February. Lately I’ve been griping to unsympathetic family and friends back in Colorado about how terrible the weather has been in Austin. Freezing rain, shadowy days, and screaming winds. I do my best to make Austin sound miserable, because there are too many people here and I can’t get a good taco in under 40 minutes.
However, since it IS objectively cold out, I sit at my desk and make drawings when I can. It’s tough to scrape together the time but that’s life.
So here is the art news:
I’ve been trying out some colored inks, which operate a lot like watercolor but offer more flexibility. Or at least I would argue there is more flexibility there, and more speed than most mediums. Maybe it demands speed but does not afford it. I can’t tell.
Other than watercolor I still work on repurposed surfaces. For the drawing below I cut out cardboard from a box of dog treats and drew a figure on it sourced out of Maxim. It turned out okay.
What I’ve found about sourcing drawings from ads in Cosmopolitan and Maxim is that men and women mostly look the same in all magazines, no matter really if the magazine hopes to capture an audience of men or women. Also it doesn’t allow for much artistic growth. Most everyone looks the same and there is no real challenge to drawing pretty people. So, I try to not adhere. If I don’t capture it all, or if I mess up some model’s eyebrows, that’s better than perfect.
All day during the week I take notes on graph paper – I could tell you I use it for something cool like wireframes, but I don’t. I just write notes on it, lots of meandering notes.
But, graph paper is fun to work with as an effect. I don’t use it to match proportions, that would be too painstaking for an artist like me. So I use it as an interesting background pattern, and for ‘sink drawings’ – where I will mark up a paper with a portrait, then do a drawing on the sheet immediately afterwards, even though the sheet has tons of marks on it from 3 or 4 of the previous drawings.
Sink Drawings have been fun and challenging for me, they make the drawings dirtier and more real in a way that I am proud of. It’s not quite like a double exposure, but it has the same principles. I also like the order of the graph paper and the non-order of marker sink.
Aside from making messy graph paper drawings I have found some pencils lying around with a full 9B to 9H range. I wondered if I’d lost some of my eye since school and the days of live figure drawing. I gave some nude models a try with a full range of graphite. I learned a lot, I remembered less.