Jan 2010

January Sketchbook

In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.
Vincent Van Gogh

Here are a few recent pieces from a couple of my sketchbooks. I like to sketch in a fast, loose and rambling style. It’s an exercise in searching out the volume and edges of a subject by bouncing your way around the page. Most of these are drawn with a Bic Ultra ball point pen, which I find is the perfect tool to use with this approach. The line can smoothly transition from barely there to a nice dark grey while maintaing a thin line weight.

Inspired by the classic book, Lord of the Flies, which my son will be reading this year in his English lit class. Though there is no passage in the book that actually describes a scene like this, (although if you’ve read the book you know a decapitated pig’s head plays a prominent role). Instead, the drawing began to emerge with thoughts of the tribal nature and savagery the island bound kids fall in to.

Don Quixote, drawn after his name came up in a tv show that was playing in the background.

An exploratory sketch for the character of Uncle Zachary from the Time Scavengers side project I’ve been playing around with from time to time. (See the sidebar)

Sketch from a live model during an Artist Guild meeting.