Last night at TAC was raining. I had not drawn the model from life in over one year. I had lost interest really. I can draw the figure competently and I have a line quality that I am satisfied with but I did not know where else to go with this except paint, yet I enjoy drawing immensely and I am color blind. Also, I am so sick of Facebook with all the bickering that I am spending more time and energy with Instagram. The outreach is further and it is full of pleasant visual surprises without all the butthurt. Recently I came across Shibari artists or Kinbaku-Bi (depending on your affiliations), which I find delightful and erotic. It reminds me of a figure flying or a body sprawled out in death as there is a beauty in that pose as well (see Luc Sante’s book “Evidence”). I think I will start drawing from this ancient JAPANESE artform as inspiration for a series of drawings.
An artist and old friend, Jirahr Zorthian once said there is only Ecstasy and Vanity. I think I know what he meant and it appies to most every human experience, but certainly the creative process.
Starting a new year at a new drawing venue and I’m back to my old tricks. The pencil.
New workshop, new model at the “Space” Jax hosted by Matt Bennett.
I thought the model was a girl until the first break when we spoke.
Tarted this one by smudging the dark masses in before the line layout.
Meanwhile, back at the Art League;
2 – 20 minute sketches in charcoal.
And so it comes around. 2 years ago I made a commitment to myself to the practice of figurative works. I got my first tattoo to remind myself of that dedication at a shop called Blackhive. This is a portrait of the Nick Wagner who owns Blackhive tattoo.
Charcoal 14×17″ 2 hours.
The longest night of the year is a good night for ghosts.
The model for the Art League portrait workshop showed up in a complete Civil War era costume with a hoop dress and Hair doo. She is part of a re-enactment club here called the “Golden Teacups”. It was very inspiring, just wish I had brought some colors.
Sunday’s model was Scandinavian in ancestry. She had a high forehead and long neck. Her neck was not as long as the one I drew, I just wanted to accentuate it like one of the Russian Icon paintings of Madonna. I would like to experiment with elongating the entire figure as El Greco did. If I could just stop being afraid of the results of experimenting.
Vine Charcoal on Newsprint and Bond.
Cool thing about this charcoal is the tonal range you can get by manipulating the marks.
It does not stick to the newsprint very well so I tried conté and then changed paper on the profile.