W.I.P. December

Working on some new illustrations of love, joy and happiness for the new year, starting here with the line art, shading and color to follow.

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Drink and Draw 5.13.15

5.13.15.3.drinkdrawDue to technical issues it took me a minute to scan and post some of my favorite sketches from this months Drink and Draw NYC. 5.13.15.2.drinkdraw

If you’ve been reading my past blogs, then you know that Drink and Draw NYC is a monthly gathering of artists here in New York’s Lower East Side, were we get a chance to work on our live drawing skills in a less academic atmosphere. Organized by professional comicbook artist Khary Randolph.

Our model for this session was brought back from last summers popular Harley Davidson edition of Drink and Draw, the statuesque Sweet Lorraine, creator of Shades of Burlesque, an all Black burlesque show here in NYC. 5.13.15.4.drinkdrawIf you missed the Drink and Draw, check her page for her local performances. 5.13.15.5.drinkdraw

And I must reiterate the importance of being able to draw from a live model. The ability to quickly translate what you see to the page is a critical skill that must be utilized. The value of going out in a setting like a Drink and Draw, is that it allows you to see how another artist approaches the same subject, be it perspective or choice of area to focus on. You might want to get the whole model on the page, look over and see that someone is working on just her face or her feet, and make you think that might be something to try next time. Working under a time constraint can help in training your eye to see the primary shapes and angles to tackle in forming your overall drawing.

Interested, check the group page on Facebook for more information. Here’s to seeing you and your art next month.

Drink & Draw NYC – 4.8.15

Sketch of model Taneisha Shaw, five minute poses, first round.
Sketch of model Taneisha Shaw, five minute poses, first round.

Every month at Mary O’s in the Lower East Side of NYC, a bunch of artist get together at this cool local pub for shit talking, drinks and drawing.

Generally the night starts off with some quick 2 or 5 minute warm up sketches, followed by a couple of 10 minute poses and a 20 minute pose before a model break and costume change to do another round of poses.

Sketch of model Taneisha Shaw, first round ten minute pose.
Sketch of model Taneisha Shaw, first round ten minute pose.

I am sure I have stated this before, but it is important enough to repeat. As an artist live model drawing is essential to an artists growth and creativity.

Organized by comic book artist Khary Randolph and featuring a rotating assortment of models, this months model was the fabulous Taneisha Shaw. For more information visit the Facebook page, Drink and Draw NYC.

Go forth and draw, after you check out my stuff.

Sketches of model Taneisha Shaw, second round 2 ten minute poses.
Sketches of model Taneisha Shaw, second round 2 ten minute poses.
Sketches of model Taneisha Shaw, second round 2 five minute poses.
Sketches of model Taneisha Shaw, second round 2 five minute poses.

You Can Visit My Sketchbook, Soon.

SketchBook.Bows&Arrows.02Thanks for sending in your project for The Sketchbook Project 2015! We just wanted to let you know that your project has now been cataloged into the Brooklyn Art Library! It can be found on the shelves with a call number of 257.2-10.
Please stay tuned for more details about the project.

Sincerely,
The Sketchbook Project Crew

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Got the email late last night and look forward to visiting my sketchbook soon. Here’s another rough scan from my contribution to the Bows and Arrows theme.

Bows and Arrows: The Reason Why

After reviewing my last two posts, I noticed that while I stated what my theme for the Sketchbook Project is, I never stated why.

Once I made the decision to participate in this years SP, I had to select my topic or theme and on the registration website there were a gang of choices, but for me there was really only one, Bows and Arrows.

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From childhood I’ve been heavily influenced by comic books. Most of my life/style (sadly) revolves around these four color characters and their zany exploits. If I had to make a top ten list of these icons, it would include Bruce, Logan, T’Challa and Steve, but the #1 spot would go to Ollie.

Wait!?! What?!? How could I pick a spoiled rich boy, Batman wannabe you ask.

The answer can be found in the now legendary 1969 classic Brave and the Bold, issue #85. Written by Bob Haney and illustrated by Neal Adams and Dick Giordano. Originally created by Mort Weinsinger and George Papp, this issue was the unveiling of Green Arrow’s new modern day look and Robin Hood attitude by Adams and Giordano.

The real grab for me was on page 18 where Batman and Green Arrow bust in on the criminals and their hostage who has a gun to his head, now Batman is about to give in but GA quickly uses an arrow that bounces off of three walls to jam in the trigger of the gunman.

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Batman– “I saw it, but I still don’t believe it, G.A.!”

Green Arrow– “It goes with the costume!”

I mean come on, he saved the day and impressed Batman, how could I not love this character? And there have been other moments and characters who would wield the bow, keep my attention and make me think hard about taking archery classes.

For now I’ll live with the great job the CW is doing with Arrow and my work for the Sketchbook Project.

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The Sketchbook Project – Update

To celebrate another personal orbit around the sun, I jumped into the Bow & Arrow theme for my contribution to this years Sketchbook Project by taking a research trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, here in NY.

IMG_20141113_142815Walking the hall of the Met is always a creative boost, helping me strive to draw more. Enjoy some of my favorite works along with a small taste of the progress I’ve made so far with my theme, thanks to the star of Arrow for the reference.

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