Tuesday, April 27, 2010

small paintings and gestures

Billford lost at sea.
Avant-garde symphonic composer Krystof Penderecki
Silent film actor Ben Turpin
Gestures of people on the bus

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Gestures - and the first 8 pages of a book!

These are all doodles of people in the television-box, with the exception of the cat. I have Rita Hayworth, Orson Wells, Oprah, Groucho, Chico, Heidi Klum, 2 contestents from project Runway, a weird looke Tim Gunn, as well oddly rendered alec baldwins and the guy who plays Kenneth the page.
Harpo on the harp, and another gentleman from the movie I saw singing. I saw "Minding the Store" which was... alright, i think "A Night in Casablanca" was better, oh and the Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles was from "Lady From Shanghai" which was awesome, highly recommended.
people on the bus

And here it is. The first 8 pages of Walt Stanchfield's "Drawn to Life" read, print, and enjoy!

Friday, April 16, 2010

doodles meet watercolor

i've been using watercolor a lot more often. Partially because I try my best to sketch everyday, when I don't feel like drawing i just color in ones that have been previously done.

Blind gesture drawings I think look fantastic colored in! I think i'm going to do more in future.

Watercolor kind of crinkles the paper of course, but it's alright i think it makes the sketches look more completed and makes em' more interesting to look at.

Also tomorrow i'll scan in the first couple pages of Stanchfield's "Drawn To Life" it's got lots of goodies in it.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Working on It - Reading List

I wish i uploaded more regularly, I'll try my best but I have been pretty busy, now i have a job,and i've been reading a lot more, mostly on drawing and animation.

I just got "Drawn to Life: The Walt Stanchfeild Lectures" it has some helpful tips and tricks as well as many illustrated references. I might scan some pages in, the only problem i have with the book is for me there's a lot unnecessary text, so much so that I've taken a highlighter to it's pages (something i normally don't do with books) and adding sticky notes to summarize certain pages.

The book has an extreme emphasis on gesture drawing and caricature. Other things he wants artists to hone down is avoiding tangents, thinking in three dimensions, simplifying your drawings, and stretch & squash. The book is 400 pages and as of now I'm only on page 83, and this is just one of a two volume set (yeesh!).

Also on my reading list i got "The Natural Way to Draw" by Nicolaides also with lots of gesture emphasis, and "The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" which needs to introduction, however skimming threw it Dr. Edwards seems to be more interested in contour gesture, but still had many useful-looking exercises, my older sister has read it and she says that it gets you used to drawing what you see and to feel your way around a drawing as opposed to what many people do which is draw "symbols" of things.

Anyway, I'm sure your very tired of me talking about books here are some overdue doodles.