Thursday, May 30, 2013

Jesus Likes Us

Jesus, one of our favorite male models, likes posing for us because we engage in friendly chatter during poses and we usually bring snacks or dessert for the breaks.

Friday, May 24, 2013


Transformation of a sketch to a canvas.

30" x 18"

Friday, May 17, 2013

Charcoal & Chalk

When a local artist needed a special pose for one of her art projects she made arrangements with Argos Gallery to schedule a model and host a drawing session. There was room for several other artists to take advantage of the 3-hour pose, so I signed up for the extra session.

After a couple of drawings of charcoal on newsprint as usual, I switched to charcoal and chalk on gray Canson paper.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Charcoal Joey

Charcoal on newsprint.
I usually cleanup the newsprint texture. This time I enhanced it.

Experimenting with a colorized version.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Big Joey

A big portrait of Joey, the live model from last Tuesday night’s drawing session. Not a great portrait, but good enough for a police sketch. No offense intended Joey.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Male Models

When drawing a female model I tend to stress over my drawings not doing her justice. With male models it’s easier (for me) to just draw and not stress about the results.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Basketball Sketch

It’s NBA Playoff season, which means there’s some pretty cool poses on the sports page that make great reference for a quick charcoal sketch.

Later I’ll experiment with transforming this sketch into a color version.


Lely’s Venus

During a recent London visit, I sketched a marble statue of Venus in the British Museum called Lely’s Venus. Lely was an artist and collector during the reign of King Charles I; the sculptor is unknown.

My goal was to combine the traditional character of the original sketch with a contemporary style, abstract coloring contrasted with muted and subtle colors, and graphic boldness. 

I didn't actually know that was my goal at the time, but I’ve decided it was since it pretty much turned out that way. 

Lely’s Venus
28" x 40"

Lely’s Venus detail.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Color Studies

After spending the past two weeks sketching with a felt tip pen, painting with color seems more like a treat than usual. Here are a couple of digital paintings based on photos I took while in London.

Every morning we went to Le Pain Quotidien for coffee. I grabbed a photo of three women sitting next to the window. This is a detail of the image that I’m working on.  

Two Women from Kew.
On the train back to central London, after a day-trip to Kew Gardens, the different ages, fashion styles, and demeanors of two women across the isle caught my attention.