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.
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.
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.
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.
Charcoal is very dynamic but hard to control. This is soft 7/16 willow and highlighted with kneaded eraser.
11×14″Oil on Canvas 2Hr Figure Sketch.
Some tonal studies grouped together.
Practice and humility are essential for my development in art and life.
Not because I am “not good enough”. Not because “I am better than”.
Both of these states are comparative and self-defeating. I am just an artist among artists.
I went to my regular figure drawing workshop yesterday and found out that a colleague was teaching a beginning figure drawing class right after the workshop. I have never had any instruction in drawing before and it never occurred to me that I needed any. He was gracious enough to allow me to sit in on his class and I learned much in his approach.