Posts Tagged ‘ink’

Studio Work and Color Tests

July 26, 2013

I’m in the process of developing a strategy towards creating a new, updated body of paintings for exhibition that I’d like to have on display around 9-12 months. I have no idea, really, if that’s feasible with a new baby on the way. But I’m optimistic. I’ve built a couple surfaces that hover around 4′ […]

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Hat Fat Hip Hop

June 5, 2013

This began as a challenge to “draw a pyramid”  and then morphed that challenge into a rhythmic dance of upbeat color and bright enthusiasm, with an explicit reference to the music that vibrates in my speakers most days. Admittedly, not very “gangster”, sure, but definitely emotional, and expressed with edge through color clashes and juxtaposition of pattern […]

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I Know

April 28, 2013

It’s been a looong time since I’ve read Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael. But I love the notion of the “enlightened ape”. I’ve always wanted to make a picture or two revolving around the integral irony and humor implicit in the image of the human apprentice seeking truth from a caged, yet wise gorilla. Continuing my daily grind I […]

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April 18, 2013

Sometimes your so busy and the only times you have to draw are when you “relax” at night and watch your Cardinal’s baseball, or 30 Rock in mad succession with your wife in the evenings. This is good and bad. It’s good, because you end with something a little different than your usual output and you […]

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Oh Shit!

April 3, 2013

These drawings I’ve been doing since March 6th, strictly in color using Faber Castell Pitt artist brushes, are designed to be either a daily warm-up or cool-down. I’ve always thought that the more drawings you do, no matter how small or trivial, the better you get. I’ve never been very good at keeping up with […]

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Majestic Female

April 2, 2013

I liked Majestic Male enough to try and repeat some of the successes I found in that sketch. I knew that part of the reason why that drawing worked was because large portions of the original subject matter was dark toned and reflective. This caused an enjoyable “chop” in the surface gradations. I had a […]

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Majestic Male

March 18, 2013

My wife and I made a visit to the Musée d’Orsey back in 2008. The sculpture that this drawing was based on was made in 1856-57 by Charles Henri Joseph Cordier, called Négre du Soudan, or Negro from the Sudan, or also found called Bust of a Sudanese Man on sanitized poster sites, like this. It’s made purely […]

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Bright Magenta Stacks

March 16, 2013

I didn’t have a whole lot of time yesterday, so I had to stay away from the figural material. One of the larger artistic concerns that I’m consistently trying to address is not overwork a piece. If you follow this blog at all, it’s one of my most frequently mentioned weaknesses. Every mark laid down […]

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New York Snot

March 15, 2013

I decided that I needed to keep up this figural subject matter going and I rummaged though some of my old photos for inspiration. This picture was drawn from a combination of vacation pics taken on a trip my then girlfriend – now wife – and I took in 2005 (yeah, luv… it’s been that long). It […]

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Thoughtful Walk

March 14, 2013

I had to do one small digital touch-up to this piece because it had a glaring mistake in the original drawing that I couldn’t live with posting here on my site. I was reeaaally tired last night when I began this and I didn’t catch my mistake in the first pre-sketch phase of this picture. […]

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Blue You & Green Scream

March 10, 2013

I wish I understood, or could fully explain the inspiration for these drawings. I think about my color, after the fact, and I don’t know why I have such an attraction for odd pairings of hues, bold – or even brash – juxtapositions of pinks, magentas, and neon greens. Color comes emotionally; and when I’m […]

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Red Demons

March 9, 2013

The drawings I’ve been creating the past few days are what I’ve been working on at the end of the day just so I can feel like I got something done after spending my major hours on comic projects. Not having something in my hand that lets me feel like I accomplished anything with my […]

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A Comic Wave

March 8, 2013

This was a my attempt at taking the format of the comic Little Bit that I was working on earlier last fall (and have, subsequently, abandoned in the mean time) and combine the “quick” drawings I’ve done in the last couple of days. Suddenly, my obsession with repetitive markings might have a better realized purpose. […]

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Quick Drawing

March 6, 2013

It’s been a bit since I last posted anything because I’ve been working hard at the helm of some projects that have taken a while longer to finish than expected. But last night I had a bit of unexpected time and it was too late to work on anything “serious”, so I just took an […]

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