Mobile Library

Spent time in Millenium Park this weekend past and captured people stopping by the Sketchbook Project’s Mobile Library which was on a cross country tour from it’s home base in Brooklyn.

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Absolutely loving drawing in this Tomoe River Paper sketchbook. Mostly making use out of Pitt Artist Brush Pens but also dragging along 2 fountain pens, a LamyAccent and a Graf Von Faber-Castell Classic. Both have been great to work with and the Tomoe is customer tailored to showcase their wet, fluid lines. For the past year, I’ve used Platinum Carbon Ink for the fountain pens almost exclusively. Some of the really bold contours were drawn with a 1.5 Pitt Pen. A UniBall and a grease pencil round out the basic kit seen below on an unroll pen wrap.

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Milling About Millenium Park

  • July 18th, 2016
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Cowgirl CCC

Had the opportunity to do a commercial gig for a friend who opened a bakery/cafe and wanted a retro pinup style cowgirl logo. So, just to show the process of how I “whip out” an illustration job, I’m posting the sketches, studies and revisions that led to our gal on the circular sign in their shop.

 

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Drawings and sketches done with Pitt Artist Pens on Tomoe River Paper. Some drawn from life using a couple models, some are drawn after various reference sources, some are doodles from my noggin.

The Coffee Cake Cowgirl

  • July 8th, 2016
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WRBTL....

Working on a little book, GLIMPSE. Hoping to publish one way or another. Here are some pages.

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Some of the drawings were done a few weeks ago, some, a few years, some are very recent. I’ve gone back onto prior work to add letting and additional drawing. They are a palimpsest of layers from printed ledger grids, handwriting, drawing, stamp letting. Various inks are being/have been used, I.e. ballpoint, he’ll pens, fountain pen inks, printing inks, markers, pigmented pens. The drawings were done on various papers then dry mounted into a small sketchbook. Halfway done. I’ll post the rest here as I finish.

Glimpse

  • July 5th, 2016
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Staying close to home and watching the citizenry. Pat, one of the residents in my apartment compound watches a movie set up in the courtyard. I found her much more engaging than the flick.

And so, after forty years of watching others  build their chops with watercolor, I have decided this month that I am to take the plunge with the medium. Previously, I have used watercolor and gouache to tint and hand color prints and drawings.

i know several masters of the medium, Clive Powsey, Shari Blaukopf, and Ron Stocke, whose work will serve to inform and guide me with the additional benefit of keeping me humble.

Coffee Lab

The above watercolor, done while in a cafe with the added fun of a fidgety student, has some light guide lines but I also tried to just knock in shapes with a flat brush.

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The above watercolor of the parking lot and club house of the Jackson Park Yacht Club, was actually, my first, plein air watercolor in forty years. My color may have reflected somewhat, the washed out summer day in a parking lot with white, silver, and black cars, but felt muddy so I did a study after John Singer Sargent, the gourds below, to hopefully  amp up my hues and loosen up my brush work.Copy after JSSargent image

Above, I ventured to a rose garden in Evanston in the late afternoon, but failed to catch the brilliance of the light. Again, I tried to use minimal structural lines and worked as directly with the brushes as I could. All the other figures, save the blue shirted guy and the window counter, were executed with Pitt Artist Brush Pens.

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Some more captures from a street festival, a movie in Pulaski Park, this cluster was drawn from life with my standard gear.

June Bugged

  • June 25th, 2016
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Garfield Gargoyle

While out in Cleveland for business, I made it to Lakeview Cemetery by University Circle. Gorgeous grounds with the Wade Chapel and the President Garfield Mausoleum.

Garfield Maus

Never been one to do watercolors, so these were my first plein aire watercolors. I clearly got work ahead of me.

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Garfield Mausoleum

  • June 14th, 2016
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