Thursday, September 26, 2013

Art from Experience

Ernest Hemingway once said that “In order to write about life first you must live it.” I think that this modification is equally true: "In order to draw about life first you must live it." I think artists should count even the most difficult times as blessings, because from them we grow, and the pool of experience from which we can draw inspiration widens and deepens. In this drawing I've tried to reflect not some far-off dream or ideal, but the feelings and emotions I've personally experienced–and I hope that because of my more personal connection with the piece, it will give viewers a more personal connection as well.

(Also, a thanks to Will Kelly who turned me on to Bridgman's work, which I think really helped me with the anatomical structure of the hands here)

Friday, September 20, 2013


Hard to think that such the relatives of such a cute little fella would carry the Bubonic Plague that wiped out so much of Europe, but that's the way it is. Lesson: don't trust adorable things. And on an artistic note, this was again an attempt at drawing from the shoulder, so I was just focusing really on the gestural initial shapes, and only spent minimal time on any of the details. Threw him together in probably around 15 minutes. I'm hoping at some point to come up with some way of propping my sketchpad up so I'm drawing on an inclined surface–I really think that would help get me some more fluidity in my lines, rather than gripping the pencil so tightly and drawing with my wrist. Anyway, enjoy.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Vulpes vulpes

Today I felt like drawing a red fox, scientific name Vulpes vulpes. I didn't spend very long on this–it was primarily a practice in drawing from the shoulder, which is something I don't do nearly as much as I ought to. I'll probably revisit the idea someday in the future, but for now this little fellow has done his work, and can enjoy his well-deserved nap.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

For Our Battle is Not Against Flesh and Blood . . .

I think angels are some of my favorite things to draw. They have wings, which is cool. They have swords, which is cool. They have halos, which, ever seeing Justin Gerard's 2011 sketchbook, I have decided are cool. And They just have a sense of drama to them.
And there's some new stuff From the Sketchbook.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Wings of the Moon, (WIP)

This evening I felt like drawing, and in the evening, barn owls just seem like the right thing to draw. I originally wanted to do it in flight, but changed my mind and began a view of its back, with the owl looking over its shoulder, both wings folded. I decided that didn't look dramatic enough, so I made both wings spread, then added the fog clouds on either side, and the moon directly behind. I still don't think this is done, as I believe I can get some more detail in on the feathers, and I think that the values where the owl's form is silhouetted against the moon should be more silhouetted, or at least harder edges. For the moment though, I'm fairly pleased with it.
EDIT: Also, I forgot to mention, I created a new page on my blog, called "From the Sketchbook." I'm planning to fill that section of the blog with very rough sketches from my practices. You can access it via the link in the upper left.

Thursday, September 5, 2013


So at the moment I'm working through George B. Brigdeman's  "Constructive Anatomy," which I've found to be an immensely helpful book. Right now, though, I'm just posting a quick sketch I did of a pear today–but expect some anatomical sketches in the future.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


So today in school I was learning about Giotto Di Bondone, and we made paint using egg yolks as they did in the olden days. I painted this angel that looks . . . okay. I like the composition of it, so I think I'm going to make a completely digital version of it. We'll see.