Saturday, June 15, 2019

Coffee House Moderne


I did something shocking while creating this "urban sketch." I used a straightedge (a paper envelope) on some of these lines. Traditional urban sketching is done only freehand. I also re-arranged objects to get a better composition. My supply and sketch bag sits at the table as if awaiting coffee. No worries about the perspective or arrangement where something seems to be floating in air. It's modern you know.

Sepia brown tech pen on sketchbook page, 5" x 7", June 14, 2019.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Art Model with Face 1972


Finally...here's a model with a face. She posed long enough for me to get a clear view of her. This sketch looks, uh, sketchy because it is not complete and also, you can see the drawing on the other side where the scanner's light showed through the paper. How did I know I was going to put a life drawing in a private art class through a scanner in futuristic 2019? And yet the electronic music technology that I used in 1972 was better than the impoverished software emulations we must put up with nowadays. At least I got the face right.

Pencil on sketchbook page, 5" x 7", 1972.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Under Vine Back Cover


You've seen this before but here it is with all the writing on it. I re-wrote and removed some of the text because it was irrelevant for a second edition. The text also has to fit with the rest of the book. The art is a Shenandoah Valley scene in colored pencil with some Photoshop enhancements, done from memory. I'm almost done, all I need to do is the front cover, title logo, and counting and numbering the pages after putting them in order.

Photoshop composite, 8 1/2" x 11", June 2019. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Gravity Modeldrawing


It's part of traditional art training: drawing a floppy, drooping art model posing on cushions. If you look closely (not at these drawings though) you will see a watch that tells the model how long she has posed for. During the breaks in the session she puts on a bathrobe. I always thought art models were caught on a planet with stronger gravity than our Earth. They looked like that to me although the reality was just that the model was tired of posing fighting against ordinary gravity.

Pencil on sketchbook page, 10" x 8", 1972.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Colorforms Foursquare


It looks rather like a game board of some kind, and Colorforms is a game of sorts. Four colors, four shapes, four sizes, four elements. And something different each time. I tried to connect these shapes with the traditional playing card suits (spades, clubs, diamonds, hearts) but it just isn't that close. These elemental shapes are used by occultists who prefer a visual code for their magical workings. 

Photoshop, 5" x 5", June 11, 2019.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Man Model and Face 1972


This Man Model comes from another of our drawing sessions in the church. He is kind of abstractified but the proportions are all right. I wanted to draw his head but I ran out of room so I drew another rendering of his face. At lower right is Loukas, a Byzantine monk who was one of my fantasy characters.

Pencil on sketchbook page, 8" x 5", 1972.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Red Wine Filler Page


This page has no text words yet and it may not ever have them. It's meant to fill a space behind a book feature since I want most of the "important" pages like season announcements to be on the right side of the page spread when the book is opened. In color this is a homage to red wine along with my motto "Prosperity and Sweetness." Since it is a filler page, you may fill with red wine any time, as long as I get on the resort bus back home.

Photoshop composite, 8 1/2" x 11", June 2019.