Thursday, September 1, 2011

Summer roundup...


...I haven't posted much lately... not counting that last one as it was more of a forgotten draft from a couple months ago.

Well, the semester is getting ready to start up again so perhaps I will find some motivation to post a little more consistently. In the meantime, here is a round-up of sketch-book pieces that I have done over the past few months!

These are a few from late in the semester that were not class related, so I didn't post them:

I didn't get nearly as much "art" done this Summer as I would have wanted... between moving to a new apartment and all the upheaval associated with such an endeavor. Towards the end of the Summer I got a little antsy and decided to try to "play around" a bit. I came to consciously notice that I have a tendency to doodle without purpose in lined notebooks (you should see my notebooks from college! A wealth of sketching ideas...) so I picked up a couple line Moleskine journals and voila!

stuff happened.

Random Guy:

Done while watching James May on BBC America:

Random Girl:

Britta from Community:

Random silly scene from Wild At Heart:

After that I decided to get a little silly and shade them:

In-keeping with my "just f'n around" theme I decided to get really silly and (since I noticed in doing the above shading that alcohol based markers are not the best thing to use on the thin paper of a simple Moleskine journal) hit them again using some of those very inexpensive (water based) Crayola markers:

This led to a whole group of rapid sketches:

I think it was about this time I got sick of drawing/coloring on these lined pages... they are fine
for pen and pencil, but the paper is just too thin for a marker, regardless of whether it's alcohol
or water based.

That being said, I started to really like the way these cheap markers were blending... since they are so inexpensive, I had little concern about fouling the tips by repeated layering, and I got some wonderful effects! First, I went back and attacked some of my earlier sketches with color...


...achieving mostly favorable results... Then I did a couple new sketches and colored them in, too:


... fun fun.

But just as I was about to go color Crayola crazy, I just worked on this piece last night :)
Nice to get back to basics...

Semester Round-up part III: Drawing

Okay, I know I've ranted about my drawing class before -- but despite my frustrations with it I do think that it has helped me in my drawing, regardless of how I define my approach. Interestingly enough, I feel that my color theory class actually helped me to embrace the lessons my instructor was trying to impart in me... without further ado, here are a few from the last couple classes!