Sketches and more sketches. I need to hire some models again now that I'm finally discovering the poses I think will work for the images I want to do. I have been using the Canson paper in their multi media sketch pads and they've been holding up pretty well. better than the Moleskine that's for sure.
Gouache study on Canson paper. I treated the gouache more like a water color since I'm not ripping them out of the sketchpad just yet. I thought the paint should stay very thin to keep the paper flexible so the pad can be flipped through. I pushed the full range of values in Photo Shop here. I want to create the perception in these paintings that there is no solid earth to stand on. The tubes and other objects exist with the assumed understanding that they are anchored to something.
This one is still developing. I drew it out on to a panel to paint but now I'm not happy with the image. I may have the model back to do more specific poses for it. Also on this piece I'm going to experiment with putting things in front of the figure to help place it more within the environment.
I'm experimenting with this graphite cake stuff I found at New York Central. It's similar to a cake of watercolor that you can wet with a brush and use on the paper. The graphite works the same way. You can rework it with more water and almost erase it like pencil. I added a little white gouache to it as well. I used a dip pen and Dr Martin matte black ink. The paper starts to bleed a little if you try the ink over the graphite so best to get all the drawing in ink done first!
Figure drawing again at Spring Street Studios. Two models this time. The plan was to meet my friend, Tayyar Ozkan, to draw. Tayyar is from Turkey and was in town visiting family for the month. I originally met him when he was living in New York in the early 90's. I was working at DC Comics penciling the title Animal Man. We had a mutual friend, Randy DuBurke. I met Randy in the copy room as he was making some copies of what would become his first children's book.
Since Tayyar has not been in the states for a few years, the subway welcomed him with dysfunction. He got there about an hour late. My usual 10-15 minute trip took 45 minutes, so I was a bit late also. The models were really fun to draw!
Drawing at Spring Street Studios.
Tried some new pens out this past weekend. Above is a dip pen with no underdrawing, just ink to paper. The next one below has a few guide lines and then a new marker. I liked both! I wish I had waited about 5 or 6 minutes before starting to draw on this 20 minute pose. She sagged into some really nice shapes as opposed to her initial pose. It happens.
I made it to Spring Street studios again this past weekend. As luck would have it there were two models to draw. They looked familiar and as I began to look and draw the short poses I realized I had drawn them at least 14 years ago. From what I remember they were both from Mexico. They were both dancers by trade. Not sure if they were a couple or just dance partners but they only model separately or with each other. They had aged obviously but were as awesome to draw this time as I remembered from last. I found it more jarring this time because I only drew them that one time and hadn't seen them until this last weekend. Other models I've drawn over the years that are still doing it I've usually run across a few times here and there, so you don't really see how different they are becoming from the first time.
I added a bit of gouache in just because it's fun.
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