outta here!" Not "Booooooooo!" as in "Scared ya, didn't I?"

Last night was a special Halloween Dr. Sketchy. Our models were Christopher from Causing a Scene, along with a woman who was not his grandmother (she was slated to appear but bowed out do to a cold). The two donned some elaborate costumes and spilled some blood to bring us a rollicking good sketch-fest. The dj kicked butt too.

I brought along my mini watercolor set to try out and picked up a Moleskine pad to paint in, but I gotta tell ya, I just wasn't feeling it. The secret to any success that I have in putting out a decent Dr. Sketchy sketch is time and the ability to work and re-work and fix and fudge whatever drawing I'm working on. I'm just not really proficient in drawing an anatomically correct figure by staring at the model and putting what I see down on paper. My thirty second and one minute quick sketches hardly represent what I see going on before me and I greatly admire (and envy) those people who can do it. I dream of being able to draw just a few quick lines that capture the movement and proportions of the model. And if I could do it with a brush pen where the results mimic the look of Japanese ink brush drawings, the better. I just don't know how. I had the minimal amount of figure illustration classes in college, and that was twenty years ago. In all that intervening time I've never pursued that information. Well, I guess it's time to do something about that. Especially after the crap I produced last night.

Now, in retrospect, my drawings aren't all that horrible. There are some good things going on in some of them. The colors are nice. But as a whole, I failed miserably due to the unforgiving nature of rushing to get ink onto the paper and coloring it in. The figure is the most important aspect of the drawing. Even if it's a cartoon. And it would help if I really knew how to use an ink brush properly too. So I'll try it again next time but I'll have to do some homework beforehand.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Real painting with real paint!

It doesn't happen much, but very rarely I put down my electronical painting devices and pull out real live paints and brushes and make something original that can actually hang on a wall. Sure, the anatomy is all wrong but who cares? Well, I do but...whatever. Anyway, here ya go:

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Zoo Review Redux

Another trip to the zoo, another chance to try my luck at capturing animal likenesses with my watercolors and brush pen.