Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The completed 'Drink and Draw' ink sketch of Spider-Man (in color!)


Spider-Man art, ink sketch in sketchbook, completed in Prismacolor and Copic art markers and Prismacolor watercolor pencils


As I promised in my last blog post, I threw a little color in my recent "Sketchbook Chronicles" piece (No. 5!), an ink study of Spider-Man (done during the Coyote Clan's weekly "Drink and Draw"!). Here, I used Prismacolor and Copic art markers as a foundation and tossed some highlights in with Prismacolor watercolor pencils. I hope you dig it! 

OK, now back to working on family portraits! :D


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Monday, January 18, 2016

A 'Drink and Draw' ink sketch of Spider-Man


Spider-Man, ink in sketchbook


Sketchbook Chronicles No. 5: I know it's been a long time but, I figured, between larger portrait projects, I'd knock out some light-comicky stuff. Here's my latest entry in the "Sketchbook Chronicles," Spider-Man, done mostly during our family "Drink and Draw" (every Saturday night at the Coyote Den. If you're into creating art or sketching like the Coyote Clan, I also encourage you and yours to make this part of your weekly routine also! I mean, don't feed booze to the little ones or the teetotalers. Give them juice, soda and/or chocolate milk!). I know the ink is a little light in some areas but this is something I'm planning on coloring (I'll post that separately!), so those light inked areas will get squared away then. This was done mostly in Micron pen with a little bit of Pentel Pocket Brush Pen here and there.


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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Mari Loves Lucy


Lucille Ball, 8 1/2" X 11", Prismacolor watercolor pencil on Strathmore toned tan paper


In the spirit of my last blog post, this is the second in a series of gift portraits to family members (to be specific, my wife Tracy's sister and her kids, comprised of a new (to me) method involving Prismacolor watercolor pencils on Strathmore's toned tan paper.

Tracy's niece, Mari Van Dyke, is a huge Lucille Ball fan and, with a little inspiration and encouragement from my own favorite redhead, we have a finished 8" X 11" portrait complete with my trusty paw print signature, itself inspired by the "I Love Lucy" heart logo.


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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Jerry Fredricksen, Lori Van Dyke and something entirely new


My father-in-law, Jerry Fredricksen, and sister-in-law, Lori Van Dyke, 9" X 12", Prismacolor watercolor pencils on Strathmore toned tan paper



Apologies for the gulf between posts! Just been a whole lot of non-artsy work that took priority but I promised myself that art gifts would be given to to my family as well as my wife's family this Christmas. Hey, it helps keep me in practice, as well as allows me to try new techniques. This first piece back was a doozy...

First of all, Tracy suggested I create a portrait celebrating her father (who, very unfortunately, is no longer with us) for her sister, Lori's, gift. Well, it's my belief that folks you don't know personally or family are much more daunting, stressful subjects than, say, celebrities, athletes, etc. to render. Mess up a loved one's likeness and, well, you simply mess up and might not be taken serious later.

I had something of a mildly hazy photo reference of Jerry (and a teeny-tiny Lori) going into this (mind you, the original photo is from 1969 or 1970; the date escapes me), so I might run the risk of over-detailing my rendering from imagination. I thought, "I'll go watercolor on cold press paper."

Enter even greater stress.

I didn't offer myself enough time to work on the piece (completely my fault) and didn't take into consideration that some pigments are thinner than others and require studious layering, not to mention that I didn't take the time to mix my own custom colors (something of which I'm extremely fond). No matter how hard I worked, I felt like I was spinning my wheels. I was getting nowhere - and fast.

At that point, I just threw my hands in the air (and was so irritated with myself that I didn't even wave them like I just didn't care) and vowed to start anew. At that point, I was gonna try something completely different.

A few months ago, I bought a pad of Strathmore toned tan paper (9" X 12"), knowing I was going to attempt a different kind of portraiture, something that, with the natural color of the paper, would accentuate lighter colors. And the tooth (texture) of the paper is remarkable when it comes to using colored pencil (which I've seen more artists use, other than charcoal). At that point, I felt a weigh lift off my shoulders.

So, our finished rendering is Prismacolor watercolor pencil on Strathmore toned tan paper. What I really feel good about is not just nailing the likenesses but developing something close to pop art with this one.

And when you're drawing someone's pop, I'd say that's pretty cool.

Rest in peace, Jerry.


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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney in graphite!


A portrait rendered in graphite on 10" X 13" Bristol Board



No matter what, one of the greatest, most fun things about creating art is the ability to give it freely to someone you care about.

Luckily, I got that chance as my nephew (by marriage), Zack Van Dyke - one of the greatest Disney-philes/aspiring Imagineers I've ever known - turned 23 on Sept. 26. And being that I rarely give my art as gifts (and why, I have no clue. It's easy, fun and really makes people feel good when they receive something meant for them and ONLY them), this latest piece is particularly special.

That said, I don't work in soft Ebony pencil graphite much but this piece (10" X 13" on Bristol Board) called for it. It had to show a modicum of class and reverence to the era in which Walt operated and it had to be fun and whimsical. I think I pulled that off. It also doesn't have to be hyper-photorealistic either. Were I Alex Ross, Felipe Massafera or Norman Rockwell, I would worry about that sort of thing. But I'm not.

And I'm perfectly OK with that.

After all, imagination has no guidelines, right? Just sketch or draw or paint or create, man. And be happy while you do it. You might wind up creating something really cool...like a mouse in short pants who rules the world. :)


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