Wednesday Night Oils

First night of Oil Portraiture. New model is an older gentleman, so this is going to be a really awesome class! It’s been a good progression of models: the first guy was clean-cut and angular, the second had interesting hair, this one has some wrinkles…and he put his hand in the pose, yikes! Painting a hand!

Just roughing in the drawing here, getting the angles and measurements together and just beginning to add some detail. You can see my value thumbnail for checking composition, I changed things around several times in the thumbnail before starting the larger drawing.


Figure Drawing

Last night was my first figure drawing class. I last took figure drawing in 1984, and it felt like I was right back there…except that was a horrible experience that has lurked around in my brain ever since. So I took a step back, used the skills I acquired over the last year and pushed through the doubt and negativity, so I could begin to learn.

I was struggling with my linework as usual, and got a bad angle for the first 10 minute pose. I decided to play around with some tone, and struck on the way to navigate this difficult subject…I should fall back on my strengths, developing form with values.


Things got a lot more enjoyable, though obviously this is just the beginning and I have a looooong way to go, and so much more to learn. But at least I found a way to make it fun!


Sketchbook Digest

Here’s last week’s sketchbook digest. I took the weekend off to get a break before classes this week, so it’s a bit thinner than usual. Started with more anatomy from the Winslow book, the first two are graphite, Prismacolor and white Conte on toned paper, 5.5 x 8.5:



And a few rectus abdominis studies, graphite on paper, 9×12:


Only one comic book copy this week, a request by Matbar (who is the proud new owner of it already!), a Marc Silvestri copy. Graphite on paper, 5.5 x 8.5:


Tonight…portraiture class, part III!

Sketchbook Digest

Started this week in the digital realm: my first digital painting, done in Corel Painter Mobile on my old tablet, so it’s relatively low res (2k x 2k, though this is a low res web version). And of course I already see a spot I didn’t finish…

Anyway, good learning experience. Meaningful painting, it’s where my family fished up lobsters going back to the revolution. That’s my great-grandpa’s buoy in the water.


Still working on Valerie Winslow’s anatomy book. This week’s copies are in my new 5.5 x 8.5 toned sketchbook. Graphite, Prismacolors and white Conte.





I received the luscious new Ralph McQuarrie book set and immediately did a copy of the 1st cover. 9 x 12 graphite on paper.


And some J Scott Campbell copies I did during my breaks at work, trying to sneak in more sketching time. It’s working! 5.5 x 8.5 graphite on paper.



New Year’s Drawing

Onward with year two!

First up is a sketchbook piece, 5.5×8.5 graphite. I’ll probably keep posting stuff as digest, I dunno. Just winging it!


And a study from the studio today, 18×24 charcoal on newsprint (my usual):


Testing out Android apps

Testing out a few art apps on my tablet, prefacing this with a disclaimer that I just poked around informally for a few minutes on each. First up is my overall initial favorite, Art Rage. I love the sketch tools, coming from a charcoal sketch bias it is head and shoulders better than the other two. I didn’t even try painting with it, because the charcoal tools were so nice. I loaded up a toned ‘paper’ to replicate drawing on newsprint. Image is my normal anatomy work out of Patrick Jones’ book, so this app wins for ‘feeling like I’m drawing normally.’ BIG DOWNSIDE is that on my old samsung with only 3GB RAM and a pokey old mobile cpu, it’s super laggy. With informal sketching, the experience was so superior I could put up with it a bit, but for real work it would drive me bonkers. Makes me sad that the best sketch program has a slow 🙁


Next up is Corel Painter Mobile. The sketch experience was fairly mediocre. Didn’t feel much like real sketching, though not as digital as Sketchbook. Faster than Art Rage. Since this is a mobile version of Patrick’s favorite painting app, I loaded up the paint tool for a quick test and it felt better. I’ll have more testing on the painting aspect, as I feel that is where this app shines.


Lastly is the preloaded Sketchbook app. I think it might be a gimped version of the full app. Lightning fast, no lag whatsoever; but at the cost of feeling ‘glassy’ and digital, no real drawing feel at all. Painting also feels very digital. Not totally a bad thing, though I’m an art luddite, so it loses points for that. But it does have that lightning speed, so might be the best for quick idea dumps or concepting out stuff for traditional work.


I really wish Art Rage was zippier on the tablet (though this experience pushed me to buy it on the Steam sale!). It’s hands-down a good drawing experience other than the latency issues, and I think the quick tests show that. No fumbling to find tools that replicate the effect of charcoal, just used two charcoal presets and BAM, I think it looks like a real drawing!

Each app has a strength to explore, if only I could have the speed of Sketchbook, the paints of Corel Painter and the drawing of Art Rage!

Sketchbook Digest

How about last week’s sketchbook digest? Okeedoke! Kind of a slim update, since I spent several days on the stuff I worked on last week, rather than banging out a bunch of smaller sketches. Going to focus on fast drawings again this week! First up is the monochrome and colored versions of Magik, based on a drawing by Chris Bachalo.



And the only other sketch was a request 🙂


During the break from school (last week was the last portrait class), I’ll be alternating between studio work and sketchbooks. So not sure how this digest idea will continue as I try to get more active in the studio! It’s a good thing. Next step is to regularly draw in both the sketchbook and have both fast and more finished work coming out of the studio.

King’s Man

The first piece out of my home studio, the King’s Man from Kingdom Death. Charcoal on newsprint, 18×24.


Wednesday Night Oils

Wrapping up the second in a trilogy of oil portraiture classes tonight. Painting is still wet and oiled up, so I’ll try to get a good pic up once it’s dry and framed. But for now, here’s my second attempt at oil painting!


Sketchbook Digest

Monday morning, time to open up the sketchbook(s) and see what I did the past week! I’ve found when I’m not really into it for the evening, I draw about 1/3 the page of my normal 9×12 sketchbook, so I bought a smaller 5.5″x8.5″ pad for quick sketching. And I tend to just sketch superheroes, I guess…





And then I capped off the week with a nice Sunday watching Star Wars and doing another anatomy drawing in my toned 9×12 pad. This week I dug out some old Berol Prismacolors and used flesh and sanguine for the colors, in addition to the HB graphite pencil and white conte I’ve been using. Also remembered to take a WIP pic before I went in with color. Eventually I’ll draw things that don’t have wonky proportions, I promise!