I have recently been working on a drawing depicting the scene in which the Biblical prophet Isaiah enters the throne room of God, sees His majesty and declares himself and his people unworthy. In this vision, a seraphim anoints Isaiah as a prophet with a hot coal from the alter of God.
Just reading these verses (Isaiah 6) was inspiring and has major graphic possibilities. At this point, I’m rendering the drawing chunks at a time to give it the care and attention it deserves.
I recently finished my drawing “Charity”. Working with perspective like this is a challenge but I learn every time I put forth this much effort. It’s also easier every time. Now I just need to buy some spray fixative so it won’t smudge all over the place.
One thing I have been discovering as a painter is that I need to become more diligent in arranging my values during the drawing process. I have spent some time working on these types of value studies so when I do work on my paintings I don’t have to put so much effort into correcting things in oil, making the whole thing take longer than necessary. It is best to do this type of work from life or good photo reference.
In light of Inktober, working on “mother and child” as well as a few other oil paintings I haven’t had as much time to study as I’d like. But the few times I have had to work on these types of drawings I have been studying nuances of drapery and clothing folds. It is important to me that various clothing look like the correct material as well as look as if it has weight. Its going to be on when I get my powdered graphite from my parents house! In addition to the learning experience it is great to get the instant gratification of a pretty drawing. Rendering drapery on the level that I like in oils is not a fast process.
I found out about Inktober almost halfway through. Shame on me.
Inktober is an initiative set up by artist Jake Parker in 2009 to improve his own drawing skills which has grown into an international phenomena or artists posting cool things and sharing it on various social media outlets. During the month of October, participants are supposed to make a pen and ink drawing every day. Here is my contribution so far.
With the Robin Williams tragedy, I believe not many people noticed that Golden Age actress Lauren Bacall passed away as well. As one of my fashion icons I felt I had to do a quick sketch of her. She WORE those roller sets. The families of these individuals will be in my thoughts and prayers.
I just discovered that there is a group in my area that conducts weekly figure study sessions. I am very excited to discover this as I have been unable to actually do a nude study from life for the past couple of years. I look forward to learning more and meeting other artists. Here are a couple of the longer pose studies.
I would like to kick off my first blog post here by being transparent about myself and my design process. I spend most of my waking hours creating things, talking about creating things, or consuming creative things. I just enjoy pretty things including hair and makeup, clothing, interior decorating…the list goes on. My aesthetic is typically reflected in my subject matter. I look forward to a long time of using this blog to share in my passion for making the world a nicer place to look at while expressing my own as well as the vision of my patrons.
Now before I get all Von Trapp and go into a tirade about my favorite things I’ll go ahead and post a Work in Progress (WIP). This particular item is created with pen and ink, and color pencil and will become my new website header and the basis for my visual identity. As an illustrator I would like to lean to this type of work as it’s more indicative of what I do.