Some more recent sketches here. Many more are due because I am developing ideas for some of the small works I plan to do:
[explanation: I’ve recently become a lot more disciplined in doing regular sketches of images that I find interesting for whatever reason. When I was a kid, or a teenager, it was a natural thing to just pick up a sketch-book and treat whatever I saw. I sort of lost that habit in the business of being an adult. Now, as I am producing more lately, large complete works, it’s all the more detrimental to maintain regular practice sketching small ideas and things that I may want to turn into larger complete works.]
[note] I’ve decided to begin loading new works towards the top of the page, so it’s easier for readers to see new works, rather than scrolling past ones they may have already seen to see the newest pieces.
I am trying to keep up the momentum with my sketching and practice. I have a possible set of classes, (I’ll call it a seminar) I will be teaching on my own. So I am looking forward to that and whatever new opportunities arise. I’ll give full details when the dates are confirmed.
Some recent sketches:
Again, from the book “Hudson Valley Ruins” (it’s a beautiful book, the history in it and the images are top-notch.)
An abandoned car, from the book Hudson Valley Ruins. (above)
This should be a familiar sight to people who frequently travel from Albany to NYC: The Yonkers Power Station (abandoned).
In my current class, which is a “therapeutic” fine arts group held in a hospital, I drew this sketch to the prompt I gave my students, “And then the fire went out. No one noticed.”
Quick architectural sketch. Image from the book “Hudson River Ruins” (Ranaldi, Yasanik [sp?]) The picture is of Fedralsberg, an abandoned ruin south of Albany:
I have also been doing some figure studies:
figure study, pencil on paper
figure study charcoal on paper
Another in my series of images drawing Eduard Manet’s “The Old Musician
A reproduction of G. Klimt
And second, Timmy of Nixon’s Spirit:
So, I am doing a lot of sketching as pre-planning for larger works:
These are the two pieces I posted yesterday I was interested in essentially “tinting” with watercolor:
Study/sketch, pencil on paper. Pollock and Klingman together near the time of the artist’s death. Photo from a NYTimes article.
Two small sketches: above is a figure study of a Libyan opposition fighter.
Figure study, elderly woman with a rake. Pencil on paper.
The following two images I am planning to do further work with. I will do a similar thing as I did with another small work –an image of a depression-era man selling chestnuts from a vending cart. That piece I drew in pencil, and then tinted with watercolor. I am hoping to do that over the next couple days. I will post the results once I have an opportunity to do so.
This is a reproduction/study of Edouard Manet’s “Madame Michel-Levy.” I am starting more and more to keep Manet as among my favorites of the Impressionists.
This is an image of a TV/entertainment mogul. I found the image in the NYTimes. For whatever reason it made me think of the song lyric scribbled next to the image.
The last image is of a young woman, Shawna Timmonds, who was profiled in a NY Times article.
More to come, soon…
These were both in-class demonstrations (charcoal on paper):
(Note the lines and marks made as I illustrating planning and pre-drawing techniques)
Hope to have some more of the recent sketches out of my sketch-book soon. Here’s one of my ideas from the SWPA series…
Sketch for the SWPA.
In class demonstration.
In class demonstration: placement of facial features.
Based on a photo from the New York Times.
In class demonstrations:
For class, sketching hands and feet.
A piece riffing off Edouard Manet’s “The Old Musician,” it is a series I am considering for the SWPA (see for explanation here: http://elevenimages.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/the-small-works-progress-administration/)
Here’s a couple more sketches (in color). This piece is pencil and colored pencil on paper. I was working with a student on using color in shadows:
This piece is also a pretty good color study, this time in oil pastel: