Depth of Winter, and what a winter it’s been. Got warm dwellings, proper gear, someone else shovels the sidewalks, amenities are all a short walk from the crib, and the view of the weather from my living room has been operatic. After a busy Fall on the road and a grueling month of moving to my current home, I’m settling in to a gob of reading and trying to pick up the pace on drawing. Love the Michelin Man quality of so much winter wear and feeling a need to work on anatomy studies for upcoming work. It’s been eons since I made a body of paintings so with 2 velvets stretched and more on the way I’m trying to kick my arse into gear after a long period of hibernating. Put the clowns to bed long enuff, time for reveille.
Usual suspects in materials: Pitt Pens, grease pencil, ledgerbooks, fountain pens.
Just editioned, 15″ x 23 1/2″, lithograph, printed at Anchor Graphics, “Pachy Slapped” edition of 20. $300.
Jennifer on a wintery eve wrestling with a temperamental computer. Damn thing wouldn’t go online for an hour, plus we lost an hour’s worth of work, plus I somehow, in my frustration, broke my Sailor DE Brush Nib fountain pen. I was swearing up a blue squall but Mizz Jenny, put her Irish temper on hold, and resolved all matters. Well, she couldn’t repair my fountain pen but $29 and a visit to JetPens.com and I’ll get a replacement.
Sorry the quality of my scans has been so poor over the last year and a half, but my hi-res scanner broke and I’ve been shooting the drawings with an i-Pod that produces less than stellar results. Looking to correct this in the coming year.
Following my New Year’s Day ritual of a decade, I opened the new year by attending the 12 hour life drawing marathon at The Palette & Chisel. Nothing like bare flesh to knock the cold outta yer bones in the depths of winter.
I’m loving the way this ledger book is taking ink. It has a fairly long delay before the ink is absorbed so it’s easy to smudge and blot the ink to create tone and finger print textures. The fountain pen I’m getting considerable use out of is a broad nib Graf von Faber guilloche. The Pelikano Junior made it’s presence felt to a good extent also. Pitt Pens, Platinum Carbon and Noodler’s Ottoman Blue are the inks. While I was drawing the reclining model titled “Blue Nude”, I had black ink on my fingers from drawing in black on the previous poses so when I wiped the ink on her leg as it was drying, it turned the blue a dingy color.