figure/ground

Haven’t been drawing from the model much for some months. Caught the figure above while conducting Urban Sketching workshops in Chicago. I was at the Palette & Chisel and saw Larry Paulsen so I ran upstairs to his figure drawing class and got in an hour of a long pose. Below, a page I’ve kept working on, adding the skulls next to previously drawn poses. I made use of a Pitt Artist Pen Big Brush White and a white grease pencil to help pull some features out of the tangle of over sketching, aka pentimento.

The shoulder area is so important that I wanted to draw x-ray super-imposed bones of that region into the figures’ but the drawing became cluttered enough so I intend to work some of those up at a later date.

Work page1Work page2

The ledger book I’ve been working in, above, has been a real joy and takes the inks beautifully.

Recent Nudes

  • July 26th, 2015
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Steel Yard

When back to Cleveland for a bit more than 24 hours. Much to short of a visit, intended to get to the Garfield Mausoleum but that’ll have to be on the next trip. Did make it to Cleveland’s Steel Yards, where the steel giant Arcelor Mittal still has a mill crank in’ away.

Midway Freight elev Kevin

The drawing above is Think Media’s cameraman Kevin, in the backseat of an SUV with head cranked most uncomfortably against the ceiling in order to film me as I draw him.

all drawn with Faber-Castwll Pitt Artist Pens.

Rust Revisited

  • July 20th, 2015
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Washington Square Park WSqPk Brkn hrt Conductor LK

Urban Sketchers Chicago Sketching Seminar

  • July 13th, 2015
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GIT b

Taking a a break from thinking too hard. Channelling fabulous comic book artist, actually the Sunday Funnies, George Wunder. Drawings done in an old ledger book with ink, mostly Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pens. I also made use of  a number of fountain pens, in particular -Pelikan M215, Graf Von Faber-Castell Classic, Faber-Castell Basic Black Leather, Sailor Bent Nib Calligraphy fp, and a Pelikan M400 Tortoise fp. All fountain pens were filled with Platinum Carbon ink except the Pelikan M400 Tortoise which was filled with Noodler’s Ottoman Blue.

Random doodling  Sow's ear Patio nonsense

Some details.

Sarge in charge Detail 2 Detail3 Detail3 Detail4 Detail b Acme1 Acme2  Acme3 Acme4

 

Appropriate Distraction

  • July 3rd, 2015
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Don K's log cabin

After 57 years, I finally return to the Land of The Midnight Sun. Glorious light. Flowers going crazy in long luminous days. Met up with some of the local talent for a plein aire event and a drink-n-draw at Spenard Tattoo. The above log cabin is the home of local artist Don Kolstad who has been an educator and fixture on the scene for years.

Flight sketches  Mtns & clouds

Above, drawings done on the flight to Anchorage. An attempt to capture some cloud and mountain formations somewhere over British Columbia.

The following drawing of Columbine flowers and the following paragraph I did and dedicated to a young woman who passed away just days before I arrived in Anchorage. I also dedicated gave it and gave it to the owner and staff at Blaine’s Art where she had worked for about nine month’s prior to here death at 21 years of age.

Columbines

Ashley, I never had the privilege to have met you. But I have met wonderful people who did , and clearly, your spirit touched them. You are missed. I believe life is a supremely amazing gift, and the people who come into our lives, are a large part of that gift. I was told of your departure as I sat in the car outside the store you worked at, having been driven there from the airport. The first things I saw as I stepped from the car were the Columbine flowers at the store’s entrance. They were the first things I drew after stepping on Alaskan soil since I left as a child 57 years ago. They were purple, one of your favorite colors I’m told, and radiant in the incredible searing light. It was the first I had ever seen Columbines. It will not be possible for me to see them again without thinking about you and the emotional way those who knew you, spoke about you, your radiance, your accomplishments, your wit and brilliance. The growing season in Alaska is brief, and like those arresting Columbines, you had an all too brief but intense presence to those whom you encountered. I know they are grateful to have met you.

Ship Creek

Above, a view from the water’s edge of a Salmon catching contest near the mouth where Ship Creek empties into Cook Inlet by downtown Anchorage.

Humpy's Spenard's Tattoo

Seth and his shy friend at the Drink & Draw at Spenard’s Tattoo when Seth works. I could tell she was watching me thru the veil of her hair.

Plein aire group

The Anchorage Plein Aire group with Don Kolstad on the right from an overlook facing the estuary alongside Turnagain Bay.

Anchor. Mus. o Art Sea-Tac

Above, a dorama in the Anchorage Museum of Art and my lunch counter view of the kitchen crew at Anthony’s in Sea-Tac International. Airport.

Drawings done in a ledger book, a Strathmore toned sketchbook, a Stillman & Birn Alpha series sketchbook with Faber-Castell Basic and Pelikan M215 and Pelikano Jr. fountain pens with Carbon Black ink and Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Brish Pens and White China markers.

 

 

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