Thursday, October 31, 2013

Figure Drawings

Pose 1

Pose 2

These were drawn from this video below by a group called "The Life Drawing Society".

Squid and Octopus Studies

Squid and octopus studies

Quill Practice

I just wanted to play with a quill pen and see how my lines have changed over the years. Here is an update on a previous post from 2005. One clear difference is that I absolutely would not render local color anymore with pen.  Instead I limit my lines to the rendering of shadows. Also, I would do it fairly light-handedly. Definitely, I don't want to clog areas up. Although I have made some recent mistakes as I see in the drawing at Mokabees where I have chosen to render some black things with penwork. Not the preferred thing, I think.

Steel Quill Pen and Ink

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Angela Posing at Matt's

Short Poses
5-10 Minute Poses
Longer Pose

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Studies from the Back Pages of My Mind

Drawn on the Bus and Train Ride Home

Essential Skeleton

Some of my anatomy is a bit off, but I am reminded of a great app that I found that I would also recommend as skeletal reference. Here are some pictures from it. You can rotate it all around and zoom in really close. Pretty cool! The app is called "Essential Skeleton 2".

Essential Skeleton 2
Essential Skeleton 2


Another app that is fun but still pretty basic is "Poseable". I just figured out how to rotate the limbs properly in any drection. Here is an image that I made using Poseable's figures.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Brewbadours Play at Mokabe's

The Brewbadours
Above is a style that I draw in sometimes when there is much motion. However I am not entirely satisfied with the sketch. I think that I would like to do the same but with a very light marker and then come in with an ink pen. Or, perhaps a lively pencil gesture and then pen drawing over the top.

A Youtube video of the Brewbadours is below. Currently,they play every Sunday at Mokabe's morning buffet breakfast.

Rock N' Roll Marathon

As the runners came past Tower Grove Park on Magnolia, I stood about halfway through the park on the south side of the road drawing a picture of the scene as I could.
Rock N' Roll Marathon - A Drawing

The Passing Runners

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Painted City Book (Session atThe Zoo)

A good sized group of us from the Meetup Group showed up to the Zoo on Saturday to draw the animals.

Here are some of my sketches:
Camels and Zebras

Seal Enclosure at the Zoo
and a few sketches from Sunday

Some pictures from the trip:

Friday, October 25, 2013

Pie Makers: A Study of Shadows

Combined Layers


Line and Simple Mid-tone Shadow

Line Drawing

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Thumbnail Sketches

started with pen

colored and annotated digitally

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Back to the Organic

I had to pick up the old pen and do some non-digital figure sketches again. Maybe I could scan them in though and clean the page up a bit.

Figure Sketches

Soulard People

In the examples below I am just playing with the contrast of my shadow layers. I have three of them. At top they are like 25%, 50% and 100%. In the middle they are closer to 50%,75% 100%. At bottom, they are 20%, 40% 60%.
medium contrast (above)
stronger contrast (above)
in a higher key (above)
sans line drawing
viewing all of the layers
I do feel a ned to put down the iPad and also take up the pen again as well. I don't want to get rusty. Here is another one from Soulard. This one has a bit of textured brush also.