Saturday, July 25, 2009

Illustraqtion Friday: Idle

She may be sitting; she may be exhausted; but this is NOT a woman inclined to idleness. A rare moment in her day.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Drifting, revisited

This was a picture I started for the "Drifting" topic, a number of weeks ago. It was right after I realized that I wasn't allowed to use other people's images for reference, so this is an underwater picture of my own son (when he was much younger).

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Real People vs. Pictures

I prefer drawing real people, but they don't sit still like people in pictures do. So I'm on a trip, and sketching, and there are all kinds of wonderful people in wonderful lighting to draw, but alas, they are not there solely for me to draw, so my drawing itch had to be scratched with doing some drawings from photographs as well. You can no doubt tell which is which. Of these, three are from real people, and two are from photos.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Illustration Friday: Hollow

I wish I had the lyrics to a song that some friends of mine sing (their band is called Lila). It's all about being hollow, and how necessary that it--for a cup to hold wine, for a flute to play music, and for a soul to soar. It's a lovely song, and this picture doesn't do it justice. But I'm happy to report that all my reference materical came from my own sketchbook (not that you could tell or anything)--from a sketch of a friend playing a wooden flute at an Irish jam, and another friend giving a flute recital, mostly for how the hands go and how they hold the thing. My initial sketch had the flute going the other way, and I had no idea how their hands went. This is quick, on a crappy piece of paper that I managed to pull out of a pad which had ink spilled and then dried on it. Oh well.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sketches from Trip

Here are a few sketches from my trip: (in case you didn't know, I'm most interested in people, who never sit still except when they're sleeping in the back seat of a car on a long car ride.).

Illustration Friday: Shaky

This is a self-portrait, done in the car, in the mirror of the sun visor. We are driving home (17 hours) from a 2 1/2 week trip. I am SHAKY from caffeine, which I drink ONLY on long car trips, to stay awake.