Tuesday, October 23, 2018
I made myself get out of my apartment to have coffee at Starbucks. I always take my sketchbook with me so I can draw these little figures. I like to draw them in this "clear line" style and I want to capture the most accurate personality and attitude with the least amount of messy drawing debris. The bottom figure was drawn not at Starbucks but at Caffe Amouri, a college-style independent coffeehouse in Vienna not Austria but Virginia.
I've picked my theme and color for 2019, if all goes well. The theme is (surprise, not) Coffee. And the color is "Espresso Brown" which translates to pigments like Burnt Umber or Warm Sepia. I order my art materials decaffeinated.
Sepia brown tech pen on sketchbook page, 3 1/2" x 7", October 22, 2018.
Monday, October 22, 2018
"Hardscrabble" is basically lousy farmland, dry dirt with rocks and thin soil. Crops don't grow well there, but it's perfect for grapevines. As winter edged into spring I visited Hardscrabble Vineyard and made these drawings, except for the fruit and grape press which I drew from a photograph in the studio.
Photoshop composite, October 22, 2018. For "Virginia Under Vine."
Sunday, October 21, 2018
The concept on this one is a bit different. Nothing prevents me from exploring a bit of design in "Under Vine," and I love the light sky blue. Delaplane's wine is some of the best Virginian I've ever tasted. Some people might wonder what that dark blue triangle to left is, well, it's an umbrella. I added that into the inscription to reduce confusion.
Photoshop composite of 2014 drawing, 8 1/2" x 11".
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Taking a short break from Virginia vineyards: here's an illustration I did in my 1975 sketchbook journal, shortly before I left for my year in Europe. The scene is from "Ardath," Corelli's moralizing fantasy tale of a modern young man magically transported into an ancient decadent city of dreams. He makes friends with the Poet Laureate and goes to a party at the royal palace. As the two friends wander through the grounds of the palace our main character spots what he thinks is a beautiful naked nymph standing in the water waiting for him. The Poet pulls his friend back from the water, telling him that the girl is not real but a sculpture of tinted marble with some light-emitting diodes or something like that. He could have figured that out by simply waiting to see if she moved, but he was never that bright, just bamboozled by the fantasy world he has suddenly dropped into.
Watercolor and colored pencil on sketchbook page, 8" x 5 1/2", spring 1975.
Friday, October 19, 2018
This one needs a bit more work but that can happen later. This is not an exact portrait of a weather event or vineyard. I created it from memory of a real storm that happened in 2016. A few minutes after observing, the storm poured forth drenching torrents and I had to take refuge in a gas station convenience store. Vine growers don't like these sudden outbursts as hail can damage the grapes and deluge will overflow the roots. Still, summer is my precious favorite season.
Original drawing is made in markers on sketchbook page, page composed in Facebook.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
This complex page evokes the height of summer at Doukenie Winery, which is actually in Hillsboro rather than "Purcellville" as I have it on the draft. I made an extra large multi-featured page in my original drawing and sent the original to a concert pianist friend of mine who traded me music CD's of her performances. I'm glad I found the rather antique-looking main typeface. I could letter it myself but then it is not adjustable. Green colors in this piece were carefully worked.
Original drawing was colored pencils on illustration board. Assembled in Photoshop 8 1/2" x 11", October 18, 2018.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
"Crushed Cellars" is tiny as wineries go around here. It has only one active vineyard so they buy or raise grapes off site. They have a tasting lodge and an area in the back where they keep a flock of chickens and sell the eggs. When you sit outside on their little front deck, chickens come up to you and expect to be fed crumbs from your snack. I think "Crushed Cellars" is one of the funniest winery names I've visited. Crushed grapes, but why "Cellars?" From what I've heard from wine people, and even they are not quite sure, the "Cellars" in a winery name means that the wine is kept there but originates from a winemaking facility at another location.
The original color drawing in this page was done on August 8th, 2015. Ink and colored pencils.
"VuV" stands for "Virginia Under Vine."