Sunday, September 15, 2019

Blue Fish

This is what happens when you start doodling with shapes and patterns. What was a random abstraction starts taking up an identifiable form. Quadrilaterals and triangles turn into fish parts. Blue marker turns into blue fish. In my childhood I used to fish for bluefish off a rocky breakwater, and I threw them back for the cormorant to eat. Now I catch ideas, and throw them back into the InterOcean for the cyberbirds to grab.

Markers on sketchbook page, 6" x 3", September 15, 2019.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Bearded Art Gentleman 1975

My mother's life drawing group had only one or two males in it. As in all live model sessions, we drew each other as well as our model. This gentleman was Peter Plumb, a local artist and a regular participant. I drew his portrait here and for all I know my face is drawn in his sketchbook too. It is easier to draw a bearded face because beard is easier to draw than chin. Peter had an interesting background. Though not a rider himself, he came from a family of equestrians and his brother, Mike Plumb, was an Olympic horseman and renowned throughout the equestrian world.

Peter loved the color purple and he collected purple things. One time we asked him, is EVERYTHING you have purple? How about your underwear? At which he pulled his pants down and sure enough there it was, Plum purple undies.

Pencil on sketchbook page, 3" x 4", 1975.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Cubistic Random Stuff

This doodle is a mixture of random elements from my environment. You can see tote bags, shopping center architecture, a glass cookie jar, and a storage crate. I wish my environment had more interesting stuff to draw, like the "urban sketchers" all over the world who get to draw castles, monuments, churches, Fiat cars, and marketplaces, but this here is all I get, at  least for now. I have lost count of how many tote bags I have. Somehow, they're all useful, if not picturesque.

Sepia brown tech pen on sketchbook page, 5" x 6", September 12, 2019.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Male Model for Poet

When a male model shows up for your drawing session, it's a treasure. You can ask him to pose in positions you will later use in fantasy or action scenes or whole body portraits. For instance this fellow here, he is posed in a nice "Corelli boy" decadent position and he became the original model for my "Sah-Luma, Prince of Poets." By the way, if you ever have a notion to read this Corelli text, it's here at hathitrust which has scanned many editions of the book
into readable text onscreen. I dare you to read a chapter or even a few pages. This author was extremely popular during her day but the nature of literature especially pop literature has changed greatly over the years after Corelli's flourishing.

Pencil on sketchbook page, 7 1/2" x 7 1/2", 1975.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Khosrul the Prophet

I was still drawing characters and scenes from Corelli's "Ardath" when I returned from Europe. This ultra-fanatic fellow is "Khosrul the Prophet," who shows up in many scenes to proclaim the coming of Christianity (in 7,000 B.C.!). As you can see from my frame layout practice, ("Ringo Kid" was a Western comic-book character) I was serious about making a graphic novel out of "Ardath" but that never got anywhere.  At the time, 1977, I was a struggling graduate student at Harvard and by the end of that year I had called it quits.

Ink and watercolor on sketchbook pages, 8 1/2" x 6", 1977.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Corelli Boy Costume 1 - 1975

I was really active in 1975, with writing, art work, and studies at college. These are two costume sketches from Corelli's Decadent Boys. The costume is draped over a live model sketch and follows the author's description closely. Much later I saw that this costume resembles male attire from what is now Afghanistan. Corelli, like other "Orientalizing" writers, incorporated "Eastern" cultural elements into a colonialist story.

Pencil on sketchbook page, 4 1/2" x 6", 1975.

Monday, September 9, 2019

642 Egg Beater

"642"s prompt said, "an eggbeater." I'm not just gonna go back into the kitchen and copy something. It's what author Terry Pratchett calls a "pune," (pun) or I would call "wordplay if you must."'s Number 5 beating the Egg at the line! Complete with multiple images! Humpty Dumpty scrambles in for second place.

Marker with some digital white-out, 3 1/2" x 4", September 8, 2019.